People are always congratulating me on my choice of books or on ones that I read to my students. I sometimes surprise myself when I pick a really good book that turns out to be something of a classic or simply a very good book. Well, this book, Secret of the Peaceful Warrior (1992), written by Dan Millman and illustrated by T. Taylor Bruce, was no different. It is a wonderful little story that I could not wait to read to my students.
When I am really moved by a book, I like to find out a little bit about the author and see what else they’ve done. Since I was moved by this book I went searching for other information and books by him.
Not only did I find other books written by him, but I also found his blog on Amazon that you can read, if you’re interested, by clicking here and a Wikipedia page.During my investigation, I came across many other books written by the author. However, there was one book, in particular, that was actually the basis for this book, called “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.” I’d seen it before but did not know that it was not related until I read a personal message sent by the author to anyone purchasing the book on Amazon. Additionally, if you’re interested, here are the other books written by hi:
- Whole body fitness: mind, body, and spirit (1979).
- Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives (1980). Fictionalized autobiography.
- Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior (1991). Details the world travels of the character in the above book.
- Secret of the Peaceful Warrior: A Story About Courage and Love (1991). Children’s book.
- No Ordinary Moments: A Peaceful Warrior’s Guide to Daily Life
- Quest for the Crystal Castle: A Peaceful Warrior Children’s Book (1992).
- The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose (1995).
- The Laws of Spirit: A Tale of Transformation (1995)
- Everyday Enlightenment: The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth (1998).
- Body Mind Mastery: Creating Success in Sport and Life (1999).
Well, on to the review. As I stated before, I am very thoughtful in my selection of books for myself, my own children, and my students. When I choose a book to read to them it is more often then not more than one idea/concept that I want to communicate to them. So, as usual, with this story there were many ideas I wanted to communicate to them. That is why I took my time and read this book to them over a period of two days. Once I saw that the children were hanging on to my every word, I used that to make them want more and more. I read it after recess and lunch one day, and after recess and lunch the next day. Once I finished it one of my students, Tag, asked if he could buy it during one of his weekly visits to our room store on Friday. I loved that he loved this book. What he liked so much is that the child in the story didn’t have to fight to defend himself; he used his mind. He was taught by an older gentleman by the name of Socrates or Soc.
The story begins as Soc saves Danny one day as he is chased down by the class bully, Carl. Soc teaches him that he doesn’t have to use his fist to defend himself; that he can use his mind. Soc teaches him many other life lessons as well. What are they? Well, I guess you’re going to have to read the book to find out.
I loved this book, my own children loved this book, and the students in my class really loved this book. Give it a try. I know that you will love it also. I give it *****/***** stars. As always, I recommend that you pick it up at your local bookstore or library.
**Note- Once you read the book, you will understand the significance of the cave and light on the front of the book**