This nearly unabridged audio edition of the international bestseller Way of the Peaceful Warrior is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world champion athlete who journeys into realms of romance and magic, light and dark, body, mind, and spirit. It’s said that there’s one journey but many paths. We travel with Dan on his journey as he is guided by a powerful old warrior named Socrates, and tempted by an elusive, playful woman named Joy. Dan meets Socrates at a gas station at 3 a.m. one morning, while trying to walk off the confusion and dissatisfaction of his life as a college student and athlete. With this inauspicious meeting, Dan begins an odyssey of understanding that takes him through the door of awakening. As Dan learns to live the life of a peaceful warrior, he is led toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him. Dan discovers that the life and practice of the peaceful warrior is action. In the eyes of spirit, little things count. What you give, you receive. Doing is understanding. And you can do anything when you find the heart and courage for it.
During his junior year at the University of California, Dan Millman first stumbled upon his mentor (nicknamed Socrates) at an all-night gas station. At the time, Millman hoped to become a world-champion gymnast. "To survive the lessons ahead, you're going to need far more energy than ever before," Socrates warned him that night. "You must cleanse your body of tension, free your mind of stagnant knowledge, and open your heart to the energy of true emotion." From there, the unpredictable Socrates proceeded to teach Millman the "way of the peaceful warrior." At first Socrates shattered every preconceived notion that Millman had about academics, athletics, and achievement. But eventually Millman stopped resisting the lessons, and began to try on a whole new ideology--one that valued being conscious over being smart, and strength in spirit over strength in body. Although the character of the cigarette-smoking Socrates seems like a fictional, modern-day Merlin, Millman asserts that he is based on an actual person. Certain male readers especially appreciate the coming-of-age theme, the haunting love story with the elusive woman Joy, and the challenging of Western beliefs about masculine power and success. --Gail Hudson
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