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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Anniversary Edition edition (Feb. 4 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743243153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743243155
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.8 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 10 2006
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I first read M. Scott Peck's 'The Road Less Travelled' over 20 years ago, but it is a text to which I return again and again, as Peck's insights and observations remain a constant source of inspiration and guidance in my life. It still finds a ready home in the hands of therapists, counselors, ministers, teachers, career planners, and others as part of their resources, and is not out of place in the home of anyone who cares about the directions of her or his life.
Peck was a clinical psychiatrist - the material for this book came largely from his experiences with clients and others, seeing what worked and what didn't, what was missing and what was mis-understood. Often cases involved psychotherapy (talk therapy), but the processes here are not confined to therapists' offices. The same kinds of problem solving, processing and relationship building that takes place in psychotherapy can be used as life-long tools.
Peck resists labels such as Freudian and Jungian; he doesn't look for, nor does he offer, quick fixes or the psychotherapeutic variety of the get-rich-quick schemes. This book is not a therapy manual, but rather a guide to spiritual growth that incorporates therapeutic and psychological principles. Peck echoes the sentiments of many spiritual directors and leaders through the millennia that spiritual and personal growth are long journeys, not short leaps. It involves dedication and intention, and a willingness to accept risk and change.
Perhaps it is ironic that, given this, the first topic Peck focuses upon is Discipline. However, without discipline, change can go unchecked and uncharted, growth can become problematic, and the human soul becomes susceptible to a host of difficulties.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scholar of Eastern Religion on Aug. 26 2000
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Peck conveniently opens his work with the Buddhist notion of suffering and goes on to make such anti-Buddhist claims as: "Only people have spirits which are capable of growth." He misapplies term "Maya" and fails to recognize this term does not have the same meaning for all Buddhists and Hindus. Furthermore, Peck may find it difficult to find a serious Buddhist practicioner who agrees that sex or psychoactive drugs can provide us with a glimpse of Nirvana. If his misinterpretations weren't enough, Peck concludes his work with a very narrow, evangelistic, Christian-based vision of spirituality. In his the last sections of his book Peck fails to recognize those eastern religions, which he so swiftly prostituted and used to support his definitions of "love," as now being valid means of spirituality.
Peck's definition of love is both narrow and undeveloped. His notion of being "trapped into marriage" leaves one wondering why one should marry at all. It is as if Peck self-righteously proclaims that the highest form of love is to be a psychotherapist, (like this is a profession exempt from selfish motivation and desires), and guide others along the path of what he claims is "spiritual."
These are just a sampling of the ridiculous "insights" Peck makes in his work which is neither groundbreaking or objective. It is a book full of personal values and judgemental speculations which Peck tries to pass off as experienced, clinical advice. The small amount of truth in this book has been published in numerous, more objective self-help volumes. It scares me that over 6 million people own this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Oct. 11 2003
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I must march to the beat of a different drummer because M. Scott Peck's book, THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED, didn't do much for me. Granted his section on love is one of the best I've ever read and worth the price of the book. However, as with his book, "PEOPLE OF THE LIE" I was left with an uneasy feeling that the nuggets of truth in this book were mixed with an unorthodox view of religion.
This book was presented to me as a profoundly Christian book. I was taken off guard by the fact that it is not. Peck basically writes that God is the collective unconsciousness of the human race. Our conscious minds are our our individuality. Our unconscious minds are the bridge between us and God. By learning how to bridge this gap we can become God in all of his attributes and God, in turn, will become transformed into something else. He goes on to write "One way or another, these concepts have been set forth before--by Buddha, by Christ, by Lao-tse, among many others. The originality of this book results from the fact that I have arrived at their meaning through the particular individual byways of my twentieth-century life. If you require greater understanding than these modern footnotes have to offer, then by all means proceed or return to the ancient texts."
Spirituality without religion with the possibility of becoming God does not interest me. This is not a rejection of all of Peck's works. The reader will find that in later books he does identify himself with Christianity in a more orthodox way.
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By Michael DeVisser on May 24 2014
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Thoughtfully written in way anyone can relate to. Learn about the right way to handle any situation. Gives directions for the path between your mind and your heart.
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