I find many things dangerous and just plain wrong with this book.
First the "Law Of Attraction" completely flips the victim and the victimizer. This bI find many things dangerous and just plain wrong with this book.
First the "Law Of Attraction" completely flips the victim and the victimizer. This book says that every bad things that has ever happened to anyone was caused by the person it happened to. YOU are responsible for getting robbed, raped, murdered ect. and not the person who did those things to you. They happened because YOU thought the wrong thoughts and attracted them, not because someone else decided to rip you off or steal from you. I find so much wrong with that. And if this is true our judicial system is completely wrong. We should be punishing those who thought the wrong thoughts not those who committed the crime! The "Law of Attraction" completely undercuts the responsibility of peoples actions towards others. It also irks me that she only spent 1 whole paragraph on this, basically wishing it away.
Second her sources and quotes are ridiculous. She lists many famous people, pretty much all religions (she lists all the major ones) and many ancient civilizations claiming in the beginning that all of them knew and followed this secret.Out of all those people, civilizations and religions she quotes MLKjr, Buddha, the bible and Jesus. She mentioned Plato, Shakespeare, Blake, Emerson, Newton, Bacon, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. And backs up all this up using approx. three or four quotes from them, a bunch of unknown "old" people she never mentioned and all her experts. If you cant back it up, don't mention it to begin with. Also the quotes she does use are taken out of context. She claims that she took her step by step guide from the New Testament. As a christian who has studied the bible for a while I can pretty confidently say she misquoted Jesus and her other NT quotes. This leads me to believe she did the same for others, especially MLKjr as he was a christian baptist and as far as I know didn't believe anything of the sort mentioned in this book. I can't say the same for Buddha as I haven't yet studied his beliefs in detail. But if one she did it once it certainly doesn't help the validity of the rest of her quotes.
Third she mentions in one section how the secret helped her overcome her obesity. How much did she weigh? 143 pounds. Yeah, she weighed 143 pounds and claimed she was obese. Sure that might be a little chunky for some people but the only people I would describe as obese at 143 pounds are anyone younger than 14 or shorter than 4 feet.
Of course I don't deny the power of positive thinking. But positive thinking only helps motivate people. The thinking by itself does nothing. ...more
I was disappointed when I finished this book because I didn't realize there were sequels! Alexander once again shows off his ability to weave an interI was disappointed when I finished this book because I didn't realize there were sequels! Alexander once again shows off his ability to weave an interesting plot, intriguing characters and a new world into a great story. While I did find the plot to be a little predictable, the characters and the overall world were enough to compensate and the plot was still very well put together and interesting. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!...more