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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Sept. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446671002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446671002
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (778 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Find out for yourself why virtually everyone you know has this book, described as an "adventure in pursuit of a spiritual mystery", on their coffee table. In the tradition of Carlos Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Redfield's debut is a fast-paced adventure in New Age territory that plays like a cross between Raiders of the Lost Ark and Moses's trek up Mt. Sinai. Originally self-published, the book sold phenomenally, sparked by word of mouth, and may be this year's The Bridges of Madison County --with which it shares some regrettable stylistic similarities. The saga begins when the unnamed middle-aged male narrator whimsically quits his nondescript life to track down an ancient Peruvian manuscript (pretentiously called the Manuscript) containing nine Insights that supposedly prophesy the modern emergence of New Age spirituality. South of the border, he encounters resistance from the Peruvian government and church authorities, who believe the document will undermine traditional family values. While dodging evil soldiers, paranoid priests and pseudoscientific researchers, our hero sequentially discovers all nine Insights during a series of chance encounters. Redfield has a real talent for page-turning action, and his lightweight quest employs auras, energy transfers and other psychic phenomena. But several of the Insights are incredibly vacuous and politically correct, and long stretches of dialogue are banal and cliched. The book ends with the protagonist poised to discover the 10th Insight in a promised sequel. 250,000 first printing; BOMC selection; author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony Bernardo on Sept. 5 2002
Format: Paperback
The Celestine Prophecy is not the best novel ever written, in fact to some it may seem hookie. What was great about this book, and in my opinion any book, was that it helped me grasp many of the ideas that had been swimming around in my head but could not be put into a working formula. Its one of those books that makes you say "yeah, I knew that, but I couldn't find the words." As the story unfolds so do aspects of the reader's self. Each chapter, or insight, revealed something new about who I was and who I wanted to be.
Many of the ideas discussed in this book are nothing new. They are at the core of many eastern philosophies and are heavily influenced by mysticism. But who cares! Each interpretation of these ideas is in its own way unique. Its like listening to a radio station that plays a certain jeanra of music: each song has a common feel and yet each has its own personality.
All in all, it may not be a literary masterpiece but The Celestine Prophecy is a must read. It will move you in places that have been forgotten, ignored, or that have been suffocoated by the monotonies of western culture and idealogy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SIS on Aug. 8 2011
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I read this book many years ago when it first came out. Now that the latest book "The Tenth Insight" has been released l decided that l would start over at the beginning of the series and read it once again and l am glad that l have done so. What a nice surprise this was for me. I can see that l have changed my outlook from when l first read this book. So it is just as good the second time around but for totally different reasons. Anyone who enjoys reading books that talk about how we are evolving into a new spirituality will enjoy this book. Even though it is fiction the basis of the book is based on truth about how human kind is evolving into a new way of life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tami Brady HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 21 2008
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The Celestine Prophecy is one of my favorite classic spiritual fiction journeys. The book follows the personal growth of one man as he follows a mysterious query about an ancient manuscript. An old friend happens to drop by and tells him about an ancient Peruvian manuscript dating back to 600 BC. This relic tells of a shift in the mind thought of the world starting at the end of the 20th century. The key to this shift are nine insights that must be gained, understood, and integrated into the mind and lives of individuals.

Intrigued by the possibilities, the main character travels to Peru in hopes of finding out more about this mystery. With no real direction or plan, at each step he is helped along by coincidence and others following the same quest. Along the way, he also learns about himself, his connection to the universe, and his part in this evolutionary process.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1 2004
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The book is not that bad and the insight stuff is actually interesting but I couldn't take anything serious in this book because I realize the author never bother to visit Peru. If he ever visited Perú he coudn't have say that he arrived to Machu Pichu by car, that's impossible!! Also, the author does not describe accurately any of the places visited in the book, and the distances between places are impossible. And the worst thing of all: he actually said that the Mayas were in Peru!! Totally wrong!!! The INCAS, not the MAYAS were the ones living in Peru thousands of years ago!! (the Mayan empire extended from central america to the south of Mexico). Could the autor at least have done the minimun research so not to insult the reader??? And what about that EVERYONE in Peru just happen to speak english? In the interior of Peru, people speaks QUECHUA, not spanish, how come they will be able to speak and understand english?? I can continue complaining but what's the point? Everything seems just fake...Sorry...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Sabine on Jan. 2 2012
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I read this book in my early 20s. I was deeply effected and I'm sure it has influence my personal philosophy as I've grown older.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RubyK on March 9 2004
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About 6 years ago, post-college, I bought this book, as several acquaintances who SEEMED to be very bright and inspired recommended it to me, with a sly wink and a knowing nod and a comment like, "THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE". I took it with me on a visit to Paris, opened it up at a small, artsy cafe, thinking that if I were on the verge of being extraordinarily enlightened, it had better happen somewhere pretentious and beatnik-y. I spent the afternoon laughing out loud and sharing various amateurly-written excerpts with my roommate. We had tears rolling down our cheeks, disbelieving of the fact that someone went as far as to PUBLISH this pile of rubbish and that it purports to be so deeeeeep. The ONLY reason I managed to get through the book is that I was dying to know what the hype was all about and how so many people could be swayed/inspired by this stupid, melodramatic story and by the writing style, reminiscent of my own early elementary school creative writing attempts. I wanted to discover the big mysterious epiphany about which everyone had been raving. Turns out, there wasn't one. I consider myself to be quite down-to-earth, spiritual and open-minded; yet while slogging through this foolish tripe, felt as if some dirty, demented hippie had just puked up the literary equivalent of The Woodstock Brown Acid.
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