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Weekly Media Roundup (May 20-30)

Normally I use this spot to discuss media I recommend and want to share. Today I want to include something a little different: a warning.

This week I listened to Dan Millman’s Way of the Peaceful Warrior. I’d seen this book recommended in several best of lists, and it has high reviews. I spent 5 hours listening to the story, over the course of several commutes.

In the book, Millman describes his (somewhat fictionalized) encounter with an enigmatic teacher who displays, at times, apparently supernatural powers, both mental and physical. The book covers several years of the narrator’s life, documenting his journey through physical trials and personal improvement lessons.

Usually if I read or listen to something that doesn’t resonate with me, I just leave it alone. But I feel very strongly that this book was a waste of time. It’s a mishmash of confused and wandering storytelling, leading the reader through pages of pointless dialogue and events. The lessons learned are watered down, a hodgepodge of meditation and religion roulette, words of wisdom picked from here and there. The teacher figure is enigmatic, and also gifted with supernatural powers – which, besides being kind of distracting to the story, you cannot actually achieve following his methods. I’m not even sure the main character had any sort of meaningful change happen in his life.

If you’re looking for a book on personal improvement, I’d recommend The Success Principles, The Four Agreements, You Are Not Your Brain, Mindfulness Meditation: An Eight Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Psycho Cybernetics. Heck, Forrest Gump is a more inspiring story.

Now, on to the actual recommendations:









Did you listen to any of these? Do you disagree? Leave a comment!


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