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Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives Paperback – April 13, 2006
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From the Author
This, my first book, has a special place in my heart -- and in the hearts of my readers. It emerged from an intensive search lasting more than a decade. It blends autobiographical fact with flights of imagination to convey vivid reminders to my readers about life's promise and potential. Pablo Picasso once said that art is a lie that helps us to see the truth. I invite curious readers to visit the Q&A section at peacefulwarrior.com.
Way of the Peaceful Warrior serves as an introduction to the way, detailed in the numerous books that have followed over the years. Each of these books -- including titles like No Ordinary Moments, The Laws of Spirit, and The Four Purposes of Life -- presents another facet of the peaceful warrior's way -- an approach to living that I teach worldwide.
After my first book was finished, I didn't write another one for ten years -- until the intervention and influence of other mentors and life experiences provoked new writings that followed over the years.
From the Back Cover
Way of the Peaceful Warrior has become one of the most beloved spiritual sagas of our time. Shared among friends and families, it is translated into more than twenty languages and has inspired people of all ages. It speaks to the peaceful warrior in each of us. Countless readers have been moved to laughter and tears -- and even to moments of illumination -- as they rediscover life's larger meaning and purpose.
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The author (Dan Millman) relates a personal mystical experience and a meeting with a man who Dan calls Socrates or Soc for short. Dan is in college at the time and is also world champion gymnast athlete and one night when he could not sleep he wound up at a small all-night gas station. This is where he meets a man working the night shift who becomes his philosophical and spiritual mentor.
The unique and original approaches to learning about what is really important in life are the lessons Dan is taught in sometimes subtle and unusual ways. The numerous conversations and feedback between Dan and Socrates makes this 217 page soft cover an interesting read. I had heard about this book some time ago but did not read it until recently. There also was a movie made based upon this book.
This book is organized into three books. Book one covers “the winds of change.” Book two is about “the warrior’s training.” The final book (3) is about the final search and the gate opens. There is also information about the movie being made from the book.
Even though I enjoyed reading this book I have some disagreements with some of the esoteric approaches in this book; nevertheless, I felt it was good enough to give 5 stars.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Zen Poetry Moments: Haiku and Senryu for special occasions).
It has lots of moments that are pop culture and pop psychology but those are overshadowed by the powerful presentation of the concepts and the moments of valuable story-telling.
A good, formidable, worthwhile read, especially if you're the kind of person who likes to play at reflection and 'light' philosophy.
Before I finished it, I was already on Amazon purchasing the next one that way I had it just in time.
I am 100% certain that the Author Dan Millman has first hand experiences with some of the more mystical esoteric subjects!
It is an extremely inspiring novel, and I would liken Dan to the author Paulo Coelho as this book and The Alchemist while different subjects; are still written and inspiring in the same manner.
Dan is now on my list of Favorites, and forever a fan.
So, if you like The Alchemist; purchase this book
There is what you want to happen and then there is what IS happening. Both are important but we don't take note of the latter in favor of the former when, in reality, with awareness of both, they support each other's thrival.
A rich reminder of the value that razor sharp awareness can bring to every facet of life.
"Lose the mind."
"Take out the trash."
"Where are you?" "Here."
"What time is it?" "Now."
Release the mind, be present, and nothing else matters, you realize it is all perfect.
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I felt I wasted my money, as it didn't tell me anything I didn't already...Read more
My kids and read myself at 24 yo
Movie sucked but book is good!