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Book Beat: The Secret

Book Beat: The Secret

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I must admit, I rolled my eyes when I first heard about The Secret. I thought, "Oh yeah, right! Like there's one book that has ‘The Secret'." What is the Secret anyway?" I skipped ahead, of course, to find out. The secret is the law of attraction. It basically says that whatever you think about you bring into your life. If you think about wealth and beauty, that's like you placing an order at a restaurant. So if you say to yourself or outloud, "I am so lucky" - you've just placed an order with the universe, and you, in fact, will be so lucky. Or if you say "I come from such a dysfunctional family" - there is another order you've placed for a dysfunctional family.

Despite my skepticism, I found myself enjoying the book, which is a compilation of the thoughts of many philosophers and spiritual thinkers, including Jack Canfield from the Kitchen Soup series and Neale Donald Walsch from the Conversations with God books. Many of you might be familiar with the DVD of the Secret, which was the author, Rhonda Byrne's, first incarnation of this work. She went around the world interviewing people, studying history, and finding out that so much of the truth of life came back to this one principle - the law of attraction. From "Ask and ye shall receive" to its modern "What you think about you bring about", the book traces the law of attraction at work in people's lives, affecting their health and relationships and even money.

These are not new thoughts. It's likely you've read them or thought them before. But I must admit to you that I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed what it reminded me of. I enjoyed the way I felt when I was done reading it. It is one of those books I will keep near and refer to again when I start to feel my spirit going sideways and needing a little redirection. I, like so many others around the world, recommend The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio, I'm Amanda Dickson.

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