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The Road Less Travelled (Arrow New-Age) Paperback – 15 Mar 1990
|Paperback, 15 Mar 1990||
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"A brilliant self-help book, which I found genuinely inspiring... I love this book, it's my spiritual refuge and I'm certain everyone will find something to console them within these pages" (Boy George Sunday Express)
"Magnificent... This is not just a book but a spontaneous act of generosity written by an author who leans towards the reader for the purpose of sharing something larger than himself" (Washington Post)
"The granddaddy of self-help manuals and among the wiser of them" (The Times)
"Sound advice on how to build a happy life" (Daily Mail)
About the Author
About the Author: M. Scott Peck is an American psychiatrist and best-selling author. He graduated from Harvard with a BA degree and an MD from Case Western Reserve University. He also served in the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He wrote another popular book titled People of The Lie. Peck started the Foundation for Community Encouragement (FCE) to promote the formation of communities to unite humanity and saving people from self-destruction.
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It is divided into four parts:
1. DISCIPLINE - Brilliant and a totally different take on what discipline actually is - love.
2. LOVE - Again mind blowing and myth busting take on true love - and the myth of romantic love. This is the longest part of the book and obviously very emotionally challenging to read. If there was a course on love in school, it would look somewhat like this book.
3. GROWTH and RELIGION - The concept that everyone has a religion because everyone has some belief system - even atheists or agnostics. This chapter gives specific examples on how religion can hinder someone's spiritual journey or how it can heal someone's spiritual journey and put them on a fast track. This being the shortest chapter, I wish there were more examples but it has good insights anyway.
4. GRACE: I commend the author's tact in dealing with this subject - of God and grace in terms of the unconscious and consciousness. This part is what deals with the purpose and meaning of life, and how to find it or how to let it come to you- the paradox of life.
Overall, here's my take - if there was one book, just one, to teach us the basics of how to live a life (and not just a living), it would be this book. No school or university can give academic degrees in love, courage and wisdom- this book is the crash course. The book is a series of examples of people in therapy with the author and his insights on their progress or lack thereof and what makes them heal faster or what hinders the healing.
Recommended for - anyone dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, panic attacks, existential crisis, moral dilemmas, etc.
and for - anyone who thinks they are in total control of their life - physical, emotional, spiritual, it might shake up the control aspect a bit, but totally worth it. Everyone needs some therapy if they have survived childhood. ;)
[I bought a paperback copy of the book by Random House, the print and binding are okay, but the fonts are small and it's easy to get lose sight of line while reading.]
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