June 19, 2007

The Secret's Out and It's No Secret


A confession is in order. I HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK. With that disclaimer I, with some hesitance, proceed (I'm not one to shoot at books without giving them a fair shake, but I'll make an exception here). This appears to be the same old story in a new dress; namely, people are desperate for something more than life is giving them. I think it's new status as the latest, greatest answer to your ills gives further evidence of the incredible hunger that our society has for meaning.

There is a good article in Christianity Today reviewing this newly Oprah blessed book. I think it is certainly worth your time and certainly worth sharing with others who are looking for the secret. I chuckled upon reading these lines from the review...

"Thoughts are magnetic, and thoughts have a frequency," the book assures us. "As you think, those thoughts are sent out into the universe and they magnetically attract all like things that are on the same frequency. Everything sent out returns to the source. And that source is you."

Now here's the bad news: Whatever happens to you—the good and the bad—was attracted by your thoughts. Appendicitis? Auto accident? Poverty? You brought it on yourself."

All that said, I do intend to visit my local library and read this little tome for myself. Integrity demands that I do so. I will be sure to let you know what I think. Until then, here's a secret that's not a secret anymore, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1).

3 comments:

Tim A. said...

John,
I have heard of this book, and I don't much think much of anything harpo recommends. She is backwards in most of what she believes considering faith, and such.
Who ever wrote that last quote, "Now here's the bad news: Whatever happens to you—the good and the bad—was attracted by your thoughts. Appendicitis? Auto accident? Poverty? You brought it on yourself." has lost it all.
That is nothing short of foolishness.
Good quote from Romans though.
Thanks.
Tim A.

John said...

Tim,

I think "foolishness" was the point. Perhaps lost without the full context. As always, thanks for dropping by.

John

Panda said...

That is one of my favourite Bible verses, John! And I also like this one: "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand." [Romans 5:1 NIV]