Book Review

The Secret

Rhonda Byrne
Atria Books/Beyond Words - November 2006

“It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. This centuries-old Secret has been understood by some of the most prominent people in history: Plato, Galileo, Beethoven, Edison, Carnegie, Einstein-along with other inventors, theologians, scientists, and great thinkers. Now the Secret is being revealed to the world.”

This 198 page, beautifully illustrated book is based on the legendary movie The Secret available on DVD or for download at So what is the secret you ask? The Secret is plain and simple…it is the law of attraction. Teachings of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, literature, science, religion and philosophies throughout the centuries.

The Secret is powerful! Why not apply it to compounding pharmacy? In this book, you will learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life. That is…the power of positive thinking and how the law of attraction controls this. The secret can affect your health, relationships, work, businesses, and life. You can use the secret both positively or negatively though. Henry Ford sums up the secret in a great quote found in the book. He says “whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.” A powerful statement about the law of attraction don’t you think? This book is just so inspirational and you won’t be able to put it down. You’ll recommend it to all your friends and even your employees. The message is powerful! You'll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that's within you, and this revelation can really be motivational.

Both the book and the movie are excellent, however, reading the book first allows the reader to imagine how the concepts affect one’s own life much easier than in the movie. The movie shows fictitious characters to illustrate the points, however when one reads the book first, the characters are one’s own. Many argue which is better, but both are excellent. My recommendation though is to read the book first. Taken literally, some argue that the book goes too far. However, if one takes away the principles and learns how to apply them in a positive manner, the Secret can be very powerful. After all, what could ever be wrong with being an optimist?

In the book you are given expert advice from co-authors: John Assaraf, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Lee Brower, Jack Canfield, Dr. John Demartini, Marie Diamond, Mike Dooley, Bob Doyle, Hale Dwoskin, Morris Goodman, Dr. John Gray, Dr. John Hagelin, Bill Harris, Dr. Ben Johnson, Loral Langemeier, Lisa Nichols, Bob Proctor, James Ray, David Schirmer, Marci Shimoff, Dr. Joe Vitale, Dr. Denis Waitley, Neale Donald Walsch, and Dr. Fred Alan Wolf. The book is also packed full of great quotes and I’ll leave you with some of my favorites.

“Imagination is Everything. It is the preview of Life’s Coming Attractions.” Einstein

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive, it can achieve.” W. Clement Stone

“You create your own universe as you go along.” Winston Churchill

“There is no limit to what this law can do for you; dare to believe in your own ideal; think of the ideal as an already accomplished fact.” Charles Haanel

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” Joseph Campbell

“The Secret is the answer to all that has been, all that is, and all that will ever be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  May 2007