A distillation of his wisdom as it has evolved over a lifetime of counseling and lecturing, this final volume in Dr. Peck's trilogy reflects his mature understanding of how to cope with our foibles and our fears, our shortcomings and our strengths. Rejecting simplistic solutions to multifaceted dilemmas, he explains, will allow readers to reach ...
A distillation of his wisdom as it has evolved over a lifetime of counseling and lecturing, this final volume in Dr. Peck's trilogy reflects his mature understanding of how to cope with our foibles and our fears, our shortcomings and our strengths. Rejecting simplistic solutions to multifaceted dilemmas, he explains, will allow readers to reach new depths of consciousness--and, ultimately, to achieve the true spiritual simplicity that lies on the other side of complexity.
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Publishers Weekly, 1996-11-04 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. Mixing selections of pre-digested Freud and Jung for nonacademic consumption, along with an idiosyncratic idea of an immanent yet bland non-denominational God, Peck guides pilgrims toward emotional and spiritual growth. His style is smooth and conversational, though his concession to political correctness, through alternating male and female personal pronouns, can be annoying. He is at his best in colorful anecdotes about his professional and personal life. In these instances, his insights reflect the experiences of a thoughtful and gentle man who has tried to find wisdom in a life that has known both sunlight and shade. Peck's hard-edged insistence on personal responsibility in everyone's life, and on an awareness of evil and sin as real, elevate his discourse from cloying New Age palaver to a meaningful concern about humanity's place in the cosmic order. His honesty in writing about, and working through, his own shortcomings testifies to his integrity and lends credence to his observations. Through copious detailed references from his previous books, he allows readers unfamiliar with them to understand and enjoy the present work, which completes his Road trilogy. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selection. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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