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Further Along the Road Less Traveled: The Unending Journey Towards Spiritual Growth Paperback – January 2, 1998
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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.
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.
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.
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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A life changing book. If I was on a desert island this would be the book I would take. This book helped me change my life. It can help you too.Published 3 months ago by icangetyouatoe
Peck continues to deliver a bitter truth. He is the authority on self-growth and true self-exploration as far as I am concerned. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jack S
first book was better, this one feels forced but still a good read
Everyone should read this book. I'm surprised at how long it's been around. Really helpful to me.Published 13 months ago by Ms. Cush