It’s been almost a year since I was gifted the book, The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck.
I started reading it last year February and it took me ten months to finish.
The book is 315 pages and usually, I can read a book of the same length in about a month.
Not this book.
The Road Less Traveled was not a book that I was able to read straight through, and not because it wasn’t an interesting book.
In fact, it is one the most insightful book I’ve ever read. It was reflective, thought-provoking and challenging.
It caused me to look at my areas of growth, held a mirror to broken places, and forced me to look at myself wholly.
After two months, I still hadn’t made it through the 2nd section of the book and there are only four sections.
After reading something that was difficult to process I would put it down, refusing to look at what was being reflected. I would pick up other books, welcoming the energy of pleasantries and niceties.
I didn’t like that this book was making me feel uncomfortable.
The hardest chapter for me to get through was the section on “Love.”
In this section, Peck writes about love in a way that is insightful and divine.
He believed the sole purpose of love is for our spiritual growth and that love cannot exist without conflict.
He defined love as “the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.”
He says, “there is a traditional concept that [relationships] should be conflict-free…Such relationships are superficial and intimacy-avoiding and are either unsuccessful or shallow.”
Where there is no conflict there is no growth.
Although we recognize the importance of God’s will to grow, we do not accept responsibility in the process for our growth. Peck believed that we have a resistance to grace, making excuses for why we can’t move forward even when we feel stuck.
We can’t move further along if we can’t identify what is keeping us stagnant.
Have you read any books that were challenging or reflective? I’d love to hear about books that have inspired you.
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M. Scott Peck was a psychologist and published the New York Times best-seller The Road Less Traveled in 1978. His theories and insight on spiritual development are innovative and have pioneered the field of psychology and psychiatry. Click here to purchase The Road Less Traveled.