The Road Less Traveled is about personal growth. It requires a great deal of honest and often painful self examination, not allowing one to evade the dismaying truths one finds within. It demands that one question every belief and perception of reality that one holds. It is based on self-discipline: delaying gratification, committing ourselves to our own priorities, solving problems, managing our time, taking responsibility, living in the present, accurately perceiving reality, opening oneself to challenge, and balancing.
This is a very difficult path for many people to take, and requires courage, honesty, clarity and judgment. The challenging, or potentially offensive thing about this book is that it requires one to think, and rethink, every aspect of one's life and identify those areas which are keeping one from evolving, both psychologically and spiritually. The process is not easy, involving pain and suffering. Many people are not willing to go through the grueling ordeal, hence the title of the book.
The book deals with spirituality, it does not exempt examination of our religious beliefs, regardless of what they are. I don't think that anything he says is offensive to any specific group of people. My grandmother gave me the book, and I can honestly say that she was a very devout Christian. The book does not adhere to any specific belief system or religious path, though the author uses a Judeo-Christian framework in many places. It would be as appropriate for a Jew, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Wiccan, Animist, or atheist.
By melding love, science, and religion into a primer on personal growth, M. Scott Peck launched his highly successful writing and lecturing career with this book. Even to this day, Peck remains at the forefront of spiritual psychology as a result of The Road Less Traveled. In the era of I'm OK, You're OK, Peck was courageous enough to suggest that "life is difficult" and personal growth is a "complex, arduous and lifelong task." His willingness to expose his own life stories as well as to share the intimate stories of his anonymous therapy clients creates a compelling and heartfelt narrative.
I did enjoy this book, though at time I really had to focus or re-read a paragraph or two to fully understand waht Peck was trying to relay. Looking forward to reading his follow up book, "Further Along the Road Less Traveled"
With profound psychological and spiritual insight, Dr. M. Scott Peck, a practicing psychiatrist, suggests ways in which confronting and resolving our problems--and suffereing through the changes--can enable us to reach a higher level of self-understanding. This is a book that can show us how to embrace reality and achieve serenity and fullness in our lives.
A classic in the personal growth genre, Scott Peck deserves his reputation as a provocative thinker who helps us change and move from one stage of life to the next as better people. If you want personal development with a spiritual orientation, The Road Less Travelled is for you.
I got the most from the initial portions of the book, where Peck discusses the tools necessary for a live of self-discipline: delaying of gratification, acceptance of responsibility, dedication to truth, and balance. Lots of emphasis on how important attentive and loving parenting is when it's combined with the courage to thoughtfully address problems and needs.
Mar B. reviewed The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spritual Growth on + 77 more book reviews
"Life is difficult" starts this classic book on psychology and spirituality. A realistic view of the world as opposed to all the mindless enthusiastic media blather written by one of the most respected minds of 20th century psychology.
The book provides you with an easy message of how to make your life more open and lighter. Mr. Peck is a Christian and writes about traditional values and spirituality but this book is less religious than his later writings.
I have read and reread this book at least 10 times. I recommend it as required reading for everyone. I have purchased about 16 copies of it because I keep leading it to people and somehow don't get it back but I bought this one as a gift for friend. Highly recommend all Peck's books.
M. Scott Peck's books are filled with wisdom not found much these days. I thoroughly enjoy them and always learn something. I appreciate that he is a good writer as well. I recommend his books to friends and family. Read this book as a first one and you will be hooked.