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"The Secret" from a Christian Perspective,
This review is from: There is More to the Secret: An Examination of Rhonda Byrne's Bestselling Book the Secret (Paperback)
You should be advised that this book treats "The Secret" from a Christian perspective and at first, being suspicious of Christian points of view, I thought I had made a big mistake as I was convinced that the author would criticise the book and the idea as being unchristian and unscriptural and warn potential readers away from its benefits and life-changing potential, as a great many Christians might with other New Age books, theories and concepts.
I was actually introduced to "The Secret" by a RaŽlian colleague and realised that it is not really a "secret", having been practiced by a great deal of Religious and Spiritual groups, under different names, such as the Power of Prayer, Magick and Positive Thinking and has even been discussed by Quantum Physicists (cf. "What the Bleep" etc). So intrigued, I wanted to read what further revelations exist and so I bought this little book by accident: it was listed as "A Perfect Partner" with Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret" and as there was no book description or review available, I went ahead and bought it anyway, thinking it would shed some new light on the subject.
I read it anyway, and I have to admit, I enjoyed most of the book. Despite the unashamed Christian message, especially towards the end, the author actually supports "The Secret" with relevant Biblical quotes, which I found not only interesting, but also a welcome relief from the often hysterical and usually inaccurate responses you can get from certain mainstream Christian authors.
There are a lot of things in this book that are of interest to a non-Christian, such as questions raised on the mechanics of The Law of Attraction and there are some pertinent comments on other aspects such as ethics. However, I do feel that the author unfairly lambasts non-Christians using "The Secret" as having no ethics whatsoever, which shows considerable bias and narrow-mindedness (remember, he is writing for a primarily Christian audience). A good many people reading "The Secret" would be coming from the New-Age or Neo-Pagan camps, which, contrary to what many Christians erroneously believe, actually do have a developed system of ethics (cf. karma, the Wiccan Rede ("if it harm none, then do as you will") and the Law of Threefold Return). However, the author is correct in asserting that some people will by-pass the ethic issues altogether and trample on the underdog to get ahead in life and I am in full agreement with him in this respect.
As I have stated, there are a number of pertinent and relevant comments and criticisms of "The Secret" in this book, which are worth reading and knowing about and I applaud the author for highlighting them but unless you are a Christian, or interested in Christian viewpoints (certainly, there will be many within the various churches and denominations who will criticise Ed Gungor as not being representative of the whole of Christendom and even condemn him as a New-Age heretic!), then this book will have little to no value to you and some may see it as a disguised and underhand way of witnessing/preaching in order to convert the unsure or unstable to the author's preferred religion, which is why I can only give it 3 stars. No doubt, if you are a Christian, then this book would work for you more and you would more than likely give it more (or less, depending on your openness to the matter).
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Initial post: 1 Jan 2011 01:55:59 GMT
Ronda S. says:
I now see what people mean when they have complained about lack of paragraphs in some of my own reviews.
I had to give up reading this review, the solid block of text was too much.
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