The Road Less Traveled
A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth
The 25th Anniversary Edition
By M. Scott Peck
Simon and Schuster 2002
ISBN: 0743238257
Nonfiction Self-Help

Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, MyShelf.Com
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Not Just for Exercise Any More

"No Pain, No Gain" Is Still the Road Best

Unlike some reviewers, I feel that if I get one idea that will change my life from a book, that book has been well worth its cost. Peck's first book did just that. After a lapse of many years, I started writing again, my health improved and yes, I attribute that to Peck's first "Road Less Traveled."

I don't know how this second one will affect my next decade for I haven't yet walked down that road. I expect that it will make some major difference for me. I suppose it might for anyone who reads it with a willing spirit.

One of the things I learned from Peck is to consciously be open to new ideas or to refamiliarizing oneself with good, old ones. Being quick to find fault is often nothing more than a defense of old practices that may allow us to protect ourselves so that we feel oh, so comfortable. Growing pains are sometimes preferable to warm fuzzies. That's why it is the road LESS traveled.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the author of "This is the Place" and "Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered"

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