The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne

Seven stars

When my coworker asked me to read this book, I was intrigued, while also being somewhat sceptical. I am not one who looks to psychology or self-help when it comes to reading or inspiration, but was willing to give it a try. I’m looking for a new approach with work and my life, so why not give this book (which has been buzzing around for years) a read to see just how much of it might apply to me?

Rhonda Byrne summarizes ‘the secret’ as being simple and yet highly complex at the same time. The premise, that the Law of Attraction works wonders when someone puts it into practice, seems basic enough. However, as Byrne and her countless contributors assert, it is a multi-layered process that can be applied to many aspects of life. Byrne and others take the reader on a journey through a mental recalibration and explain how it can all come together, given the right tools and inner guidance. I don’t want to go too far into it, as the book is short(ish) and tackles many areas on which I can work. Perhaps I will revisit this review in a few months to report my progress.

Byrne’s easy writing style is one that I could digest with ease. The snippet quotes, from both contributors and historical figures adds some depth and credence to the overall experience. With detailed explanations of The Secret and how it can be applied to everyday life make the idea simple enough for anyone to try. However, it does take some dedication and promise to focus, on many levels, to achieve true success. While there is no fee, other than self-determination, the cost is that the brain is filled with so many minute parts that move in synchronicity, leaving the reader unsure where to begin. While her name does adorn the title page, the text is more snippets from contributors than assertions Byrne with supporting evidence, which would be my primary concern. This is not Byrne, with some support, but rather the attributed author as the shepherd, leaving her sheep to do most of the work throughout. If the reader can put that aside and is ready for some mind twisting, it’s time to uncover The Secret today. I’ll let you know how it went for me!

Kudos, Madam Byrne (and others), for opening my eyes and mind to this. I’m eager to see if it can help guide me to a better understanding and positive pathway towards the future.

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