The Way of the Peaceful Warrior
BOOK REVIEW BY JENI MAYER
Dan Millman’s The Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a stunning storytelling achievement. Not only does it sweep our imagination into the realm of world-class athletics, but it also takes us on a journey of the human condition. But this book is not for those who wish to stay mired in the painful ups and downs of life. The story’s strong characters and provocative tale will inspire you to rise above life’s minutia and join those who live peacefully with the ebb and flow of existence — peaceful warriors.
Part fiction, part autobiographical, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior tells the tale of Dan Millman, a world champion gymnast and student at the University of California Berkeley who meets his 96-year-old mentor Socrates at an all-night gas station and embarks on an inner spiritual pilgrimage with his zany and eloquent master teacher. In the warp and weft of the book’s fabric, readers are taken on a voyage of discovery — a journey that spans decades and innumerable teachings for living a richer, more vital life — free from suffering in the here and now.
Beautifully written, eloquently told with rich characters that leap off the page and into readers’ hearts, this is a book that everyone who wishes for more meaning in their life, should read and reread. A true literary blessing!