I'm not normally into "self" books wheather they be self help or self exploration etc. I must admit, though, when I was in the Navy on board ship, this book was passed along to me by a good friend, and I found it engaging. It didn't hurt either, that most of the story took place in Berkeley, where I grew up, making it instantly identifiable to me. I ended up really enjoying this story. I heard that it was adapted into a movie, but I have no comment on that.
I was disappointed. It seemed that the narrative was simply a clumsy means to string together a bunch of literary tropes. While it was nice to be reminded of these old stories, parables etc, it didn't make for an very entertaining novel OR a good old self helper. Sort of like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which was kind of boring plus you still had to buy Chilton's anyway.
There was something about Millman's writing style that annoyed me. Some parts were too drawn out, while many, many transitions in the story were almost non-existent.
The value in the book is the "deep" realizations Dan has through his mentor--I am a graduate of The Landmark Forum...and almost every "profound" statement is something covered in the forum, thus they were of little value to me. Others who have not attened a Landmark educational or other Epistomology related course will most likely enjoy it a bit more than did I.
This book has become one of the most beloved spiritual sagas of our time. Shared among friends and families, this million-copy word-of mouth bestseller has inspired men and women of all ages in twenty languages worldwide.
This classic tale, told with hear and humor, speaks to the peaceful warrior in each of us. Countless readers have been moved to laughter and tears - even moments of illumination - as they discover life's larger meaning and purpose. Journey with Dan on this peaceful warriror's path to unreasonable happiness. Find out for yourself why this book changes lives.
I read this book many years ago. It helped me to see my life in a different light. Progress-both spiritual and physical- are key components to what you will get out of this book. It is fictional, but definitely enjoyable.
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior based loosely on the life of Dan Millman,a world class gymnist, is a revealing study of one man's journey to find answers to an inner quest. It is a mixture of philosophy,self help and holistic health. For anyone who enjoys a self psychological study-it is a good read.
Some books are meant to be read during a certain time in one's life. I think this is one of them. Like Catcher in the Rye and A Separate Peace, the lessons in this one are best absorbed by the late-teen/early 20's set, impressionable times when one is finding oneself apart from a familial group. This is mindfulness, straight up, and the author does it in a more cartoonish way than Thich Nhat Hanh.
Embarrassingly, this book reminded me of my own "enlightenment" during college, which I thought was unique to me. How proud I was to proclaim it to all the unwashed who would listen: you follow society's rules, you do what others tell you, you don't listen to the light within yourself, you follow the paths others make for you rather than blaze your own, you need to open your mind and accept (not listen to, mind you) other ideas! Ugh. So invariably and unwittingly conformist. Not a single soul walking around campus didn't feel the same way. So, this was kind of dripping with naÃ¯ve self-righteousness for me.
I don't believe a word of Millman's story about Socrates leaping onto buildings or singlehandedly fighting off three young attackers with knives. I also don't believe that Millman willed him back into life with some kind of tangible light inside of him. So much of what he said was just ridiculous.
The juvenile style of the writing was nothing short of torture to me. This book may change lives but it will be by default, at a time when your life is most probably going to change, anyway.
I give it two stars and not one because despite the discomfort, it was good to be reminded of the optimism and sheer stupidity of my youth. That's still part of me; although, I'd hate myself now. I'm one of those middle-aged, jaded folks I pitied. Now it's the other way around. Don't think for a second I'm missing the irony there.
This was an ok book, but just couldn't finish it. I should have read it before the movie, but didn't realize it was a book until after I had already seen the movie. I think people who like inspirational stories will like it though.