Now featuring a new introduction by Dr. M. Scott Peck, the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the classic bestseller The Road Less Traveled, celebrated by The Washington Post as “not just a book but a spontaneous act of generosity.”
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.
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.
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was forced, but now a willing reader
In high school I was forced to read several philosophical texts in Religion. I dont think I cracked a single book in that class until the report time came. However, it was different with "The Road Less Travelled". His style on such deep subject matter made it much more assessible for me as a younng adult and I found myself reading way much more than I was instructed to. If your into self -help books, then you probobly have some other book that you think is the best. Comming from a grounded, fairly intelligent guy like myself, I'd say it is the best one of them all. Dr. M. Scott Peck is an incredibly wise man and it saddens me to hear that he is dead.
The Father of all self-help books (BEST BOOK I EVER READ)
Words cannot express my gratitude to Dr. Peck. I have read tons of spiritual and self-help books over the years, but none have been as practical and insightful as this book. Rather than giving you a bunch of "you can do it" and "think positive thoughts" messages to repeat aloud in front of a mirror each morning, he tells you that "Life is Difficult" and you need to train yourself and your children to deal properly with those difficulties. Furthermore, he explains that our unwillingness to deal with those difficulties is infact our bigest problem. Our weaknesses lie in our unwillingness to see things the way they are, rather than the way we want them to be. Thus, we are powerless to make a change because we are misled about the source of the given problem or what in fact needs to be changed. If this weren't enough-he then goes on to explain in a very detailed manner how we can train ourselves to face life's challenges and gives countless examples of people just like you and I who either had the will to overcome their problems or chose to remain in chaos because they lacked the courage to challenge themselves. I have read countless books on how to influence people, raise heathly children, change the workplace, inspire leadership, etc., but no one so elloquently has demanded that I first begin by seeing myself and others realistically and not through the prism of my past experiences and rose tinted glass-so that I can truly be effective. BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ.
This book probably saved my life!
I was a teenager lost. My family had a history of depression and no one really talked to anyone. My first job was in a library and I stumbled on this book. It taught me about proper responsibility and that happiness was earned, and it could be earned. Most people say, "I just want to be happy," and take no steps at all for themselves. Now we are a culture out of control on prescription mental drugs and addictions to mood-altering things like fatty foods, cigarettes, alcohol, credit cards & murder on TV. This book is an old fashioned simple guide to the basics, shared from many examples of real people wanting to be happy. The original and still the best practical book I've ever read on becoming happy.