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This review is from: Road Less Traveled, 25th Anniversar (Paperback)
Not easy reading but worth every second and all the effort that you put in it. While Peck's style is generally engaging and simple, there are times when you might need to re-read his words to get his meaning. This is probably because the subject matter gets your mind working almost from the first word. Each chapter deserves to be read slowly and carefully and therefore, it is not an 'easy' read.
This is a book about living; living in a way that sets you apart. It's a book about Life and everything that we normally associate with it and with living. Peck divides the book into four sections: Discipline, Love, Growth & Religion, & Grace. But in these sections he addresses everything from falling in love to solving problems and dealing with pain. The challenge, of course, is doing all of these things in our limited lifetimes, but he writes about that too.
Most of us tend to take these `things' for granted; we 'do' them without thinking about the reasons, methods, or the consequences. In the 'The Road Less Traveled', Scott Peck forces us to think about what we do, what we feel, and what we think in different ways that we have not thought of before.
Scott Peck combines years of psychotherapy with a natural writing style that attracts the reader and challenges his/her mind. It is not the writing style that makes the book difficult reading (even though there are a few instances in the book when he does become too involved), but the continuous challenge to you mind and to your preconceived ideas. Peck demands that you examine your mind, your feelings and your heart deeply and objectively. Most of us find that difficult.
Peck comes across his book as a warm and sensitive person and he makes you feel at ease instantly... What else would you expect from someone whose opening sentence is "Life is difficult!"
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Initial post: 12 Jul 2010 16:45:18 BDT
Frankie Lewes says:
Thanks for this review. I am about to read this book. So I now know what I am in for and will take it gently- will review when read
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2010 22:29:46 GMT
Dave Kinsella says:
Personally I'm put off by someone who mixes psychiatry with Christianity. I am much more drawn towards someone like Jean Vanier.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2010 22:45:41 GMT
Frankie Lewes says:
Is this book not about psychotherapy rather than psychiatry.
So maybe as its not about clinical matters spirituality may have a place.
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