the secret

Goodreads Review: The Secret

The SecretThe Secret by Rhonda Byrne

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I have to be honest in saying that I couldn’t stomach to finish this book. After the first couple of chapters, I was left in a state of disgrace and had to put it down – never to be opened again. I hate reviewing books before I finish them, but there are immediate thoughts that need to be put down about this one – there was a particular reason or two I couldn’t finish it.

There’s something to be said for thinking positive thoughts – the kind of thoughts we think definitely change our attitude. When we think positive thoughts we tend to have a more positive outlook on the world around us – we are more idealistic, bigger dreamers, more joyful. When we think negative thoughts it’s easy for us to fall into a hole of despair, which can send everything tumbling around us including our jobs, our families, our finances, etc.

But this book is about more than just the power of positive thinking. This book claims that each of us is the biggest impact on our own life. That we are the most powerful “transmission tower in the Universe.” It puts us at the same level as God – and I just can’t get on board with that.

It’s also very self-serving and materialistic. It’s about how we can make more money, get more things, be more successful. It’s not about how we can reach out to more people, live more simply, be more satisfied with who we are and what we have. It’s very clearly about the world we live in. Because of my faith and hope in God’s promise to us of a very different life – I just can’t keep reading.

In my opinion, this is a very dangerous book. The most dangerous part of it is how many people believe and live the way that it prescribes. Because of that, I suppose that it’s one that we should read in its entirety so that we can critique it in a healthy way. In order for me to finish it though, I’d have to view it as “research” – and I’m not in a place where I’m ready to pick it up again.

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  • http://www.soulmunchies.com Crystal

    I love being challenged. One of my primary reasons for Soul Munchies was to create a place where people from different backgrounds could dialogue with one another about tough stuff. I firmly believe that challenges and questions are what help us grow and flesh out our own ideas about what we believe. I am not one to say that I am always right and am always open to the possibility that I’m not.

    In this spirit, I share with you (without revealing its author) a comment that I received about this post, and my response below. If you have read this book, I would love to dialogue with you about it – convince me that it’s worth my reading!

    “After reading your Soul Munchies review I am a bit perplexed. Consider this Crys. Do you really, truly believe that, with the billions of people there are in the world today, and the many religions that exist, that yours is the one true religion? That those that do not believe what you believe are wrong? What will happen to them? There may be a young Buddhist woman, your counterpart, that is every bit as wonderful as you are. Is her entire life pointless because she does not believe in the God you believe in? or does not believe in the Bible you believe in? Do you not think that just a bit arrogant?”

  • http://www.soulmunchies.com Crystal

    I love being challenged. One of my primary reasons for Soul Munchies was to create a place where people from different backgrounds could dialogue with one another about tough stuff. I firmly believe that challenges and questions are what help us grow and flesh out our own ideas about what we believe. I am not one to say that I am always right and am always open to the possibility that I’m not.

    In this spirit, I share with you (without revealing its author) a comment that I received about this post, and my response below. If you have read this book, I would love to dialogue with you about it – convince me that it’s worth my reading!

    “After reading your Soul Munchies review I am a bit perplexed. Consider this Crys. Do you really, truly believe that, with the billions of people there are in the world today, and the many religions that exist, that yours is the one true religion? That those that do not believe what you believe are wrong? What will happen to them? There may be a young Buddhist woman, your counterpart, that is every bit as wonderful as you are. Is her entire life pointless because she does not believe in the God you believe in? or does not believe in the Bible you believe in? Do you not think that just a bit arrogant?”

    • http://www.soulmunchies.com Crystal

      My response:

      Touche’

      I don’t really, truly believe that “mine” is the one true religion. What I do believe is that we all hold some little piece of the truth – and that none of us will really know “the truth” as long as we are here on this earth. Thankfully I don’t have to know the truth – I’ll leave that up to God.

      Maybe my review was too harsh – and perhaps I do need to make myself read the whole thing. My first impression is that this is a book that goes against a belief in God – no matter how you believe in God or what religion you ascribe to. From what I know about all religions, the message is the same – treat other people with respect and love. That the riches (or poors) of this life aren’t the end all. This book portrayed the exact opposite message in its opening paragraphs – a complete turn off to me.

      I meant in no way for this review to be derogatory to any other religion and I apologize if it came across as such.