I was given the secret as a gift from my housemate's ex-girlfriend and it has been sitting there in my cupboard for a while. I must admit I was a tad sceptical to read it myself, mainly because of the tried and somewhat failed attempts to adapt it to my lifestyle when 'The Secret' was big news worldwide.
I decided after reading such a heavy load of books and after hitting the 25 book mark in the 50 book challenge that I would read something smaller to break in between the next few larger books I wanted to read. This plan epic failed, but I picked it up after a while and began reading again.
This is not a book for sceptics. You would be wasting your time if you didn't believe somewhat in the universe or a power beyond yourself, in the same respect if you are the type to read and then make up your mind if you believe in it or not, then this would be a great book to read. I believe anyone can enjoy it, but it is about preferences and beliefs and while this book does not test beliefs it is a spiritually enlightening book.
If you are looking for a book that will give you the run down of every decision you should make in your life, look elsewhere. The Secret is about finding what makes you happy and making your life revolve around the happiness that we all deserve. It covers many topics such as health, money, relationships and has a easy guide to using the secret and a little background knowledge to help you understand the evolution of this great gift.
Contrary to my own beliefs, I tested out some of the suggestions while reading the book and was surprised with the results. Especially when it came to the simplest subjects such as the weather and time. If this could happen with such a small desire imagine what could happen if I really set my mind to it.
One of the main points they do press in the book is belief. You don't have to believe in it, but you have to believe in what you want and not so much how or when you will get it, but focusing on already having it. This was one of the many pointers I hope to take with me after reading the book.
What I enjoyed, after getting stuck into it, was the contributions by a diverse range of people from all around the world and who's lives are both similar and totally different. Together their stories and suggestions are both inspiring and a challenge to the mind and soul and really make you look at what you can achieve out of your life starting from practically nothing.
For a full list of the contributors, you can turn to the back. In some books it also has a few pages where you can write notes if you want to, but I would prefer to write notes on post-its or paper. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys uplifting, no-bullshit spiritual books. It is to the point, and beautifully written and the input of each person is respected.
I am rating this book a four out of five stars. It was thought provoking, a challenge to the mind and an inspirational read. It had some easy to follow ideas to start living the secret yourself and I believe this would make a great gift as well. Also check out the second book called 'The Power' at the authors link: http://www.thesecret.tv/