“Way of the Peaceful Warrior” is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world champion athlete, who journeys into realms of romance and magic, light and darkness, body, mind and spirit.
Guided by a powerful old warrior named Socrates and tempted by an elusive, playful woman named Joy, Dan is led toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him. Readers join Dan as he learns to live as a peaceful warrior.
This international bestseller conveys piercing truths and humourous wisdom, speaking directly to the universal quest for happiness.
My two cents by Michael (By the left big puddle)
So here’s my experience with the book: I first purchased this book when I was 15. And to tell you the truth I don’t recall why. And I read it in one sitting. I came away from the reading with a sense of “Wow, that’s really amazing. That was a really cool book.” However I did NOT feel that the book lived up to it’s subtitle “The Book that Changes Lives” In fact I thought it was a practice in pretension to label it as Millman did. And I put the book away and forgot about it…(dramatic pause)… or so I thought (BUM BUM BUM).
You see it wasn’t until I was 17 or so that I began to realize that the book had made a grand impact on my life. I realized that I was seeing the world in a completely different way… that I was learning to “let things go” to have fewer expectations from life and enjoying more what life was giving me. And through practice (which probably will continue for the rest of my life, these changes have continued and refined themselves in the years following this revelation. Of course a portion of these changes are due to me simply maturing and evolving as a person from age 15 to present.
The book however set me on the right path for who I am and who I am to become as time goes on. My path may be differnt than yours- and I think that’s the point and the reason that the reviews on this site are either very high or very low. For some this book resonates on a deep level and for others they see only the words. This is not to put value judgements on “getting it” or “not getting it”. This bok is only one of the paths that leads to wherever it is that we are all headed as humanity. Each of us, (if i may be allowed a new age moment), is a person “becoming” and at different rates. It is not a question of is this book is right or wrong, it is a question of whether this book is right or wrong for whom. In this case that “whom” is you… and there is only one way to find out and that is to read it for yourself.
Everything Has a Purpose by Stacie L. Henehan (New Albany, IN USA)
I cannot give any book that gives useful life messages less than five stars, because I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading it, however, the story in this book can drag at times. Although, the messages that it contains are necessary for the journey of the soul and it is definitely on my list of must reads. What I personally got out of the book is the importance of living in the NOW, not the past or future.
What am I doing with myself right now? If you ask yourself this question often, you will find yourself being more productive. There are plenty of wonderful and inspiring passages in this book that will change your life, for example, “There are no accidents, everything has a purpose.” Another key message from the warrior may be: Don’t ever think you have learned enough – or life will throw you some hard lessons. Just when you think the character understands something, he gets thrown a hardball, similar to the course of life. At times you feel sorry for him, but he can be so cocky! Learning to be humble is one of life’s greatest lessons as well.
Take it how you want but you won’t want to put it down! by A. Naama (Hull, UK)
A friend recommended this book to me and it changed my life. This is a well written, easily read book of personal growth. Initially I set out reading the book as a story and soon found that I became a part of it, living and feeling the story as it unfolded. I now own a well thumbed paper back copy.
Dan, the author and world class athlete tells his own story of spiritual growth as he meets the challenges of life helped by the sometimes obtuse council of his mentor. It’s a book which once you pick it up, even on the third or fourth read you just don’t want to put it down and each time you read it new gems of wisdom will become apparent in the writing. We each have our own vision and purpose in life, just remember – “there are no ordinary moments”
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