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                   October 2005 Book Review and Quotes Archive




                                                                Book Review of the Month

                                                                         Thanks, Scotty
                                              A tribute to the life lessons of M. Scott Peck,
author of:
                    The Road Less Traveled, Further Along The Road Less Traveled, Meditations From the Road,

            People of the Lie: The Hope For Healing Human Evil, The Different Drum: Community Making & Peace
                                    In Search Of Stones: A Pilgrimage Of Faith, Reason, & Discovery


At age 69, M. Scott Peck, died on Sunday, September 25, 2005. His work was among the first and certainly among the

most broadly read and commercially successful voices to meld an inquiry of personal experience, rational empiricism,

evidence based research, and mysticism with the process of religious or spiritual struggle and psychotherapy. He has

left us with a personal and popularized journal / odyssey of his life’s passionate questions and resolutions: starting with

the publication of The Road Less Traveled in 1978. He thought himself lucky to have the timing to ride a wave of

cultural, and indeed global, interest in these philosophical, personal, and pragmatic issues. His books have long been

on the best seller lists and have multiple printings in many translations.

He helped lay the foundation for an integral approach to counseling by emphasizing the importance of the subjective

experience of spirituality and encouraging its open acceptance for discussion and exploration. I find myself thinking

more and more that the obituaries I read represent people cut down in the prime of their lives. Sixty-nine doesn’t seem

like much of a reach beyond mere middle years. And, no doubt, he had more gifts to share as he thought that his lesser

read books were his best. Still, his star burned brightly, and unlike many, his words chart that blaze and cast a

compassionate light on the shadows of our own lives.

In a 2002 interview by Robert Epstein in Psychology Today, Peck was asked about his personal foibles. After dissing

“guruhood” as “pathological” he answered: “You can tell (the cynics) that if by some chance I am a saint, I’m the one

who smokes and drinks. I’m somebody who often, like so many people, preaches what he needs to learn most”.

M. Scott Peck: Wrestling With God by Robert Epstein is available on line at www.psychologytoday.com

There is also a wonderful interview available with Megory Anderson, a close friend and former Episcopalian nun who

shares stories, among others, about the time Peck lived in her convent. www.npr.org
Tribute by Tom Tower


                                             October 2005 Weekly Quotes    



“Running through a speeding train won't get you to the station any faster.”
Lynn Allmeyer

“This effect... (the disruption of seemingly seamless flow in televised images when narrative is interrupted in various ways)...

is not true just for visual scenes on the boob tube but also for your entire life's experiences; the unity and coherence

of consciousness is mostly convenient, internally generated fiction.”
Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran Quoted from the article "How Blind Are We?"

in Scientific American Mind, V. 16 No. 2

“Evolution doesn't occur through the consensus. It occurs through the exception.”
John S. Parker





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