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Library JournalRay's meteoric rise in the self-improvement field came after two appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2009, Inc. Magazine included his company, James Ray International, on their list of 500 fastest-growing companies, with a 547 percent growth over three years. His presentations, workshops, and retreats became sell-out events that imparted his combination of the mystical/spiritual with the practical/scientific to help people achieve peak performance. This all came crashing down in October 2009, when three people died and 18 people became ill at a Spiritual Warrior Weekend that Ray was leading in Sedona, AZ. In February 2010, he was charged with three counts of manslaughter and is in jail unable to post a $5 million bond. Ray faces up to 37 years in prison if convicted. A best seller when it was published in English in 2008, Harmonic Wealth offers Ray's take on many of basic self-improvement principles—knowing yourself, setting goals and taking action, taking control of your thoughts, nourishing and exercising your body. While it is, arguably, a good book, and ¡Vive en armonía! is a good translation, the controversy surrounding the author and the methods he uses in his retreats and workshops, make this a low-priority buy for most libraries and bookstores. Recommended only for where there is demand.—Yolanda J. Cuesta, MultiCultural Consulting, Sacramento, CA
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