The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth

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Now featuring a new introduction by Dr. M. Scott Peck, the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the classic bestseller The Road Less Traveled, celebrated by The Washington Post as “not just a book but a spontaneous act of generosity.”

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.

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.

About M. Scott Peck

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M. Scott Peck, author and psychotherapist, was born on May 22, 1936 in New York City. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and was attending Middlebury College before being expelled for refusing to attend mandatory R.O.T.C. sessions. He transferred to Harvard, where he graduated in 1958, and then earned a M.D. in 1963 from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He was a psychiatrist in the United States Army for nearly 10 years, was the director of the New Milford Hospital Mental Heath Clinic, and worked in a private psychiatric practice in Connecticut. In 1984, he helped establish the Foundation for Community Encouragement, whose mission is to promote and teach the principles of Community. He is among the founding fathers of the self-help genre of books. The Road Less Traveled, Peck's best known book, was a New York Times bestseller for a decade. His works deal with helping people and bringing about a lasting peace for mankind. He is the recipient of the 1984 Kaleidoscope Award for Peacemaking, the 1994 Temple International Peace Prize, and the Learning, Faith and Freedom Medal from Georgetown University in 1996. He died on September 25, 2005 at the age of 69.
Published March 13, 2012 by Touchstone. 322 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Business & Economics, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical, Romance, Law & Philosophy, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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But because he is attuned to the nascent conservative backlash against the therapeutic worldview, Peck also cites Gospel passages, recruits psychotherapy to the cause of traditional religion (he even convinces a patient to sign up for divinity school) and insists that problems must be overcome th...

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Philosophical psychiatrist Peck (Further Along the Road Less Traveled) continues his journey through the existential conflicts and baffling paradoxes on the meandering road of personal development.

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Los Angeles Times

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Indeed, when "Road" was first published, Peck had to threaten to sue his publisher to get the book into a second printing.

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NEW YORK — The book "The Road Less Traveled" has topped The New York Times best-seller list for nearly 10 years--as long as "Cats" has played on Broadway--but no one seems to know why.

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Spirituality & Practice

The final section is on the search for a personal God with lectures on the role of religion in spiritual growth, matter and spirit, the new age movement, sexuality and spirituality, and an epilogue on psychiatry's predicament.

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New Model Adviser

Once these ‘muscles’ of love have been used, they tend to stay, increasing our power to channel love in the most life-giving and appropriate way.

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RH: Your book addresses topics like acceptance, humility, gratitude, balance, and love - not disorders, like we usually find in self-help books.

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