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From Publishers Weekly

Psychiatrist Peck's sequel to The Road Less Traveled was a 10-week PW bestseller.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This sequel to The Road Less Traveled ( LJ 9/15/78), composed from lectures that best-selling author and psychiatrist Peck has given since his last success, presents spiritual as well as psychological aspects of adult maturation. He explores growing up into forgiveness rather than blame; finding meaning in death; developing genuine self-esteem while dealing with problems of omnipotence, good and evil, and heroism; coping with addictions, which Peck terms the sacred disease; and finding a personal god. Peck criticizes psychiatry for ignoring the spiritual histories of patients and for misdiagnosing as a result. Highly recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/93.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 2 edition (January 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068484723X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684847238
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 1, 2000
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Even better My guess is that if you are looking up this book it is because you are familliar with Scott Peck's work and particulary with The Road Less Travelled.
The Road Less Travelled had a profound impact on me in my early twenties - as I know it did millions of other people. Further Along the Road is just as good, if not better. I read it recently in my thirties and it felt like an extraordinarily wise and more mature book. I believe the man who wrote it, has grown in wisdom and maturity and he shares that here in a style which is, as always, clear, thought-provoking and above all affecting.
I felt like I was in the presence of a real truth-seeker and a man who had come a good way down the Less Travelled Road himself, and was not afraid to admit his failings and pitfalls.
I might add that after the Road less Travelled I bought a number of other Scott Peck books ( A Different Drum, A World WAiting to Be Born, People of the Lie) and was usually disappointed. Further Along on the other hand is a seriously good book. Highly recommended for all seekers of wisdom.
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It felt to me, like I was traveling along with Scott on his Journey towards spiritual growth. The more I read, the more interested I became: Here's a man who has traveled (as well as practiced) many different path to enlightenment, yet in the end he has the guts to say "I don't know...!". He gave me many practical hints on how to live life to the fullest, how to get a fresh picture of Jesus and many other, interesting subjects. I especially admired his willingness to reveal himself .Also, his Buddist philosophy of the paradoxal nature of beliefs is very refreshing. The only reason why I did not give it a 10 is because since reading: "Conversations with God", I cannot assign any other book with a higher mark. However, that does not take away from the day-today "hands-on' value of this book. I will definitely get the audio cassettes for those friends (and clients) of mine who could be greatly helped by a particular chapter from the book. Highly recommended for all spiritual counselors, preachers and those of you who struggle with the conventional image of God, the devil, Heaven and Hell. Good work Mr. Scott.
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In the first fifty pages of this book Dr. Peck really inspires me. These pages will be reread by me for many years to come. His words are an affirmation that good work will reap rewards, even if it is not in the form of instant gratification.

These first pages remind me that there is a lot more out there, and it helps me to refocus on what is truly important to me, to my family, and to the community I live in. Dr. Peck really speaks to the man in me who wishes to do his best for those around me, as well as helping me to fight back the more selfish man within me.

I find this to be a frankly written book, written plainly without unnecessary exercises in intellectual grandeur. He writes intelligently, passionately, and compassionately as Dr. Peck reminds you that he is just a subject to failings as the reader.
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M. Scott Peck follows up his popular best-seller with this collection of essays melded together quite well to form a coherent book. The chapters range over a variety of topics that add to the spiritual growth theme Peck has going in his first book. The topics that stand out in my mind after having just read the book are as follows:

1. How society needs to think about dying more

2. How AA really has a good program - melding spirituality and psychology.

3. Science and religion (or spirituality) need to find common ground together after spending years in separate spheres.

4. The four stages of spiritual development.

There is more there too, but these are the topics that I remember the best. It's a very quick read and well worth your time. But read "The Road Less Traveled" first if you haven't done so already.
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Its impossible to discount Peck as an effective author. He's very passionate and moving in his books and he is indeed genuine. But this book does not have the power of the Road Less Travelled. This is mostly because Peck seems to have lost focus on why he wrote the original.
Peck's newer works tend to be based on conjecture and his own personal philosophies rather than on his expirience as a clinician. Furthermore he re-hashes many ideas on pain and myths and religion. His ideas about Christianity are fresh and entertaining but hardly based on a firm foundation.
But hardest to swallow was his his section on Heresy in which he claims heresy is alive and well in the church. Indeed it is, unfortunately its also in his book. I'm sure many Christian's would agree that Peck's idea that Jesus may have been bi-sexual, and therefor a sinner, would qualify as heresy. Also the way he discounts the scripture in many places shows that he's not exactly strong in his Christian faith, but still a skeptical pseudo-believer. Its miss-steps like this that carry on in the tradition of the shaky ending to his first book. Stick with the first sections on Discipline and Love, Peck is brilliant in them. Beyond that his work is usually good, but sometimes, quite bad.
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