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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: H.J. Kramer (June 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915811332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915811335
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This is the story of a sacred journey begun when Socrates, an old gas station attendant/philosopher, leaves author Millman restless with the idea of conformity. Millman's journey is interrupted for eight years ("the lost years," he calls them), when he leaves the path of the sacred warrior for university politics, family responsibilities, and professional aspirations. Then, a faculty travel grant motivates him to forsake his miserable life of conformity and resume the sacred journey begun so long ago. He finds a nameless woman in Hawaii, spoken of by Socrates, and she agrees to serve as his shaman. Millman meets other unforgettable characters while facing shocking revelations and mortal challenges as he ascends the warrior's mountain to wisdom and peace. Recommended for libraries with large philosophy or religion collections.
- Ravonne Green, Emmanuel Coll Lib., Franklin Springs, Ga.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

Dan Millman's entrancing sequel to The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior is decidedly down-to-earth. In the tradition of shamanic adventure tales, Millman finds his teacher Mama Chia, a Hawaiian shaman/healer, as a result of a long string of serendipitous events. Mama Chia takes him to the island of Molokai, where she continues the initiation process that began in his first book, introducing him to the path of service - living life from the heart. But this is no dour teaching. Mama Chia is a rollicking, all-too-human teacher who loves parties and lives life to the fullest. Still, she has her serious side - as when she reveals to Millman that he is one of The Peaceful Warriors, a group of hundreds of thousands of souls who have come to Earth on a final rescue mission. "What we have in common is an almost life-long feeling of being somehow different," she tells Millman, "of being oddballs, of being strangers in a strange land, never quite fitting in. We often have giving, and rather insecure natures."

Well, we are not here to fit in as much as we might like to. We are here to teach, to lead to heal, to remind others, if only by our example. Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior is a fun, enjoyable read sure to inspire you in your own endeavors. -- NewAge Journal, June 1991

Imagine a paradise, in plain view, yet hidden from the outside world; where the way of life is slow and ancient, and lush surroundings seduce you with sight and sounds that enthrall your mind and body. The air is exhilarating, the water is clean and refreshing; earthly nourishment is abundant and easily available. This is the backdrop for Dan Millman's Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior.

According to Millman, Sacred Journey has a message and meaning for everyone: "I blend fact and imagination, weaving threads from the fabric of my life into a quilt that stretched across different levels of reality. By presenting mystical teachings in story form I hope to breathe new life into ancient wisdom, and to remind the reader that all our journeys are sacred and all our lives an adventure."

Having cut my teeth on Carlos Castenada, I found Millman's characters more inviting. They are people who are at ease with their environment and themselves. It is Millman (and the reader) who is unsure and shaky about what he is experiencing, and they let him discover in his own time what he is to know.

Millman takes us through one man's challenging search for self discovery. He confronts his own fears and tries to bring together his basic, higher and conscious self into one human being that can face life without hesitation.

While reading this book I had a series of dreams more vivid in texture and color than ever before. There must be something to the quote by Samuel Taylor Coleridge which begins Millman's book: "What if you slept, and what if in your sleep you dreamed, and what if in your dream you went to heaven and there you plucked a strange and beautiful flower, and what if when you awoke you had the flower in your hand?" After you've read Millman's book you will know what possibilities await you. -- Whole Life Times, August 1991

It's quite possible that Dan Millman has out-shone even Dan Millman with this one! After reading Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior, my spiritual senses have been satiated in the fullness of this banquet. Occasionally there comes along THE one book that sings with my soul. This is such a book. It gripped my attention from the first page and didn't let go until I reluctantly closed the last page. Finishing it left me with bitter sweet feelings as if I had bid a beloved friend farewell.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior proved (Dan Millman) to be a gifted man with pen and paper but this second odyssey is like comparing a roughly cut diamond to an exquisitely perfected jewel. There is an added polish to his style that I suspect is partly due to spiritual growth and consequent self confidence. His telling of metaphysical adventures on the island of Molokai is pure unadulterated reading delight. From page one it carried me with intensely descriptive dialogue thorough all his exploits without once losing its momentum and pleasure. His realistic sojourns into the realms of shamanism, Polynesian style, were powerful reading and at time s as suspenseful as a good mystery thriller.

Dry witted humor, ecstasy and despair, laughter and tears, fear and bravery - every human experience imaginable is covered in Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior. Dan Millman's commanding and poetic style of writing stimulates all five senses with the one - and may even stimulate the sense that you left behind when you were born. -- Friends Review, June 1991

The sequel to Way of the Peaceful Warrior is every bit as spellbinding as the original. Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior finds Dan disillusioned by his broken marriage and again searching for answers to the challenges of life.

Again, the author uses the facts of his life, coupled with a vivid imagination, to create a fictinalized story with universal appeal. He searches for, and finds in a most unusual way, a nameless teacher that Socrates (his first teacher) had mentioned years before. His Hawaiian adventures with her teach spiritual truths in a suspenseful story format that's difficult to put down.

If you are already a fan, you're in for a real treat. If you're not, get the first book, read it, join the throngs of Dan Millman admirers, then enjoy the new one. -- Connecting Link, Issue 17


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More About the Author

Most people who've read Way of the Peaceful Warrior (or seen the movie) already know a few aspects of my life. And you may have seen my summary bio at my website, as follows:

"Dan Millman, a former world champion athlete, coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor, is author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior (adapted to film in 2006), and numerous other books read by millions of people in 29 languages. Dan teaches worldwide and has influenced people from all walks of life, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, politics, sports, entertainment and the arts. Dan and his wife, Joy, live in Northern California. His most recent book is The Four Purposes of Life.

Dan's website - peacefulwarrior.com -- features a link to the "Life Purpose Calculator,"and to my online courses and other resources."

Now here are some personal notes:

In my youth I focused on self-improvement, taking memory courses, speed reading; practicing martial arts and gymnastics. Then one day I realized that no matter how much I improved myself, only one person benefited -- but if I could influence other people in a positive way, that made my life more meaningful and exciting.

I began teaching gymnastics, and elements from the martial arts -- that soon shifted into the larger arena of personal growth. I began to write and to speak more widely, especially after the publication of my first book.

I've been lucky, maybe blessed, to have the chance to touch many lives around the world.

Joy and I have been married for 37 years and we grow closer each day, it seems, as we gain perspective and cultivate a sense of humor (about ourselves and one another). I'm a proud father of three grown daughters and two grandsons so far.

I believe you'd find me a good (but not perfect) example of what I teach. I continue to practice, to learn, to serve as well as I can. I do my best to keep my head in the clouds but feet on the ground.

For more info about my books and seminars, please visit www.peacefulwarrior.com, sign up for my eList, follow me on Facebook or Twitter, or just search for peaceful warrior.

Customer Reviews

A very good read - indeed!
Val-erie
This sequel to The Way of the Peaceful Warrior transports the reader to the moments of Dan Millman's self discovery...acknowledging his inner spirit.
lediver@aol.com
I highly recommend this book after you have read his earlier work Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
Atte Joutsen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Gregory on August 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book on so many different levels. It is always entertaining and at the same time gives you lots of things to think about. One idea that is repeated from "Journey of the peaceful warrior is that to really be happy is to be "present." It is so easy to get preoccupied with regrets of the past, and worries of the future that we don't ever take in the "now." Each day is a gift and thats why it's called the "present." This book does not take off where the first book left off. Rather it is a story of lessons learned about five years after the writer left Socrates (His great teacher) from the first book. He is told about a woman in Hawaii from Socrates. She begins to teach him where Socrates left off. This brings about the point that "the teacher appears when the student is ready. Often times we don't know what is best for us and we want things that may not be beneficial at the time. Dan Millman wanted to meet this woman when he first heard about her years ago but he was not ready for the lessons she had for him. It's not until years later that fate intervened. Once again, if we stay in the present and do whats in front of us we maximize our usefulness, and our happiness. It's said that God answers all our prayers and he only has three responses. Yes, No, and not now. Mama Chia, his new mentor at one point responds to Millman that "Faith involves basic trust in the universe-that everything is for our highest good." Whether this is true or not should not matter becouse when we have faith we act accordingly and life runs smoother. All in all, this is a real page turner and it is as enlightening as it is enjoyable.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Just like a lot of reviews I have run across as well as all of Dan Millman's work; this is truly one of those books you can't put down. Dan's words and images really spoke to me deeply a number of years ago when I really nneded to understand what "Leap of Faith" really means. I believe that many books have an important "epiphany" in them waiting for you to find when you need it. This is definitely one of those books!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
I loved the "Peaceful Warrior" book and, to be honest, I didn't expect much from this "sequel". However, after reading it I was pleasently suprised. True, it is not as enjoyable as the Peaceful Warrior, but I liked it and it added some "lessons" to be learned.
It's too bad Millman stopped writing semi-fictional stories and now just produces "How to be Happy" type of books. I really enjoyed his stories! For those who also like the fun and excitement of learning through a story you may want to check out the book "The Evolution of a Warrior" <Regan>.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Sakamoto on December 4, 2005
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Dan Millman is one of the most lucid and inspiring writers living today. I have read many metaphysical / spirituality / mystic books over the last 20 years and Dan's are among the best. Clear, simple writing that take you on a journey you won't soon forget. Pure magic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1997
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The Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior is a most private book for me but I sense it would be for many who are guided to it by whatever means. I reclaimed my spirit, several friendships and my faith in teachers and teachings. I have bought this book for many people because I would not, curiously enough, trust even my closest friend with the copy that came to me through mysterious circumstance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Johnson on April 13, 2009
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I have read a handful of Dan Millman books. The Way of the Peaceful Warrior I believe will forever be my favorite book period. I read an article where Millman was saying how initially this book was going to be a 50 page book, not a novel, of methods towards being a peaceful warrior. It is funny because after I read the book and before I read the article my thought was, "He should have just made a 50 page book of these teachings." To me personally, the story is not that strong. It is worth reading simply for a lot of the teachings, 50 pages worth. The rest is 150 pages or so of a story I personally did not find much value. But, Journey's and The Way are his two strongest books. Both of which are excellent.
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33 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Lambardi on December 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book may be OK for people with little or no background in spiritual awareness.The author has been "inspired" - to put it mildly- by Castaneda's work.He is nowhere even close to attaining Castaneda's depth or artistic talent.There is no new concept, no original idea that I can remember : every single inspiration can be tracked down to previous authors .The overall design , i.e. a man who finds a spiritual teacher almost as if by chance is a direct copy of Don Juan. Situations, characters and dialogues are infantile ; it is definitely an effort to put forth some spiritual ideas through an adventure story ( absolutely unbelievable) to appeal to a wider public.
If you buy your books at the Newstands stores of airports, this may be right for you : easy reading and sugary.
If you have a serious interest in the field, be sure to leave it on the stand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Skipper on January 25, 1998
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"Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior" truly inspired me. Rarely do I ever re-read books, but this one I've read several times. There are fabulous passages which I've highlighted. In fact, a good bit of this book is now colored yellow! It really spoke volumes to me about life .... I've given many copies as gifts and it remains one of my top favorites! A real treasure in my library!
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