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Indeed, Way of the Peaceful Warrior does just that with its piercing truths, lively narrative and humorous wisdom. Like Castaneda, it enables the reader to reflect on the deepest questions of life. Yet unlike Don Juan, it spotlights the path to a happy, uncomplicated life without dependency on drugs.
Told with drama and insight, the novel revolves around Dan, a world champion gymnast and student at the University of California at Berkeley. The story begins when Dan meets his powerful 96-year-old mentor Socrates, an all-night gas station attendant.
Guided by this wise old mentor and tempted by an elusive and playful woman named Joy, Dan journeys through everyday reality and metaphysical realms. He travels the paths of flesh and spirit, romance and terror, light and darkness, laughter and magic, learning new ways to see the world and live life fully.
Thematically, this tale of the eternal human quest for the meaning of life is the path of transformation and enlightenment. It uncovers concepts known deep inside but really allowed to wake up and be content with this knowledge. There is no need to search, so just be happy now! Love is the only reality of the world, because it is all One - and the only laws are paradox, humor and change.
After reading Way of the Peaceful Warrior don't tuck it away on a bookshelf to gather dust. Keep it close at hand, and recapture guidance from many of the metaphors sprinkled throughout the story. The secret of happiness, Socrates so aptly points out, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less. -- Association for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter, July, 1984
Remarkably wise, provocatively humorous, and hauntingly beautiful. It may even change the lives of many who peruse its pages. -- Dr. Stanley Krippner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As it says, "a book that changes lives". It didn't exactly change my life, but it didwake up to enjoy my NOW. Read morePublished 2 days ago by iridethejaz
Read it years and years ago and loved it.
Actually bought it because I recalled a dialogue which I thought was in the book but couldn't find it
in my Kindle edition. Read more
Very interesting book, keeps you wanting to read more, but one has to look and be wise:Published 11 days ago by Barbara Lockett
This story was a painful reminder of my own misguided reality, and eventually led to hope for me through Dan's progression of breakthroughs. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Ann M. Williams
The last part of the book is incredibly boring, and the ending is cheesier than young adult romance books, but the character Socrates makes up for all of the flaws in this book. Read morePublished 28 days ago by F_mas