Synopses & Reviews
Perhaps no book in this generation has had a more profound impact on our intellectual and spiritual lives than andlt;Iandgt;The Road Less Traveled.andlt;/Iandgt; With sales of more than 7 million copies in the United States and Canada, and translation into more than 23 languages, it has made publishing history, with more than 10 years on andlt;Iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestseller list. andlt;BRandgt; Now, with a new introduction by the author, written especially for this 25th anniversary deluxe hardcover edition of the all-time national bestseller in its field, M. Scott Peck explains the ideas that shaped this book and that continue to influence an ever-growing audience of readers. andlt;BRandgt; Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding, andlt;Iandgt;The Road Less Traveledandlt;/Iandgt; continues to enable us to explore 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 more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one's own true self. andlt;BRandgt; Recognizing that -- 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 gently guides them through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self-understanding. andlt;BRandgt; Combining profound psychological insight and deep spirituality, this one-of-a-kind hardcover anniversary edition is a book to treasure and turn to again and again for inspiration and understanding. As Phyllis Theroux wrote in andlt;Iandgt;The Washington Postandlt;/Iandgt; when the original edition of andlt;Iandgt;The Road Less Traveledandlt;/Iandgt; was first published, "It is not just a book but a spontaneous act of generosity."
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;M. Scott Peck'sandlt;/bandgt; publishing history reflects his own evolution as a serious and widely acclaimed writer, thinker, psychiatrist, and spiritual guide. Since his groundbreaking bestseller, andlt;iandgt;The Road Less Traveled,andlt;/iandgt; was first published in 1978, his insatiable intellectual curiosity took him in various new directions with virtually each new book: the subject of healing human evil in andlt;iandgt;People of the Lieandlt;/iandgt; (1982), where he first briefly discussed exorcism and possession; the creative experience of community in andlt;iandgt;The Different Drumandlt;/iandgt; (1987); the role of civility in personal relationships and society in andlt;iandgt;A World Waiting to Be Bornandlt;/iandgt; (1993); an examination of the complexities of life and the paradoxical nature of belief in andlt;iandgt;Further Along the Road Less Traveledandlt;/iandgt; (1993); and an exploration of the medical, ethical, and spiritual issues of euthanasia in andlt;iandgt;Denial of the Soulandlt;/iandgt; (1999); as well as a novel, a children's book, and other works. A graduate of both Harvard University and Case Western Reserve, Dr. Peck served in the Army Medical Corps before maintaining a private practice in psychiatry. Forandnbsp;over twenty years, he devoted much of his time and financial resources to the work of the Foundation for Community Encouragement, a nonprofit organization that he helped found in 1984. He died in 2005 at the age of 69.