I have the verbal book too. When I first got it, I thought: This book is too thin! (As compared to Kaplan and PR books) It doesn't have a lot of practice in it but the strategies are good, and you should follow them.
Well it's hard to explain. Bascilly they stress the main idea and tell you to forget the details. Don't mark up the passage because it only disrubts your train of thought.
The first two lessons are devoted to actually answering questions without reading the passage at all. The theory is that most if not all the info needed to answer the question is in the the question stem.
EK says to forget everything that Kaplan and PR has ever told you. But at least some of PR's Hyperlearning stategies support EK's. Oh well the surest way is to just do passages and develop a stategy you can depend on.
I must say that I really like the EK stuff. I have all the review books, the 1001 problems in Physics and Organic Chemistry and I should be getting the 101 Verbal Passages any day now. I also am using the Audio Osmosis CDs to review as I go along, and I am very happy with them. I really like the way they present the material and it is easier to study this stuff for hours on end compared to the Kaplan and PR stuff I used last time around.