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The Secret [Hardcover]

Rhonda Byrne
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Nov. 28 2006
Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it.

In this book, you'll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life -- money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You'll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that's within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life.

The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers -- men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.

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Supporters will hail this New Age self-help book on the law of attraction as a groundbreaking and life-changing work, finding validation in its thesis that one's positive thoughts are powerful magnets that attract wealth, health, happiness... and did we mention wealth? Detractors will be appalled by this as well as when the book argues that fleeting negative thoughts are powerful enough to create terminal illness, poverty and even widespread disasters. The audio version of this controversial book, read by Byrne and contributing authors such as John Gray and Neale Donald Walsch, is uneven at best. The cheesy, obvious sound effects will not do much to add intellectual respectability to a work that has been widely denounced as pseudoscience. Mostly, this audio is hampered by its confusing and disjointed organization—techniques that worked reasonably well in the print version and the movie, such as cutting every few seconds from one enthusiastic expert to another, make for a choppy and somewhat bewildering listening experience. The gentle cadences of Rhonda Byrne's breathy, Aussie-infused voice are certainly the best part of the audio, but her material is scarce and provides mostly connective tissue between the testimonials.
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Rhonda Byrne began her journey with The Secret film, viewed by millions across the planet. She followed with The Secret book, a global bestseller, available in fifty languages and with more than 25 million copies in print worldwide. The Secret has remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 190 weeks, and was names by USA TODAY as one of the top twenty bestselling books of the past fifteen years. Rhonda continued her groundbreaking work with The Power in 2010 and The Magic in 2012, also New York Times bestsellers. Rhonda is also the author of  The Secret Daily Teachings and The Secret Gratitude Book.

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155 of 166 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Word to the Wise... March 26 2007
Format:Hardcover
I am commenting on The Secret as a clinical psychologist who specializes in how cultural and spiritual beliefs affect health as well as the author of a book about converging science and mysticism to navigate our personal journey. First, The Secret is a compilation of opinions from a group of professionals in several fields, rather than a book by the author. It would be more accurate for Ms. Byrne to present herself as the editor, rather than the author of the book. Having said that, it is important to distinguish between wishful thinking and mind-body science. Although the concepts expounded in the book are beautiful examples of what we could achieve if we explored our potential, it leaves the reader with "feel-good" platitudes, by failing to convey that simply wishing something does not attract anything other than expectations that lead to disappointment. As a scientist, I have seen the mind bypass biology in miraculous ways, but this does not happen by just wishing and waiting for "the laws of attraction" to work. Instead, change requires honoring commitments, not blaming others for our failures, assessing the self-sabotaging that surface when self-esteem is compromised, and realistically defining goals.

The success of this book shows how hungry we are for someone to tell us that change happens magically without having to confront our demons and without taking responsibility for the life we created with our actions.

While I wish Ms. Byrne the greatest success, I want to caution the reader that if "wishful thinking" does not attract what you want, do not blame yourself, because it was only thoughts without action.
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150 of 171 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I am in complete agreement with the idea that our thoughts need to be carefully marshaled and focused on what we want. My comments focus on how Ms. Byrne has expressed that point in this book.

Everyone I know swears by the DVD version of The Secret. I decided to read the book first and then look at the DVD.

In grading this book, I am comparing The Secret to the many books that encourage you to create your own reality through mental focus including books written by those quoted in The Secret.

First, what is the secret? As stated in a quotation by Bob Proctor:

"The Secret is the law of attraction!

Everything that is coming into your life you are attracting . . . by virtue of the images you are holding in your mind."

Second, what causes the law of attraction to work? According to Ms. Byrne on page 11:

"You are the most powerful transmission tower in the Universe. Your transmission creates your life and it creates the world . . . . And you are transmitting that frequency with your thoughts."

Third, what's the evidence that this secret is true? Each of 24 authors tells anecdotes of people who overcame hurdles after envisioning a more positive result. A few claims are made that quantum physics supports this conclusion, and Ms. Byrne confides that she understands a great deal about this subject.

Fourth, why is this a secret? Because Ms. Byrne had never heard of the law of attraction prior to a year or so ago.

Let me make a few observations about the development of this idea in the book:

First, science has shown us that we ignore almost all of the sensory input we receive.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fluff, Puff, Smoke & Mirrors Feb. 23 2008
By TimK
Format:Hardcover
I cannot believe I read the whole book but I kept looking for the meat as I read through it. While progressing through this "quick read" I was continuously amazed at the fluffy stories of little credibility (but lots of laughability although it is far from a comedy). I guess if you are looking for some new type of religion or need something to cling to & you can convince yourself that "vapourware" actually exists as a substance, this is the book for you. It gave it one star because I could not go lower.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The author presents the (age-old and not-so-secret) idea of positive thinking and presents it with a "sensational" and patronizing format. Do people really believe that all they have to do is think about what they want and it will happen? I thought it was disgusting how the focus was on getting RICH and getting what you want in the material sense. It seems obvious that it's an attempt by the author to get rich herself by appealing to the laziness and greed of us simpletons. Just imagine how many trees were chopped down to print this book. What a waste of squirrel condominiums.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fastfood for thought Jan. 30 2008
Format:Hardcover
I think this book is popular because it makes everything look so easy to get (example: $1 million or a new car) and everyone's looking for the easy way out- it's human nature. What this book doesn't take into account is good old fashion hard work. People who succeed, work hard and take action. They have a plan and they take control of their lives and don't wait for the "universe" to hand it over to them. Hard work reaps success and there's no way around it. Sure, a positive attitude and visualization can help, but it's not enough to wish it to happen or believe that it has already happened and then wait for it to come. Frankly, I find this ridiculous. One part in the book talks about weight loss. She states that by believing that she is at her ideal weight and "placing her order" with the universe, "she can eat whatever she wants and still stay at her ideal weight". I am sorry, but this is utter nonsense. You can't just will your weight off. weight loss is achieved by eating a healthy and adequate diet and an exercise program- there are no "quick fixes" although everyone hopes there's one. Again, that's why this book seem attractive because it's easy.
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Published 17 days ago by Kym McRae
5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing you can do for yourself and your life
I already had it so I got it for my friend. The best thing you can do for yourself and your life...read and follow this book.
Published 25 days ago by cindi
4.0 out of 5 stars Positive read
The week I read The Secret was one of the most positive weeks of my life! I'm still living in that positive residue and I pick it up at least once a week just for a reminder. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terri Schack
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I loved it. I am conscientiously changing my thinking to reflect what I learned in the Secret. Great read and easy to read.
Published 1 month ago by Ginette Snook
3.0 out of 5 stars Was expecting more with all the hype about it
Very repetitive
Has some interesting and valid points
Not overly unique compared to other books I've read in this realm
Published 2 months ago by Lynne R Brochu
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend to a friend
I have bought this book and shared this book with numerous people and will continue to do just that. I would recommend this book to anyone!!
Published 3 months ago by Jeremy Rondeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifechanging
Reading this book should be a priority for anyone who wants a healthier and happier life.
Law of Attraction sums up personal happiness on this earth. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lorna Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great theory
For uplifting help in getting what you want in life - this is a great motivator. A great gift to someone who is experiencing a lag in their lives and who are looking for something... Read more
Published 5 months ago by kathleen scott
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite spiritual books!
I love this book because it is powerful, inspirational and a great reminder that we all have the capacity to change our lives by changing our thoughts. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eddie Coronado
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret
Excellent. Just love it! Everyone should have a copy! Can't wait to read the whole collection! Perfect gift to give!
Published 7 months ago by Gigi
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