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3.0 out of 5 starsHigh expectations, somewhat met
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2013
I have read a lot of "self help" books and have enjoyed many immensely from a scholarly angle. The thing I like about a great self help book is explanations from the authors about "how to" to achieve the level of success we readers are looking for. This book does have a small amount of the "how to's" but it's mostly a collection of readers submissions about their real lives. I appreciate that and I'm happy for the submitters but this book just simply wasn't my cup of tea. If you are looking for great stories, ala "chicken soup books" then this book is great for you but if you want a book about more "how to's" this is not the book for you.
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2012
This book is filled with self promotion for Vitales other books and has very little original content. The self promotion got so redundant that it was nearly unbearable to read but I have this strange thing about reading every book that I purchase from cover to cover thinking that perhaps the good part will reveal itself sooner or later. It didn't happen in Expect Miracles; it was a let down from cover to cover. What you will learn from reading this is that the author was once poor and homeless. Now he's wealthy, lives in Texas and has the secrets to great wealth and if you purchase enough of his books, you will know the secrets to great wealth as well. He will remind you that he was one of the people in the movie The Secret. I am actually ashamed of myself for having bought this book and READ it! I cannot reccomend this book to anyone.
Of course it's a rehash. All books in this field are. If you want one that is somewhat different, try
The Physics of Miracles: Tapping in to the Field of Consciousness Potential
The Key to The Secret: How to Manifest from the Heart
. How much are these people paid, to write negative reviews? Is this part of the negative suggestion matrix the mass media is creating? I don't care if his degree is in dogcatching. Do his ideas work? They do- if you work from your heart. If you work from your head, as some book reviewers appear to be, you won't get any results. Joe doesn't really tell you that when you put out an intent- if it doesn't work- this is merely feedback to help you identify negative beliefs, and then to clear them. For people as negative as some reviewers, this could take a little while. Another thing Joe could emphasize more is that if your intent is service to others, rather than merely to ego, you will get far better results, degrees of magnitude better. I help a friend, who helps homeless people. He told me he needed some shoes, Size 8, for a homeless man. 2 days later I had a pair, for free. I've done this kind of thing many times. I go to a community dinner, midweek, and take the leftover food to a soup kitchen next to the building I work in. I invariably get at least a duffel bag full, and drop it off. Every week. They are delighted. Yes, you can sum up War and Peace in a playing card. But you miss a lot. The whole point is the anecdotes, which drive home the points. I love the books of Wallace D. Wattles
The Science of Getting Rich
, but the English used is a little archaic, for the average person. Matthew Ferry's 8 part series on Manifesting, on YouTube, can also be summoned up on a page, but it is so very entertaining, I watch it from time to time. I read Think and Grow Rich a long time ago. I learned from it. Yes, this book merely restates, however so do the other books. Neville Goddard and Joseph Murphy
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
are so much fun, for me- but they can be a little thick for some readers nowadays. I am personally amazed at all the negativity in some reviewers; this is not something to put out. If you don't like the book, move on. This book is simply written. Shakti Gawain's books are essentially her version of Jose Silva's Silva Method. Both are good. Everybody rewrites. The problem in manifesting, in setting intent, is that the larger goals have more subconscious resistance, which has to be cleared. Most people want it all, right now, aren't willing to work on it, and blame whatever method they're using. My wife's mother manifests brilliantly with nothing more than a quick request of St. Anthony. Most of the commenters don't seem to have found anything else that worked well for them. I know someone in a crummy job, she begged me for help, 2 weeks ago. That's not my job, but she was sincere, and working hard, so I set an intent to find something. I did find something for her, and connected her with those people. She hasn't yet gotten the job, but she's very close. She is extremely appreciative for even the little bit I did. You don't need a lot of material support. Mother Theresa manifested an awful lot, owning just 2 pairs of clothes, and I think a pair of sandals. When I am in a pure state, the manifesting is truly effortless. Google the story of Jumping Mouse, if you want to understand how the manifesting journey works. A woman at work had a baby. I found a car seat, for free, and gave it to her. I really wanted some rubber stamps, of a certain type, and a great number of them showed up at my favorite clearance store, cheap. I set an intent, and without attachment, watch as the path opens up. Say what you will, Joe is laughing all the way to the bank, and yes there is value to his books, for those open to it. For those not open to it, I guess they write negative reviews on Amazon, and otherwise stew in their own juices. May Allah grant you patience, as you will need the patience of an Easterner. You remind me of the story of the student, who begged the guru for the mantra that would release him from all suffering. The guru said, "Ram" [which is a very common Indian name]. The man was furious- his mantra couldn't be that simple. He left in a huff, and found another guru. The other guru had him shovel out stables, and clean out toilets, for several years. After some years, the student went to the teacher, recounted his dedicated service, and asked for his mantra. The new teacher said, "Ram". The student was shocked, and said, "But my last master told me that!" The new master said "well, yes. Of course, you weren't ready to hear it then. How many more toilets do you need to clean, before you are ready to receive?" My brother is good at this, better than I am, for many things. He got a $9000 home entertainment system for $300, by accident, as one example among many. If you need to play, try
Matrix Energetics: The Science and Art of Transformation
. Walt Woods'
Letter to Robin: A mini-course in pendulum dowsing
is a pretty good introduction to learning how to communicate with the subconscious mind, which holds all the limiting beliefs. I also like
The Future Is Yours: Do Something About It!
, and even
Lost Secrets of Ancient Hawaiian Huna, Volume 1
, and I have gotten results from all of them. And I get results from Joe's book. Thanks, Joe. By way, if you call 1 877 TEACHME, you can ask for the free CD Get Well, which they do send with their catalog. That CD is one of the most motivating CD's I've ever heard. Yes, I know a lot of stuff- it's the getting it into action that's the trick, and motivational CD's like Joe's, and Get Well, are very, very helpful. The mass media puts out massive negative suggestions, it takes a bit to overcome this.
2.0 out of 5 starsExpect A Miracle Is Definitely No Miracle
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2009
This audio program has nothing new to offer. It is very reptitous. Joe Vitale mentions "peeling the onion" more times than I can count, as if this is some new, enlightening terminology.
Additionally, the CD is filled with testimonial after testimonial, which are merely people who are promoting their own websites and products. Throw in some rhetoric, add a boat load of self-indulgent, self-promoting testimonials, and you truly must Expect A Miracle for this CD to be worth listening to.
This is the best Joe Vitale book I have read. I found this to be much more down to earth than his previous books and I really can resonate with the ideas held within this book. Nice slim book - really enjoyed it - very nearly did not buy it, I am so glad that I changed my mind.