Cart

The Road Less Traveled and Beyond: Spiritual Growth in an Age of Anxiety PDF, ePub eBook


Hot Best Seller
Title: The Road Less Traveled and Beyond: Spiritual Growth in an Age of Anxiety
Author: M. Scott Peck
Publisher: Published January 2nd 1998 by Touchstone (first published September 15th 1986)
ISBN: 9780684835617
Status : FREE Rating :
4.6 out of 5

4442.The_Road_Less_Traveled_and_Beyond.pdf

In order to read or download eBook, you need to create FREE account.
eBook available in PDF, ePub, MOBI and Kindle versions


reward
How to download?
FREE registration for 1 month TRIAL Account.
DOWNLOAD as many books as you like (Personal use).
CANCEL the membership at ANY TIME if not satisfied.
Join Over 150.000 Happy Readers.


The culmination of a lifetime of Dr. M. Scott Peck’s counseling, lecturing, and writing, and the conclusion of the classic bestselling Road trilogy, The Road Less Traveled and Beyond leads us to a deeper awareness of how to live rich, fulfilling lives in a world fraught with stress and anxiety. With the rare combination of profound psychological insight and deep spiritualit The culmination of a lifetime of Dr. M. Scott Peck’s counseling, lecturing, and writing, and the conclusion of the classic bestselling Road trilogy, The Road Less Traveled and Beyond leads us to a deeper awareness of how to live rich, fulfilling lives in a world fraught with stress and anxiety. With the rare combination of profound psychological insight and deep spirituality that has already spoken to millions of readers, Dr. Peck talks about decision making and the choices we make every day in business and at home, and the ethical choices that may affect the very survival of humankind. We learn the difference between good and evil, to overcome narcissism, to love and be loved, to live with paradox, to accept the consequences of our actions all through life, and to come to terms with dying and death. Dr. Peck is a guide on the adventure that is life, learning, and spiritual growth—life’s greatest adventure. Building in depth from the very first chapter to its lyrical and poetic conclusion, The Road Less Traveled and Beyond is an adventure in itself.

30 review for The Road Less Traveled and Beyond: Spiritual Growth in an Age of Anxiety

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matthew D

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I feel like it was one of the best books in terms of usefulness and ability to enlighten. I think the book can be summed up by the idea if we want to be a productive member of society we have to open ourselves to the pain of living, to overcome the pain we must discipline ourselves, we also cannot be loving without this discipline. Key Quotes: “Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this t I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I feel like it was one of the best books in terms of usefulness and ability to enlighten. I think the book can be summed up by the idea if we want to be a productive member of society we have to open ourselves to the pain of living, to overcome the pain we must discipline ourselves, we also cannot be loving without this discipline. Key Quotes: “Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.” “Love is the will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth... Love is as love does. Love is an act of will -- namely, both an intention and an action. Will also implies choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love.” “Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Moses Kilolo

    This book is about spiritual growth, and so said offers a religious (Christian) approach to its message. However Mr. Scott successfully avoids being preachy. He does not present the Christian faith as superior to others, and the subtlety of this approach makes any reader across the board comfortable with his message. His first emphasis is on thinking. No one need mention what an important component this is, of all human acts of choice. And the author offers a critical study against simple thinkin This book is about spiritual growth, and so said offers a religious (Christian) approach to its message. However Mr. Scott successfully avoids being preachy. He does not present the Christian faith as superior to others, and the subtlety of this approach makes any reader across the board comfortable with his message. His first emphasis is on thinking. No one need mention what an important component this is, of all human acts of choice. And the author offers a critical study against simple thinking, instead campaigning for depth. He goes on to tackle consciousness and its mystery, showing how a sense of awareness can bring to life harmony and serendipity. His other main assertion is that in order to grow, we need to learn. And learning is equally a choice, in a sense that we chose to, and or not to learn in our endeavor to come out of our narcissism. Part two of the book offers insights on the everyday life. It shows the personal life choices such as those of vocation as well as organizational life choices and the choices we make about society. It is in the third part of the book that he talks about God. Here I find a few things that I do not agree with. But generally the writing is honest and heartfelt enough. Since this is my first book this year, I hope that I will keep up and read more of non-fiction works this year.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

    This is one of my favorite books. If there was a course for life, this would be the book to bring.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Hunt

    I connected with this book. But, with all spiritual books, I think it all has to do with timing and when a person is ready for what they read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    K.J. Kron

    I liked this book, but it was more of a review of his others. Not great unless you've never read his others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melania Marianu

    Reading this was challenging - I was worried about the religious content in the beginning when I read about the authour, only to read the first chapter and to relax that it wasn't "contaminated", struggled with the later ones, when terms like good and bad, evil and sin, soul and ego flew in all directions, only to find in the latter chapters quite a unique view of how he thinks God is, even though he consider himself as a christian, and was actually baptized in his forties as a christian, but no Reading this was challenging - I was worried about the religious content in the beginning when I read about the authour, only to read the first chapter and to relax that it wasn't "contaminated", struggled with the later ones, when terms like good and bad, evil and sin, soul and ego flew in all directions, only to find in the latter chapters quite a unique view of how he thinks God is, even though he consider himself as a christian, and was actually baptized in his forties as a christian, but not belonging to any religion (how is that even possible?), and confessed that he even did not read the whole Bible. So the ideas that did stuck wih me was his opinion on the existence of paradoxes and the need for " wholeness" and "integration/integrity", maybe even the importance of awareness. The poem at the end was an infusion of spirituality, so I'm pretty happy that I stuck with reading it all the way trough.

  7. 5 out of 5

    James Perkins

    I hadn't read any books on spirituality for a while, but I'd heard of Peck and I'd heard of his "Road" books, so I thought I'd give them a go. Unfortunately, it was a major disappointment. It started well: his background in psychiatry and mine in psychology gave us a common understanding, and his comments on Western society "dumbing down", the negative effects of lying, the positive effects of feeling grateful, all hit the mark. His own personal anecdotes, illustrating various points, made it mo I hadn't read any books on spirituality for a while, but I'd heard of Peck and I'd heard of his "Road" books, so I thought I'd give them a go. Unfortunately, it was a major disappointment. It started well: his background in psychiatry and mine in psychology gave us a common understanding, and his comments on Western society "dumbing down", the negative effects of lying, the positive effects of feeling grateful, all hit the mark. His own personal anecdotes, illustrating various points, made it more real. So there were many positive aspects to this book. Despite this, he managed to completely destroy his own credibility. He constantly wavered between Freudian psychology and Christian theology, with blind faith in both, one contradicting the other, and neither showing any basis in scientific enquiry. For a psychiatrist, he showed an amazing lack of understanding of human behaviour, assuming that all evil is inherent rather than learned - and when he started hearing voices, he chose to believe it was the "voice of God" rather than a problem with his own mental health. Yet his most annoying habit was constantly referencing his own books as if he was the font of all knowledge without equal. His arrogance stifled whatever message his text was supposed to impart. I am open-minded in my views on human spirituality, but this book left me feeling that something very important was missing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Judith Symonds

    I found this book really hard to get into at first. However, after much perseverance I found that Dr Peck is very informative. This book is about thinking and now accepting popular culture. Dr Peck is a psychologist and many of his experiences with patients come through in his work. The thing that came up for me when I was reading this book was a story about a young woman who sounds much like me who suffered alot of frustration at work because most of her colleagues did not meet up to her standa I found this book really hard to get into at first. However, after much perseverance I found that Dr Peck is very informative. This book is about thinking and now accepting popular culture. Dr Peck is a psychologist and many of his experiences with patients come through in his work. The thing that came up for me when I was reading this book was a story about a young woman who sounds much like me who suffered alot of frustration at work because most of her colleagues did not meet up to her standards. Many years ago my husband suggested that I 'make allowances' for those people who were not as fortunate to be as smart as me. At the time, I actually thought that he was helpfully reminding me not to be so 'perfect'. Now I see it in this book, that because I continually educate myself and love to learn new things, there is an art to having more compassion for people and getting to understand them better.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Preda

    I loved this book. Still love it, as I discovered when I re-read it. There are so many little gems to be discovered every time you read it... it's the kind of book that reveal itself gradually as you grow older and hopefully wiser. The first time I read it all I saw was how well other people fit in the various categories described by the author. 'Yes! This is my mom, this is X, this is Y!' True, it made me better understand others but the real value came the second time around when I started to s I loved this book. Still love it, as I discovered when I re-read it. There are so many little gems to be discovered every time you read it... it's the kind of book that reveal itself gradually as you grow older and hopefully wiser. The first time I read it all I saw was how well other people fit in the various categories described by the author. 'Yes! This is my mom, this is X, this is Y!' True, it made me better understand others but the real value came the second time around when I started to see... well, me. And this is where the work begins. I highly recommend it to everyone interested in self-discovery and self-development. Not an easy road to take, but the only one that leads to truth and authenticity.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aria

    The first half of the book was ok, not so much new, but ok. Mostly talking about how "discipline" helps solving problems in life and examples of the cases that its lack is disastrous. The second half is terrible though. This is when he goes to spirituality and the motivation behind discipline which is "love". To see how meaningless it was, the author says because of second law of thermodynamics, evolution shouldn't have happened. It's because of "love" that it has happened! He not only has no und The first half of the book was ok, not so much new, but ok. Mostly talking about how "discipline" helps solving problems in life and examples of the cases that its lack is disastrous. The second half is terrible though. This is when he goes to spirituality and the motivation behind discipline which is "love". To see how meaningless it was, the author says because of second law of thermodynamics, evolution shouldn't have happened. It's because of "love" that it has happened! He not only has no understanding of second law of thermodynamics, but doesn't understand evolution either. I hope I hadn't wasted my time reading it at all!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alejna Alija

    Hard to get into it at the beginning, but once you are at the core of it you wrap yourself deep inside as you cannot leave the book for a minute! the author is a very priest in the background disguised with modern psychology and theology. if you are not that much of a spiritual person you might get annoyed at some parts, but even the greatest unbelievers would find big life lessons, helpful tips to life and a lot of modern psychology revealed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annie Frame

    Loved this book. Scott Peck didn't hold back and says it like it is. Delving into the human mind he makes a lot of sense of people and their behaviour. Although some readers might disgree with certain aspects I found The Road Less Travelled and Beyond a perfect read for those living in the mad world around us. Once again Scott Peck, thank you for a thoroughly good read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This book changed my life. I read it 24 years ago and it has become a parental inner voice of navigating and copping with life. It has been a great source of, comfort, strength and perspective. Today I am considered very emotionally grounded and sound and the foundation for this is from The Road Less Traveled.

  14. 4 out of 5

    A.J. Aaron

    It is about spiritual growth in an age of anxiety. This man puts it all together nicely in this book. He establishes the need for thinking again. In a society that has given over their decisions to everyone else by following established roads Dr. Peck re-ignites the need for genius and thinking about life daily. How the lack of thought causes the inequity and injustice's and prejudices in life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    J. Chris

    Nothing new in this book. I loved "The Road Less Traveled" but this was blah and a nothing new sequal.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hometowngirl

    Outstanding. I also recommend other books from Peck, especially People of the Lie.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Arlene Selman

    I read this just out of high school. I loved it and it changed my life. It was a stepping stone into inner self work.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    see my other comments on this author. he's one of my favorites. he really makes you think about whether humans are innately good or evil and how narcissistic behavior can destroy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I reread this book about once a year and it always has a calming effect

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Skimmed 60 pages hoping for insight. It seems to be just a rehashing of previous works and not-so-subtle bad theology disguised as a plea for the hard work of thinking. Any writer who attempts to couch a formative concept by cadging from Hamlet’s most quoted phrase is engaging in a sin rightly decried by the author: laziness.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    This book is absolutely a must read. This is for anyone wanting to further their spiritual growth in an educational and deep manner. Dr. Peck uses his life examples in an open and honest way that is easy to read. He speaks of paradoxes and puts into words so many experiences of God that are so hard to put into words. This book is timeless in the ever increasing world of anxiety.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emilija

    grace.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dale Heinemann

    Enjoyed this in the series of 3 he wrote The author is incredibly open and his reasoning is incredible

  24. 4 out of 5

    Luis

    Fantastic book about spiritual growth I firmly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good psychological reference. Well written and with great depth.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emilyn

    This rings a 3.5 stars for me. A major part of it could be attributed to the fact that when Peck wrote this, he was already in his sixties, having been through and seen more in life. Perhaps I may give this book an alternate rating when I re-read again at a later phase in life. Unlike its predecessor 'The Road Less Travelled', this book offers a much closer insight towards Peck's relationship with God and the intimacy he had with God which has manifested since his first book. It illustrates aptly This rings a 3.5 stars for me. A major part of it could be attributed to the fact that when Peck wrote this, he was already in his sixties, having been through and seen more in life. Perhaps I may give this book an alternate rating when I re-read again at a later phase in life. Unlike its predecessor 'The Road Less Travelled', this book offers a much closer insight towards Peck's relationship with God and the intimacy he had with God which has manifested since his first book. It illustrates aptly his growth in his walk with God.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed H

    What a gem of a book. It closely looks at discipline and how from a young age its developed through our parents influence, transference and environment. It also looks at the characteristics and reasons for not being discplined. Its simply states that people without discipline are not able to delay gratification, don't take responsibility, having an unrealistic view of the world and cannot balance their lives. Psychoanalysis is a process that an individual has to take I believe to better understa What a gem of a book. It closely looks at discipline and how from a young age its developed through our parents influence, transference and environment. It also looks at the characteristics and reasons for not being discplined. Its simply states that people without discipline are not able to delay gratification, don't take responsibility, having an unrealistic view of the world and cannot balance their lives. Psychoanalysis is a process that an individual has to take I believe to better understand his own reality or the map that they have in their head while trying to make it a better one through a therapist. In the second part the author explains or tries to define love or what is not love. Some surprising definitions and myths about love squashed so hard you will re think the word love all over again. Listening was also discussed and advice is given how to listen to your spouse and children, very useful I thought. The correlation between love and listening as the author would put it " Love in action " This book is about growth and self examination through the mind of a psychoanlisis, you will understand how they work what they do for you and how they help people. It is truly an ART fixing people's realities only is accomplished by LOVE. The author wrote this book for other psychotherapist that are studying psychoanalysis. He is indirectly helping them to grow spiritually. In addition this book looks at how to deal with religion when using psychoanalysis with patients. In some way its enlightening to read other people's stories with religion and how it helped them and dramatically also destroyed their lives. You will also find a good analysis about religion and science and how each team perceives one another. I really think this book should be taught in schools. Should be part of schools curriculum. It will allow future generations to discuss their realities and question religion for their own benefit and will most definitely make them know how to love. Thank you for taking the time to read my review. Dr Peck, Rest in peace, you have gifted the world a great gift. Your Love is evident in every page of this book. Thanking you is not enough rather spreading your book and explaining it to other is the least one can do.

  27. 4 out of 5

    A G

    I'm interested in learning what psychiatrists, psychologists have to say about the complete man, body and mind, the here and now and the beyond. The road is a metaphor, every traveler takes a route, some have no maps though maps are not the territory. As a psychotherapist and psychologist, I was curious to know how Dr. Peck builds the alliance with the client and the type of theory and principles he starts from. Life is difficult, uncertain, an 'inherently insecure burden' involving unlearning, I'm interested in learning what psychiatrists, psychologists have to say about the complete man, body and mind, the here and now and the beyond. The road is a metaphor, every traveler takes a route, some have no maps though maps are not the territory. As a psychotherapist and psychologist, I was curious to know how Dr. Peck builds the alliance with the client and the type of theory and principles he starts from. Life is difficult, uncertain, an 'inherently insecure burden' involving unlearning, relearning, 'the agony of not knowing'. There is something about us we need to work on, I agree. It is a field hospital, not dissimilar to MASH, a naturally evil world contaminated by goodness. Because evil is so destructive, it is the ultimate illness, and evil is the militant ignorance of the Shadow that we would rather not own up to, that we try to hide from ourselves and others because our conscious mind tries to avoid pain. Dr Peck tells us our finest moments occur precisely when we are uncomfortable, not feeling happy or fulfilled, struggling and marching. The journey of a road beyond is not easy without renunciation, kenosis and mortification in our natural idolatry of ease and comfort which the mass media conspires to keep alive in our consciousness. There are parallels between spiritual development and psycho-sexual developments. The author's mellowed and mature perspective of the Beyond which is an essential quest gives ultimate meaning to man's soul, his spiritual nature, the whole being, one cannot treat the body alone, the medical model is just one way of looking at disorders, disregarding the spiritual would be at our cost and the healing incomplete.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Venkataraman Kumbakonam S.

    This is a book of spiritual musings, though the author takes efforts not to make it so obvious; and has also succeeded to some extent. He surely must have been guided that way; otherwise, many like me, could not have understood the head or tail of the rapid flow of his thoughts, which is only a continuation of his earlier thoughts that have already appeared as famous books. I do not claim to have studied it and understood fully; but I can honestly say, I have been benefited by it. The concepts o This is a book of spiritual musings, though the author takes efforts not to make it so obvious; and has also succeeded to some extent. He surely must have been guided that way; otherwise, many like me, could not have understood the head or tail of the rapid flow of his thoughts, which is only a continuation of his earlier thoughts that have already appeared as famous books. I do not claim to have studied it and understood fully; but I can honestly say, I have been benefited by it. The concepts of thinking, consciousness, and learning now seem to be less abstruse. And, the choices to be made individually for self, and in relation to organizations, and society are clearer. all because, he speaks of - in clear terms - God and how He nurtures all of us. To conclude with author's words: "God is too immense to be limited to any chapter or book or even bible. Yet there is one word for our human experience, whenever we happen - seemingly by accident - to tap into, to participate consciously in, that immensity. It is the experience of glory."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kuhajeyan Gunaratnam

    Good read, as in the form of usual Scot Peck's ideas and narrations. Book is more of an extension of and possibly some repeat of his earlier work 'Road less traveled' and etc. Mostly around the book, Scots provides examples from his earlier works and repeats its explanation more or less the same way. As usual writer often highlights his experience in psychotherapy insists how it can be life changing, citing some of his clients. Never the less, most of the ideas he conveyed are very abstract, and Good read, as in the form of usual Scot Peck's ideas and narrations. Book is more of an extension of and possibly some repeat of his earlier work 'Road less traveled' and etc. Mostly around the book, Scots provides examples from his earlier works and repeats its explanation more or less the same way. As usual writer often highlights his experience in psychotherapy insists how it can be life changing, citing some of his clients. Never the less, most of the ideas he conveyed are very abstract, and sometimes bit convoluted i thought. Apart, this work talks lots about spirituality and Religion, Scot did make reasonable good explanation for both of these terms, and ideas are seemingly based on Christian teachings. And he validates hims as strong believer of Christianity. If you have read his works before, this book shall be a reasonable good read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Maden

    This book gave some great insight as to how we develop mentally and how our childhood and the love that we receive in childhood or lack thereof can affect how we handle situations and life as an adult. This also gave some interesting perspective about what it would be like to be a psychotherapist and some of the different ways of dealing with people who are going through different situations or illnesses in life. There was somewhat of a religious/God aspect of the book that I was not expecting b This book gave some great insight as to how we develop mentally and how our childhood and the love that we receive in childhood or lack thereof can affect how we handle situations and life as an adult. This also gave some interesting perspective about what it would be like to be a psychotherapist and some of the different ways of dealing with people who are going through different situations or illnesses in life. There was somewhat of a religious/God aspect of the book that I was not expecting but it was interesting to read the perspective on such. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would like to achieve more of an understanding about how what motivates us and also what holds us back from living the life that we desire and being truly happy.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

In order to read or download eBook, you need to create FREE account.
eBook available in PDF, ePub, MOBI and Kindle versions



Loading...