Thursday, April 26, 2007

"The Secret"

Unless you live at the top of a mountain without any connection to civilization and what’s current in the news, you’ve heard of “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. I, like a good majority of people, picked up a copy of the book after seeing it – and the people involved – featured on Oprah. Then, what seemed like all of a sudden, several people I knew were talking about it.

Don’t worry; I’m not going to get into a long, drawn out book review – negative or positive – about The Secret. What I do want to get into; however, is why so many people – uh, read Christians – are criticizing this book (yes, I know it’s also a DVD). Some say it’s not telling us anything new, but has taken all the principles from the Bible and put it into a book just to make money. Others say it’s discounting God. And still others are saying they’re concerned about The Secret replacing or becoming bigger than God’s word and the Bible.

My question: What do you say?

I’ve found The Secret to be filled with basic, tangible principles that anyone can easily apply to their lives. I’ve discovered that it doesn’t discount God although it is trying to be all inclusive and non exclusive by terming most things as The Universe. But, as with anything, we must take the bitter with the sweet and the good with the bad. As Christians when we read books, magazine articles, blogs, newspapers, etc., – whether written by Christians or not – we must take what we read and compare it to the biblical principles we know to be true. We must realize there is validity in other written works and, to be honest, we must admit that if the author of this book started off by saying that she was led by God to reveal it to the people in this way then we wouldn’t have anything negative to say.

Oh, but then we’d have to contend with the people of other religions and faith that would say something negative about that. It’s never-ending criticism.

So, again, my question to you is what do you think about The Secret? Have you read it? Seen the DVD? Share your opinion… I’m anxious to hear it.

Don't forget to check back soon; my next post will be some excerpts from The Secret that I find particularly interesting.

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