From the moment when Oprah Winfrey talked about this book in her talk show, I was intrigued about the number of people who claimed that it changed their lives based on their reviews that I read on the internet, more so when my curiosity couldn’t figure out why it was entitled like that in the first place. The thought of adding it to my reading list slipped through my mind until six years later though.
This book is mainly about transforming your negativity in life to a positive one which is affected by how we think. We can receive the things that make us happy by going through the three steps of the creative process; (1) ask, (2) believe, and (3) receive. First, we should know what we want in life, be it materialistic or not. Second, we need to have faith that what we want is already within our reach. And finally, we should be happy when we have received what we want.
The foreword, which is at the beginning of this book, is what grabbed my attention. For me, it’s what motivated me to continue reading it further because of these questions that appeared in my head:
- What is “the secret”?
- If “the secret” has been known centuries ago by other people, then how come not everyone knew about it in the first place?
- How do we apply “the secret” into our lives?
- What is the title of the hundred-year-old book read by Rhonda which gave her a glimpse of “the secret”?
I understand that there are other people who had also contributed to the success of this book after its publication, but it would’ve been better if the contributions were simplified into one or several important statements to get straight to the main ideas. Furthermore, it would’ve been nice if Rhonda mentioned the title of the hundred-year-old book that she read since it did give her an idea of “the secret” in the first place, but so far, there isn’t any of it.
On the other hand, the book has served its main goal by elaborating the answers to my first three questions. The writing style is exceptionally well-written since the overall message of this book has been easily conveyed to me without having the need for me to re-read some paragraphs all over again.