The Punisher Cycle

Changing our Mindset From Punishment to Discipline

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
123 Pages
Reviewed on 05/30/2021
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Reviewed by Daniel D Staats for Readers' Favorite

What is the difference between punishment and discipline? H. S. Daniels explains the difference in his book The Punisher Cycle. This book is for every parent, teacher, leader, politician, judge, and anyone who deals with people. For too long, society has used the barbaric method of punishment when someone commits an infraction of the rules. Punishment rarely changes anyone. Most of the time all punishment does is develop someone into being a punisher. When we opt to use discipline instead of punishment, we are teaching the offender new ways and skills for dealing with life and the myriad of problems living presents. Daniels calls upon his life experiences and the experiences of those he has observed to show how switching from a punishment mentality to using discipline can change lives and society.

H. S. Daniels wants to change society into a more gentle and loving existence. In The Punisher Cycle, he teaches the difference between punishment and discipline. He writes with great passion about the problems that punishment causes and how simply switching to a disciplining mentality can result in vast improvements in the way society functions. Too many people do not understand the difference between punishment and discipline. As a result, they think they are doing the right thing when they punish their child, their employee, or someone who has broken society’s rules. Daniels calls for using the much more humane method of discipline and avoiding punishment when possible. Daniels does admit that sometimes punishment might be the only option, but most of the time for most people, discipline trumps punishment. This easy-to-understand and motivational book will help give the reader a new appreciation for discipline and encourage working to change the world.

Erin Nicole Cochran

The Punisher Cycle by H.S. Daniels is a compelling nonfiction read that sits with you long after you’ve finished it. Daniels finds a way to give you the information without feeling like you are being preached at, which I think is hard to accomplish these days. The Punisher Cycle, as the author perfectly calls it, is basically a form of non-teaching that doesn’t improve anyone’s lives, but creates a continuing chain of broken people, who exhibit either criminal tendencies or verbal mistreatment of others. On page 14 Daniels says, “Discipline is designed to help while punishment is designed for revenge.” This quote is one of those life lesson quotes that sticks to your brain like bubble gum, and hopefully, it creates change.

H.S. Daniels, through his own personal real-life examples, shows readers what can happen when punishment is used as opposed to discipline from his own childhood through to adulthood. This also makes the information he gives us incredibly relatable, as there aren’t any among us who haven’t been punished to a certain degree instead of disciplined. Until I read H.S. Daniels The Punisher Cycle, I didn’t fully grasp what the word “discipline” really meant. I’ve honestly always connected it to a negative connotation. But his book has opened my eyes to what true discipline and its intended purpose are, and I know that I am not the only one who views it this way. Let H.S. Daniels's The Punisher Cycle introduce you to the beauty behind what the word "discipline" really means.