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Ve a religion that science is a religion as well as atheism and spends some considerable ffort in describing matters that he considers as being actually miraculous He appoints as miracles the abundance of healthy humans despite what he considers the apparent fragility of body and mind He presents personal anecdotes regarding his own near death Where My Heart Used to Beat experience and mundane coincidences as thevidence of miracles and shared consciousness and The Truth (Discworld, employs the wonder and improbability ofvolution over physical Mr. Perfect entropy to project to the reader the idea that the world as we know it is governed by what he describes as grace a mysterious divine power that is internal conflict with Secret Suffragette entropyThis latter discussion shows the age of the book since it was written in the late 1970 s and the physics and mathematics of the day were without the computers to create virtual models by which to study such physical manifestations asntropy In light of this the author s assertions are highly selective He describes 7 Secrets of the Goddess entropy the reduction ofnergy dispersion to a chaotic state as the final overarching physical attribute of matter He ignores the fact that molecular compounds combine through Indianomix electron bonding due tolectro magnetic attraction In fact one only has to look at a simple magnet to see that My Favorite Earthling (Otherworldly Men, energy in the form of a magnetic field can and does indeed have a great deal of order to its form and is not simply a matter of chaoticntropic dispersal Not only that but this process of compound formation gives rise to literally Doglands every type of physical matterach having different levels of combined resilience Riveted (Iron Seas, eg soap diamonds and amino acids whosexistence are not governed by An Officer and a Spy entropy but merely affected by it in terms of theirxistential longevityAs with Fates (Fates, evolution one of the great mysteries of life is the development of consciousness yet here the author once again attributes it sxistence as another miracle Asserting that this is a particularly human trait he goes further to make additional assertions on human Recipe for Temptation (Madewood Brothers, evolution attributing the nature ofvil to ntropy going so far as to suggest that human lethargy is in fact ntropy manifested as OBaby evil and that it is laziness and a lack of application of the author s conceptual love and discipline that is the major cause of psychological problems in human beings Asxamples the author then actually uses biblical images the serpent and apple on the tree of knowledge the crucifixion of Christ and the concept of original sin and simply adapts them to suit his reasoning That the concept of original sin is a later idea projected onto the Gospels of Genesis by St Augustine and absorbed by Roman Catholicism in the 16th century seems to be idly ignored so It seems laziness of the mind can also Nerds extend to celebrated psychoanalystsAlso at no point is there any reference to the nature of suffering that the author s described sentient god is willing to assert not only on humanity but on all of nature with disease starvation and the cruel predations of all manner from the microbic virus to the leaping tiger uite how that is part ofntropic lethargy and is Zack (Areion Fury MC entirely acceptable to a divine creator is leftntirely untouchedAs the book begins to draw to its final chapter M Scott Peck actually acknowledges that he cannot fully describe his model for grace nor does he accurately describe the conditions by which some are capable of attenuating this lackadaisical Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, evil other than by having the good fortune to be Blessed perhaps just having loving parents and maybe anffective ContamiNation education or basically be fortunatenough to be raised as a well adjusted human being and not feel the need to seek the advice of a psychoanalystIn closing the writer begins to slip into dogma I have interpreted Christ s saying Many are called but few are chosen to mean that very few choose to heed the call of grace because of the difficulties involved then a few pages later claims that the study of theology is a relatively poor method of preparation and by itself completely useless going to claim that such a paradox is an Taxi ins Glück emblem of his previously purported miracle of serendipityAt the last he then finishes the book with a lengthy flourished chapter charged with absolution andncouragement meant to mbolden the reader to go forth with Grace into the miraculous world and njoy their new found higher knowledge to the betterment of humanityThere is a brief afterword that acknowledges all the praise given to the author but noticeably no criticism and advises the reader seeking psychological therapy on best ways to do soSo still hereFor me since this book presents itself as an advisory and as good counsel for those in search of spiritual Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas enlightenment then I feel is necessary to go further than offer a basic critiueTo be blunt if one is to take baking advice from a baker then his bread had better be good It is in this respect that having looked at M Scott Peck s bibliography and personal life I find reason to distance myself from his work That in 2005 he felt compelled to write his personal account of demonic possession and thexorcisms he has personally performed as well as his catalogue of other books dedicated to those who are in search of The Magic Rolling Pin enlightenment leaves me with a sense of a man who is pandering to those who are willing to accept truth as something they should be told as opposed to something they are capable of accepting and deciding for themselves To me faith and spirituality whatever the denomination reuires that the believer who will appoint himself as preacher should be able to personally attest to its benefits by their own actions So to the man himself a self confessed philanderer a divorcee who chooses to drink and smoke marijuana who livesstranged from two of his own children I can only offer dubious respect to his professional and academic credentialsFinally if I were to offer any advice to the prospective reader before Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, embarking on this book first read Battle For The Mind by William Sargant Another highly controvers. Eless in its message of understanding The Road Less Traveled continues tonable us to xplore the nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life It helps us determine how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one's own true self Recognizing that Lif.
This book is a bridge between psychology and spirituality I wish I had read it arlierIt is divided into four parts1 DISCIPLINE Brilliant and a totally different take on what discipline actually is love2 LOVE Again mind blowing and myth busting take on true love and the myth of romantic love This is the longest part of the book and obviously very Garden Bouquets and Beyond emotionally challenging to read If there was a course on love in school it would look somewhat like this book3 GROWTH and RELIGION The concept thatveryone has a religion because The Unseen Wonder everyone has some belief systemven atheists or agnostics This chapter gives specific The Management Bible examples on how religion can hinder someone s spiritual journey or how it can heal someone s spiritual journey and put them on a fast track This being the shortest chapter I wish there werexamples but it has good insights anyway4 GRACE I commend the author s tact in dealing with this subject of God and grace in terms of the unconscious and consciousness This part is what deals with the purpose and meaning of life and how to find it or how to let it come to you the paradox of lifeOverall here s my take if there was one book just one to teach us the basics of how to live a life and not just a living it would be this book No school or university can give academic degrees in love courage and wisdom this book is the crash course The book is a series of Zu schnell examples of people in therapy with the author and his insights on their progress or lack thereof and what makes them heal faster or what hinders the healingRecommended for anyone dealing with anxiety stress depression panic attacksxistential crisis moral dilemmas Sleepless (Bird of Stone, etcand for anyone who thinks they are in total control of their life physicalmotional spiritual it might shake up the control aspect a bit but totally worth it Everyone needs some therapy if they have survived childhood I bought a paperback copy of the book by Random House the print and binding are okay but the fonts are small and it s asy to get lose sight of line while reading The first part of the book is really very good It xamines the way people grow up with a certain set of beliefs and coping mechanisms which we carry into adulthood but do not serve us well and commit us to never being the best version of ourselves or for others It also xplains the mechanisms you can mploy to break this cycle should you choose to want to and this is the key part many people are just too afraid to face the pain of the truth of their pasts and upbringings As I said really interesting first half and helpful in so many wayThe last half of the book sadly to me talks too much about God If this stuff interests you you ll love it For me I don t need to be told that finding grace in life is about actually finding God and religion Rubbish But then the book is 40 years old There are parts too which are sadly of it s age some uestionable views on homosexuality but if you can understand that it was written in the context of it s time you can hopefully move past that and still see merit in some parts of the book This is a pleasant read and a book to keep Good life knowledge and actually a lot here on parenting which was a welcomed surprise A few people have mentioned they didn t like the religious direction of the final two chapters the referencing to the bible and God I was concered Rather than write a plain old review of this book I thought I d make a personal Invisible (The Curse of Avalon evaluation of it as I think that may be useful to prospective readers so pleasexcuse my individual intimationsThis book was recommended to me by two friends who are a couple whilst at a party After the party I spoke with others who had read the work and received comments as far reaching and contradictory as life changing on one hand and utter garbage on the other Curious as to what kind of book would produce such vastly opposed opinions I decided to read it and now I understand why it affords such diverse reactionsIn truth I think the attitude of the reader and his or her and reason for reading the book has as much to do with its perceived merit as the content itself Personally I am 47 years old I hold one combined undergraduate degree in philosophy and psychology which I did not njoy studying for at all and another in computer science the latter now being my professional vocation My second degree was a first class honours as opposed to the 2nd I received for my initial studies and I put that down to my own attitude and acceptance of the new subject in being inherently affiliated with logic and truth as is the nature of computer scienceThe point I d like to make with this information is that those who come to this book in search of spiritual solace will very likely find it In the same way if one approaches science religion or the apparent wisdoms and practices of the new age movement with an attitude of openness and trust towards spirituality then one will feel rewarded with the knowledge gained However if one approaches this book out of simple curiosity or with a background of knowledge of philosophy and psychology that brings a degree of skepticism towards the author s soteric answers of religion and spirituality then the work appears sadly flawed though not as some people suggest to it s utter destructionIn fact much of the book is very interesting as it describes accurately in psychoanalytical terms what other authors of fiction attempt to illustrate about the nature of the fforts and attitudes of contented adults in civilised western society To the lay reader this gives insights into the benefits of personal discipline the facets of long lasting stable relationships as opposed to the musings of new found love and the well described problems and solutions in overcoming one s own inhibiting beliefs For this I will credit the authorContrarily in the latter part of the book M Scott Peck continues to xplain aspects of human Deep Listening endeavour butngages in a discourse on his views on spirituality and religion He proposes that all human beings ha. Perhaps no book in this generation has had a profound impact on our intellectual and spiritual lives than The Road Less Traveled With sales of than 7 million copies in the United States and Canada and translation into than 23 languages it has made publishing history with than 10 years on The New York Times best seller list Told in a voice that is tim.
Ial psychologist this author at least describes the processes by which M Scott Peck seems to make a living without the veil of piety Two clear poles in this book The positive nd of the magnet the first half of the book was full of hard hitting uneuivocal life changing self help advice The idea that we strive to mbrace the pain in our lives instead of fleeing from home hitting the bottle sunstance abuse or any other self manufactured Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature evasive distraction is revolutionary To uote the Guy Ritchie movie Revolvermbrace the pain and you will win this game comes to mind His chapters on love are worth noting too It has certainly made me think twice about how I love my partner and my youngest son Love is as love does splendid uote Love is action Basically setting aside yourself to improve the spirit of another I ll certainly be taking this on board ad infantum This book is a battery in that it had a really positive beginning but became negative at the nd Peck spends the latter half of the book trying to convince the reader of a divine deity that brings grace into people s lives He argues that the unconscious is God and that our semi unconscious is the buffer between us and the divine He attapmts to crush volution as a scientific theory and Trajan even includes thermodynamics in an attempt to disprovevolution Anyone with reasonable scientific acumen will be horrified by his attempt he has absolutely no bussiness or purpose meddling in this area In a nutshell when something gets too difficult for science to understand his answer is God God fills all unknowns until they are known of course I spent the latter half of this book listening to a clergyman and the only reason I did so was because of the brilliance of the first half I spend the last half looking for a nugget here or there but to be honest I couldn t wait to get it finished This book saved my life What can you say I thought it was going to be another pull yourself up by your bootstraps and tuff it out kind of self help book that works for people who don t actually need help But it isn t at all Give it a chance I read this book almost 10 years ago in my Bunnys Book Club Goes to School early twenties and found it very insightful and helpful Now in myarly thirties and in graduate school for Psychology I find it very datedThe lens through which the author speaks comes across to me as one who is uick to label and see people through such labels His views on spirituality and morality seem to contradict and it is clear that his morals are based on relativism than Christian The Peculiar Pig ethics and boundaries If you are a Christian looking to read this you will uickly see what I am referring to I do not have a problem against spirituality it is a basic facet of our humanxistence But the author seems to be basing his moral and Cherry Ingram ethical conclusions on his personal opinion aloneAnother big issue I had reading through this was the reductionism Simple situations such as PTSD resulting from clear childhood or adult trauma are reduced to personality disorders and character disorders It is worrisome to imagine the lack of compassion given to some of these casexamples It is also concerning his recurring thoughts on psychotherapists falling in love with patients or being attracted to patients I wondered than once if his generalization of how often this happens is of an admission of his own personal boundary crossings A few statements he made left me rather blown away by his lack of moral compass For The Mermaids Shoes example his saying that an open marriage is the best way to go his comments on willingness to sleep with patients his crude thoughts on prostitution He admits he never saw sexual sin as a problem in his life This is clear and disturbingAll of that to say there are a few worthwhile ideas in this book as well However they are mainly in the first section of the book regarding delayed gratification personal responsibility and adherence to truth I am curious if anyonelse had this response to this book This is one of my favorite books I have read it and Untameable Rogue (Bennett enjoyedvery page than twenty times in the last twenty years I have audio tapes of the book read by Scott Peck and have listened to these tapes from beginning to The McKettrick Way (McKettricks, end than twenty times I particularlynjoy the second section of this book called LOVE Reading and comprehending the meaning of this chapter made me a better human being I learned that love is the natural way for me to live Midsummer Masque every moment ofvery day I have no time for negative thinking I purchased this copy to give to my stepson He has just become a father I want him to benefit from the great wisdom Dr Peck wrote with this marvelous book First of all When I read this book I felt that this book may be the best book in psychology This book is really thought provoking It looks like there are multiple revisionseditions of this book over the period of time I attached the picture of the soft cover one that I read This book was recommended by one of my friends and then I also found some good ratings about this book This book will give you a nice glimpse of your personality and will also make you realize that you can take control of your life It is a good read for all age groups The book starts with the toolstechniues of suffering the discipline to Maybe This Time (Belonging experience the pain of problems constructively These four tools are delayed gratification acceptance of responsibility dedication to truth and balancing The author says that the life problems cannot be avoided in life Toxperience happiness they need to be identified and solved One of my favorite uote from the books is Problems do not go away They must be worked through or Effetto domino else they remain forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit It took me some time to read this book as it is thought provoking and the thoughts need to be processed and digested before proceeding furtherIf this review helped you and you plan toxperience the The Road Less Traveled journey then have fun on this beautiful journey of greater self understanding and spiritual growth. E is difficult and that the journey to spiritual growth is a long one Dr Peck never bullies his listeners but gently guides them through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self understanding Combining profound psychological insight and deep spirituality this is an audiobook that provides inspiration and understandin.