The Secret

The Secret

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by Rhonda Byrne

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Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it.

In this book, you'll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life

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Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it.

In this book, you'll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life -- money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You'll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that's within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life.

The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers -- men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.

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The Secret, an epic best seller since 2006, is still in demand with library patrons. The audio version features Byrne's mesmerizing Australian accent as she introduces listeners to the principles of the law of attraction, as well as sage advice from a cast of experts.

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The Secret 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 974 reviews.
Richard_the_Reader More than 1 year ago
I am 75 and have been reading 50-60 books a year since I retired. I resisted reading "The Secret" for a very long time but finally gave in to curiosity in that I wanted to see what all the excitement was about and what would cause it to remain on the best seller lists for such a long period. I am sorry to report that there is no secret. Norman Vincent Peale told us all we needed to know about the power of positve thinking back in the '50s and the "law of attraction" is nothing but new age psycho-babble. What an incredible waste of time and money. H.L.Mencken once wrote "no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public". I don't know whether the author is incredibly cynical or the victim of an, as of yet, undiagnosed mental illness but this book is a clear demonstration of the concept that good marketing can sell anything. I must admit that I am no fan of "New Age" pseudo-philosophy. Nevertheless, I tried my best to read with an open mind and assumed that the success of this book must indicate SOME socially redeeming features. The "ideas" are simplistic, superficial and repetitive and the only "secret" of this unfortunate book is that the author has been made a multi-millionaire and the reading public has been bamboozled and is too dazzled or embarassed to admit that the emperor has no clothes. This book is the written equivalent of snake-oil however cleverly marketed. If anyone is truly interested in an inspirational book, much better to spend your time, money and emotional energy on "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith.
Asilverstone1 More than 1 year ago
What a truly amazing book this is! Also love Marty Jenkins , the two have the same type of 'thinking' ways except this is more of a step by step guide and Marty Jenkins is more of a story form, both very popular books, Im leaning on Marty Jenkins book at bit more but overall these are good must have books!
faison_tman More than 1 year ago
The huge success of Rhonda Byrnes book "The Secret" speaks for itself. In reading some of the reviews I must admit it appears that some are simply "reactions" rather than true reviews. I found Ms Byrnes approach to be remarkably engaging and certainly provokes thought. Her references again and again to "Avatars.Teachers, and great Leaders through the ages shows she has painstakenly researched the truths that have had some of the greatest impact in the lives of significant numbers of people. She is not offering her insights or rather her restatement of old truths as a new manuscript of reference to compete with or replace the Bible. To me what she covers in the book are things many of us have discovered in our lives or the lives of others to be true. This is the crux of the matter, if something is true, there is a reason why it is true. If something works it becomes an established principle that repeats itself again and again when the principle is applied. It does not matter who said it or how it was said if it is effectual in it's results then it has special significance. In watching the video and also reading the book, I was impressed with the energy and inspiration that was being expressed. It certainly was not negative energy or blasphemy against God. It was a treatise of encouragement in positive thought, faith, love, and expectation of doing more, experiencing more, achieving more and with an almost childlike faith an obvious confidence that good things will come forth. Without going into detail the emphasis on the "law of attraction" proves itself in the lives of people everyday and has done so through the ages. I liked the book and found it beneficial. Does it cover all the points of doctrine or my personal beliefs in ways perhaps I am accustomed to? No but that does not appear to be its purpose. With one broad sweep the book covers some of the most important truths that can bring some of the greatest changes for good in peoples lives. That seems to be the real issue, has it helped anyone? Apparently, it has helped thousands in many different ways. We may have our various religious positions but sometimes some things are presented in ways that differ from our personal approach and yet they may produce enormous beneficial results. To me "The Secret" is one of those things. No one is asked to leave their church, turn their backs on the Bible or become members of any new kind of cult, they are simply reminded of things that have been known by some through the ages that are powerful when applied in one's life. Thurman L. Faison, Author To The Spiritually Inclined (Volume 1)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A movie first and then turned into a book, "The Secret" is about getting what you want by knowing what you want and keeping it at the forefront of your thoughts. It gets this concept across really well and is a quite entertaining book. The downside is that there is really nothing new here that hasn't already been published many times before, many decades ago (I'm thinking of books like It Works).

Thinking is great, but life also requires us to "do" a little too in order to make things happen- recommend The Sixty-Second Motivator for more info on that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and my first impression was 'WOW!' Then I went one step further, and studied it. Then I felt sick! Not only does this book and DVD promise people they can become wealthy by just merely thinking it, they also suggest that in a catastrophic event, that the people who may have died or suffered in that event were all of one negative frequency! Does this mean that on 9/11 that every single person who died during that terrorist attack were all on the same negative frequency? I don't think so! It tells people who want to lose weight, not to observe overweight people because in doing so, they 'the ones who want to lose weight' will add more weight to themselves simply by observing other overweight people! Insane! They even go on to say 'by bringing the Bible into it for those of us who have faith in God' that Jesus was rich....huh???? If you buy this book, you are only going to be suckered like so many others. Actually...because I was curious...I even went to the Forum for The Secret and just read that these two people are SO positive they are going to win the lottery, just simply by being positive about it, that these two are actually quitting their jobs. If I see posts like this by these two, it makes me wonder how many out there are taking such foolish chances with their lives on false promises. The Universe is NOT a genie. You simply can not wish something and have the Universe say to you 'Your wish is my command!' If that were really true, we would all be rich, have perfect health, have perfect relationships...etc etc. I have recently tossed The Secret in the dump!
Frankie_Kate More than 1 year ago
This book does not give any new concepts of how we can change our lives for the better it only RESTATES and COMPLIES all that we have heard here and there about positive thinking over the years. You always heard your mom and dad say "think positive", "you are special", "you can do anything - go for it" and so on. Rhonda Byrne simply tells us WHY our parents told us these things and HOW it happens - through Attraction. To all the critics, Rhonda is just helping us understand how we can change our lives for the better, just as our parents used to tell us we can grow up to be great - IT'S THE SAME THING. This book is the greatest book ever written, it has helped me to be more focused, and i have began looking to the future with great expeectations and things have already started to go in a positive direction for me and i know it will continue. Thankyou Rhonda for being unselfish and helping me to understand that, I am in control of my life, with positive thinking and belief in God, i can do anything.
jodiann130 More than 1 year ago
This book makes absolute and complete sense. If you think about the principles it suggests, it all makes sense. I have read this book 3 times and each time I read it, I discover something new that I had previously missed. People who really want to make positive changes in their life and have a healthy, happy, prosperous and abundant life, will love this book. People who are happy only when they are miserable and want people to feel sorry for them and the grim circumstances of their life, will say it is nonsense and can never work. READ THIS BOOK. THINK LOGICALLY AND THOUGHTFULLY ABOUT WHAT IT IS SAYING. START SMALL AND APPLY THE PRINCIPLES. YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT HOW QUICKLY YOUR LIFE WILL CHANGE FOR THE BETTER AND HOW MUCH HAPPIER, HEALTHIER and MORE ABUNDANT YOU WILL BE. But remember: if you harbour the least bit of skepticism or doubt, this will be a total waste of your time and money. Keep a happy and Positive attitude and you,too, will be telling everyone about THE SECRET. I applied the principles of the book and I am now marrying a wonderful man, my weight is no longer an issue and I am able to find money whenever I need it. It is so amazing. ANd the people around me have also felt the effects as a result of my positive and abundant attitude.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant to ever buy the Secret as it seemed that because it was so popular, it couldn't actually work--wrong! I wish I had bought it when it first came out and devorued it then. There have been many others like it, and some are fantastic, but this is the real deal! Highly recommended.
Krystohl More than 1 year ago
This selection is a great study base for the LAW of Attraction. Eventhough it is in a wide abbreviated form. It can be used to begin a wonderful journey of self-repair. I have bought over 20 copies and handed them out. Still buying them for folks who require a physical jump start into understanding the field of "you get what you think". Well Done and Simple to follow. I recommend it to any and All ready to make great advances in self-improvement.
Miss_Tijera08 More than 1 year ago
Some people thought that this book was a hoax and that "being positive" kept being dragged through the whole entire book. They are exactly right about the whole positive thing but I think the reason that it was discussed so much is that you can think about it constantly. I really enjoyed this book. A lot of things it discussed about positive thinking and seeking God (or "Universe" as they say) goes hand in hand with Christianity. I was always taught to question God when you need to and to pray for whatever I needed. I don't know what the "Universe" actually is but I pray to God (Jesus) and believe He answers all of my prayers. I also learned that because of the negativity that I sowed for so long in my life, I kept running into problems. Low self esteem, bad relationships because I thought I was never good enough to be in a happy, loving relationship, crappy jobs because I always came to work with my head down and complained once I was off work, car accidents, etc. All of those things came to past because of me! I took that hard when I read that statement but now I think positve or at least try to. I have been writing out my own manifestations (goals and dreams) about having more money or finding my purposeful career path (I am in the Army and don't really care for it including all of the negativity and stress that you deal with on a dailly basis, but I have been thinking positive and I ended up getting moved into a better department and I love coming to work. I also cherish the time I am there and get the job done. Then I go home in a real good mood). Things are really working for me.I even get good parking spots now at the store and I found money the other day. I was taught about positivity and "walking by faith" as a child, and really didn't think it was useful but this book took me back to the beginnings of what I was taught. I have already seen positive changes in my life with this book. It's even helped me to start reading my Bible and praying more. The only thing that I don't agree with is that you can't just trust in yourself. I believe in a higher power and that is who you trust. I mean the human mind is amazing and all but there is more to life then just that. I always tell myself this...All my good thougts are powerful, and all of my negative ones are weak. My life is the masterpiece of my own thoughts. **Tijera
ndpendentlady More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. I've read it dozen's of times, and every time I start to think negative, this book is picked up and read again. I would recommend this book to anybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is considered New Age for a reason. I'm all up for envisioning your future positively and imagining all the feasible things you could want it to be, but Rhonda keeps asserting, 'THINK IT!' There's a fine line here between psychology and magick, and I was not impressed by this book's assertions at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am going through a tough part of my life, and I was reccommended this book by my personal trainer. I wrote down my "perfect life" scenario and what I am greatful for - and it is keeping me much more happy. Hard to believe what they say, but I do see that it can cheer you up. I think everyone that needs to get out of a rut should read this book, and with an open mind. I also watched the dvd, but there is more information in the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no secret here, just an effort by a group of people supporting each other in an attempt to seprate you and your money by any means necessary. Do as I did, read the book, check the statments given as fact,return it and write an approprate review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I honesty couldn't finish this book. It was so redundant - you probably only need to read the first 20 pages and be done with it - unless you enjoy reading how different people can re-state the same concept over and over again. Sure, I agree with the idea that positive thought can be powerful and life-changing, but it does not guarantee that you will become filthy rich in addition to some of the other claims this book makes. Lastly, I hate books that use science improperly and out of context. I don't think that Newton's 1st law was intended to be translated into some money making scheme - the authors' attempt at using scientific laws in their claims would come across as completely absurd to anyone with any background in science.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Thank you Rhonda Byrne. This book has changed my life and outlook on life. This is great for people wish forgot who they were and need something to beleive in and to find themselves. The idea of law of attraction really does work. if you lose your path you can check the website or read the book again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the reviews on here are indicating that The Secret is no secret at all and that its just a bunch of crap. I don't think its crap at all. It works for me and has been working for over a year now! I am so happy that i found the book and movie. I was in a really low stage in my life and The Secret gave me hope. Everything has improved since I started applying the The Secret to my life. My husband and I have been shocked at how much our lives have changed for the better. We have a new beautiful home, a new car, he got an extremely well paying job so that I can stay home with our young children. We have been truly blessed. I have never been a strong believer in anything until now! It really is the best thing that has ever happened in our lives. I will continue to live like this until my dying day!
LisaKay11 More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! The moment I began to read this book, things just clicked. "The Secret" is the world's greatest secret. It is very inspiring and helpful. The stories, words of wisdom, and ideas are very applicable to life. As long as you keep an open mind while reading this book, you will have the tools to obtain anything and everything you have ever wanted. Follow this book and it WILL change your life for the better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical when I got this book. I'd heard all the hype but wanted to see for myself what the big deal was. Well, it's basically a change in your attitude, that's what it preaches. If you are more greatful, more appreciative and more willing to let your real wants shine through, you will engage in the secret. It can be life changing, if you let it. A really, really good read.
vintage118 More than 1 year ago
When I read the intro to this book, I thought it sounded a little too far fetched. But as I began reading, it started to strike a familiar chord with me. My outlook has always been "You get out of life what you put into it." So the Law of Attraction kind of made sense to me. I'm one of those people who always say "I never win anything" but I stopped saying that and started thinking "winner." I went to a bridal fair with my daughter shortly after reading the book and we both signed up for the prize drawings. Five minutes later, they announced the first winner of the! I won a fabulous Lancome gift basket! We spent an hour stopping to check out the different vendor stands and sampling products. Several more names were drawn during this time. My daughter was ready to leave, but I hestitated. I told her I just knew they were going to draw her name. I told her to wait until the next drawing and then we would leave. Sure enough, her name was selected! She won a beautiful fragrance basket. I have a Vision board and keep a Gratitude Journal. I practice daily turning negative thoughts into positive ones and the results have been amazing. This book has changed my attitude and my life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't see why people are taking this book so literally. Obviously by thinking about something isnt go to put that thing in your hand. It's the meaning behind the words not the literal words. Basically it just wants you to redirect your thoughts to positve things. All the people that think it's a fake, just don't see the truth behind it and obviously they just dont want to try and change anything with their negative reviews. The people that take it for the meaning in the words are going to be the happy wealthy successful ones who are greatly satisfied with their lives. Some people need this book just to reiterate their ability. Yah most people know these things because its common sense and then there are the some that don't need this book at all and can get the wealth happiness and success without it. But don't crush other peoples hopes in finding happiness. Some people just need a push in the right direction and this is definitely mine. I don't think this book is a scam in anyway and I belive it has great meaning and value.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't usually write reviews, but I just had to for this one. Everyone is saying how this law of attraction changed their life. I am a big advocate of the idea that you can change your life with positive thoughts, but not in the ridiculous way that this book suggests. Think about it, a thought cannot do anything at all on its own, it cannot make you rich or happy or find the man/woman of your dreams. Thoughts provoke actions and those actions are what change lives. I am truly happy for anyone whose life was bettered by this book, because you thought positively, so 'maybe subconsciously' you acted in a positive manner to achieve whatever goal you thought about. However, it is truly ridiculous that so many people can believe that they can sit on their bottom all day and just think about being rich and BAM your rich! It makes me sick to think that people aren't smarter than that. Can bookstores start shelving this book under fiction?!
CindysKaos More than 1 year ago
Is the advice my friend gave me after she had read the book. You have to have an open mind, and actually believe. This is not a book you can just read all the way thru, you read it chapter by chapter, pausing to let it sink in, and apply to your life and others. Over the past four years that I have read this book, I have bought several copies and gave to my friends and family, and have recommended to many others. I'm so happy to have it on my Nook so I can carry it around with me at all times!
Richard_Szponder More than 1 year ago
The Law of Attraction is an undeniable law of the Universe. You create the life you want through your thoughts. Every great invention, concept, and reality that exists in the physical world first began as a creative thought. However, the Law of Attraction is not as simple as thinking about something and expecting it to arrive. Thinking about what you do NOT want can actually have the opposite effect and manifest that exact thought into reality in your physical life. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne incorporates the teachings of a plethora of classical and modern new age thinkers and healers and explains in simple terms how to think the life you desire into existence. The Secret is a guidebook, short and simple, demonstrating the proper way to think to utilize the Law of Attraction. Non-judgmental, non-religious, and mildly spiritual, Byrne and her collection of teachers explain how to manifest what you want. They make no suggestion of what you should or should not want and use as many examples of manifesting money and prosperity as they do health and spirituality. "Like attracts like" is a common phrase, and it is the foundational concept behind the Law of Attraction. The Law does not distinguish between "good" or "bad" thoughts. This explains why people are capable of manifesting seemingly unpleasant situations such as disease and poverty. In its simplicity, The Secret teaches you how to think. For example, rather than saying, "I wish I was a prosperous person," the more appropriate way to attract prosperity is by saying, believing, and actually feeling, "I already AM a prosperous person." The phrase "I am" is one of the most powerful phrases in the Universe and is highly effective in attracting what you want out of life. Thoughts are merely the first step in the process, though. Behind those initiating thoughts must come a belief that the desired physical response will manifest. You must actually feel as you would when you receive what it is you asked for. And, most importantly, you must express gratitude NOW for having received that for which you asked, even if it has not yet manifested. Giving thanks now is an assurance that you believe, without a doubt, that what you have asked for will be made a reality. The Secret was first a documentary film followed by the popular book of the same name. Featured in The Secret are common new age thinkers such as Michael Bernard Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Mike Dooley, John Gray, Lisa Nichols, Neale Donald Walsch, and others. The sources are reliable and exemplify the Law of Attraction through their own experiences. One note of caution to the reader: Byrne explains that manifesting a million dollars is as simple as manifesting one dollar and gives an example of a woman healing herself from cancer by laughing. Keep an open mind, and use the Law of Attraction, but also seek traditional financial or medical advice if you are in a dire situation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your time. I was given this book as a gift, read all of it, then immediately threw it into the trashcan - and, being a book lover, it takes a lot for me to threw a book AWAY.