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review 2014-03-22 22:18
The Road Less Travelled
The Road Less Travelled - Morning's Hope

 

Title: The Road Less Travelled
Author: Morning's Hope
Publisher: M.H.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Road Less Travelled" by Morning's Hope were of 'five fictional steams of consciousness narratives covering the concepts of love, hope, trust, courage and gratefulness.' This author will present to the reader five topics.

JUST A LITTLE ABOUT EACH SHORT STORY....and what I liked most:

Hope: The Last Grasp...presenting a story of hope
A story of a young man... on this trip in the valley
a quote from the read:

The fragile cracks he had noticed before seemed more like grooves shaped like hierarchal branches of trees and looked very much like the bronchial tubes of lungs.

He had won this game. He felt no elation as he would not dare indulge himself. The considerate wind caressed the back of his neck like the cooling palms of a mother’s care. He wondered if all valleys were like this one.

Courage: Blue...'What's your favorite colour? note the spelling of colour?

A conversation between Lily and Jasper...paintings.. her blue eyes
a quote from the read:
He moved in front of the painting she had chosen. It was one of the few paintings of Lily in colour. He smiled knowingly as he told himself, ‘Of course, it had to be this one.’ He removed his tinted glasses to view his favorite portrait for what might be the last time. He noticed something he had not noted in a long while: her blue eyes.

Trust: Zofi
the smile
a quote from the read:
The alienation of the soul means we are unable to trust ourselves. To know thyself is to know your character and not to become lost in the details of femininity and culture, as much as they engender beautiful diversity. My story isn’t about a man saving me. It is about trusting myself that I would allow a trustworthy person to help. I am not against men but rather I am against oppression. I am not a feminist
but rather I am a fighter. I fight for what is good for me as a person and thereby I fight for what is good for all people. Unlike the majority of others, both men and women alike, I can trust myself when everything else falls by the wayside. In my night's horizon this is akin to spying a supernova.

Love: The Princess and the Warrior
a quote from the read:
For love is so vast
a thing that it cannot be contained within comprehension.
Yours is forever an unspoken right,
Over a piece of my heart,
That no other could ever enter,
And where you are always welcome,
Never forbidden nor in need of permission.
Yours is forever an unbreakable claim,
Over possession of my hand,
That none shall hold,
And where you are always wanted,
Never found nor ever replaced.

AND LAST:

Gratefulness: Form
a quote from the read:
“I love words. We try in vain to hold onto to moments like dust caught in sunlight,
grasping unto nothing but despair when all we need are a few syllables to add weight
to them turning seconds into eons into an eternity. Words are underrated. They
could melt rocks and make mountains blush. I am sure there is a combination which
could coerce the stars to spell out my beloved's name, if only I would seek hard
enough.” I paused to pay due attention to this moment since I was about to
complicate our circumstance. “I would have them spell out your name…because…I
think you’re wonderful.”
Those lying mirrors! I thought as I noticed he was close to me now. They had
always shown me as ugly but seeing my reflection in his eyes I could see that I too
was capable of being captivating. I released my heart and added an addendum,
“And I love you.”
He smiled his grinning, smirking, beaming, twinkling smile at me.

Now, to figure out just what this author is relaying in each of her five topics you must pick up "The road Less Travelled" to read it for yourself. It will all come together from this well written script.
I was left thinking wow...she covers it all...love, hope, trust, courage and gratefulness with the "central theme of the importance of contemplation."
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review 2013-10-12 01:15
The Road Less Travelled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth
The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth - M. Scott Peck I found the book shelved in "Self Help" in the Barnes and Noble bookstore. Yet The Road Less Traveled is on The Ultimate Reading List for "inspirational non-fiction." For that read "spiritual" and most often "Christian." That's fitting, because although the author was a practicing psychiatrist, it's obvious that the spiritual theme is to the fore just from a perusal of the section titles: I. Discipline II. Love III. Growth and Religion and IV. Grace. In his Preface Peck states he makes "no distinction between the mind and the spirit, between the process of achieving spiritual growth and achieving mental growth. They are one and the same." He claims that "mental illness occurs when the conscious will of the individual deviates substantially from the will of God, which is the individual's own unconscious will." It's easy to see why this book would be popular among those who follow Twelve-Step Programs, where accepting a "higher power" is one of the steps. Regardless, that doesn't mean you have to be religious to get anything out of the book. I'm not. But I thought the book had interesting insights into the process of maturity, growth and change and though Peck is Christian, the book cites tenets not just of Christianity but Buddhism and Hinduism. His very first sentence is "life is difficult" and he connects this to the central belief of Buddhism that life is suffering. In other words, that a fulfilling life takes work--discipline--that neurosis is often an effort to avoid necessary suffering. Reportedly Random House turned the book down as "too Christ-y," but I think even the last parts on religion and grace could be put into secular terms--although it would be a bit of a strain, and I admit the second half didn't really speak to me and is a major reason I didn't rate this book higher. Nevertheless, Peck reads as non-dogmatic and as psychologically and spiritually eclectic. I found his examination of romantic love particularly interesting. He doesn't believe in what he calls the destructive "myth" of romantic love. He feels that falling in love is always a temporary, fleeting sensation involving a seeming collapse of ego boundaries. That "true love involves an extension of the self rather than a sacrifice of the self" and is an action, decision and choice more than a feeling. Love as he defines it is the "will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth." This is pop psychology, no question, but his book is not all "just love yourself" pablum. I have to admit, having known people who have spent years in psychotherapy, I'm skeptical of Peck's claims for it, and at times he himself comes across as a bit self-aggrandizing, especially in his 25th Anniversary Introduction--in that it's-not-me-but-God-wrote-it-way. He controversially wrote in the original edition that if having sex with a patient would help, he'd do it. And given at least one anecdote, I get the distinct impression Peck considers homosexuality disordered. (Remember, this book was published in 1978. The American Psychiatric Association had declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder only five years before that.) So I don't read this book as if I'm a believer reading scripture. But he's thought-provoking, was an experienced working psychotherapist and his ideas are worth considering. The first book I ever read by him and still on my book shelf was actually People of the Lie which I picked up precisely because evil is a subject few psychologists seem to take seriously, and I found his examination of the subject fascinating.
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review 2011-08-18 10:29
The Road Less Travelled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth
The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth - M. Scott Peck This book saved me.
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