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Perhaps no book in this generation has had a more profound impact on our intellectual and spiritual lives than The Road Less Traveled. With sales of more than seven million copies in the United States and Canada, and translations into more than twenty-three languages, it has made publishing history, with more than ten years on the New York Times bestseller list.
Now, with a new Introduction by the author, written especially for this twenty-fifth anniversary deluxe trade paperback edition of the all-time national bestseller in its field, M. Scott Peck explains the ideas that shaped this book and that continue to influence an ever-growing audience of readers.
Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding, The Road Less Traveled continues to help us explore the very nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life. It helps us learn how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one's own true self.
Recognizing that, as in the famous opening line of his book, "Life is difficult" and that the journey to spiritual growth is a long one, Dr. Peck never bullies his readers, but rather guides them gently through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self-understanding.
It is a wonderful book for self improvement. It could be a eye-opener for those who haven't touched the topic of spiritual growth before. You may find a case or two that is similar to your own "problem", only varying in severity. It provides lot of foods of self reflection. Although this sounds obvious, we somehow always forget that it requires a genuine love to nurture a relationship - marriage, parenting, etc. Lack of love in childhood might have caused mental illness or psychological problems in adult times.
Probably because of my own personal (in)experience, the latter parts on grace and religion do not click on me. That said, the first part alone deserves my five stars rating.
I first read this book 5-6 years ago and it influenced my way of thinking. When I now read it as a father of two kids, I learn something else as a parent. This must be a book for regular re-reading.
Waleswong said on Jan 20, 2011, 10:51
gds effect said on Oct 29, 2009, 21:27
打開了第一頁, 才看第一句, 就覺得很有道理: Life is Difficult.
是的, 我同意 Scott Peck 的見解: 我們所遇到的部分心理問題, 都源於一個錯誤的假設: 生命理應是充滿歡樂而沒有痛苦的. 幾乎所有的心理病, 其實都是一種逃避: 期望以捷徑繞過心理成長的漫長過程, 除去生命中痛苦的部分.
例如: 強迫症 (Obsessive-compulsive Disorder) 來自病者不願意接受人生總有危機及不能控制之處, 寧可以極大代價換取心理上一時的平安.
心理成長必須來自一種直接面對痛苦的勇氣, 當中並無捷徑可圖. 而這一條路, 雖然較少同行者, 卻是唯一的出路.
很喜歡書中不少 Scott Peck 真實的治療過程, 使其講解不流於死板. 有一些已是修讀心理學的朋友耳熟能詳的道理, 可是, 個人認為仍值得一看!
Solitude said on Jul 26, 2007, 23:03