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Morgan's Unique Vignette's Along HIS Jorney, NOT OURS!
on March 11, 2010
The late Dr. Morgan Scott Peck has been a gift to me, quite literally. Two of his books literally "landed" at my home totally unexpectedly. I ordered neither book. I'll comment about "Further Along the Road Less Traveled" only, because this book is a unique literary piece compiled by a talented medical doctor, and a team of publishing professionals.
This book deserves to stand alone out of sheer respect for the art of writing and for the people who make the art come to life in it's black and white book form. Comparisons to Dr. Peck's other books might otherwise minimize the worth of the individuals who together made this work a reality. Living souls, men and women living inside of attractive and unattractive bodies, just like you and me; they cared enough about the reader and their professions to devote time, energy, and resources to get this book to the shelves.
For me, I found the book having an almost "whimsical" quality. By and large, this book chronicles the spiritual journey in life that Dr. Peck found himself traveling as the result of his skill in arranging words so as to passionately communicate with the spirits of his readers. Dr. Peck was indeed an imperfect mortal man, but I believe he translated inspiration communicated to him by an Incredible and Compelling spiritual Voice that finds It's home, It's UNIQUE and PERSONAL dwelling place, deep within each individual reader.
Dr. Peck discusses the path of growth in his personal relationship with "God", which evolved through his interpretation of the written psycho-spiritual legacy of a certain Jewish carpenter who passionately lived and died among us, as one of us: a "son of man". The influence of Carl Jung and the Gospels combined in forming the indelible signature of this gifted psychiatrist who can touch many in just the right way and in just the right places with this book.
This book is essentially a journal of Morgan's lifelong journey sketched in vignettes which led him to learning, understanding, and developing abstract spiritual concepts; then his attempts (successful and unsuccessful) to weave these "graces" into whichever nooks and crannies of life the author found himself. M. Scott Peck is bold and "earthy". In this book, his words and ideas are thought-provoking, his delivery is passionate, and more than anything else, he writes in a non-clinical "no-nonsense" manner that is easy to understand.
Scott Peck writes with experience and power. His concept of "Spiritual Stages of Growth" forms a viable modality which should become a mandatory element in psychotherapy. The author's discussion of "secular humanism" and it's subtle negative professional bias is an eye-opener. Peck's understanding of "using God's name in vain" speaks to my heart - no - it RINGS with clarity! His discussion about "integrity" and "paradox" is bold, novel, yet remarkably succinct.
Morgan Scott Peck seems to have a firm grasp (albeit slightly "unconventional") on his personal faith which he describes as "Christianity" - which is also an underlying theme throughout this writing. Some "Christians" have commented that Peck goes too far "outside the box". Perhaps their God has limitations? I'll just speculate that "God" allowed Scott Peck certain spiritual liberties because "omnipotent" Truth probably would not be threatened by that which is unconventional or creative.
Dr. Morgan Scott Peck appealed to people - he was a "ham" and knew it; and he used it to follow his Calling in the best way he knew how. He was a healer; a peacemaker. I believe the world is a better place having been graced with his work. I admire Scott Peck because he is candid, and his human flaws are not hidden from the public eye. He is far from perfect, but that's something I can identify with, and his writing has helped me grow. If everyone who helped me to grow emotionally or spiritually were perfect, I would never have grown and would be doomed to a life and death filled with shame.
If you purchase this book, delve into it without any preconceived notions, or expectations based on Dr. Peck's other books. I found that this book, indeed, stood on it's own, and was distinctly different than his other books that I've read. Yet this darn book managed to FIND ME ON ITS OWN! A rather remarkable feat of synchronicity, wouldn't you say? Of course there was "magic" in this. "Further Along the Road Less Traveled" delivered deep thought and inspiration that I might not have explored because I never thought once of buying the book. Yet here comes M. Scott Peck changing my life AGAIN! It's mysterious how "change" sometimes can literally show up unexpected right on one's doorstep. Remarkable!