Way of the Peaceful Warrior : A Book That Changes Lives, Paperback

Way of the Peaceful Warrior : A Book That Changes Lives Paperback

3 out of 5 (10 ratings)

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: H J Kramer
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Psychology
  • ISBN: 9781932073201

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Great Spiritual ideas told in a wonderful story form.

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3

Millman's book - Way of the Peaceful Warrior - follows the journey and development of the protagonist (Millman himself) as he undergoes a spiritual transformation and "self-realization". Millman uses a mysterious teacher character, Socrates, to convey life's important lessons. The plot is very straightforward - it is a standard quest-for-knowledge. Think of the movie, The Karate Kid, and you get the gist of the plot.It's important that you read the book as an allegory and is only meant to be read semi-literally. This is important because Millman's writing is very rough at times, the dialogue made me cringe, and there are random moments of misogyny. Also, Millman throws in various supernatural events, which gave me a few "Huh?" moments. Towards the end, the book feels like Millman tried to pick up the pace of the novel, which felt ackward given the pace of the first three quarters of the book. So, minus two stars for the bad writing.Once you can see through the poor dialogue and supernatural events, you can pull out the lessons that Millman is trying to convey:- Take care of your health and eat well. Your body will reward you.- Avoid stress and use anger positively. Meditation is a good tool.- Don't fuss over the past; it's done. Learn and move on.- Don't fuss over the future; it's too unpredictable.- Go all-in or don't play at all. Moderation is for bores.- Life is a journey to understand yourself and in doing so, understand your own way to happiness.- Live for now and enjoy the present; be aware and avoid passive understanding.To the informed reader, this novel doesn't really express anything new or ground-breaking; it just bundles some basic advice nicely in a story that is easily read by most Americans. I didn't find this novel life-changing or phenomenal or great but rather a simple suggestion of ways to achieve happiness. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and thinking about Millman's suggestions but it did not live up to the hype.

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2

Many of the events in this book are said to be true, but the book is fictional. Right from the start, I was yearning to hear Dan Millman's true story, not a fake one. And I never got past that. As a guide to changing lives, as the title suggests, I applaud the author's efforts to introduce spiritual elements into everyday living. An introspective way of life can be rich and rewarding, and for those searching for deeper meaning this tale points the way. Clearly, many people have found it useful. As a novel, the characters are one-dimensional and the dialog clunky and there's not much of a story. It's seems to be stuck between fiction and non-fiction with elements of both mixed together, although we don't know which is which. There doesn't seem much point in reading a fake autobiography unless it has a good story arc. Maybe if the main character's name wasn't the author's name I wouldn't have been so hung up on this. It's kind of Dan Millman's story, but not really. If it's going to be a novel, I would've been more interested in a captivating story that demonstrates spiritual growth and development rather than fictional characters telling me how to do it. However, I'd rather Dan just write a autobiography that's true. Either one would've been better than something in-between. If a reader wants to learn meditation and an introspective way of living, I'd suggest one of many good authors/teachers in Zen or Work-centered practices. Not this book. However, I gave this book 2 stars because it may lead someone to deeper study in these areas and, for that reason, it would be worthwhile.

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2

Why did I feel as though I was clueless in the whole book?

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4

I loved this book. It was simply written, with a very good story that kept my attention. The messages are brilliant and Dan Millman is right, this really is a life-changing book.

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