Release date: February 4, 2003
Perhaps no book in this generation has had a more profound impact on our intellectual and spiritual lives than The Road Less Traveled. With sales of more than seven million copies in the United States and Canada, and translations into more than twenty-three languages, it has made publishing history, with more than ten years on the New York Times bestseller list.
Now, with a new Introduction by the author, written especially for this twenty-fifth anniversary deluxe trade paperback edition of the all-time national bestseller in its field, M. Scott Peck explains the ideas that shaped this book and that continue to influence an ever-growing audience of readers.
Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding, The Road Less Traveled continues to help us explore the very nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life. It helps us learn how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one's own true self.
Recognizing that, as in the famous opening line of his book, "Life is difficult" and that the journey to spiritual growth is a long one, Dr. Peck never bullies his readers, but rather guides them gently through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self-understanding.
The last time I picked up this book was over a decade ago, at the time the book felt as though it had a subtle and positive effect of my life. This was at a time where my IBS was ruling my every moment. I read many books like this at the time looking for inspiration and this one stuck.
Reading it again for this review, reminded me how important it is to take a broader approach to IBS. You may find this book to be nonsense, however it looks at life differently and sometimes that is exactly what we need to do. This is no longer an earth shattering book, or a potential best seller, what it is a gentle reminder about life in general and it may be very useful to those who are locked in a struggle with IBS.
By melding love, science, and religion into a primer on personal growth, M. Scott Peck launched his highly successful writing and lecturing career with this book. Even to this day, Peck remains at the forefront of spiritual psychology as a result of The Road Less Traveled. In the era of I'm OK, You're OK, Peck was courageous enough to suggest that "life is difficult" and personal growth is a "complex, arduous and lifelong task." His willingness to expose his own life stories as well as to share the intimate stories of his anonymous therapy clients creates a compelling and heartfelt narrative. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Road Less Traveled 4.2
What on earth has this book to do with IBS ? Would be a perfectly valid question. The reason for it’s inclusion is very important. Whether it be living with the condition day to day, or struggling to improve with IBS, you will need strength.
Strength may come from a variety of sources, however sometimes a book such as this will come along and help you review your own life and look at the ways you can make it better.
This may not be the book for you, it is still valid, however it does not perhaps have the resonance it had in its day. What it does represent is the type of book that you may consider reading, to look at ways in which you can face up the challenges you face.
Living with IBS can be, tough, it can be lonely and it can seem a losing battle. If you do not have the resources to call upon a team of psychologists, then books such as these may be more helpful than many of the IBS books which can let you down
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