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Overview

You have never read a book like this before -- a book that comes along once in a lifetime to change lives forever.

In the rain forests of Peru, an ancient manuscript has been discovered. Within its pages are 9 key insights into life itself -- insights each human being is predicted to grasp sequentially; one insight, then another, as we move toward a completely spiritual culture on Earth. Drawing on ancient wisdom, it tells you how to make connections among the events happening in your life right now and lets you see what is going to happen to you in the years to come. The story it tells is a gripping one of adventure and discovery, but it is also a guidebook that has the power to crystallize your perceptions of why you are where you are in life and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimisim as you head into tomorrow.

Redfield's book appears on one plane as an engaging tale of adventure, yet the reader gains so much more from this traverse through the Peruvian Andes on a search for an ancient, missing manuscript which holds the provisions for human spiritual awakening. This literary journey is especially pertinent as the human race prepares for the 21st Century, and Redfield has provided the light that illuminates tyhe way to spiritual readiness.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Redfield's debut is a fast-paced adventure in New Age territory that plays like a cross between Raiders of the Lost Ark and Moses's trek up Mt. Sinai. Originally self-published, the book sold phenomenally, sparked by word of mouth, and may be this year's The Bridges of Madison County --with which it shares some regrettable stylistic similarities. The saga begins when the unnamed middle-aged male narrator whimsically quits his nondescript life to track down an ancient Peruvian manuscript (pretentiously called the Manuscript) containing nine Insights that supposedly prophesy the modern emergence of New Age spirituality. South of the border, he encounters resistance from the Peruvian government and church authorities, who believe the document will undermine traditional family values. While dodging evil soldiers, paranoid priests and pseudoscientific researchers, our hero sequentially discovers all nine Insights during a series of chance encounters. Redfield has a real talent for page-turning action, and his lightweight quest employs auras, energy transfers and other psychic phenomena. But several of the Insights are incredibly vacuous and politically correct, and long stretches of dialogue are banal and cliched. The book ends with the protagonist poised to discover the 10th Insight in a promised sequel. 250,000 first printing; BOMC selection; author tour. (Mar.)
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A parable filled with truths that reads like an adventure-tale, this story begins with the disappearance of an ancient Peruvian manuscript containing the nine insights the human race is predicted to grasp as we enter an era of true spiritual awareness. This New York Times bestseller draws on ancient wisdom to tell you how to make connections among the events that occur in life everyday so that readers can make clearer their perceptions of who they are and the path they are taking. With an afterword by the author.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594831959
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 2/16/2006
  • Series: Celestine Prophecy Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 5.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

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    A Must Read for Anyone who's tired of a Mundane Reality

    This is a revolutionary writing that gets you thinking about our individual purposes and how that weaves together in the story of humankind. The ideas are unconventional to many of modern the religions, but give readers something to think about, possibly changing the way they view life into something much more meaningful and purposeful. Suddenly, I found myself realizing how synchronicity and energy really do play an avid role in my daily travels and how appreciating the beauty of nature and every human being (yes, even that person who you just can't stand) helps you see the underlying uniqueness and awe in every day and in everything.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2000

    An Incredible Journey Through Life-Threatening Obstacles And Breath-Taking Adventures

    I was at a point in my life where I needed to know what was to come next in order for me to continue when this book came into my life. A co-worker, oddly enough, had left it at our work by accident. I had never read a book that had completely changed my view on life until this book. The positive and peaceful feeling of this book is indescribeable. Read it, you'll love it too!!!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    This book will grab you--or it won't

    Most people I know who have read this book were either deeply moved and enlightened by it, or found it a bunch of 'hooey.' Not much in between. I fall into the latter category. I gave myself a pat on the back for actually finishing it, but story lost credibility for me when I came upon the suggestion that couples should not have more than one child so that all the energy they would transmit doesn't get diluted. The number of children one chooses to have is a personal choice with many variables,of course, but that attitude left me feeling extremely turned off. And the part about squinting your eyes so you see auras just made me laugh. But as a quick-paced fictional read, this was pleasant enough. This book is not worth spending your money on, but if you're curious about it, visit your local library to see if you can borrow a copy.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    Couldn't get through the first ten pages.

    I really wanted to read this book because of all the word-of-mouth reviews I had heard exclaiming how marvelous it was. However, I was so disappointed by the quality of writing I couldn't force myself to read more than 10 pages. The dialogue was contrived and unbelievable, and the writing in general was two-dimensional and undescriptive. I am not willing to sit through this in order to get to greater message, whatever it may be.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    The plot of the story is not well developed and serves only as a delivery tool for the author's ideas about spirituality.

    The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfiel

    Plot: The book discusses various psychological and spiritual ideas that are rooted in many ancient Eastern Traditions, such as the claim that vegetarianism can help an individual to establish a connection with the Divine. The main character of the novel undertakes a journey to find and understand a series of nine spiritual insights on an ancient manuscript in Peru. The book is a first-person narrative of spiritual awakening. The narrator is in a transitional period of his life, and begins to notice instances of synchronicity, which is the realization that coincidences may have deep meaning.

    The story opens with the male narrator becoming reacquainted with an old female friend, who tells him about the Insights, which are contained in a manuscript dating to 600 BC, which has been only recently translated. After this encounter leaves him curious, he decides to go to Peru. On the airplane, he meets a historian who also happens to be interested in the manuscript. As well, he learns that powerful figures within the Peruvian government and the Catholic Church are opposed to the dissemination of the Insights. This is dramatically illustrated when police try to arrest and then shoot the historian soon after his arrival.

    The narrator then learns the Insights, one by one, often experiencing the Insight before actually reading the text, while being pursued by forces of the Church and the Peruvian government. In the end, he succeeds in learning the first nine Insights and returns to the United States, with a promise of a Tenth Insight soon to be revealed. The Insights are given only through summaries and illustrated by events in the plot. The text of no complete Insight is given, which the narrator claims is for brevity's sake; he notes that the 'partial translation' of the Ninth Insight was 20 typewritten pages in length.

    In the novel, the Maya civilization left ruins in Peru where the manuscript was found, whereupon the Incas took up residence in the abandoned Maya cities after the Maya had reached an "energy vibration level" which made them cross a barrier into a completely spiritual reality.

    Discussion: The book was generally well received by readers and spent 165 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. My main criticism is that the plot of the story is not well developed and serves only as a delivery tool for the author's ideas about spirituality. James Redfield has admitted that, even though he considers the book to be a novel, his intention was to write a story in the shape of a parable, a story meant to illustrate a point or teach a lesson.

    I disapprove of Redfield's heavy usage of subjective validation and reification in dealing with coincidences to advance the plot thus spending more time concentrating on the explanation of spiritual ideas rather than furthering character development or developing the plot in a more traditional manner.

    I also think that he improperly explained and, in some cases, completely unexplained "facts" as flaws in the story. Examples of this include the author's suggestion of the presence of a Mayan society in modern day Peru, rather than in Central America, as well as the suggestion that the manuscript was written in 600 BC in the jungles of Peru, despite the fact that it is written in Aramaic. This shares a thread with the Book of Mormon, which is a purported history of Hebrew people who migrated to the American continent 600 years B.C

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    incredibly insightful

    every single human who walks Earth needs to read this book! Furthermore, I have met Mr. Redfield and he has great love and humility within his being; we can ALL take reat lessons from this writing! Enjoy!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    Firsties!!!

    great read..one of my all time favorite books..changes the way you look at things..makes you notice opportunity

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    The 246 Page Promotional

    The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield is more of a cult initiation handbook than a fictional story. "We've discovered something new about human life on this planet, about what our existence means, and according to the priest, this knowledge will engulf and alter human culture dramatically," (Redfield 4). This predictable plot of a man in search of missing manuscripts in Peru that hold the truth to all spiritual questions is clearly intended to promote Redfield's personal religion of some sort. Embedded into the story, Redfield explains the nine insights he supposedly discovered which, according to the book, will lead the world society into a spiritual new birth. The story evolves around the fundamental belief of this prophecy; that every aspect of the universe, physical and spiritual, is defined by this energy only enlightened people can see (described like an aura).
    If one can get past the religious advertising aspect of the Celestine Prophecy, it does contain some valuable themes. "Working to establish a more comfortable style of survival has grown to feel complete in and of itself as a reason to live, and we've gradually, methodically, forgotten how to connect spiritually and began a satisfying life," (Redfield 24.) It examines how the human culture is obsessed with hording material wealth, but how truthfully this doesn't lead to a fulfilling life. Also, it is an extraordinary example that for positive life changing events to happen in one's life, an individual must take opportunities and risks that might be uncomfortable. These messages invoke the reader to think about what they truly believe is the purpose of their life.
    These barely noticeable themes are the only thing of value in this story. The entire book is written in turgid prose which makes it extremely difficult to stay interested. Clearly the story serves only as a delivery tool for his personal ideas on spiritually and lacks any literary merits what so ever. If you are in the market for a radical newly formed religion then this book would appeal to you; otherwise I would not recommend this 246 page promotional to anyone.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

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    I want to give it 3.5 stars

    I give this book stars not for the actual writing but for the subject matter and content. The lessons taught in this book were good. However at some points I found the story to be a bit dry and repetitive. It lacked the "adventure" because often times the story was dragged out to make or repeat a point. I did however take away some lessons or let me say some things to reflect upon in life. Since I have read the book, I've been telling people about the energy they give off and receive. I've looked back in my own life and saw how different situations have effected my "energy" or mood. I say its not an easy read because its meant to be reflective and at some points you may want to stop and think about how the story relates to you. I would suggest it to someone looking for some direction or a way to view life from a different prospective. But I would not suggest it as leisurely "fun" reading. It seems to be meant to teach lessons in the same fashion as the works of Paulo Coehlo, yet it lacks the simplistic writing and storytelling of Coehlo. Overall 3.5 stars

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Wow!

    I first heard of this book from an interview James did on Steve Maraboli's radio show. I went right out and bought it and haven't regretted it. This book changed my life. What else can I say?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    Great book!

    I've read this book several times. It's such an amazing read. I'm so excited to add it to my virtual library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

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    Enlightening, Mind-Opening, Insightful

    An ingenious read on the psychological evolution of human minds this past millenia, which then postulates that the future of mankind shall be one in total spirituality and harmony. The book itself is a 'manuscript' ready to be handed out and read by as many people as possible with the underlying meaning: the truth shall set you free.

    Are you feeling lost?
    Wonder what your purpose in life is?
    Want to break free from conventional ideal?

    This book will answer all those questions!*

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    amazing

    everyone will benefit from reading this

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Inspiring

    The Celestine Prophecy helps you to think outside the box.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Intresting read

    Loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Life Changing....

    Absolute must read...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Amazing!

    I heard about this book in a video on YouTube, so I decided to check it out. I could not put this book down! It was so interesting, very straight-forward and easy to follow. The concept is also amazing. I recommend this to anyone with an open mind who is interested in New Age theories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    This book is TERRIBLE!! The foreshadowing is as subtle as being

    This book is TERRIBLE!! The foreshadowing is as subtle as being hit in the crotch with a golf club. The writing makes my 7th grade essays look sofisticated. I wish I could give this book 0 stars

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2009

    This could be a life changing book

    A permanent part of my book collection to be reread over time.

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  • Posted September 18, 2009

    Wisdom

    This is a treasure of wisdom. The more I have read it, the more aware I have become. It is so much more than an exciting adventure. When life becomes too routine, I read it again to renew my wonder.

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