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The Journeys of Socrates: A Spellbinding Adventure of Love, Loss and Triumph Paperback – 6 Mar 2006

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (6 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007198175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007198177
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 934,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Millman’s fluid storytelling makes this an easy read.”
— Publishers Weekly

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I devoted four years of my life to writing The Journeys of Socrates. Each of my books has a different purpose. For Journeys, my intentions included: relating the life of my old mentor; addressing a number of themes, especially how a warrior found peace -- how to break the cycles of revenge and retribution even when they seem justified. My other books, including Way of the Peaceful Warrior, convey didactic material and reminders for living. In this new book, I did not want to clone my first book, but rather to write a strong and original story. It includes many reminders about life, but they are found in the subtext (and more directly in conversations later in the story). As Sergei's mentor reminds him: In combat and in life, expect nothing, but be prepared for anything. I would advice readers of Journeys to do the same. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
By reading this book you have most probably read Way of the Peacfull Warrior or have been recommended it. If you are one who looks to read both for inspiration and joy then read this.. although i would say that you would have to be a reader who thinks tiltles such as

1) Jonothan Livingston Seagull

2) Illusions

3) The Alchemist

4) The Hobbit!

5) Way of the peacefull Warrior

6) In Search of Captain Zero

7) and possibly Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior

amongst others. This book is special, i loved every page and reference, i could see the story in my mind and imagine the scenes as they unfolded (such as you do with Tolkien) In places i laughed and sometimes a tear!

In my view this is a great follow up and a wonderful book. I loved every page and although i wanted to read to the end i didnt want it to end.

(please excuse any spelling.... im an artist!)

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This book was an easy and enjoyable read, sprinkled with universal life advices.
It is the epic story of a young warrior called Serguei (or Socrates) who is put to a very severe test. On his path, he will be trained by several wise men like Razin or father Seraphin. While learning to fight, he will also learn to live.

On top of an entertaining story, the author shares with us some life guidelines:
While learning to fight, Serguei learns to relax under pressure and responds freshly to each moment, without plans or expectations.
He also learns to find peace and forgive.
"Those who appear in your life_whether to help or to harm_ are all given by God". "Meet all of them with a peaceful heart".
"Surrender to God's will, to the life you were given, moment by moment."
"Faith does not rely on knowing anything with certainty. It requires only the courage to accept whatever happens, wether it brings pleasure or pain, is for the highest good."
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By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Jun. 2008
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This is a book that I loved until the very end. The end and notes will cause all joy of the story to be lost. This book was long awaited by fans around the world. The first book in this trilogy came out 25 years ago; The Way of the Peaceful Warrior has been an international bestseller since it came out. It was released this month as a movie starring Nick Nolte and Scott Mechlowicz. Both that first book and the sequel Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior are part biographical and part allegory. Millman has, since the beginning, answered questions about what parts of those two books are truth and what parts are story.

Now, here in the third book in the series, he blows that whole tradition out of the water. The story is supposed to be the life story of Socrates, Dan's mentor in the first two books.

This is an amazing story of a young man born of mixed blood in Russia. He is part Cossack and part Jewish. He is being raised at a Cossack military school after the death of both of his parents. He later learns about his Jewish blood. During the pogroms against the Jews he leaves the school to go in search of treasure his grandfather has left him.

He suffers loss., the loss of a pregnant wife to an old enemy. He vow's revenge on their grave. He studies under many martial arts masters in order to learn how to seek that revenge. He studies first with a sword master, and then with a master of all of the art's who tries to teach him to choose life, and be a master of self. For the loss of his wife who was with child. He journeys all over Asia, while studying with these teachers, then in pursuit of revenge that he has studied for years to be ready to exact. Then he eventually to the new world, in search of a long hoped for new life.

The story is great.
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This novel, though written later, is a prequel to Way of the Peaceful Warrior and Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior. As with those novels, there is much debate on what is fact and what is fiction. From my perspective, that debate doesn't matter...this is an enjoyable read, which echoes the leanings and lessons of the first two novels.

For pure reading enjoyment, I would rank this one with the Way of the Peaceful Warrior. The Journeys of Socrates is a better story, with less lecturing/preachiness of the original Peaceful Warrior, while the Way novel laid out Millman's personal philosophies in more detail.

I also enjoyed the Russian history and culture included in this novel. Insights into both Russian Jewish plight and livings and Cossacks are provided.

Sergei/Socrates experiences enormous heartache and challenges, some violently so, mainly to drive home the point of Mr. Millman's "peaceful warrior" teachings: martial artists/warriors train not to fight, but to gain peace through self-control and deeper internal understanding. By having half Jewish/half Cossasck Sergei experience and witness loss, feel revenge and work at overcoming those violent feelings, Millman drives home this point in a way that the setting of the first two books would not allow.

I also enjoyed the views into the Russian "martial arts", without mentioning Systema. The concept of "bracing" (dousing yourself with cold water everyday to build up strength and immunities) and breathing methods are well weaved into the fabric of the story of Sergei's training.

I would have enjoyed more detail on the "world council of martial artists" that is mentioned a few times towards the end of the book. A potential fourth novel, Mr. Millman?

Final note: there is a certain amount of violence and loss in this novel, some scenes which may bother some readers.
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