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Yes, it DOES matter whether it's true or not, let me explain why..
on 8 May 2016
When I first read this book, I did find some parts of it inspiring at the time. I have no judgement for anyone who has found useful ideas within it to apply to their life. But I could tell while reading it that some things just seemed too fake, the kind of things people make up to make themselves sound important.
However I cannot recommend this book. Having done research into the author and aboriginal peoples, it is almost entirely made up. The author visited Australia for a few months and worked in a pharmacy. She brought back tea tree oil and began selling it. This started as a story she told to sell more tea tree oil. The story grew and grew until she realised people were excited by the idea of learning aboriginal secrets, so the wrote this fictional book. Plans to publish it were originally canceled due to protests by aboriginal peoples. If you google about it you can find plenty of well researched reasons why most of it is fabricated, even details about the land, let alone making up a fake tribe that has very little culture in common with the tribes that actually lived in the areas she claimed to have visited. The reason that it DOES matter is that this woman has made a lot of profit off of exploiting our ignorance of real, living, aboriginal cultures. We should be learning from THEM, not from a charlatan outsider. I will not forgive someone for telling lies about people just because the lies are "nice", because she is stealing their voice. Let them speak for themselves and share their culture on their own terms instead of using them to spice up your writing to sell more books.
If she had been honest and written a book about her spiritual ideas without making up stories that spread misinformation about Australia and the peoples there, then I would have no problem with it AT ALL. Just because we want it to be true doesn't mean we should pretend it is and defend trickery.