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The Secret

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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  381,444 ratings  ·  13,393 reviews
In 2006, a groundbreaking feature-length film revealed the great mystery of the universe—The Secret—and, later that year, Rhonda Byrne followed with a book that became a worldwide bestseller.

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 Se
Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published February 26th 2007 by Atria Books/Beyond Words (first published November 28th 2006)
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Jul 18, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely no one unless you are a complete moron
this website is too kind. one star means "didn't like it". I hate, hate, hate this book with absolute passion. sorry if you like oprah but she seriously did the world a disservice by recommending this book. apparently there is a dvd also that i don't even think i could stomach. so here's the concept behind "The Secret". You can attract good things to you through your good thoughts. Ok, I'm on board with that. It has worked for me. Ooh, I already knew the Secret! too bad I didn't use it to make m ...more
Mar 27, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Celestine Prophecy Dropouts
Shelves: craphat
A horribly-written and assembled collection of tripe; it has no cohesive voice, no cohesive theme, and is completely facile in its analysis. I literally threw the book across the room when I read, 'Quantum Physicists will tell you the universe was created from thought!'. No, numbfucker, they won't. Not to mention the 'facts' they assert don't have citations to lend those assertions the slightest hint of credibility.

If you want me to believe that 'thinking positively will lead to success because
Feb 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
went to dinner with the boss lady the other night. she went on and on about this wonderful book. it was truly life changing. and she was already seeing the positive results of applying principles from it in her business and personal life.

she wasn't able to really articulate any ot those principles, so she just gave me a copy. went through it the next day.

holy crap. my employer, the person that i am financially dependent on, is a fruitloop. am updating my resume now.

I had a long review and I got too many responses to it. Comments and emails, and strangers connecting with me because of this review.
So I deleted it.

Here is what I will say now
I once gave this 5 stars. I have since changed it to 2 stars.
My focus is on something else now. This book is fine but I don't recommend it any more but other books instead...
If you are looking for control over yourself and future, Its in being as close to God as possible.
How to do that and what that looks like is a much lo
Nov 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one with a brain.
Should this book be classified as FICTION or NON-FICTION? I have no idea, but what I'm inclined to do is classfying it as DELUSIONAL...

The Law of Attraction. Whatever you send out of positive thoughts to the Universe comes back to you, ten fold at least. It's a bit like "karma" and positive thinking with a twist: You want to money comming to you? Just visualise it and it will happen. You want to be thinner? Just visualise that food has 0 calories!

Quote from the book:
Food cannot cause you to put
Katharine Grubb
Aug 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with an open mind, philosophers, physicists.
Shelves: personalgrowth
I wasn't interested in reading this book. I thought from the reviews of friends that it was pretty obvious stuff. However, I listened to the audio version. I sort of laughed at first and thought, "duh". I promised to listen to the whole book on CD, and as I listened, the connections between what the author is trying to communicate, and what many world religions try to communicate is huge. I am not a religious person. I found this book inspiring because I wasn't being told that God created the un ...more
Tharindu Dissanayake
"What are you thinking now is creating your future life."

The Secret: This is completely different from what I was expecting. I had hoped this to be a regular self-help book or a philosophy book, but it never felt like belonging to either of the two. For me, it felt like a concoction of self-help, spirituality, psychology, philosophy and a little bit of business too. It was obvious from the very beginning, that this is not the kind of book that will get a lot of mid-range reviews. Most readers ar
May 12, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-worst, reviewed
God, I am so sick of The Secret. I just can't understand why everyone is so enthralled with it. That book is at the top of every bestseller list and it's total crap. You're not going to get what you want by thinking about how much you want it. I mean, yes to positive thinking and all that, but the part they left out was that you actually have to DO something to make things happen. Jack Canfield (whose involvement should turn you off automatically) didn't really sit around staring at the ceiling ...more
Matt Evans
Jul 09, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(Excerpted from an online essay I wrote): To be sure, the so-called Secret represents a financially viable means to wealth, obviously so, but let's be clear: only for Rhonda Byrnes, The Secret DVD's producer and book's author.

Thus, Byrnes would have you believe that the world's wealthy, distinguished and famous—every last luminous one of them—attained their high position by dint of simple adherence to a secret law: The Law of Attraction. She shits you not. Furthermore, they (the world's rich, ce
Nov 26, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY!
I'm sure this book only exists thanks to The Da Vinci Code. Sensing a public interest in ancient "secrets" passed down to modern times, the publishers of this awful piece of self-help decided they could market Rhonda Byrne's book and make a killing. They were not wrong. In Brasil, it's spreading like an Old World plague: the film tie-in is always rented out in videostores, and the book is in the top 10 bestseller list. Swept up by its popularity, my mom brought a copy home.

Much like George Bush
Evgnossia O'Hara
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
"You are the masterpiece
of your own life.
You are the Michelangelo
of your own life."

I believe!
Thank you!
In hindsight, I feel I was too kind with this book, it makes far more sense simply to describe it as evil.

It encourages victim blaming - since they only have themselves to blame for bringing their fates upon themselves for a lack of positiver thinking, and ultimately encourages the reader to blame themselves since when their wishes fail to become fishes there can only be one reason - the positive thinking wasn't quite positive enough, or didn't have quite the perfect tone of positivity to it. An
Jun 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love The Secret. I watch the DVD whenever I need a shot of happiness. It's basically pretty common sense, what you think about and talk about the most is what you get more of. Where the attention goes, the energy flows. If you constantly talk about being broke, or sick, or depressed, then that's what you will get. Even if you're bank account, health, or mental disposition is not currently where you'd like for it to be, you completely have the power to take one little step at a time in the righ ...more
Aug 10, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Ick. This book was just. So. Not believable. At the beginning, the author writes about the law of attraction, specifically that if you believe in something, it can happen - like, if you believe you will one day fall in love, marry, and have a family or if you believe you will succeed in education and earn your PhD, than, doggonit, you can.

It's as the book continues and the words change from "can" to "will definitely" that the author lost me. For example, if you want a certain amount of money, s
Paul  Perry
Nov 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: rubbish-bin
This book is so inspirational! It turns out that by just believing and wanting really hard you can get whatever you want out of life! And if that doesn't work you can write a vacuous self help book full of profound sounding but utterly meaningless tripe and there are enough stupid people in the world to make you rich! This book has also taught me that I don't need to care about other people; if they don't get what they want it isn't anything to with me or anything to do with society being fair o ...more
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The Secret is perhaps best summarized in an entirely separate work, the Strangest Secret, which is an audio presentation by Earl Nightingale where he demands “you must control your thoughts.” Rhonda Byrne then explains by controlling your thoughts and ensuring that they are of a positive nature, anything, in any aspect of life, is achievable. More specifically, The Secret explains that like things attract, so positive, can do thoughts create positive outcomes while negative thoughts would create ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces terrifies me.
– Blaise Pascal, Pensées


Ask: I’m thinking positively, feeling grateful. I want to travel back in time.

Visualize: I see myself driving a DeLorean and going back in time; it's Saturday and I just decided I won't read this book, thus avoiding another Coelho experience due to being dangerously curious and irremediably naive when it comes to the 'don't judge before reading' issue.






Much has already been said
Ross Blocher
May 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oof, this book. The "secret" of The Secret is the so-called Law of Attraction: what you think becomes real. If you can just manage to focus on the positive, ask for the things you want, and believe you will have them, you will receive wealth, health, love and success beyond (or at least in proportion to) your wildest dreams. The problem? A) That's wrong. B) That's selfish. C) That makes you the focus of blame when things don't magically go your way.

The book is a tidy, pretty (and surprisingly he
Jan 22, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One with any brain cells that are still alive
Recommended to Joyce by: A bunch of idiots
In a weak moment I succumbed! It was on sale and I too wanted to know "the secret" Now I know-I just think about checks every day and voila-my mailman will bring them to me! C'mon people, positive thinking has been written about in dozens if not hundreds of books and they were much better written than this drivel!

Honestly, the idea that children with cancer bring it upon themselves because they did not envision themselves as healthy or that people who experience earthquakes, famine and flood br
Sep 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, 2014
Someone in work made me read this and i hated it.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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“There is no such thing as a hopeless situation. Every single circumstances of your life can change!”

I kind of knew I would not enjoy this book and would find it silly. More so because I finished it during the same readathon I did at the beginning of the year with a book written by Stephen Hawking. Ironically, I got to read one of the smartest authors in the world with another by one of the… less smart?… authors in this world!

I wanted to rea
Jan 23, 2016 marked it as avoid-like-the-plague  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Are you fucking kidding me?
Recommended to Anu by: The world and its mother
Read this book, they said. It'll change your life, they said. No, I said. I don't want to change my life, I said. You're too cynical, they said. You need more optimism in your life, they said. Fuck you, I said. I wouldn't read this if you paid me to, I said.

And I sure as hell don't pay money for this tripe. I mean, come on, do we really need a book to tell us, "hey, guess what? If you do good stuff, good stuff will happen to you?" This woman is making millions off of selling things like this! A
Huda Aweys
My review in English first and then in Arabic-مراجعتى للكتاب بالانجليزي و بعدها مراجعتى بالعربي
Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said: ( expect a good, find a good)
So this book talk about what we call :
(the law of expectation of good !), so what is the new here !?
New here those claims in this book about the ability of humans to control them life, and only ..
Without the expense of God and his ability and his will and his control of the volcanoes, rain and the sky and the earth .....!
Well, wha
Dustin the wind Crazy little brown owl
This book has changed the way I view the world. I like to re-read The Secret at least once a year. I own the book, audio book, and film. I will openly admit that there are some ideas, phrases and quotes that cause me to laugh out loud, but the overall message of the book is one of optimism, gratitude, love and power. The sequel, The Power is likewise amazing.

I believe thoughts are powerful and the general idea of The Law of Attraction - that we attract things to us whether positive or negative b
Jul 31, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Call me jaded, but these people have been drinking the kool aid. Don’t get me wrong- I embrace and appreciate the power of positive thinking and believe that an optimistic frame of mind can go a long way. But, The Secret is a bit extreme. The core of The Secret is the law of attraction, which basically says you attract what you think- think it and it will come. It says that you simply need to ask, believe, and receive whatever you want from the catalog of the universe. One part says, “It is as e ...more
Sometimes my curiosity really does me a great disservice!

It led me to pick up this book, check it out from the library, carry it home, and open it and start reading! That is far too much energy and thought spent on something absolutely, hopelessly, horribly BAD!

Whatever happens to you, I learn, is your own fault for unconsciously wishing it. Well, let me tell you: I apparently wished to get into a state of complete rage while reading this book, for that is what happened.

Thousands of grateful p
Feb 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 22, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Oh dear, yet again I have fallen prey to my rule that if I begin to spout opinions about a book on the basis of what other people have said, I have to read it. It's a very inconvenient rule, but I believe it's intellectually dishonest to do otherwise; hence, The Secret. And now I have to think very hard about how to phrase this review without actually saying "steaming pile of New Age BS." Oops.

The Secret says this: if you think positive thoughts, positive things will be attracted to you from the
Laurie  |  LOHF
I'm listening to this on audio because my daughter insists I need it in my life. I love her so I am subjecting myself to this for the third or fourth time. It has some good advice but is basically one note and focuses way too much on materialism for my liking.

Be gracious, be thankful for what you have, think good thoughts and change your state of mind when you find yourself dwelling on negative things. That's what I'm taking away from it at any rate. I don't buy into everything it's selling, e
Jun 12, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Oprah phenomenon amazes me sometimes. Whatever she picks up and claims to be genius sells hundreds of millions of copies. Even if it is a patronizingly simple text like The Secret. I waited over a year after the first wave of zealous preaching about this book took over the nation to sit down and read it. At first I was a bit intrigued; honestly, it's "philosophy" is basic common sense: whatever energy you put out, you receive, good or bad. I've known that since I was a child. Think bad thoug ...more
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Rhonda Byrne is an Australian television writer and producer, best known for her New Thought works, The Secret—a book and a film by the same name. By the Spring of 2007 the book had sold almost 4 million copies, and the DVD had sold more than 2 million copies. She has also been a producer for Sensing Murder. According to an article published by Australia's Herald Sun, Byrne has also worked on the ...more

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