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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

I am increasingly fascinated by the appropriation of modern physics by the old New Age-y hippie people to give their morally bankrupt philosophies some validity in the minds of not-smart-enough baby boomer and Gen X idiots.

You read this.

I, sir, applaud your resolve.

message 2: by Diana (new)

Diana Pauksta Your review made me laugh out loud...but then I started remembering that time I was forced to watch "What the Bleep do We Know" with my sister. I would have preferred the turd.

message 3: by jordan (new)

jordan If people are sooo gullible as to believe this, i'm get rich with my snake oil as long as i market it well.

message 4: by Rita (new)

Rita Yes, people ARE that stupid to believe it. But what is even worse is that the "author" blames people for their own misfortune: you get AIDS: too bad, you were not thinking positive enough; you are a raped child: too bad, you were not thinking positively enough; your dying of famine: too bad, you were not thinkin positively enough. You get the idea. That she's getting away with it and earning millions on it beyond me. She must be the most positive thinking person in the world.

message 5: by jordan (new)

jordan Congrats Rita and everyone else who knows this book its a piece of snake oil "philosophy" an isult to those children and adults who suffer due to NO fault of their own.But are victims of greed and evil.

This book belongs in the garbage.BTW one of their writers is in jail charged with murder of his followers in the sweat lodge.Did he attract "that" with his thoughts??? why has noone asked him?'d love to hear his answer.

He must have not been thinking "positive".......LOL...

message 6: by Rita (new)

Rita Thanks Jordan! :)
I haven heard of what happened to one of the contributors... Do you have a link? It could be an interesting read!

message 7: by Echo1265 (new)

Echo1265 With all that;s negative in the world, it helps to have a positive influence whether real or imagined. No matter how one might feel about this book it's still not a bad idea to at least try and focus on something good rather than fall in line with the rest of humanity and add more injury. Think about it. Some of the responses I've read are nothing more than a repeat of more negativity, as if we really all could use more of that. What's wrong with trying to be different and walk to a different beat.?

message 8: by Rita (new)

Rita I think that you missed the point Echo1265. This isn't about not wanting to be positive, but it's about how inherently wrong it is to blame the victims themselves for their own misfortune, whether they be victims of war, assault, sexual abuse, illness, etc. (which is what Rhonda Byrne does).

message 9: by Carlos (new)

Carlos Deguzman Thinking negative brings negative to society Hitler.

message 10: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel Carlos wrote: "Thinking negative brings negative to society Hitler."

Worst... bot... ever.

message 11: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel Echo1265 wrote: "With all that;s negative in the world, it helps to have a positive influence whether real or imagined."

First of all, I reject the notion that "imagined" positive influences are useful or good. I find everything "good" I need in the love of my wife, the faces of my children, the quiet snow on still trees, the feeling of a job well done, etc. etc. As Penn Jillette says, 'I have love, blue skies, rainbows and Hallmark cards, and that has to be enough. It has to be enough, but it's everything in the world and everything in the world is plenty for me. It seems just rude to beg the invisible for more.'

And, if you read my review carefully, I allow for the fact that positive thinking can be a good thing from, essentially, a cognitive-behavioral standpoint. What I don't truck with is that mamby-pamby wishy-washy self-indulgent thinking and whitewashing of reality is somehow helpful, useful, and morally righteous.

message 12: by Tim (new)

Tim Great review. I totally agree with those who said that blaming the poor, the raped, the fucked over for their lot in life due to their negative thoughts is simply wrong. In fact, it's more than wrong, it's downright reprehensible.

message 13: by Len (new)

Len Well put, sir.

message 14: by Mongol (new)

Mongol Meanwhile, many of those duped by this nonsense continue to buy the books after all this time, not realizing or wanting to admit it just doesn't work.

message 15: by Carla (new)

Carla Khaddaj @Rita ! oh my god people !What does anything you said have to do with anything !?..I'm only 15 ,probably smaller than all of you,but for sure,you haven't understood a word of what the book meant.

message 16: by Gabriel (last edited Jul 01, 2013 01:31PM) (new)

Gabriel Carla wrote: "@Rita ! oh my god people !What does anything you said have to do with anything !?..I'm only 15 ,probably smaller than all of you,but for sure,you haven't understood a word of what the book meant."

If I haven't understood "a single word of what the book meant," then I'm just this side of certain that it's a failing of the writer and not my reading comprehension.

That being said, to my mind the book has one thing to say and does it ad nauseum and without supporting documentation or falsifiable claims and in the face of real suffering and victims who deserve a better message than, "wish/imagine/delude harder."

However, I would appreciate being enlightened if you have the competence, articulacy, and stamina.

Color me skeptical on two of the three; I'll let you guess which.

message 17: by Mongol (new)

Mongol Carla, there's no such thing as law of attraction. There's no secret. The book is not about positive thinking either.

It's tempting to want to believe, because it gives hope that we can all have super lives like the rich and famous. But ask yourself this - if it really worked, why would you need to go to school? You could just attract everything you need. If it really worked, why do so many people still need to get up and go to jobs they dislike each day?

Because there's no such thing, and t doesn't work.

You're only 15. I highly suggest you throw this book away, and forget this line of thinking entirely.

message 18: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Kay This book to pseudo science to a whole new level. Absolutely horrible.

message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

Fuck yourself.

message 20: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel deleted user wrote: "Fuck yourself."

Have tried, 2/10 would not do again...

message 21: by Chris (new)

Chris Numbfucker is my favorite new word today

message 22: by Robin (new)

Robin The secret is not a secret. The ancient text it comes from is my bible The Torah, and seeing as I know who that comes from I am going with that. It comes from Kabbalah.

message 23: by Shahrzad (new)

Shahrzad I believe in all the secret book says,if u just look carefully u will understand. First u should have a strong belief in it , then imagin sth with great details. Thats all

message 24: by Vijay (new)

Vijay Bhaskar what you readiky think,it makes a pattern of thinking,that pattern of thinking deepen you in your desire,deep desire strenthen will power,will power make you to invest your 100% in work.every action have definite reaction i.e to say 100%concentration in work lead 100% result means you wilk get what you prefer more in your thinking.My suggestion is this that if do not get result yet you should not leave your hand from positive thinking

message 25: by Sahar.ibrahim (new)

Sahar.ibrahim I need the website

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