The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck

Book Summary: The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck - Ryan Delaney

The Book in a Few Sentences

Superbly insightful book about spirituality, love and grace masterfully conveyed in clear, plain English.

For anyone interested in spiritual growth, this is the first book I would recommend.

If you prefer self improvement, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is an exceptional book.

The Road Less Traveled summary

This is my book summary of The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck. My summary and notes include the key lessons and most important insights from the book.

This Book is broken into 4 sections.
I:  Discipline
II:  Love
III:  Growth and Religion
IV:  Grace


The one constant I find, however, whether it be in the Northeast, the South, the Midwest or the West, is the relative lack of, and thirst for, community.

I:  Discipline 

Problems and Pain

Delaying Gratification

Problem-Solving and Time 


Escape from Freedom

Openness to Challenge

Withholding Truth

The Healthiness of Depression

Renunciation and Rebirth

Section II:  Love

Falling in “Love”

The Myth of Romantic Love

More About Ego Boundaries



Love Is Not a Feeling

The Work of Attention

The Risk of Commitment

The Risk of Confrontation

Love is Disciplined

Love is Separateness

The Mystery of Love

Section III:  Growth and Religion

World Views and Religion

The Religion of Science

The Baby and the Bath Water

Section IV:  Grace

The Definition of Grace

  1. They serve to nurture – support, protect and enhance – human life and spiritual growth.  
  2. The mechanism of their action is either incompletely understandable (as in the case of physical resistance and dreams) or totally obscure (as in the case of paranormal phenomena) according to the principles of natural law as interpreted by current scientific thinking.
  3. Their occurrence is frequent, routine, commonplace and essentially universal among humanity.
  4. Although potentially influenced by human consciousness, their origin is outside of the conscious will and beyond the process of conscious decision–making.

The Miracle of Evolution

Entropy and Original Sin

The Nature of Power

Resistance to Grace

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