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M.Scott Peck
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7 Jan 2010
The original The Road Less Travelled spent more than ten years on the bestseller lists and is one of the biggest-selling self-help books of all time. In this wonderfully wise and accessible sequel M. Scott Peck delves more deeply into the issues that confront and challenge all of us in the modern world: blame and forgiveness; sexuality and spirituality; death and the meaning of life; families and relationships; accepting responsibility and growing up. Writing throughout with insight and sensitivity, he draws on his own extensive experience -- both professional and personal -- to challenge false assumptions, suggest a way forward and demonstrate that personal change is always possible, no matter how difficult and complex the journey.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847398634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847398635
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A graduate of both Harvard University and Case Western Reserve, Dr Peck served in the Army Medical Corps from 1963 to 1972 and had a private practice in psychiatry from 1972 to 1983. He also devoted much of his time and financial resources to the work of the Foundation for Community Encouragement, a nonprofit organization which he and his wife, Lily, helped found in 1984. His bestselling books include The Road Less Travelled and Beyond, A World Waiting to Be Born, and What Return Can I Make? Dr Peck died in 2005.

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M. Scott Peck, who died in 2005, was an internationally renowned psychiatrist, lecturer and author of 15 books on spirituality and self-improvement, including the multi-million copy bestseller The Road Less Travelled.

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97 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better 2 May 2000
By A Customer
My guess is that if you are looking up this book it is because you are familliar with Scott Peck's work and particulary with The Road Less Travelled. The Road Less Travelled had a profound impact on me in my early twenties - as I know it did millions of other people. Further Along the Road is just as good, if not better.
I read it recently in my thirties and it felt like an extraordinarily wise and more mature book. I believe the man who wrote it, has grown in wisdom and maturity and he shares that here in a style which is, as always, clear, thought-provoking and above all affecting. I felt like I was in the presence of a real truth-seeker and a man who had come a good way down the Less Travelled Road himself, and was not afraid to admit his failings and pitfalls.
I might add that after the Road less Travelled I bought a number of other Scott Peck books ( A Different Drum, A World WAiting to Be Born, People of the Lie) and was usually disappointed. Further Along on the other hand is a seriously good book. Highly recommended for all seekers of wisdom.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful heresy 21 Jan 2006
By A Customer
For an lapsed christian like myself this book was the first to make me do a half turn towards the ideals of christianity again, and sort the concepts of Jesus from the misinformation that surrounds them. The four stages of psycho-spiritual growth are a psychological tool that can be applied to a host of organisations, countries and individuals, and are a valuable explanation into what thoughtful, intelligent people feel instinctively about religious institutions and teachings. Definitely a good book to read if you have been let down or confused by the religious doctrine of your birth. Life changing stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More overt religious overtones 19 Oct 2009
If like me you purchased this book because you found 'The Road Less Travelled' wonderfully insightful, be aware that this follow-up book has a slightly different tone to it. I was quite surprised by the quite heavy references to Christianity.

It's predecessor resonated with something inside of me mainly because it managed to find a path in between Christianity and non-denominational/non-religious spirituality. If like me you are searching for spiritual support from sources which appreciate atheism or agnosticism or if you question the benevolence of a 'god' rejecting the immediate justification that 'well, God moves in mysterious ways' - or if you practice other religions - then this book might not be for you. I found that because of this the book had a far less positive impact on me than the first. I do not feel that it added anymore to my learning or development. Instead it left me feeling slightly frustrated.

I appreciate that these are highly subjective comments - and they are no way intended to offend - but no other similar comments were made and so I felt it neccessary to share my experiences.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing follow-up 8 Mar 2012
By markj
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Like many people, I was drawn to this book because of the impact reading 'The Road Less Travelled' had on me.

This book is very disappointing, and somewhat misleading: what begins fairly soundly, as a continued exploration of the questions raised in the original book, becomes - by about half-way through - a discussion of psychology and spirituality as disciplines for understanding human experience, then proceeds to nothing more than propaganda for a re-evaluation of psychiatry in the US and a broadening of psychiatric terminology to encompass spiritual as well as 'purely psychological' realities.

As a former priest and psychotherapist, I do not necessarily disagree with the points Scott Peck makes, though I think he puts them narrowly and doesn't really explore the territory adequately to justify his proposals.

My greater criticism is that this is not what the reader is looking for - certainly not this reader. I was expecting a book, like the original, to help me reflect on myself, my growth, my spiritual life. What I get here is is a proposal aimed at psychological professionals.

Not good enough, when you're taking our money Dr Peck.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts GREAT !!! 22 April 2012
By Tazz Rainbow VINE VOICE
I borrowed this book from a friend as I read a little of it and loved Scott's straight forward approach to life. He is very blunt and I loved the way he started this book, so straight, no messing, very honest and upfront about how life really is. It was a wonderful read. I very much recommend it for that reason.

Sadly about halfway through the book was ruined for me. He started talking about Jesus and God a lot. To me this is a book on spiritual ways of living and I really didn't want religion dragged into it too much. I can skim over the odd mention as I'm not against an author giving their beliefs, but as the book went on it felt like I was being preached to, and like Scott was trying desperately to win me over to Christianity. I don't want religion being brought into how I look at the world, but I was suddenly being told that it was up to God as to how my life would go. I don't appreciate being told that :)

I did not read the first book but was initially tempted to, however I am less tempted now :) I do recommend people read this book as it did bring up a few issues for me that I felt I need to deal with in order to make my life better. Had it not been for his blunt approach to life, I wouldn't have noticed them. I just really wish it hadn't ended the way it did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a worthy successor to 'The Road Less Travelled'
An inspiring book which I would recommend to anyone who enjoyed The Road Less Travelled. Please also consider reading Scott Peck's other books.
Published 2 months ago by D.Gwillim
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book
an excellent sequel which builds upon the insights of The Road Less Travelled very well. Peck's own reflections on his own spiritual journey into Christianity alongside the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Poinsettia
3.0 out of 5 stars Further less than anticipated
I enjoyed the previous read ‘The Road Less Travelled’ which has become an all-time favourite. This book completely contradicts the predecessor and encompasses religious views,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by DeeDee
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting hotch potch of opinion
Not Pecks classic. A broad mix of themes. He describes the sexual relations of man and God. The waning impact of Psychiatry on western thinking and stages of spiritual life. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Spilsbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it
A very interesting, thought-provoking and simple read for those interested in personal and relationship development. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jack Daniel Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I read this after reading The Road less Travelled would highly recommend to all as this is a wonderful way to increase your spiritual knowledge, an enjoyable read
Published 15 months ago by verena ann gregg
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as its predecessor
I bought this because the road less travelled was such a good book. However this follow up is much of the same and not really any more enlightening, not worth bothering with to be... Read more
Published 16 months ago by A. R. Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars book
this book along with others was bought for someone on spiritual growing path they tell me its helping them recommended for those who seem lost
Published 19 months ago by alan.purchase
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Insight into Psychiatry, Spirituality and the AA
I came across M.Scott Peck as part of my work for the Scottish rehab clinic I work for (Castle Craig Hospital). Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rupert Wolfe-Murray
3.0 out of 5 stars a little too religious for my liking...
Having found The Road Less Travelled informative and helpful, I was disappointed to find the second book a little too religious for my tastes. Read more
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