January 29, 2005 |
Starting with his 1978 bestseller about spiritual growth, "The Road Less Traveled," M. Scott Peck has been preoccupied with the problem of good and evil. As a believer in a "benign spirit," God, he began to wonder if the existence of human evil meant "there was such a thing as an evil spirit or the devil."
September 11, 1990 |
It was not a particularly joyful day for the man who has referred to himself as "the national shrink." M. Scott (Scotty) Peck, the psychiatrist/author whose "The Road Less Traveled" has had a permanent spot on the New York Times bestseller list for the last seven years, was putting up a good front. He was pleasant. Candid.
August 13, 1990 |
I used to have a stepmother of whom I was very fond. Often, after I was grown, I'd call her up and she'd invariably say: "Oh, hi! I was just talking to Jesus this morning and I asked Him to have you call me." It was OK, no harm to it, but just once, I wish I could have called my stepmother on my own. Florence King, in her splendid "Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady," addresses another question of divine etiquette.
December 2, 1991 |
The Bible was the overwhelming choice of American readers as the book that has made the biggest difference in their lives, according to a nationwide survey published last week. Ranked a distant second was the Ayn Rand novel, "Atlas Shrugged," followed by M. Scott Peck's "The Road Less Traveled," Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien.
May 11, 1998
1. "Sugar Busters," by Steward H. Leighton (Ballantine, $22) 2. "Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy," by Sarah Ban Breathnach (Warner, $17.95) 3. "Talking to Heaven," by James Van Praagh (Dutton, $22.95) 4. "Don't Worry, Make Money: Spiritual and Practical Ways to Create Abundance and More Fun in Your Life," by Richard Carlson (Hyperion, $15.95) 5. "The Zone," by Barry Sears (HarperCollins / ReganBooks, $22) 6.
March 10, 1997 |
"The Road Less Traveled," by M. Scott Peck, published by Touchstone Simon & Schuster in 1978, this week marks its 690th week on the New York Times paperback bestseller list. But that doesn't mean it's the feel-good book of the decade. This one makes you think. Where pop psychology meets ancient wisdom, Peck has found a voice. A refresher course might read like this: On problem solving: "I and anyone else who is not mentally defective can solve any problem if we are willing to take the time."