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

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The work of M. Scott Peck has had a profound effect on the lives of millions of readers, and his book The Road Less Traveled has become both a part of the popular culture and a spiritual and inspirational guidebook for a generation. Now, Dr. Peck has written his most personal book: one that tells more about himself than he ever has before, while at the same time helps readers see truths about themselves, their own lives, and the greater community around them. On the surface, this book is the story of a three-week...
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Overview

The work of M. Scott Peck has had a profound effect on the lives of millions of readers, and his book The Road Less Traveled has become both a part of the popular culture and a spiritual and inspirational guidebook for a generation. Now, Dr. Peck has written his most personal book: one that tells more about himself than he ever has before, while at the same time helps readers see truths about themselves, their own lives, and the greater community around them. On the surface, this book is the story of a three-week trip through the countryside of Wales, England, and Scotland that Dr. Peck took with his wife Lily - looking for the ancient megalithic stones that became an obsession for them. But the search for stones is a search for meaning and mystery, and ultimately an unveiling of the pilgrimage of life itself. Each day of the three-week trip he discusses a related realm of human experience - parenthood, holiness, romance, art, to name a few - and we travel with him on an adventure of the spirit, striving to understand the journey of life in all of its complexities and secrets. We are moved by the intensity of the journey, as Dr. Peck frankly faces his own fears and shortcomings, and through the power of his insight we are challenged to do the same. Illustrated with exquisite line art by Dr. Peck's son, Christopher, In Search of Stones is a beautiful book of spirituality and quest, faith and mystery, and the most intimate book to come from one of our most distinguished thinkers.

This account of a trip taken by Dr. Peck and his wife through the British countryside is a journey into the spiritual beliefs that have made him the renowned philosopher he is. 2 cassettes.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Connecticut psychiatrist Peck (The Road Less Traveled) spent three weeks in 1992 traveling with his wife, Lily, a psychotherapist, through the English countryside, visiting Stonehenge, other prehistoric stone circles, megalithic tombs, earthworks and medieval cathedrals. That trip is the framework for this quirky, magical blend of autobiography, travel, spiritual meditation, history and Arthurian legend. Peck candidly discusses his addiction to tobacco and his habitual alcohol use, his emotional estrangement from his three grown children, his repeated operations for degenerative disc disease, his wife's recurrent depressions, his wealth and the strength of his marriage despite his many sexual infidelities. He describes his encounter with a benevolent sprite, a "spirit of mirth" that entered his psyche, in 1986. He writes of Merlin, the Druids, the Protestant Reformation and the Quakers, whose outlook inspired the community-building workshops he and his wife conduct. Enhanced by 30 evocative drawings, Peck's soaring meditations on faith, art, despair and self-integration make this a rewarding spiritual odyssey.
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Connecticut psychiatrist Peck (The Road Less Traveled) spent three weeks in 1992 traveling with his wife, Lily, a psychotherapist, through the English countryside, visiting Stonehenge, other prehistoric stone circles, megalithic tombs, earthworks and medieval cathedrals. That trip is the framework for this quirky, magical blend of autobiography, travel, spiritual meditation, history and Arthurian legend. Peck candidly discusses his addiction to tobacco and his habitual alcohol use, his emotional estrangement from his three grown children, his repeated operations for degenerative disc disease, his wife's recurrent depressions, his wealth and the strength of his marriage despite his many sexual infidelities. He describes his encounter with a benevolent sprite, a ``spirit of mirth'' that entered his psyche, in 1986. He writes of Merlin, the Druids, the Protestant Reformation and the Quakers, whose outlook inspired the community-building workshops he and his wife conduct. Enhanced by 30 evocative drawings, Peck's soaring meditations on faith, art, despair and self-integration make this a rewarding spiritual odyssey. (Apr.)
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Peck, author of the phenomenal best seller The Road Less Travelled 1978 and a number of other respected books on personal growth, continues his journey with a thoroughly readable account of a vacation trip he and his wife took through Great Britain in search of megalithic stone monuments built by Neolithic people several thousand years ago. Peck and his wife are archaeology enthusiasts, and their quest for prehistoric standing stones takes them to many small towns and interesting out-of-the-way places. Against this backdrop, Peck interweaves philosophical musings and personal wisdom on a variety of subjects, including peace, parenthood, aging, religion, art, money, and death. He speaks openly and candidly of his own shortcomings as well as his triumphs, successes, and outlook on life. His search for ancient stone monuments leads to a deeper quest-an exploration of the mind and of one's own humanity. Peck masterfully integrates travel, archaeology, history, philosophy, and autobiography to provide useful insights into many of life's basic issues. This thoughtful work would be a valuable addition for all public libraries and is sure to be popular with those who are already familiar with Peck's writings. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15.94.] -Elizabeth Salt, Otterbein Coll. Lib., Westerville, Ohio
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The psychiatrist who has so successfully merged psychology and Christianity--his "Road Less Traveled" has spent 11 "years" on the "New York Times"' best-seller list--turns out to have a thing for megaliths, and so does his wife. Together, the couple roamed western Great Britain, from Wales to the Hebrides to Inverness, during May 31-June 20, 1992, looking for and at the mysterious standing stones (the most famous of them comprise Stonehenge, which the Pecks skipped), and Scott kept notes, which he greatly expanded upon for this book. There is a chapter for every day of the Pecks' journey, but they are not entitled with the days' destinations. Rather, they carry the names of the big topics--"Reason," "Romance," "Holiness," etc.--that the events of particular days made Peck contemplate, then or later. These topics elicit from Peck both the kind of rumination for which he is famous and wonderful little lessons in British religious history as well as the prehistory the megaliths bring to mind; for example, in "Religion," Peck relays the life and teachings of the original Quaker, George Fox (1624-91). Meanwhile, Peck also gives us some perfectly adequate travel writing about the actual trip. Maybe those who don't give a rip about megaliths will yawn during this excursion, but both Peck's faithful readership and those who adore all things British and ancient will be completely charmed.
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Following his inspirational book, The Road Less Travelled, Dr. Peck recounts his 21-day excursion through Britain--a journey to the country's mysterious stone monoliths that prompted him to explore the spiritual, psychological, and philosophical truths that have shaped his life. Illustrated with exquisite b&w line art by the author's son. "...an engrossing mixture of travelogue and sermon."--Susan Cheever, New York Times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786860210
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 1.37 (d)

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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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