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In Search of Stones: A Pilgrimage of Faith, Reason, and Discovery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2002

    Wouldn't bother

    I only got through the first chapter. I did not find the author's tangents interesting or amusing, and definitely not enlightening. His partial discussion of past marital infidelities reminded me of someone dangling a mouse in front of a cat - it was a tease, no redemptory story or apology, no insights gained. Same for the drinking and smoking. In short, what he disclosed about his life at the beginning did not interest or challenge me. I'm returning the book to the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2001

    The Book is Educational and Self Revealing

    ¿In Search of Stones¿ is a book to be enjoyed and savored on many levels. First the book is educational. We accompany Dr. Peck and his wife Lily on a three-week trip through the countryside of Wales, England and Scotland in search of the ancient megalith stones erected by prehistoric people between 4,000 and 1,500 BC. But their obsession with stones also acts as a catalyst for Dr. Pecks exploration of topics such as religion, romance, despair, addiction and peace. We learn about George Fox the 17thC Englishman who founded ¿The Religious Society of Friends¿ known today as the Quakers. Fox not only inspired thousands to ¿see the light of Christ¿ in each other but also to match his bravery in the face of imprisonment, beatings, illness and hardship. Their silent group meetings could only be broken by anyone who was ¿moved¿ to speak by their Inner Light. Secondly the book is autobiographical. We learn about Dr. Peck¿s fears and shortcomings. Although I was saddened to learn about his sexual infidelities, regular recreational use of marijuana, nicotine addiction and about a ¿strong habituation to alcohol¿ I also appreciated his honesty. It took courage to shatter his public image of saintly self-control. In revealing the pain and shame of his own inner space Dr. Peck gives us permission to explore our own unconscious mind. Thirdly, the book is thought provoking and inspirational. Dr. Peck discusses the three prevailing beliefs about good and evil: the denial of evil, the denial of goodness, and the acceptance of good and evil. He endorses the latter and believes that evil was defeated when Jesus died on the cross. Redemption is the simple mop-up operation of what remains. Although I believe evil is another mask of God to teach us unconditional love I appreciate his sharing his thoughts, thereby giving us an opportunity to discover where we stand. Dr. Peck believes integrity is more important than inner peace; apathy, not hate, is the opposite of love; life is full of paradox and that salvation is an ongoing process.

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