The book review: The Road Less Traveled
Perhaps no book has had a greater effect on our emotional and moral lives in this century than The Road Less Traveled. It has made publishing history with sales of more than seven million copies in the United States and Canada, and translations into more than twenty-three languages, having been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than ten years.
The Road Less Traveled, written in a voice that is timeless in its message of interpretation, continues to help us explore the very essence of romantic relationships and bring us to a new serenity and fullness of life. It encourages one to learn how to separate love from dependence; how to become a more fragile parent; and eventually how to become one’s own true self.
Reconnaissance of the fact that “Life is Complicated” and the path to spiritual development is a long one as in the popular starting line of his novel, Dr. Peck never pressures his readers but leads them carefully through the hard and sometimes frustrating transition into a higher degree of self-understanding.
“To proceed very far through the desert, you must be willing to meet existential suffering and work it through. In order to do this, the attitude toward pain has to change. This happens when we accept the fact that everything that happens to us has been designed for our spiritual growth.”—M. Scott Peck, M.D.