This book has made publishing history by having been on The New York Times bestseller list for ten consecutive years.

First published in 1978, it made the list in 1983 and has been in print ever since – more than forty years – showing no signs of slowing down. It has profoundly impacted readers over the decades. Comments about its effect on their lives include:

“This book saved my life.”
“This is one of my favorite books.”
“I have read it and enjoyed every page more than twenty times in the last twenty years.”
“It is a staple on my library shelves.”

The opening sentence, “Life is difficult,” heralds an expectation that what is to come in this book may be a way to navigate that difficulty. It does not disappoint – making this book, in essence, a wise counselor, an encouraging friend, and companion on the difficult road of life.

The Road Less Traveled is the road that does not avoid, but rather accept that “life is difficult.” Guidance on ways to approach and solve the perennial problems encountered on this road is the lasting legacy of M. Scott Peck, M.D., author, psychotherapist, and “companion.”

While this timeless and profoundly impactful book is not without its skeptics and critics, in the words of one grateful reader, “Give it a chance.”