The Road Less Traveled

M. Scott Peck, M.D., Touchstone, 1978

I don’t read a lot of books by psychologists, but I kept running into quotes by the author of this book.  So, rather than continuing to depend on second-hand information, I picked up a copy of this book that was written in 1978.  At the same time I was ordering the book I was having a conversation with someone who is struggling with life and pulled a copy out that someone had given them.  While I was reading the book I had a conversation with a greeter at Sam’s Club who told me that their life had changed after reading this book.  I’m saying all of this because I don’t believe that every coincidence is as coincidental as the other.

I enjoyed and recommend this book, not because everything that Peck says is the Gospel, but he is taking on subjects from a different angle than I had put much thought into.  His definition of love, “The will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth” (p. 81), is a great description for me.  His section on his understanding of ‘original sin’ hit close to home.  I felt like he wrote that directly to me.

If you haven’t read this, go to the library or come by and borrow my copy.  I will probably be reading it again soon, because I know that I missed a lot on the first pass.

Grace and Peace from Lynn

Author: Pastor

Serving as pastor at the Lynn First Church of the Nazarene.

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