The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1978).
Confronting and solving problems is a painful process, which most of us attempt to avoid. This avoidance results in pain and the hampered ability to grow both mentally and spiritually. Drawing heavily on his own professional psychiatric experience, Peck suggests ways in which confronting and resolving our problems, and suffering through the changes, can enable us to reach a higher level of self-understanding. Dr. Peck discusses the nature of loving relationships: how to recognize true compatibility, how to distinguish dependency from love, how to become one's own person, how to be a more sensitive parent. Peck's first book, it has sold over 7 million copies and remained on the New York Times Best Seller List longer than any other paperback book.
Further Along the Road Less Traveled: The Unending Journey Toward Spiritual Growth (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993).
This book was developed from Dr. Peck's lectures, which he has expanded, co-edited, and transformed into a unified and compelling presentation of his ideas and insights. In this work, Dr. Peck addresses urgent questions of personal and spiritual growth, including blame and forgiveness, the issue of death and meaning, self-love versus self-esteem, and sexuality and spirituality. The book takes us from the first step in the spiritual journey, "Growing Up," to the next step, "Knowing Yourself," to the ultimate step, "In Search of a Personal God." An inspirational book, this work is a journey of self-discovery as well as an enlightening examination of the complexities of life and the paradoxical nature of belief.
The Road Less Traveled and Beyond: Spiritual Growth in an Age of Anxiety (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997)
With a rare combination of profound psychological insight and deep spirituality, Dr. Peck talks about the choices we make every day in business and at home, and the ethical choices that may affect all of humankind. Dr. Peck addresses the differences between good and evil, the means of overcoming narcissism, loving and being loved, living with paradox, accepting the consequences of our actions all through life, and to coming to terms with dying and death.
A World Waiting to be Born: Civility Rediscovered (New York: Bantam Books, 1993).
This work by Dr. Peck offers a needed prescription for our ailing society. Our illness is incivility: destructive patterns of self-absorption, callousness, manipulativeness, and materialism so ingrained in our routine behavior that we do not recognize them. Using examples from his own life, case histories, and dramatic scenarios, Dr. Peck demonstrates how change can be effected and how we and our organizations can be restored to health.
The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987).
In this powerful book, Dr. Peck challenges us to take another journey into self-awareness: to experience, through community, a new "connectedness" and wholeness which, in turn, can be shared with others. Dr. Peck describes the exiting process of community building, by which we join together, overcome our prejudices, transcend our differences, and learn to accept and love ourselves and each other. With fascinating stories and case histories, he reveals that the steps we must take toward achieving community are surprisingly similar to the steps we must take toward achieving wholeness and maturity in our own growth.
People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1983).
Dr. Peck utilizes the integration of the deepest insights of psychiatry and religion to probe the essence of human evil. People who are evil attack others rather than facing their own failures. Peck demonstrates the havoc these "People of the Lie" work in the lives of those around them. He presents, from cases encountered in his psychiatric practice, unforgettably vivid incidents of evil in everyday life. This book offers a strikingly original approach to the age-old problem of human evil.
Denial of the Soul (New York: Harmony Books, 1997).
The Hippocratic Oath, the central source of medical ethics for more than two thousand years, dictates two primary duties to physicians: to prolong life and to relieve suffering. In recent years, however, the advancements in life-prolonging technology have blurred the lines between what constitutes good medicine and the deeper ethical and spiritual issues involved in keeping a patient alive at all costs. Here Dr. Peck offers new definitions of euthanasia and rails against the inadequate treatment of physical pain, while offering sensible medical and spiritual perspectives on chronic and terminal emotional and physical pain and illness. Denial of the Soul grapples with the deeper meanings of life, death, suicide, and euthanasia and asks whether we have the ethical right to kill ourselves even though we have the power.
In Search of Stones: A Pilgrimage of Faith, Reason, and Discovery (New York: Hyperion, 1995).
Dr. Peck's most personal book, in this work Dr. Peck tells the reader more about himself than he ever has before, while at the same time helps readers see truths about themselves, their own lives, and the greater community around them. On the surface, this book is the story of a three-week trip through the countryside of Wales, England, and Scotland taken by the Pecks -- a search for the megalithic stones that is their obsession. The search for stones is a search for meaning and mystery, and ultimately an unveiling of the pilgrimage of life itself.
Golf and the Spirit: Lessons for the Journey (New York: Harmony Books, 1999).
In this work, Dr. Peck offers a book for beginners and masters, and non-golfers alike. It goes beyond mechanics to explore ways of successfully managing the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of this wonderful, maddening, and inspiring game. Playing with Dr. Peck on an imaginary course of his own design, the reader comes to see the deeper truths in this seemingly simple game.
The Friendly Snowflake: A Fable of Faith, Love, and Family (Atlanta: Turner Publishing, 1992)
Beautifully illustrated by his son, Christopher Scott Peck, this is the touching story of a young girl's voyage into spiritual understanding. Life, love, faith, and family relationships all come into play as Jenny and her brother explore the natural cycle of a single snowflake.
A Bed by the Window: A novel of Mystery and Redemption (New York: Bantam Books, 1990)
Violence shatters the self-contained world of Willow Glen, and the nursing home becomes the setting for a riveting drama of crime and transformation. Everyone within its walls must grapple with fear and suspicion: those who run it, those who work there, the patients for whom it is, in most instances, the last home they will ever have. Others in the world are also profoundly affected: the empathetic psychiatrist who has close personal and professional connections with those at Willow Glen, residents of the town of New Warsaw, and the young, intense detective in charge of the case who is obsessively convinced he knows the identity of the murderer. Drawing on the provocative revelations and wisdom of Dr. Peck's nonfiction works, this work is a gripping psychological thriller that is luminous with understanding and hope for the human spirit.
In Heaven as on Earth: A Vision for the Afterlife (Great Britain: Simon & Schuster, 1997).
Dr. Peck looks past the boundaries of life itself to give us this work, his singular vision of what we can expect when life, as we know it, ends. It is a stirring work of imagination -- a novel that offers a fascinating view of what the afterlife may bring. It is also a profound book about the self -- a book in which we come to see that Dr. Peck's vision of how to thrive in the afterlife can teach us important things about living our own lives here on Earth.
Glimpses of the Devil : A Psychiatrist's Personal Accounts of Possession,
Exorcism, and Redemption (Free Press, January 4, 2005)
Dr. Peck explores the subject of possession in this book. He reviews two
clinical cases that he believes demonstrated true possession.