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The Secret By Rhonda Byrne
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- Amazon Sales Rank: #14 in Books
- Published on: 2006-12-04
- ISBN-10: 1847370292
- ISBN-13: 978-1847370297
- Binding: Hardcover
- 160 pages
Once known only by an elite who were unwilling to share their knowledge of the power, 'the secret' of obtaining anything you desire is now revealed by prominent physicists, authors and philosophers as being based in the universal Law of Attraction. And the good news is that anyone can access its power to bring themselves health, wealth and happiness. Fragments of The Secret have been found in oral traditions, literature, religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. A number of the exceptional people who discovered its power went on to become regarded as the greatest human beings who ever lived. Among them: Plato, Leonardo, Galileo and Einstein. Now 'the secret' is being shared with the world. Beautiful in its simplicity, and mind-dazzling in its ability to really work, The Secret reveals the mystery of the hidden potential within us all. By unifying leading-edge scientific thought with ancient wisdom and spirituality, the riveting, practical knowledge will lead readers to a greater understanding of how they can be the masters of their own lives.
Like the ideas but...
I like the ideas in "The Secret" but they're no different than any other books on positive thinking. The presentation is polished with nice packaging and the marketing angle of calling the book "The Secret" was absolutely genius. The book extols us to think only happy thoughts and guard against negative thinking. Otherwise you won't get what you want in life.
Is life really that simple? While I like the idea of positive thinking presented in this book. I disagree with the approach used in the book. Some parts of the book are clearly mean-spirited like asking us not to look at fat people lest you start to have fat thoughts and gain too much weight. Another part asks us to leave people who are sick unless they're positive. If only Mother Theresa or the Dalai Lama listened to such advice, I guess the world would be a better place.
I think compassion is important in life instead of running away from problems. Facing problems or helping others in need does not mean you will manifest problems in your life. Actually helping people makes you feel good. Balance this book with reading some good material on compassion like "Nexus: A Neo Novel," Dalai Lama's "An Open Heart" or books about Mother Theresa and Mahatma Gandhi.
A Re-Packaged Secret.
A movie first and then turned into a book, "The Secret" is about getting what you want by knowing what you want and keeping it at the forefront of your thoughts. It gets this concept across really well and is a quite entertaining book. The downside is that there is really nothing new here that hasn't already been published many times before (The Power of Positive Thinking, It Works, Ask and It is Given, and on and on).
Thinking is great, but life also requires us to do a little too in order to make things happen- recommend "The Sixty-Second Motivator" as well.