While I like the subject matter and feel that it is important, I don't think it offers anything new, nor does it deliver it in a particularly effective or enjoyable manner. I found it very similar to parts of the movie "What the Bleep Do We Know?" Also, similar information is available from Dwyer, Chopra, Myss, and even Brian Tracy if you venture to the business section.
You've probably heard most of the messages in this book because they've been around for ages and the overall secret is alarmingly simple to comprehend and practice - and I can tell you from first hand experience it works. The real gem of this audio book is that this story is masterfully crafted and lovingly delivered. There's passion from the first word and it's infectious. This is a first class production and a very enjoyable listen. Don't be surprised if you end up with all you asked for... that's it!
This book is uplifting and inspirational. I have thoroughly enjoyed The Secret and I've been practicing the techniques on a daily basis. The techniques are easy, fun and they don't cost anything! The Secret is priceless! Thank you Rhonda Byne.
I think it gives some wonderful suggestions on positive thinking, gratitude and visualization. I wish it focused less on material wealth and more on relationships, health and other things that bring us happiness.
I purchased the audio version a few weeks ago and enjoyed listening to it, but heard that the DVD was very different. After viewing the DVD, a lot of the content is exactly the same, but there are visual illustrations that will help you if you are more kinetic or visually receptive.
As far as this being some kind of silly vibe nonsense, having lived using these principles since about 1983, I can vouch for it being as effective as you are bold and patient enough to ask and take action on.
Even if it didn't produce dramatic results for many people, the shift in attitude and clarity produced by thinking this way make life more enjoyable and positive for everyone. Thankfulness, love and focusing on the good around us instead of the inconveniences are always going to produce a better life regardless of the circumstances.
Has "The Secret" made a difference in my life? I was diagnosed with infertility and have 6 amazing children. Several "incurable" diseases healed in my family. I've gone from visiting food banks and having my house in foreclosure 3 times to making about 3 times my areas average income and in the process of taking my company to a higher level now that my children are older.
I couldn't list the hundreds of small things that have just "shown up" ranging from a perfectly fitting wedding dress for $99 dollars that was the exact copy of a picture I'd torn out at age 16 and hadn't looked at until after the wedding when I was 20 to connections with people to household items I wanted or my children wanted.
I think anyone who says this book is a phony has no idea the power of the mind; it follows the same principles of Think and Grow Rich. You can litteraly will yourself - good or bad- and are not a victim uless you think that way.
Interesting idea, but not presented with much basis in fact. Redundant in its presentation and a bit droll in content. The aggressive focus on material wealth was shallow and a bit kitchy.
After listening to this book I purchased it also in paperback. A great book for inspiring you to think of your daily actions and how they reflect on not only your outlook but how others view you. Great for getting you back on track to a more positive way of life.
The premise of "The Secret" could be interesting and useful for those who need a lift. However, for those who are looking for a scholarly walk through self analysis and enlightenment I suggest looking elsewhere. The book feels like a term paper written using the National Enquirer as it's lead source. The message is clear from the outset concerning the power of positive thinking but the author rambles amd repeats the same message so much it feels like brainwashing. "The Secret" can have a place as an important message in our lives, but this is simply an extravagant marketing commercial for the people who need to hear the message the most. The author name drops several well respected figures in history but their connection with the "The Secret" is unclear. Just because one chooses to quote Einstein and Churchill in their book it simply does not make the message anymore earth shaking or relevent.
Perhaps those who are in need of self-analysis would be better served reading from scholars who offer substance to their logic and not best-sellers on Oprah's list.
This book has changed my life in such a short amount of time that I wish that I'd found it sooner! Sure the law of attraction has been around for years but it wasn't until I found it in the format that Rhonda Byrne has put it in that I actually UNDERSTOOD it, the implications and was able to APPLY it. It's all about timing and being open to it and I finally found the thing thats been missing in my life. I am listening to this book regularly as well as watching the DVD because I truly believe immersing myself in this philosophy and life practice will effect the change I've been needing in my life. If you haven't gotten this yet. Do yourself a favor!!