Book Review: ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne – A Book That Can Change Your Life

 

By Salony Satpathy:

Almost everyone has heard the phrase: “It’s all in the mind,” but how many have ever tried to understand its importance and implication? I was also a part of this crowd until a few days ago, till I was gifted ‘The Secret’ by my father. This book by Rhonda Byrne changed my way of life, renewed me and taught me how to live a peaceful and contented life and be an architect of my own happiness and success. In this book, the author unveils a ‘secret’ which she claims to have been known for centuries. In the words of the author, “It has been passed down through the years, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money.”

The essence of the book is the power of our minds, which if identified and unleashed properly, can create waves of positive changes in our life. It deals with tuning our thought process which has the capability of making things happen; things that we otherwise would have never have imagined occurring. Everything that happens to us is directly or indirectly the doing of our own thoughts, which if modeled properly, can change everything in our lives. The book deals with the above mentioned theory scientifically, saying that our thoughts are magnetic and a frequency is associated with each one of them and when they are sent out into the universe, they attract like objects which are reflected back to us. In short, our thoughts become things.

This book answers questions like why are we asked to culture good and healthy feelings right from our childhood. As a matter of fact, these are the things that decide the course our lives take. The importance and need of feelings and emotions, the need to sometimes give in to things that our hearts desire for, the need to prematurely ‘feel’ the things we want to happen, the need to take good care of our health, the need to treat ourselves with love and respect, the ways to make our relationships with others work, the need and ways of expressing our gratitude to the Maker as well as everyone and everything that have touched our lives-all these have been discussed intricately in a detailed manner in the book.

The best part is that the theories mentioned in this book are nothing new. It is just an organized representation of what we have already experienced either consciously or subconsciously. Even before reading the book I have made certain things happen by just thinking strongly about them. A class test being cancelled when I strongly wanted it, my mother calling me when I wanted to badly talk to her, my fever vanishing when I convinced myself that I was perfectly fine are a few situations that have actually happened in my life. ‘The Secret’ has been realized by many great men like Plato, Galileo, Beethoven, Edison, Carnegie, Einstein and many other inventors, theologians, scientists and great thinkers and this realization has gone a long way in achieving success and helping them carve a space in people’s minds and hearts, to be remembered and talked about incessantly for generations to come.

A documentary movie has been made on ‘The Secret’ to showcase the importance and methods of implementation of this concept, but I feel there is a great difference between reading and viewing something. The impact created when we read something attentively is far more than any form of visual representation of the same. But owing to the shift of allegiance from printed text to videos in the current age, the movie is expected to reach a greater chunk of the human population. But I am sure that there is still a crowd that will support me in advocating for the book.

Rhonda Byrne has used statements and theories by many eminent personalities to illustrate and fortify the concept of ‘The Secret’, who are the co-authors of the book. They include Bob Procter, philosopher, coach and personal coach, Dr. Joe Vitale, metaphysician, marketing specialist and author, John Assaraf, entrepreneur and money making expert, Dr. John Demartini, philosopher, chiropractor, healer and personal transformation specialist, Dr. Denis Waitley, psychologist and trainer in the field of mind potential, Michael Bernard Beckwith, visionary and founder of Agape International Spiritual Center, and last but not the least, Jack Canfield, author, teacher, life coach and motivational speaker.

The book teaches various techniques and shortcuts to understand and implement this concept in our lives. Throughout the period when I was reading the book, I was unconsciously nodding my head in approval of the theories discussed, realizing how true and appropriate each one of them is. All in all, it is a must read in order to discover oneself, understand one’s true needs and desires, improve one’s life in every possible aspect and make the most of the power which resides within oneself.

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49 Responses

  1. ARCHANA

    while applying secret do we have to do any hard work/action or just think about the the object i want
    for eg
    i want to pass my group 2 in first attempt but my one paper went really bad i wrote only 15 marks but i want 40 marks to pass that so can i now pass by only thinking about passing in first attempt
    pls reply

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    • niharika

      yes u can achieve anything applying secret , but u have to belive wat r u asking for
      , do nt mix ur doubts in it otherwise u r making ur thought weak . so believe on it nd it wud b done definitaly

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      • Arshad

        Yes, this book is really amazing. It charges you up with lot of positive energy. Let’s use “the secret” for all our positive desires and wished

    • Harvinder kaur

      U KNOW WAT THERE IS ONE OLD SAYING WHERE THERE IS WILL THERE IS WAY. U JUST HAVE TO THINK THAT U’LL GET THESE MARKS AS UR LIFE IS DEPEND ON IT. JUST BELIVE ON WATEVER U ASK, BELIVE IT IT THAT YES I M GOING TO GET THESE MARKS & U’LL GET IT. OFCOURSE U’LL HAVE TO TAKE ACTION IN ORDER TO COMPLETE UR TASK BUT WITH POSITIVITY & BELIVE . TRY IT WITH FULL HEART. GOD BLESS U.

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  2. Venkat

    If you have written the exam then how can that happen. The postive thought before six months of the exam and coupled with studying will help you. In your situation u need a miracle and not positive thinking. In your case Sai Baba would have been helpful……..

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  3. rakesh bhatt

    how i will change my thoughts ,im depressed mere mind main bhaut sare negative thought aate h ncnt take dicision .

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    • niharika

      u r doing focus on -ve thougts nd trying to stop it so if u resist it wud b persist so do nt try to stop -ve thougths but try to change dese thoughts in to +ve thoughts

      Reply
  4. Nagma

    I Like this book very much and i need more and topics about the attitutude of life.

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  5. vrushali

    this book is very good.from that book I always get positive energy.this positive energy is very important to fight any difficult condition.

    “THANK YOU”

    Reply
  6. Upendra Singh

    Its one of the Best Book i have ever read. Its not only a Book but its the real Truth of the Universe and how the Universe Work.

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  7. aravind

    guys there is a book called ” the laws of spirit world ” i would strongly recommend u all to read this one. i am damn sure u will feel a positive energy around u. for that u gotta follow some simple methods.

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  8. subhash kumar

    i purchased this book “The Secret”, just yesterday, seriously telling you, i reached the half way, and it created a word called ‘hunger’ inside me, the hunger to become a successful. It’s true that the person who has self believes is always take risks…and becomes what he or she wants.

    Reply
  9. kavita vishwakarma

    I had given my gold chain to my best friend and she told me that she’ll return the chain by the day after i had given but she yet not given the chain to me and her cell phone is also switched off then what should i do please tell me. how should i get my chain with her?

    Reply
    • prohantie

      am sure your friend will return your chain just give it some time and with her phone these probaly something with it!!she is your best friend that clearly means you know her very well!!!

      Reply
    • shiwani agarwal

      always think that ur chain is with you and u r wearing it gladly
      also think that ur friend is apologising on not returning it ……………………..9045903430

      Reply
  10. sakthy

    This is a wonderful book. But this book is very much in line with what Buddha said some two thousand five hundred years before. I am a follower of nichiren daishonin’s buddhism and practice of this buddhism helped me to understand this book more effectively and implement the principles explained in this book.

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  11. Vishal Pawar

    I like that book so much because of that i am started to take my life positively by any way & because of this book you will definately get idea about how to take each & every thing in a positive. It gives you strengh to fight with negetive chapter in your life. This is the one of the best book i have ever seen.

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  12. Prerak Dragr

    The Book Is Too Good.It Is One Of The Best Book Of My Life Which Help Me To Change My Life.I Just Loved This Book. :D

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  13. sanjay salve

    it is indeed excellent book. i could relate things in my past which really got attracted with the same theory explained in this book. it gives you positive approach towards life. thanks to the author!

    Reply
  14. Girley Mkhwanazi

    It makes me feel alive,like i was born again in another plannet

    Reply
  15. sandeepmaharia

    im an iitk student,can u plz tell me in brief usefullness of dis book ….8953454035

    Reply
  16. madhuri tibra

    i m from bkbit pilani, how can i purchase dis book…u acn contact me on 9928218100

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    • Gaurav

      Go to playstore type ” the secret book”
      U wil get it or at best purchase it..
      Its wrth every penny my frend

      Reply
  17. Rajeshree

    m preparing for CAT entrance exams i find maths (quant) vry tuff …after reading ths book m trying to change my thoughts about maths….plz suggest me sumthng more how i cn overcome ths …i wana score 100 percentile thts my aim plz guide me over it

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  18. POORTI

    very interesting enjoying and must read book.it changed my thoughts 4 looking d world in a different manner.d movie of d secret is also quiet interesting n i think dat every 1 shud c it.Rhonda Byrne d great riter also thought to rite such a beautiful book n share d secret with every 1 around d world is also a great thing.MerI taraf se Rhonda Byrne aapko mera saalam. I think whoever vil c dis comment shud go n read d book.last bt not d least ………….its a awesome book !!!!

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  19. DRISHYA APPACHU

    the book has changed my life… they way of thinking!!!!….the statement wch hs been approves … THOUGHTS MAKES THINGS … is really true n it is happng in my own life….it hs not oly changeg ma way of thinkng but aslo ma entire families thoughts….! all i ve 2 tell is thnaks 2 RHONDA BRYNE … 4 ths wndrfl book !!!!!!

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  20. DRISHYA APPACHU

    TYTthE booK hS ChAnGed My liFe….. aFtR reAdNG THE bOOk ….i Ve cHaNgEd Ma ThOuGHT pRoCeSS …. !!.iTs NoT olY liMiTd 2 Ma ThOghT pRoCEss bUt AlSo Ma EnTiRE FaMiLiES…. All I Ve 2 tEll Is ThNkS 2 RHONDA BRYNE!!!!!!!

    Reply
  21. SOLANKI rahul

    This book is very helpful to me and all world lady. This book is my topic for book review. thankss

    Reply
  22. Arjun sojitra

    By Salony Satpathy:

    Almost everyone has heard the phrase: “It’s all in the mind,” but how many have ever tried to understand its importance and implication? I was also a part of this crowd until a few days ago, till I was gifted ‘The Secret’ by my father. This book by Rhonda Byrne changed my way of life, renewed me and taught me how to live a peaceful and contented life and be an architect of my own happiness and success. In this book, the author unveils a ‘secret’ which she claims to have been known for centuries. In the words of the author, “It has been passed down through the years, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money.” The essence of the book is the power of our minds, which if identified and unleashed properly, can create waves of positive changes in our life. It deals with tuning our thought process which has the capability of making things happen; things that we otherwise would have never have imagined occurring. Everything that happens to us is directly or indirectly the doing of our own thoughts, which if modeled properly, can change everything in our lives. The book deals with the above mentioned theory scientifically, saying that our thoughts are magnetic and a frequency is associated with each one of them and when they are sent out into the universe, they attract like objects which are reflected back to us. In short, our thoughts become things.

    why are we asked to culture good and healthy feelings right from our childhood. As a matter of fact, these are the things that decide the course our lives take. The importance and need of feelings and emotions, the need to sometimes give in to things that our hearts desire for, the need to prematurely ‘feel’ the things we want to happen, the need to take good care of our health, the need to treat ourselves with love and respect, the ways to make our relationships with others work, the need and ways of expressing our gratitude to the Maker as well as everyone and everything that have touched our lives-all these have been discussed intricately in a detailed manner in the book.

    The best part is that the theories mentioned in this book are nothing new. It is just an organized representation of what we have already experienced either consciously or subconsciously. Even before reading the book I have made certain things happen by just thinking strongly about them. A class test being cancelled when I strongly wanted it, my mother calling me when I wanted to badly talk to her, my fever vanishing when I convinced myself that I was perfectly fine are a few situations that have actually happened in my life. ‘The Secret’ has been realized by many great men like Plato, Galileo, Beethoven, Edison, Carnegie, Einstein and many other inventors, theologians, scientists and great thinkers and this realization has gone a long way in achieving success and helping them carve a space in people’s minds and hearts, to be remembered and talked about incessantly for generations to come.

    Reply