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In Search Of Stones

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  361 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Following his inspirational book, The Road Less Travelled, Dr. Peck recounts his 21-day excursion through Britain--a journey to the country's mysterious stone monoliths that prompted him to explore the spiritual, psychological, and philosophical truths that have shaped his life. Illustrated with exquisite b&w line art by the author's son. "...an engrossing mixture of ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 3rd 1997 by Pocket Books (first published 1995)
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Lwandile
Apr 12, 2011 Lwandile rated it it was amazing
I think a lot of people don't understand Dr Peck. He's books are totally unconventional. This one particular I enjoyed the most. I'm not yet done with it but I should finish it before the end of this week. I love how he talks about issues such religion, politics, relationships, money, romantic love . He's addicted to nicotine and smoked while praying hahaha Strange I know, but I like that. Personally, he has taught me things in two weeks that I would have learned for a life time.
Anne Hawn Smith
I listened to this while on a long trip and was able to give it a lot of attention. Scott Peck and his wife take a trip to England to find standing stones. Some are prominent with signs and careful tending, but others are out in pastures involving climbing fences and long treks. Along the way, Scott goes over his spiritual and psychological journey and relates it to his trip.

The book isn't as thought provoking as most of his other books, but I still found that I had to stop the tape from time to
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Shelli
Oct 14, 2008 Shelli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Traipsing around Britain in the damp, looking at mysterious stone circles. What could be better?!
Nathan Albright
Jun 09, 2014 Nathan Albright rated it liked it
It takes a special breed of narcissist to write a book like this. It takes a rare mixture of glib pretension at honesty and integrity, a certain openness to sharing one’s sins and struggles and be so deeply critical of one’s family, while still professing to be a spiritual guide to others. Unfortunately, as the author and I share the precise Myers-Brigg personality score (this author is clearly an ENTJ), I recognize that the author and I share the same sort of tendencies and therefore the most ...more
Mary Karpel-Jergic
A delightful book. Awfully difficult to categorise as he covers so many topics but for me this is part of the book's attraction. The eclectic mix of topics are all knitted together really well. Part autobiography (and he is searingly honest especially about his adulterous behaviour and the difficult relationships with his children), part road trip (Wales, the Borders and Scotland), part history (the megalithic stones that he goes in search of contain many mysteries and he narrates this aspect ...more
Andrew Marshall
Apr 14, 2015 Andrew Marshall rated it liked it
Author of the 'Road less travelled' sets of on a tour of the UK with his wife and they become entranced by pre-historic stone circles and standing stones. The journey promotes a series of essays on subjects like reason, pilgrimage, peace, gratitude etc. I read this book in the late nineties when my partner died and quest for stones helped begin to make sense of my loss. More recently, I visited a stone circle on the Isle of Man - not featured in the book - and the beauty and power of the ...more
Norah
Jul 08, 2012 Norah rated it liked it
Recommended to Norah by: myself
Wanted to read this as I liked his earlier 'The Road Less travelled' but found it heavy going and didn't finish it.

'Peck, author of the phenomenal best seller The Road Less Travelled (1978) and a number of other respected books on personal growth, continues his journey with a thoroughly readable account of a vacation trip he and his wife took through Great Britain in search of megalithic stone monuments built by Neolithic people several thousand years ago. Peck and his wife are archaeology enthu
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Wendy
Feb 25, 2008 Wendy rated it it was amazing
This book I took with me to read while exploring parts of England "in search of standing stones" as well, to a certain extent...ie visiting Stonehenge, and other places. Of course the traveling in this book is inner as well as outer and is also about ageing. I was particularly struck by his comments about having parts of oneself stripped away layer by layer, piece by piece,taking away one's illusions, vanities,dignity and self sufficiency (another illusion)....Nothing like going thru a life ...more
Susan Kerr
Apr 12, 2015 Susan Kerr rated it it was amazing
Peck is one of those writers who has the gift of taking two disparate and seemingly unrelated items and linking them in unimagined ways. Transforming a journey through the UK looking at standing stones and other Bronze Age structures into an inner spiritual pilgrimage is a connection that most modern humans do not make.

In fact, archeological research in the past 20 or 30 years has come to the same conclusion, that our very ancient forebears built sacred structures in sequences intended to lead a
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Jen Jen
Oct 07, 2015 Jen Jen rated it it was ok
I've had this book for years and it has been with me for so many moves, I felt obligated to read it. The premise of the book is interesting and I did enjoy parts of it. By the end, though, I was bored with it. It is in part a tedious reflection of one man's life, like reading his boring journal entry of whether or not he should retire. At its best, it dives into the history of Scotland and Wales, the possible historical significance of megalithic stones, and the story of their vacation. At its ...more
Katy
Mar 12, 2011 Katy rated it did not like it
I read The Road Less Travelled many years ago and it certainly changed my perspective. I thought it was an honest and generous reflection on living. This book, an account of a three week vacation that he and his wife spent in Wales and Scotland, was uneven. It is in part a travelogue in which they pursue their interest in prehistoric stones - megaliths, dolmans, and menhirs put in place by the early inhabitants. It is also a meditation on ageing, and the meaning of it all. I finished it, but ...more
Rosie Banks
Apr 07, 2012 Rosie Banks rated it liked it
This is actually the only book I've ever read by Peck, and even though I'm aware that it's not his best work, I learned more than enough from him. I learned a lot about the nonprofit organization that he founded on community building, and that feels like one of the most important messages to get from this book.

I also appreciated learning more about the standing stones in the U.K. It definitely made me want to hop on a plane and see all of this myself.

I wouldn't rate it five stars however. The wr
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K.J. Kron
Jan 28, 2010 K.J. Kron rated it did not like it
I used to love M Scott Peck, but this book turned me off to him and I've read very little of what he's written since. It talks about his vacation to GB and his search for stones - or giant rock formations that are man made. He relates each discovery to something about life. The whole thing was a little too much like a green pancake to me. Still, I imagine other people would love this sort of thing. For me, it brings all his books down in their ratings.
Kim
Aug 07, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it
Although this true story was a little slow and methodical, it was quite impressive how much M. Scott Peck was able to relate his and his wife's discoveries of Stonehenge to lessons in life.
It was an interesting twist on an ancient landmark (for sake of a better discription) that I knew very little about.
pjr8888
a depressing and exhausting tromp thru the centuries old stone monuments of GB.
i kept hoping it would become less turgid, less didactic, less oppressive... some interesting reflections that would have seemed more fresh and insightful if it had been capsulized in an article instead of dragged over 420 pages...
Carol
Jul 25, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
I had not read any earlier books by Scott Peck but found this one at a book sale and began it and was struck by his total openness, his fascinating with Stone Henges and menhirs and by the way he wrote about death and about retirement. He does get preachy at times but over all an fine book.
Tamela
Dec 13, 2007 Tamela rated it liked it
I didn't finish this one but maybe one day I will return...It makes one want to travel around Britain in a car. I liked the way he and his wife were freely traveling, doing whatever took their fancy. Peck would intermingle the traveling with incites into life (his included).
Peter Gibbs
Jul 19, 2009 Peter Gibbs rated it really liked it
Just a nice, comfortable amble mulling over aspects of life and relationships. This is not pushy or evangelical - just, as I say, 'comfortable'. Almost English in its style. Recommended if you want to learn a bit about British countryside and standing stones and chat about life at the same time.
Satia
May 25, 2009 Satia rated it liked it
A far more intimate book than his other works. Provocative and candid without being unecessarily transparent. For a full review:

http://satia.blogspot.com/2009/05/in-...
Polina
Oct 01, 2009 Polina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: available
Great book by one of my favorite spiritual authors. I enjoyed reading and many concepts rang true and posted interesting questions. But the book felt incredibly long so paradoxically it detracted from its enjoyment even though each chapter on its own was unique and interesting.
Peejay Who Once Was Minsma
A rather smug and self-satisfied journey, with a dubious grasp of the history of place. Dr. Peck's ego got in the way through much of this and his "discovery" seemed more about what he already knew than a genuine travel experience.
Katie
Jan 27, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this novel. It was very thought provoking as well as an interesting trip of discovery.
Diane
Jul 01, 2013 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
A little bit of travel thru the British Isles looking for megalithic stones and a whole lot of reflections on life makes for an intriguing guidebook.
Daphnée Kwong Waye
Jan 31, 2013 Daphnée Kwong Waye rated it really liked it
For those who love to learn, avid absorbers of knowledge, philosophy and history... this book is for you and me!
Yamo
Jan 02, 2009 Yamo rated it it was amazing
This book is lovely written - small vigniettes on various points of interest - a celebration of life, curiosity and humor.
k8beeZ
Dec 16, 2008 k8beeZ rated it really liked it
This books is really deep and detailed...I pretty much like the way he writes, thus far from what I've read...but I'm going to give this book a break for awhile and move on with my life ;-)
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Donna
Aug 12, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Linda C, Sandra G
Makes me want to go traipsing through the countryside of the Scottish Highlands.
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Dr. Peck was born on May 22, 1936 in New York City, the younger of two sons to David Warner Peck, a prominent lawyer and jurist, and his wife Elizabeth Saville. He married Lily Ho in 1959, and they had three children.

Dr. Peck received his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1958, and his M.D. degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1963. From 1963 unti
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