WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR has become one of the most beloved spiritual sagas of our time. Shared among friends and families, this million-copy word-of-mouth bestseller has inspired men and women of all ages in twenty languages worldwide. Despite his success, college student and world-champion athlete Dan Millman is haunted by a feeling that something is missing from his life. Awakened one night by dark dreams, he wanders into an all-night gas station, meets an old man named Socrates, and his world is changed forever. Guided by this eccentric old warrior, drawn to an elusive young woman named Joy, Dan begins a spiritual odyssey into realms of light and shadow, romance and mystery, toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him. This classic tale, told with heart and humor, speaks to the peaceful warrior in each of us. Countless readers have been moved to laughter and tears - even moments of illumination - as they rediscover life's larger meaning and purpose. Journey with Dan on the peaceful warrior's path to unreasonable happiness. Find out for yourself why this book changes lives.
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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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