Saturday, March 14, 2020

Way of the Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman

One of the most life changing books I have ever read!

There is a story with this book. One of my very good friends has given me a ton of books to read. We have been friends for over 15 years and almost every book she passes my way is a winner. After I was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer, I needed surgery to get back on track. During recovery this past winter she dropped off a few books, including this one. When I finished this book, I immediately texted her and asked, "Why now?"

I couldn't understand why she had given me so many books and held off giving me this book. When she gave it to me she told me it had changed her life nearly thirty years earlier. After my text, she asked if we could meet for breakfast to explain. Her explanation? She felt that recent events had made me ready for the book. Maybe ready to change? That seems about right. I have since bought three copies and passed them on to people I care about who seem like they are ready to change their perspective or approach to life.

Dan Millman was a Division I, Olympic quality gymnast. The book is based on events from his actual life, although he admits some parts of the story are embellished for dramatic affect. Despite seeming to have it all in college, something is missing. Dan is angry and empty inside. Then he meets a mysterious character who works at a service station. He and "Socrates" develop a unique friendship. Socrates begins to mentor young Dan. Through many twists and turns and interactions with a unique cast of characters, Dan begins to develop a philosophy of life very different from where he began.

I have recently finished the second book, Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior (thought provoking, but not as magical as the first book) and book three The Hidden School, the Return of the Peaceful Warrior is in the "to read" pile next to my bed.

I feel like high school age and above would benefit the most, but maybe there is a right time for this book. That moment when you are ready for or need change.

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