About Dan’s Books
Some readers have asked:
Which of your book(s) would you most recommend? Which one should I start with? Should I read them in a particular reading order?
My response can only be:
Each of my books provides a new and different facet of a peaceful warrior’s approach to living wisely and well. In a sense, each book is another piece of the puzzle of personal and spiritual growth. I put my heart and soul into each one.
I hope this background may help you to decide which of my books to read. The order is not important — but I hope you will consider reading most or all of them, over time. Do not assume that if you’ve read one or two you have read them all. There is always more to be discovered around the next bend in my teaching work.
Look over the descriptions below, and trust your instincts.
Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior
SACRED JOURNEY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR – my other novel – is not a sequel – it does not begin where my first book ends (and this has confused some people). Rather, it takes place within the first story (when Socrates sends me away on my travels). In fact, one good way to read these two books is to read Way of the Peaceful Warrior until Soc sends Dan away to travel around the world – then read Sacred Journey – and then finish Way of the Peaceful Warrior. This way it makes more sense.
Sacred Journeyis a work of fiction to convey lessons. I did not actually leave my wife and daughter for many months or years in order to “find myself.” (I did travel to Hawaii and around the world, but was away less than three months.)
After these first two books, people wrote to say, “I found your books inspiring – but how do you apply some of these ideas to everyday life?”
The Journeys of Socrates
No Ordinary Moments
The Four Purposes of Life
Wisdom of the Peaceful Warrior
The Life You Were Born to Live
THE LIFE YOU WERE BORN TO LIVE : In 1984 I learned, from an unusual mentor, an amazingly accurate, piercing method of insight into one’s life purpose that surpassed any I had ever seen. I had only taken 20 pages of notes before working with this system, doing “spiritual law alignment” readings for people all over the world. After a decade of working with this material, my intuitive sight had expanded considerably. I started teaching psychotherapists and others the method; and finally, I wrote The Life You Were Born to Live.
For those readers who “aren’t into numerology” or who have healthy skepticism about how adding up the numbers of your date of birth could give valid, reliable, accurate information about your life purpose, I challenge you to read page 4, which shows how to find your life path – one of 37 for those born in the 1900’s – then read the material specific to your life. You may find it surprising. I wrote The Life You Were Born to Live to generate greater more compassion for yourself and for others – and to create a quantum leap in insight and self-knowledge. The most important part of this book is the section on spiritual laws – the laws that help to overcome the hurdles on each life path.
The Laws of Spirit
The Creative Compass
THE CREATIVE COMPASS: Writing Your Way from Inspiration to Publication – by father and daughter coauthors Dan Millman and Sierra Prasada. If you’re a writer, storyteller, artist, or innovator, the five universal stages of creativity presented in this book will help you to: pursue ideas with which you strongly connect; observe what works for you and commit to it; work through inevitable doubt and anxiety; appreciate drafts as essential layers leading to quality work and mastery of craft; and recognize, in the practice, a metaphor that will enrich your life.
Body Mind Mastery
My Children's Books
Then came my two children’s books: SECRET OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR and QUEST FOR THE CRYSTAL CASTLE. I read early drafts of these books to my (then-young) daughters’ classes for their feedback before the final draft. These make wonderful children’s gifts for kids 4-10 or so; they will want to hear (or read) them again and again.