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Works by
Dan Millman
(Writer)
[February 22, 1946 - ]

Peaceful Warrior Saga
  1. Way of the Peaceful Warrior (1980)
    During his junior year at the University of California, while training to become a world-champion gymnast, Dan Millman stumbled on a 94-year-old mentor nicknamed Socrates, a powerful, unpredictable, and elusive character. He taught a way to maximize performance using a unique blend of Eastern philosophy and Western fitness to cultivate the true essence of a champion - the "way of the peaceful warrior." Millman's first-person account of his odyssey into realms of light, darkness, mind, body, and spirit has since become an international bestseller about the universal quest for happiness.

  2. Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior (1991)
    Four years after training with the old warrior he calls Socrates, and in spite of all he has learned, Dan Millman confronts personal failure and growing frustrations. Disillusioned with his life, unable to bridge the gap between knowing and doing, he sets out on a worldwide quest to rediscover his sense of purpose and source of inspiration. A buried memory sends him on a search for a woman shaman deep in a Hawaiian rain forest. She is the gateway to all his hopes and his fears - and only she can prepare him for what is to come. In worlds of shadow and light, he encounters inner tests, mortal challenges, disturbing revelations, and memorable characters in the most crucial quest of his life. This is the sacred journey we all share, says Millman, the journey to the light that shines at the heart of all our lives.

  3. The Journeys of Socrates: An Adventure (2005)
    In nineteenth-century Tsarist Russia an orphaned child born of Jewish and Cossack blood grows up in a land of wealthy aristocrats, struggling peasants, and growing discontent. Sent to an elite military academy at the tender age of four, Sergei Ivanov (Socrates) comes of age training to protect a way of life he doesn't understand. When a sudden death forces Sergei to flee, he escapes into the wilderness.

With nothing to cling to but a memory of his grandfather and the promise of a gift buried near St. Petersburg, Sergei journeys across a harsh land to seek his place in the world. The adventure that unfolds is not about the revolutions of history, but about the revolution in one man's heart. A stirring story of tragedy and triumph emerges as Sergei encounters mentors and masters who reveal secrets about the arts of war and, ultimately, the path to peace. From the heights of love to the depths of despair, from the threat of a mortal enemy to the search for a child he has never met, Sergei Ivanov's odyssey unlocks hidden wisdom at the heart of life. He could never have imagined that from the moment of his birth he was destined to become the peaceful warrior who would change the lives of millions worldwide.

Wisdom of the Peaceful Warrior

Children's Books
  • Quest for the Crystal Castle (1992) with T. Taylor Bruce, Illustrator
    Unappreciative of what he has in life, Danny travels with the magical old man Socrates into another world, where his quest for the crystal castle teaches him that it is the journey itself that makes a warrior, not the reward.

  • Secret of the Peaceful Warrior: A Story About Courage and Love (1991) with T. Taylor Bruce, Illustrator
    An old man named Socrates shows Danny that the best way of dealing with a bully is the way of the peaceful warrior, through courage and love.

Fitness
  • The Inner Athlete: Realizing Your Inner Potential (1994)
    A wise book that looks at the psychology behind the search for athletic excellence, The Inner Athlete shows anyone how to improve skills, accelerate learning, and unleash their athletic potential. The skills it teaches are applicable not only in sports, but in daily life -- transforming training into a path of personal growth and discovery.

  • The Warrior Athlete: Body, Mind & Spirit (1979)
    Physically demanding sports such as tennis and basketball have a lot in common with skills such as playing the piano. In addition to physical training, mastering these activities requires developing mental and emotional talents as well. Drawing on his own experiences, Dan Millman offers a regimen to integrate physical training with psychological growth. He examines the motivations for athletic excellence and offers a transformative guide to success that is as applicable in everyday life as it is in sports.

  • Whole Body Fitness: Training Mind, Body, and Spirit (1979)

Guidebooks
  • The Laws of Spirit: A Tale of Transformation (2001)
    The Laws of Spirit opens with the story of Dan Millman's encounter with a sage in the wooded hills near his home. Through stories, tests, and experiences in the wild, the sage challenges Millman to examine 12 core principles that underlie human existence: balance, choice, process, presence, compassion, faith, expectation, integrity, action, cycles, surrender, and unity. The book shows how these keys -- at the heart of every religion, culture, and moral system -- can lead to a deeper sense of meaning, connection, and harmony with the world. It also shows readers how these principles can transform relationships, careers, finance, and health. Quotations and reminders from across the centuries inform and inspire readers as they accompany Millman on his journey.

  • Living on Purpose: Straight Answers to Universal Questions  (2000)
    Millman tackles some of the toughest questions, and in the process, refines and expands on the teachings of his other books. Millman applies timeless principles to questions about metaphysics, destiny and free will, control and surrender, goal-making, marriage, child-rearing, money and work, sexuality, priority setting, and simplifying life. He combines hard-won personal wisdom with common sense to shed light on real-world problems.

  • Everyday Enlightenment: The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth (1998)
    Here is Dan Millman's magnum opus-the most complete presentation of his teachings, showing how to live as a peaceful warrior -- how to actually practice a more enlightened way of life. Everyday Enlightenment presents twelve "gateways" or arenas that radically redefine the meaning of success and the purpose of our lives. These twelve gateways: keys to worth, will, energy, money, mind, intuition, emotions, fear, shadow, sexuality, heart, and service, represent twelve books in one, a clear map of the territory of human potential.   See also Everyday Enlightenment Journal.

  • The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose (1993)
    One of Dan's most popular books due to its uncanny accuracy in revealing and clarifying each reader's core talents, and hurdles. Written to increase compassion for self and others, and provide deeper meaning, connection, and purpose. Includes key spiritual laws to overcome the hurdles on each life path.

  • Body Mind Mastery: Creating Success in Sport and Life (1992)
    Physically demanding sports such as tennis and basketball have a lot in common with skills such as playing the piano. In addition to physical training, mastering these activities requires developing mental and emotional talents as well. Drawing on his own experiences, Dan Millman, in this revised and updated edition of The Inner Athlete, offers a regimen to integrate physical training with psychological growth. He examines the motivations for athletic excellence and offers a transformative guide to success that is as applicable in everyday life as it is in sports.

  • No Ordinary Moments: A Peaceful Warrior's Guide to Daily Life (1992)
    Every day, we face challenges in relationships, sexuality, money, work, and health. While there is a wealth of information and advice available on all of these subjects, we still have trouble turning knowing into doing. Here, Dan Millman presents a peaceful warrior's way to turn our intentions into action, our challenges into strength, and our life experiences into wisdom.

    Based on the premise that by changing ourselves we can change the world, No Ordinary Moments presents simple yet powerful ways to balance our body, liberate our mind, accept our emotions, and open our heart.

Inspirational
  • Bridge Between Worlds: Extraordinary Experiences That Changed Lives (November 24, 2009) with Doug Childers
    A decade before Dan Millman wrote his spiritual classic Way of the Peaceful Warrior, a motorcycle crash ended his Olympic dreams. Some years later, two thugs, one armed with a metal pipe, closed in to attack a young writer named Doug Childers. These two young men had no notion that they would one day meet, become friends, and draw upon their experiences to create a collection of inspiring stories about people whose lives were changed by extraordinary events.

    Each story in this newly revised volume (formerly titled Divine Interventions) describes a unique journey across a metaphorical bridge to a higher reality. These stirring accounts of the lives of ordinary people as well as iconic figures, past and present, will awaken in readers a renewed faith in the mysterious possibilities hidden in daily life.

    The stories invite believers and skeptics alike to consider the well-documented phenomena that challenge conventional assumptions about reality. They point to a dimension of transcendent possibility awaiting us across the Bridge Between Worlds.

    Originally published in 1999 as
    Divine Interventions: True Stories of Mystery and Miracles That Change Lives, Bridge Between Worlds is improved and re-designed, with inspiring stories of "extraordinary experiences that changed lives." It provides an expanded vision of life's mystery and possibilities.

Inspirational Stories
  • Divine Interventions: True Stories of Mystery and Miracles That Change Lives  (1999) with Doug Childers
    Throughout recorded history miracles have happened. Many brilliant leaders and thinkers--presidents, scientists (including Einstein), philosophers-have attested to the power of intuition and the existence of some universal mind to which we are all connected at times. Dan Millman is the perfect person to document such stories; his 10 previous books have more than 2 1/2 million copies in print. He is uniquely qualified to describe these unwavering testaments to the belief that faith is rewarded, that supernatural things happen, and that God and spirituality are regularly proven in everyday life. Divine Interventions will validate faith, affirm the existence of the supernatural, and inspire true believers with stories that are nothing short of miraculous.  Updated in 2009 as
    Bridge Between Worlds: Extraordinary Experiences That Changed Lives.

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