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The Secret

by Rhonda Byrne

November 28, 2006 | Hardcover

The Secret is rated 3.1111 out of 5 by 81.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 216 pages, 7 × 5.5 × 0.9 in

Published: November 28, 2006

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1582701709

ISBN - 13: 9781582701707

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every one should own this book I had bought this book many years ago
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Secret that can save lives This book is my new 'Bible'! It has a wealth of information based on the law of attraction, which when applied will improve your life regardless of what your current circumstances are. The Secret helped me to see that happiness starts by looking at myself. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Rhonda Byrne!
Date published: 2014-03-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Secret by Rhonda Bryne The reason I’m giving this books such a low rating is not because of the subject matter. I personally agree with a majority things that are written in this book, and many of the doctors and philosophers quoted really add to the subject that is at hand. I think that Bryne does blow some of the ideas out of proportion, making things sound mystical and spiritual when really a simpler explanation would have been more effective. The writing style made me think I was reading a textbook, with summaries at the end of each chapter and way too much repetition throughout the entire thing. I would have liked to have read more details in the stories about people that turned their life around with ‘The secret’. Instead of a paragraph written just to ensure the reader that everything being talked about is absolutely real. Again, the concept is brilliant. More people should focus on their goals wholeheartedly, and stop focusing on what they don’t want. When you focus on what you want, and you believe that it will happen. It will! That is the point of this novel, and it’s a point that I agree with completely. Still, 2.5. Sounds too much like a religious person preaching their faith onto everybody else. Seeya’ll later. - MRR
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What Pathetic Secret?! The book is based on over simplified concepts... any idiot with less than a high school education could have writen it!!!! What on earth are the people of today reading?
Date published: 2012-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing This book was recommended to me by a few people and finally managed to pick it up. I certainly recommend this for people looking for something to help strengthen the mind and heart. It's inpsiring to have a book re-direct you to pump joy, happiness and energy into your life. While it left me a bit with a 'religious taste' ... it does state this is a 'way of life'; it reminded to me to see the world as glass half full... and get back on the optimistic track. Be the change you want to see!
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoughts creating your future Creating your future using your thoughts, who are magnetic in nature, pulling other thoughts having the same frequency. The idea being that the more positive you are, more positive thoughts come in, and your life reflects your thinking. Then you use your feelings to guide you. Subjects include dreams becoming reality, focus, thinking positive, gratitude, visualization, expectation, time, wealth, love, mind shifters, health, etc...
Date published: 2011-09-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Where's the REAL Secret? Have you read this book and still find yourself confused or feeling like you're missing something? That's because this book (and its movie counterpart) was severely edited like many books over the years removing "the secret" that this book was originally based on. The Secret was originally inspired by the work of Esther and Jerry Hicks and the Teachings of Abraham. Esther was in the first edition of the Secret movie but after some distribution changes the Hicks' original contract was in conflict with that and so they chose to be edited out completely rather than sign over their intellectual property rights. Search for their material and you'll get the answers that this book was supposed to provide to you.
Date published: 2011-04-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The secret is there's no secret! I borrowed this book from the library (Thank god I didn't pay for it!) and now am ashamed to return it in person after reading the entire book! (Yes I bothered to continue reading it because I couldn't believe that a pure insult to the intelligence of the readers can be marketed so successfully!) The main idea which has been claimed as a secret is not a secret at all. The effectiveness of positive thinking is part of a common human wisdom. All the so called 'secrets' in the book could be placed on a single tablet of Moses. Even one can save time just by reading the summary sections at the end of each chapter. No where in the book it is mentioned that one need to do hard work in addition of wishful/positive thinking in order to achieve wealth, health and fame! (Even the so called writers in the book had to do some hard work to market this garbage successfully!) Can anyone explain how come all of her readers win a Lotto jackpot in their lifetime just by visualizing it? In my opinion, this book will only be helpful for those people who have no hope left in any sense (terminaly ill patients, for example) And it's a great tool for right wing capitalist governments to suppress possible social unrest due to discrimination and inequality--because the book says, the victims are always to be blamed for their negetive thinking! One shouldn't even be engaged in any 'anti' protest (anti-war, for example), all we are allowed to do is 'pro-peace' activism! Even Gandhi would find this approach useless. However, I would say the methodology will only work if every one in earth will follow it. But before that, what ideology will solve all the conflicts in the world? The formula can best be described as an outcome, not a means or way. Finally, to remain faithful to Rondha Byrne's core idea, I wouldn't say don't buy this book, but just hope for something better from Rhonda in future! For those who already bought it, I would tell them to visualize that they have got a cheque automatically in their mailbox from Rondha Byrne as a refund--If Rhonda is part of this universe, she shouldn't be able to ignore the law of attraction, right? Now it's your turn to prove your point Rhonda!
Date published: 2010-12-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Delusional Drivel Enter an undertaking hoping and working hard to make it successful? Good for you. Expect that your attitude can alter external reality? That's just crazy. It is difficult to express just how awful this book is. Very high among her many, many egregious errors are the ones Byrne propagates by butchering science. It is evident that she has either never read a book on quantum physics (upon which she heavily relies) or if she did so, she did not comprehend a word. Nonetheless, she hides her twaddle behind a smokescreen of 'sciency' words, evidently hoping to apply a veneer of epistemic validity to hide the vacuity of her thesis. It is not just success that can be attracted to you by your thoughts, but defeat as well. For example, Byrne has claimed that disasters like the 2006 tsunami could only occur to people who were “on the same frequency as the event”. How odd that they all lived in close proximity to the Indian Ocean. Other inescapable conclusions are that only those with negative thoughts get cancer, those starving children in Darfur just don't visualize food well enough, and that the Jews in Europe during the second World War must just have been a negative lot. And I guess those nice Enron folks must have stopped all of the positive thinking that brought them their early success. This is not just delusional, it's dangerous. Please read Barbara Ehrenreich's excellent "Bright-Sided" for a clear-headed look at just how dangerous it is.
Date published: 2010-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hm it's alright The basis for this book is the power of positive thinking. The overall message is to provide the audience with the sense of accomplishment which can be achieved through optimism and positive thinking. I think this book is pretty great for those who don’t always see the world in a positive light but I must say that some of the stories are way too out there for me. For those of you who haven’t read the book already, you aren’t really missing much… but it is still good to check out.
Date published: 2010-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "a great read" I really liked this book, anybody that can actually read this book and use the inspiring effects of this book to change their lives. I read this book and took heed in what I read and actually put out the energy and optomism in this book and the rewards were greatly recieved.
Date published: 2010-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overall message was good The power of positive thought is really the whole basis for this book. Being a natural Doubting Thomas some of the stories were too out there for me but the overall message is one I try, with varying degrees of success, to live by.
Date published: 2010-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review: The Secret A look at the book everyone from Oprah to possibly your neighbor is talking about: “The Secret by Rhonda Byrne” Tilly Rivers There are many hard core gardeners out there, from flowers to fruit and vegetables, blends maybe of all. We have magazines, websites and teaching tools to help us begin any type of garden, tips for the novice to the experienced gardener, gadgets and gismos some helpful, others not so much. A mayonnaise product has begun a ‘real’ campaign, encouraging urban gardens. Farmers for years have been providing substance for us all to enjoy for years. Some gardeners pour over catalogues’ for just the right seeds, they plan, plant and tend their gardens carefully. There are contests for the largest pumpkin, the tallest sunflower and so many more. My question is; wouldn’t it be great if people paid as much attention, time and detail to their “life’ garden? Imagine if you could pick your life seeds? What would you plant? Would you make sure the soil was rich and tend to it daily? Would you watch it sprout with joy and magick? Would there be a ‘owweee’ when you taste the sweet flavor’s of your garden for the first time? You can! You truly can have a life’s garden. You can pull out the weeds and plant a patch of you in this world the way you want it, plant success, plant happiness, plant love. Plant health and wisdom, you truly can have what ever your dream is. If you have been sick-and-tired- of being sick-and-tired, if you have been praying for ‘something’- ‘anything’ to help you change your life; I highly recommend the book and DVD- The Secret by author Rhonda Byrne- it just may be the beginning of your life’s garden. Visit www.thesecret.tv for more information on this amazing book.
Date published: 2009-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne has sold 6 million copies and also has been made into a dvd and film. The book is published by Simon and Schuster and its ISBN is 18473770292. It is a new age self help book that claims all you want is yours to have if you simply have positive thoughts. Its theme is self fullfillment and all negative things come from ones negative thoughts. I like the concept of postive thinking and self belief but the idea that world wars, diseases and poverty are ones own fault from negative thoughts is silly.Her theory is your thoughts are the primary cause of everything. If you have the rights thoughts, feelings you can cure yourself, make yourself thinner, richer and happier. ....I wish. She writes "You are God in a physical body". " You are master of the universe. You are heir to the kingdom. You are the perfection of life and now you know The Secret". Put simply it is the laws of attraction and your thoughts determine your destiny. Although I believe in the virtue of self believe, postive thinking, creative visualisation and mediating I feel the author goes too far with her promises. I hope nobody believes they can think themselves free of cancer. It was an interesting read. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.
Date published: 2009-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The movie feels a little infomercialish Spirituality, positive mental attitude and the laws of attraction -- how can this book encourage anything but betterment and inner joy? As of late, I have been incorporating "The Secret" in my everyday life and have noticed some instant changes. I will definitely be getting my own copy to keep bedside. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dig past the hype and find some wisdom There is a secret about The Secret...and that is this: Everything between the front and back cover is NOT a secret. For people nervous about reading it because you think it's some hyped-up mind control thing, rest easy. You're half right. The book WAS hyped up. Good marketing on their part. As an author, I know it's important to find a hook or edge. Media, including the internet, gave The Secret all of its hype. The title alone was genius! But when it comes down to it, the book is based on fact and experiences. I always heard "to be the best you've got to learn from the best". Like any profession, you learn from those who have done it or are doing it...not from Joe Schmoe off the street. You wouldn't go to an accountant to become a hairstylist. Right? The Secret is a recounting of stories or words of wisdom from professionals in various fields who believe that if you want something badly enough--and WORK towards getting it--you can achieve it. We often tell our children this. That's why we send them to college or university. Athletes are told this. That's why they win. Political leaders, singers, artists, writers, anyone who has a dream of being or having more has to focus on what they want to get it. And I'm not talking just material things. I bought The Secret for my teenage daughter. I wanted her to start thinking more positive thoughts, because we all know how difficult it is to be positive when you're a teen. My mother has the book as well and when we were visiting I flipped through some pages and read bits here and there. There is nothing new in The Secret. For people who practice any form of positive thinking (whether reading self-help books, meditating or going to seminars), you are already following some of the advice within. Reading parts of it, I found myself feeling better, mainly because it was reinforcing what I already knew. That is the purpose of The Secret. You can open it to any page and get a boost of positive energy, motivation or inspiration. The book is written in a non-religious yet respectful tone, allowing for various cultures' differences. I can tell you this from personal experience: I have attended many seminars in Canada and the US in the past 20 years. I have heard much of what's in The Secret said a dozen times in a dozen ways, all by very successful people. The key is that success comes in many forms. Not everyone needs or wants huge financial success. And that's okay. Not everyone wants to be president of a huge corporation, and that's fine too. You define your success, then go after it. I have naturally followed so many principles found in The Secret, especially in the past 4 years. I believe I'm proof that these principles work. I've been saying "I'm a magnet" for 5 years! I've been focused on success, on getting published, on movie deals with my books and so much more. And these things have come. The laws of attraction--belief is key. When you believe and can envision something, you are more than halfway there. My best piece of advice: forget the hype, forget any pre-conceived ideas that The Secret is some demonic, anti-religious, mind controlling entity. It's a BOOK. Pure and simple. It's a book with compiled quotes from successful, influential people who think very positive thoughts. And for those who want to have that kind of success, read The Secret--just flip it open to any page and read. At the very least, you'll have something positive to think about that day. And can't we all use a bit more of that? ~ Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Date published: 2008-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my first choice The power of attraction and positive thinking is nothing new - we can create our "destiny" with our thoughts - This book is an easy read on the subject, but i just found there was too much of an emphasis on material wealth, and that is not what the power of attraction is TRULY all about. We want (ideally i would think) to have meaningful productive lives, and by putting this focus on money and wealth, it just seems a bit desperate, and not only that, it jsut seems like it would set you up for a bit of failure. I think its a nice introduction to the subject, but I would recommend looking into other sources for a better resource.
Date published: 2008-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from life changing You can think of this in 2 ways, either realy commercialised OR you can actualy think and know it works and it'll do wonders for you. Its a really helpful book and if any book is worth your time its this one. It teashes alot and shows that if you really put your mind to it and just smile any thing you want is witing just around the corner.
Date published: 2008-08-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay It's a 2 and a half. Non-fiction about the laws of attraction. I get the point and there is some truth to this but did it really need to be 200 pages long? It was repetative and could have been 50-80 pages in length. The message is strong but it was overkill.
Date published: 2008-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelent book!! Best book I've read!! It gives u some basics about how to follow the law of attraction.
Date published: 2008-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Basic Stuff I really believe that everyone should read this book. This is the type of mentally that this generation should be reading, thinking and living.
Date published: 2008-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Twaddle How perfect that the generation that grew up with Disney ("Wish upon a star and all your dreams will come true") and Vegas ("You CAN get something for nothing") now has a book for their creed. On a reality-based level, this book is purile bordering on dangerous.
Date published: 2008-04-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Super Commercial? It seemed so commercialized that all these people use the same terminology and all have the same wonderful lives that they never expected. I get that the law of attraction works, but it seemed like a phone psychic or infommercial the way they shove it down your throat. Maybe it's just because I haven't mastered it yet.
Date published: 2008-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic and convenient! I have the Book and the DVD as well and was very pleased with the audio book. I would listen to it in the car and find it very inspiring. It helps me to remember what I've seen in the DVD and read in the book
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Lesson! Well, I'm just a teenager, & I still found this book AMAZING. The lessons entwined throughout the story make it unforgettable. I reccomend this to ANYONE.
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Postive Thinking My motto is what goes around comes around. Ever notice how those people in your life get what they give out, even youself. Like it couldn't happen to a better person, or they deserve what they get. Positive things happen to positive people and bad things happen to negitive people. This book is a good pick me up for those down in the dumps. A good read to bring hope into your life.
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Read the works of the contributors This is the book that received very controversial reviews. People either love it to guts, or trash it with renewed passion. I think it offers some interesting encouragement on positive thinking. However, the claim of "scientific support" for the notion that our thoughts can affect outcomes in the universe was a bit weak. For a lot of places the content is too repetitive and superficial. I think it would be more beneficial and motivating to go to the works of some of the contributors, such as Jack Canfield, directly. Okay, I said it, this book is not really my cup of tea.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a new twist After all the hype, I finally got around to reading this one. Although for the most part this is "just another feel good book" the presentation and angle is refreshing, so much so that it may just change your outlook on life.
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is wonderful The Secret is a very positive book, it really does society good to be living by the laws of attraction. And letting go of the negatives in life,and pushing forward with a positive mind set.Since I read the book I have left my dependence of addictions behind and have moved forward in my life with a more positive frame of mind.This book has changed my thoughts on life and I suggest to anyone wanting to make a change in their lives to read this book also.It will definitely change people's lives in a more positive way.
Date published: 2008-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret - GOOD Read for Motivating and Inspiring I enjoyed reading The Secret. Having been in Sales for almost 18 years...this book provide to be an easy and motivating read. It is great for anyone who is looking for inspiration for their career or personal goals they want to achieve. The resources provided are detailed and very concise and certainly give any reader time to review the information any time. I would recommend this book to anyone who aspires to achieve goals and conquer new challenges.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable to read This is a positive book,and will make you feel good reading it,which I think is what alot of us need.There are some references that are sad,that happiness can be compared to a" million dollar house and a wife to die for"....but if your feeling down this will be quite a motivational speaker,if you've already found your happiness and are content there then there's no point reading it,then you found the secret!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Secret "The Secret" is a very easy, but informative read. It's basic premise is that you are the author of your life. You have the ability to fill your chalkboard of life with whatever you want. The Law of Attraction will help, because what you think you become. So change what your inner thoughts are, and you will change your outter world. If you are into self development or simply having difficulties setting goals, read this book to help you focus.You deserve it.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing! This book changed my view of life and the way I think and feel. I am a notorious pessimist and as long as I remember I have always had depressional periods in my life. I had come as close as thinking and planning suicide. I never saw a professional for help, because that would have just been too embarassing. I heard about this book they call the secret.... and one faithful day I picked it up in our local bookstore and I started reading. I got so excited about what I read that, halfway through the book, I went to blockbuster and rented the movie about the secret. Since this time I have been a diffrent person, I am an optimist now and my life is changing continously to the better. I have now a lot of energy and enthusiasm to do the things I always wanted to do and all I see for my future is happiness and wealth. The Secret is a very entertaining book, written in an easy to understand language and it includes the ideas and views of many diffrent people... All in all, it is well worth adding this book to your library. Do you believe you deserve more and better than you have? Do you think there should be more to life then there is right now? Do you feel like you are missing out on something important? Read the Secret and I promise you, you will have and be all you ever wanted! Sequana Carabe
Date published: 2008-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is amazing. It has opened by mind. And you know what? If you apply the secret to your life, things change. I urge you all to read it. Everyone should read it once and change your life.
Date published: 2008-01-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Falls short I want to love this book. I want to believe everything in it. Unfortunately, it smacks too much of materialism and greed to me. I believe in the law of attraction to a certain extent but the way it's presented in this book was underwhelming. The book itself is largely made up of quotes relation to the topic at hand. Some of these are good and others struck me as incredibly shallow. This makes it easy to read in bite sized pieces but also makes it slightly disjointed. In my opinion, other authors have written about this subject before and have done a better job.
Date published: 2008-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another Great Book This book is an easy read, but the information is not really so secret. This is an updated version of "Think and Grow Rich" by Napolean Hill and "It Works" and "As A Man Thinket" by R.H. Jarrett. If you have never read any of these, then now is the time to start. You might want to go and rent the video "What The Bleep" as well. All good information, something everyone should know.
Date published: 2008-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wheat from chaff While I agree that positive thinking and visualization are powerful tools, I had some serious problems with this book. It seems to blame the victim - anything negative in your life is your fault. This can be very dangerous thinking. I was also turned off by the materialist nature of this book. "I live in a four-and-a-half million dollar mansion. I have a wife to die for." Is this seriously how success is gauged? As several other reviews pointed out, this book seemed to be a way to sell self-help books of the many "experts" who are quoted in this book. I did not like the choppy layout, and the use of glossy coloured paper seems environmentally irresponsible. Overall, worth borrowing from the library for skimming and taking out of it what is worthwhile to you, but don't spend your money on it.
Date published: 2007-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret Life changing - a must read!
Date published: 2007-12-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from More profit for the self-help industry The "law of attraction" is a fascinating and and, in my view, very real concept, but the grandious and materialistic way it is presented in this book is too much for me. The author takes quotes from a dozen other self-help gurus to argue her thesis... all these gurus accordingly get a nice promo from her at the back of the book... ie go out and buy another book to help ther guru pay for the $4.5 million house he "attracted"... give me a break. Don't waste your money on this one, even if Oprah told you to buy it!
Date published: 2007-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Reference - Try the DVD first though! Having bought the book first and reading through it, I found everything in it to be common sense - think positive and positive things will happen. I thought the book to be very choppy and therefore didn't get the positive energy out of it that it was meant to give the reader . It goes back and forth between several experts in the field giving you their perception of the secret. If you are not in the right mind frame, it will do nothing for you. Despite my initial dissapointment , the DVD is laid out exactly like the book only now you get to put faces to the names. Each person fades in and out on the screen and they are filled with so much positive energy that you can't help but feed off of it.I truly recommend watching the DVD first and then buying the book for reference as a reminder to keep being positive. It is very hard to think positively all the time but continually referencing the quotes in the book makes it a little bit easier. After watching the DVD, I enjoyed reading the book the second time around. Now I always look at it...especially if I get up on the wrong side of the bed or have a very difficult customer in store :-)
Date published: 2007-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from garbage Just visualize what you want???? Give me a break! There is no mention of education, perseverance or hard work. This book is for materialistic, selfish people looking for an easy way out and do not want to accept responsibility for their choices and actions. By the way, i noticed that an overwhelming number of experts at the back of the book have written books that you can buy...i guess the secret really is to write a self help book and hope enough people will buy it and then you too can be rich, rich, rich!
Date published: 2007-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste you money! This is the perfect book for victim blaming. Why was the gay guy being picked on at work? Because he was wishing it on himself. Are you wishing for something good to happen in your life and it didn't happen - well, you must not be visualizing hard enough. Hope you can catch my sarcasm. Don't bother with this one.
Date published: 2007-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional, Entertaining and Inspiring!!! If I could rate this book any higher than 5 thumbs up I would!!! This book inspired me to follow my heart and become a singer, I am 47 years old and I thought my life was nearly over. But in the following few weeks after I read The Secret and became aware of the power of positive thinking I did the following:followed my heart and passion to become a singer, married my true love and divorced my husband who gave me no support whatsoever and lastly in 9 months I will be a mother! Now all of this seemed impossible prior to reading the secret, my life has changed thanks to this book!!!! Thank you so much Rhonda Byrne for writing this book and helping me pursue all my dreams!!!:D
Date published: 2007-07-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wishful thinking I had to see what all the hype was about. I bought the audio version of the book online and as I listened to it I really came to miss the 20 bucks I spent on it. I couldn't finish it. I deleted the file. This book has nothing to do with happiness. It has to do with getting stuff for nothing. Want a Ferarri? Just picture it in your mind, think positive thoughts and the Universe (whatever that means) will conspire to make your wish come true! One particular part of the book cemented my attitude toward it: The author was having money problems. The bills just kept on coming. Know what she did? She simply imagined that the bills were cheques! So when bills came she would put on an ostentatious display of emotion: she took the bills into her arms and hugged them and kissed them and danced around and cried tears of joy and pretended that they were cheques. And guess what? Cheques just started showing up! All her money problems were gone! It's so easy! Maybe if I run down the street like Jimmy Stewart with my credit card bill screaming, "I got a 20 dollar credit on my bill! A 20 dollar credit!" I'll get my money back. If you have a skeptical bone in your body, give this one a wide berth.
Date published: 2007-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A NUDGE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION! The content of this book is probably nothing new for many readers. Nevertheless, it is still inspirational. I have read many books like this and understand the essence of the overall concept. However, life happens again and the knowledge is not put into practise. This book has provided me with the motivation to finally make things happen for myself and family - all positive. As many things in life, the book will not resonate with everybody who reads it. As they say, "when the student is ready the teacher will appear". Hope everyone finds something that inspires them to live the best life they can.
Date published: 2007-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Genial! Granted the book is not a literary masterpiece, it's very simply written but the message is exhilarating and logical. Positive thinking might not "align the universe" but it certainly aligns your actions and your efforts to be more effective and efficient towards realizing your goals; and this book is a refreshing and compelling reminder of that. So to all the negative reviews: the key messages are getting organized in all aspects of life, thinking positively, and being optimistic - something we can all use in our lives. It's a great book, definately get it, put it on your coffee table and refer to it as often as possible!
Date published: 2007-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Useless, Insulting ... Gross You thought drinking orange juice after you freshly brushed your teeth left a bad taste in your mouth? Apparently you haven't experienced The Secret. Taste is a bad analogy as it implies harmlessness. Rather, reading this book (or watching the DVD for that matter) is akin to having your eyes carved out with rusty spoons. It is patronizing, insulting to the intelligence of anything more intellectually inclined than a tortoise. Actually that's being somewhat insulting to the tortoise. It's written simply, in the most bulleted, childish, infomercial-ist way possible. Basically, the WORST get-rich-quick scheme I've ever seen. And so conspiracy-esque that I wouldn't be surprised to see Tom Cruise show up in the credits, partnered with M. Night Shamylan. And ... my favourite claim of the novel is, by far, the idea that non-Western cultures are poor and disadvantaged simply because they have not had the audacity to pick up and read Byrne's book. A little harsh don't you think? Please don't waste your money ... you're better off buying Paris Hilton's book - this one makes her look like the next Salman Rushdie.
Date published: 2007-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ABR Ask - Believe- Receive. Can that concept hurt anyone? The Secret was fun and uplifting and inspiring. You can be who you are only better because now you are empowered to ASK for what you want or need, BELIEVE that it is yours and be ready to RECEIVE your just dessert. I say GO.
Date published: 2007-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I recently purchased "The Secret" audiobook. I found the content to be quite...empowering. It gives you a positive boost and helps you to think positive. It is not really a secret but, I believe in the detailed content of the book. It makes total sense but, the only flaw is, i think many people already knew about the positive and negative attraction theory...nonetheless, i recommend the book.
Date published: 2007-05-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Power of Positive Thinking? I feel that it is only right to envision everyone who wasted money on this inane, vapid and downright patronizing book getting their money back. Do NOT waste money on this succesful get-rich-quick scheme for Rhonda Byrne!
Date published: 2007-05-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of Money Just your everyday self help book. If you see this book in store, DO NOT PICK IT UP!
Date published: 2007-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Secret is Out The Secret isn't really a secret. It blends synchronicity and the power of positive thinking (among other things) to help the masses understand how to change their lives for the better, to get what they want out of life. Rhonda Byrne writes The Secret in a motivational speaker style (thus the repetition) with lots of quotes and examples. Summary sections make it easy to go back for a refresher after completing the book. Even if you don't believe the formula will work for you, reading The Secret and practising the positive attitude--removing negativity from your thoughts--can only make your life happier. P.S. All you naysayers--Consider this: The author practises what she preaches and has ended up with a bestselling book. What does that tell you about The Secret?
Date published: 2007-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from helpful This is a helpful book but it is not something new, concept was known to many........ laws of attraction has been researched for thousands of years and it works...... this book simplifies it and law of attraction is easier to comprehend.
Date published: 2007-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Has been working so far... After watching the Secret, and just thinking about having more money the following has happened: 1. Got work bonus: $12,000 2. Got tax refund: $5,000 + 3. Won a hockey pool: $10,000 Now, this could all be a coincidence, but I am keeping my thoughts positive. This all happened over a 6 week period.
Date published: 2007-04-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from the secret (to making money off of suckers...) Are you kidding me? I was able to read through this joke of a book while standing in a bookstore waiting for my family. Numerous quotes used to back up "the secret" try to mask the fact that the author has nothing clever or original to say. The funniest was one part that talked about learning about science. Pick up a book about science and WANT to learn and WANT to understand, so when READING you understood? WOW... isn't that called studying? This has to be a joke. Be positive and positive things will happen. The secret in one sentence. Not even necessarily true, but it will improve your outlook on life and perhaps help you to deal with problems better. There's no secret here except where Ms. Byrne is going to hide with her money when everyone realizes that she just took them for $20...
Date published: 2007-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Positively Fantastic!!! I saw The Secret video and was spellbound! I know that the law of attraction has been around for years, even centuries, but I have never before been so motivated to adhere to it! This video has changed me for the better, and already I have seen results! I refuse to accept any more negativity in my life and I have convinced my whole family and a number of friends that they should view The Secret! You should too!!!
Date published: 2007-04-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Funniest book I've read this year I laughed so hard I almost cried. Oh the humanity! Should be re-released as "The Idiots Guide to Secrets for Dummies." If you gave this book a rating of 2 leaves or better: please do not drive a car, have children or vote - instead, stay at home and medidate on the secret where you will be safe.
Date published: 2007-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hardly, Hundreds of great thinkers and philosophers are rolling over in their graves. In thinking positively and prosperously you've made Rhonda Byrne wealthy. Thank you Oprah cattle for muddying the gene pool, and showing that one woman has a holy power over you. Enlightenment creates a poor man with a rich mind, not a rich man with a poor mind.
Date published: 2007-04-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Trite For all the buzz this book has been getting I must say I was vastly disappointed in the message. Positive thoughts generate positive results. Well DUH. My kid sister knows that and she's four years old. The only positive comment I can make is props to Byrne for figuring out how to make immense amounts of money off of an already widely known idea. Do yourself a favour: if you must read it borrow it.
Date published: 2007-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You take what you are open to ... It is great to see the negative reviews and I thank them for it reminds me of what I do want to be ... which is what The Secret discusses. It is written in clear language and one either "gets it or not". I was never much for this type of book but very happy to have been exposed to this writing ... and I did it without the help of Oprah. Someone I know showed it to me and I was instantly interested. Just don't read - put it in practice. You have nothing but to gain ... Live well
Date published: 2007-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book, Great Movie, Great CD Best Book ever. Will Change your life if you can get over your negativity and let it work! Maybe the eight year old girl was constantly hearing about people with cancer and it scared her, so she dwelled on the negitive, bringing it to her. Rather than focusing on being healthy she was worried about being sick.
Date published: 2007-03-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Think & Grow Rich for beginners I read The Secret and have watched the DVD and I enjoyed them as I believe they help to reinforce the concept of "You create your own reality", which I believe in whole heartedly. I am a bookseller myself and I am frequently asked for Napolean Hill's book 'Think and Grow Rich'. I have finally picked up this title myself and I started reading it. I was not surprised to find that this book is the "The Book" for those that wish to read a more indepth version of this timeless "Secret" information. If you read "Think and Grow Rich", first...there is no need to read "The Secret".
Date published: 2007-03-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of Money This book is a horrible waste of shelf space....this think positive get positive results/think negative get negative theory has been around for years. Someone has decided to make money off of this and I can't believe Oprah is lending her support to this.... Absolutely RIDICULOUS!!! Type the phrase up print it and stick it on your fridge...much cheaper....
Date published: 2007-03-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pure Quackery This book is awful. It claims that you can have anything you want as long as you visualize yourself getting it. One of its more insane claims is that food is not reponsible for a person gaining weight; the THOUGHT that food is responsible for your gaining weight is what makes you gain weight. It gives a spiritual validation to greed, and essentially claims that failure is all in the mind, and not due to a person's qualities or qualifications. DO NOT BUY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!
Date published: 2007-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More hype than reality I completely agree that we need to take an inventory of our thoughts and for them to be focused on our goals in life. My problem is with how Ms. Byrne has presented this idea in her book. Many books including those of authors quoted in "The Secret" encourage you to create your reality by mental focusing. The secret is described as "the law of attraction" i.e. we attract into our life where we focus. The problem with this logic if carried to its ultimate conclusion is that we will blame victims for their plight, whether they be individuals in poverty, abused, survivors of disasters or the disabled. Even someone suffering from a disease can be argued to have thought the wrong thoughts and created their illness. This is a rather dangerous and simplistic mental road to travel. Instead our goals may need to be less authoritative: We can take inventory of our thoughts along with having compassion in our heart for those who suffer. I highly recommend "NEXUS: A Neo Novel" by Deborah Morrison & Arvind Singh for its compassion, human emotions and spiritual depth.
Date published: 2007-03-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The real secret-you just wasted $30 This book may in fact have the power to change your life. Mind you, at one point, Barney the Dinosaur had the power to change your life too-and for the same reasons. It's easy for simple minded people to follow, and retells what we already know about the right thing to do. (No hitting each other, children!) The conclusion is a good one; think positive. It couldn't hurt to think postive once in a while. Just not for the reasons the book or dvd suggests. Despite what they will have you believe, thinking postive won't make golden dubloons fall from the sky to your lawn and yield you vast riches and happiness. However, if you think postive thoughts, you will be generally happier. Then, even if something bad happens (it will eventually- you can't run forever!) it won't be as bad because you'll be more inclined to see it in a positve way, hence not taking the full blow of the event. It isn't a secret. Think positive. Do little things to help people when you can. Eat right, exercise and thank the universe that you weren't hit by a bus today for thinking a negative thought.
Date published: 2007-03-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Aggravating and Rather Pathetic The only reason I gave this book even one leaf is because the system won't allow me to rate it a zero. There is no "secret" revealed in this book -- it's basically a breakdown of every mediocre self-help book that ever existed. It claims that if you think happy thoughts, your life will be happy. If you laugh while you're ill, you'll heal. Although The Secret promises to be a great revelation, research has been telling us for years what The Secret claims to exclusively reveal: that positive, happy people generally live longer, better lives. Not a huge shocker, and not a big "secret". The book is also horridly outdated for modern-day life. I assure you, positive thinking does not cure a mental illness or heal cancer. It helps, of course -- it is very hard to make progress with depression when you're constantly thinking depressing things without trying to correct that way of thinking; and with cancer, the body's ability to fight back is bolstered by positive thinking, as the afflicted person is better able to combat the fear and despair that often comes with knowledge of the disease -- but positive thinking is not a cure. It is not a "secret". There is, however, no crime in telling people to think positively. Admittedly, the way Byrne is going about telling people this is quirky and annoying, but ultimately it is the buyer's choice to spend their money on yet another false promise to easy happiness. That isn't my main problem with the book. My main problem with The Secret is there is no secret. Not to fulfillment, not to happiness, not to life. There is no one great answer, there is no great revelation. The Secret is just another way for people to scapegoat their own failures in life -- I didn't think positively, I didn't laugh enough -- when in truth life is not some secret to be revealed. A good life is something you have to work and fight for; a good life does not come from just positive thinking. It comes from positive thinking -- and effort. Which is what people seem to forget these days.
Date published: 2007-03-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Total Crap!! I AM a person who thinks the glass is 1/2 full rather than 1/2 empty and I always try to look at the positive in everything. I am not a negative person and I am very open minded.... this book, however, is complete rubbish! It's not telling me anything that I don't already know as most of the people on this earth should know. Positive thinking is a good thing, but this book makes it sound like if I keep thinking to myself that I'm going to win the lottery, I WILL. Well, that ship has sailed!! I've been positively thinking that I've been going to win the lotto for years and damned if it hasn't happened yet! Gimme a break!
Date published: 2007-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from worth reading...great! almost same as the 7 habits of highly effetive people but presented in a different manner. changing your life is all up to you and you have to work for it. this book will help and it is worth reading!
Date published: 2007-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Secret is the New Gospel????? Pagans rejoice for the Savior has come in the name off Rhonda Byrne and The Secret! Heed not the Upanishads, the Torah, the Dhammapada, the New Testament, the Koran, for these books are just books. The Secret is true because ... it was on Oprah! Beware things that tickle your ears for they may blind your eyes. Every concept of The Secret is true but there is a twist in the tale. How so you ask? Whenever something is reduced to a generalized and overly materialized plane of existence ... it is by its extreme ... a distortion .. just like religous fundamentalist are so attached to the letter of the law than the true spirit. The Law of Attraction is an ancient Eastern system that will grant you that which you focus on. It is about energy, concentration, and action. Where The Secret gets wonky is that the language and presentation gives an impression for most people ... that they are in control of the Universe. Just because famous and everyday people believe it is true doesn't render it such .... a billion Catholics think the Pope infallable but we all know he is a human. The Secret also says in a simple context that everything you think about long enough will happen. You get the essence and not the form. Last I checked I can't recall a single case of someone with HIV infection curing themselves with thoughts. But maybe they aren't feeling good enough about it. The laws of metaphysics are sympatico with the laws of science and the book and movie do not make this clear enough. Also ... if you consider yourself a Christian ... don't allow the Agape endorsement to fool you. They are spiritualists who acknowledge Christ ... but are not Christian in their theological constructs. The universe is neutral and this neutrality is born of balance. Hence why cosmic correction often occurs as karma. And for that matter, if the Law of Attraction is sooooo true ... then are the poor people in Iraq the cause of their own suffering in a war zone????? This is a spiritually dangerous blame game. My advice - forget The Secret. Instead go to The Circle by Laura Day and Write it Down/Make it Happen by Henriette Ann Klauser. And surprise ... you are not God ... and if Sylvia Browne is wrong on national TV ... perhaps The Secret is too.
Date published: 2007-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What can be said... AMAZING! This book is a "MUST READ". My wife was introduced to it while watching the TV show Oprah. We bought the book AND the DVD last weekend. I have read about a 10th of it and already I have learned many things about who, or I should say what, I really am. We watched the DVD, which is some kind of a companion to the book and WOW! If you think that life is any different than what's in that book you have to rethink... it all makes sense. I suggest to watch the DVD first. It really allowed me to immerse myself into the subject and made my reading much easier. Don't let this knowledge pass you by... and pass along the message!
Date published: 2007-03-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Really? Good grief. Rhonda Byrne's simplistic, extremist take on the power of positive thinking (not a secret) is ridiculous. She states that EVERYTHING that happens to someone, good or bad, is DIRECTLY a result of his or her positive or negative thoughts. So, an 8-year old girl with cancer brought that on herself? The Jews in Nazi Germany just weren't peppy enough?? This is insulting and offensive pseudo-science. (Plus, as a bonus, food doesn't make you fat, and MAGNETICALLY, "like attracts like", which any elementary school science student could tell you is blatantly untrue.)
Date published: 2007-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret and StreetSmart Marketer a great pair The Secret takes a female perspective in urging all of us to achieve our full potential by focusing on positive outcomes and acting to make them happen. It's a truly wonderful, inspiring book. Another terrific book I've come across is The StreetSmart Marketer by Michael Hepworth and it too takes a female perspective with a narrative focusing on a young business woman who is struggling until she begins adopting amazing, low-cost marketing tips that really work. This book is a godsend for the millions of small businesses out there, most of which are run by women. Both of these books contain a wealth of great advice presented in a very clear manner. Both books can change your life for the better and I highly recommend both The Secret and The StreetSmart Marketer.
Date published: 2007-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I wonder If you are the kind of person who sees the glass half empty then you will not see this book as a positive in your life. But maybe, just maybe your vision will change just a little. Yes bad things happen to good people BUT if you can see a silver lining in life, it gives you a reason to get up in the morning. There are many things in life we do not have control over but we do have control on how we let it manage the rest of our life. I do not think that the idea behind the book is to tap our heels together and everything will work out. What I do think is that positive thinking will only enhance our lives. This is truly an art and one has to work on it. We all know people that think I only have bad luck, with that attitude we don't even try and therefore we will only have bad luck. When you read this book have an open mind to how you will go about the things in life you want, think that you can have those things. This gives you hope and without hope what are we. Life is short. Only you can grant yourself three wishes.
Date published: 2007-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you want to know the power this book has you wi A judgement should not be made through ones ignorance or ones wisdom but rather from the one within you. Therefore I think you should read this book for yourself & if it applies you'll know. To those that it hasn't applied to, they may not be ready for the life changes in which will take place. To each their own journey, but be open minded enough to make the judgement yourself on it's validity.
Date published: 2007-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!!! This book will change your life if you believe. I wonder if the other reviewers have truly given the concepts in this book a true try. Have an open mind, and the concepts in this book will amaze and challenge you to change the things that do not work in your life. Everyone needs to read this book or see the DVD.
Date published: 2007-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Power Of the Mind!!! Some people that are pessimistic may not understand this book or movie. They may not have the capability to really understand our own strength. For example, Chris Angel is optimistic and he has amazed people over and over again. This book is a great guide to enhance and to open a persons thinking and life. Certain individuals need the encouragement that this book provides to change their lives. For the people who criticized this book I ask one question.....did you follow and try what is said in this book? I think not!
Date published: 2007-02-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Masses adopt false promises There is nothing "secret" about selling an idea that suggests if one wishes hard enough they will get anything they want. News for those who have embraced Byrne's arrogant and superior revelation: We cannot control the world from within our weak, imperfect minds. Now, someone please pass on the message to Oprah.
Date published: 2007-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A money grabbing scheme The secret seems to be a bunch of gibberish when you apply reality to the text, the main idea that if you see something in your minds eye it becomes reality is a complete farce. I only recommend buying this book if you need to buy a gift for someone you really don't like.
Date published: 2007-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Even Better Than the DVD For anyone who enjoyed The Secret movie on DVD this book is a must-read. Written by the producer of the movie, the book is built around the movie and its quotations, expanding and clarifying many of the statements and concepts of the movie. It's a fascinating trip, reading the booking and seeing, in your mind's eye, the speakers of each of the quotations in the book (after seeing the movie). The book and the movie make a dynamite combination!
Date published: 2007-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Start The book brings up a lot of the concepts of the law of attraction which is covered by other great writers and thinkers throughout history. The good thing about this book is it covers a lot of ground and brings. However the book is a little shallow and fluffy. I think this is a good starting point on your personal quest to find the secret.
Date published: 2007-01-14

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The Secret

by Rhonda Byrne

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 216 pages, 7 × 5.5 × 0.9 in

Published: November 28, 2006

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1582701709

ISBN - 13: 9781582701707

About the Book

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.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

RHONDA BYRNE, Author, Creator, and Executive Producer of The Secret Despite her success as a film and television producer, Rhonda Byrne’s life seemed to be coming apart at the seams less than two years ago, and she felt that she could no longer see which way was up. Yet, her life changed in an instant and forever when she discovered The Secret. Now her life’s mission is to bring The Secret to the 99% of the people in the world who are still unaware of this amazing gift. Following a succession of traumatic events in her personal and professional life, culminating in the death of her father in 2004, Rhonda discovered a secret that continues to transform her life to this day. Rhonda immediately put into practice what she learned. She used The Secret to make the film The Secret – attracting the resources and the dozens of amazing teachers she needed to have the production be an effortless, joyful odyssey. The Secret was launched in the spring of 2006 and to this day, Rhonda is not sure where some of the three million budget dollars to make the film came from. Rhonda’s background in film and television production in her native Australia, first at the Nine Network and then in 1994 when she opened her own company called Prime Time Productions, is a key to the simple elegance of this film and its ability to captivate people around the world. For this creative visionary the concept came together quickly and miraculously. Every step of the way, Rhonda and her team used the principles o
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