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The Secret [Hardcover]

Rhonda Byrne
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4 Dec 2006
Once known only by an elite who were unwilling to share their knowledge of the power, 'the secret' of obtaining anything you desire is now revealed by prominent physicists, authors and philosophers as being based in the universal Law of Attraction. And the good news is that anyone can access its power to bring themselves health, wealth and happiness. Fragments of The Secret have been found in oral traditions, literature, religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. A number of the exceptional people who discovered its power went on to become regarded as the greatest human beings who ever lived. Among them: Plato, Leonardo, Galileo and Einstein. Now 'the secret' is being shared with the world. Beautiful in its simplicity, and mind-dazzling in its ability to really work, The Secret reveals the mystery of the hidden potential within us all. By unifying leading-edge scientific thought with ancient wisdom and spirituality, the riveting, practical knowledge will lead readers to a greater understanding of how they can be the masters of their own lives.

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  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (4 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847370292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847370297
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,038 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rhonda Byrne enjoyed a distinguished career as a senior TV producer for Nine Network Australia before forming her own production company, Prime Time Prodiuductions, which has offices in the US and Australia.Time magazine has called Rhonda Byrne - author of The Secret - 'one of the world's 100 most influential women of 2007'

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Rhonda was born in Australia and began her career as a radio producer before moving into television production. Many of her shows won industry awards and were screened in major countries outside Australia. Rhonda's experience, background and skill in film and television production were instrumental in the creation of The Secret film. In May of 2007, she was recognized as one of the world's most influential people in TIME magazine's 'The TIME 100: The People Who Shape Our World"', and shortly afterwards appeared in Forbes' The Celebrity 100 List'. Rhonda currently lives just outside Los Angeles.

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1,318 of 1,419 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The Secret is just the latest in a long line of Law of Attraction books that have been published through the years. I've read most of them, this one is a huge seller and made the author a millionaire because of the way it has been marketed. And it's a cynical marketing ploy too, and ruthless in its determination to be unopposed by any dissenting voices.
When I first heard about the LOA (Law of Attraction) I truly believed I had found the answer to everything and totally believed in its validity, only to look around many years later and see that nothing had actually changed. I didn't manifest the things I believed I would and don't know anyone else who has done so either. One friend who was singing the praises of The Secret when he first read it two years ago, has now given it away, completely disillusioned and feeling worse than he did before he read it and started following its 'advice'.

When all the affirmations, visualising, asking, believing, etc, doesn't work, or only in very limited or small ways, then the person who had grasped onto what seemed like the answer to their prayers, ends up feeling betrayed and without the false hope they had been given by this money-making spinner for the people selling it to gullible and vulnerable people, who, by their purchasing of the book, the CD, the DVD, the follow up books about what to do when it doesn't work or things go wrong(!) are putting money into the bank accounts of the people responsible for this 'spiritual marketing' as it is known in the trade.
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334 of 363 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Word to the Wise... 20 Mar 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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499 of 544 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I work in personal development and this book is a rehash of about thirty others. Save your money.
Self help is like self abuse....you have to do it yourself. You can wish for things as long as you like but unless you take action, nothing happens.
If you want to know what the secret is...I will tell you...
the secret is, people want to get on in life. If you tell them you can help them...they will bite your hand off. If you can dress up a lot of ideas and tips and techniques and pitch it in a style and manner that is different then people will buy it, in droves. This book is nothing more than a placebo. File it under snake-oil.
By the way, some very respected people are in this book and are quoted. Please do not think they believe it....it's a form of marketing for their own books and websites.
Cosmic ordering? Pah!
Heres an example. Sit and wish for a copy of 'the secret'. You could do that from now until doomsday and you wont get one. Order it from Amazon and youll get it next day. Thats the difference, you have to do something to get something. Thinking about it wont make it happen.
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774 of 845 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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3.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Lacks A Real Substance
Good but has a feeling of no real basis or substance. Unlike the early 1900 books such as haanels master key.
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Again a good read and very very interesting, only buy if you are prepared to do a lot of inner work on yourself
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A friend recommend this book to me and to begin I was a little sceptical of the content. However I have found it very interesting and the positive elements of the book are very... Read more
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I bought this book after a relationship break up ,i must say it has helped me a lot and i am more positive and more chilled out . Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Second-hand but in excellent condition
I have no problems with the book itself or the condition it arrived in - it's just the content that isn't quite my thing!
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book came very quickly and in good condition. l reccomend everyone reads this book its great. it has been a great help to me
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Love this book have learnt a lot from this, am more positive and have recommended it to friends and family
Published 13 days ago by Ali30
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
What a load of rubbish i can't believe so many people like this book worst book i have read awful
Published 13 days ago by jo
5.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING
THIS BOOK WAS INTERESTING AND COMMON SENSE. IT WORKS IF YOU ARE POSITIVE AND MOTIVATED. ITS A MUST FOR ALL.
Published 15 days ago by penny
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Very good reading and it also supports the CD and DVD set. I have read the book once and I have just started to read it again. It arrived in good condition and very quickly.
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