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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.
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 10 hours ago by F_mas
Honestly, the "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" is an odd book that I'm having a hard time sorting out in my head. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Tony Leguia
Great book, fun to read, lots of awesome lessons. More enjoyable than most personal development reads.Published 3 days ago by Robert
Decent book for a martial artist. Drags out some and is written on about a fourth frade reading level.Published 4 days ago by William Totten
Hmmmm.... If you REALLY want true peace, and become a warrior, you must read the Bible, study under scholars like Saint Agustin, Scott Hahn, Jeff Cavins, Pope John Paul II, and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Trudy Swanson
Good message but man does this book drag to get there. The material is written in a strange manner where at times things are too simplistic and other times things seem to be overly... Read morePublished 8 days ago by dizzle
I dont think we all need. Socrates to find our own way, specially to put the mind through a very hard process, I think life puts everything in its place and God lets you know the... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Oswaldo R.
This is a very simple and easily digested practical take-you-by-the-hand experience in spirituality. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Mohammad Alshafey