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The Celestine Prophecy
~James Redfield
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Media: Paperback
ISBN/ASIN : 0553409026
Manufacturer : Bantam
Release data : 06 October, 1994

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    1 star1 star1 star1 starNo star    As a first time reader on Spirituality it was BRILLANT!

    I am not an avid reader of books on spirituality and often find them too far fected to follow.. Then a friend of mine suggested I read 'The Celestine Prophecy' so I started it, thinking that I would become bored and discard it...however, it is the first book on spirituality that I have truely connected with and understood.

    Although it cannot be taken literaly as a true story (especially at the end in the 9th insight) the way James Redfield uses an adventure story to explain his ideas is fantastic.

    It means that anyone can easily follow the book and is kept interested in the plot at the same time as learning about Spirituality. I had previously tried to read books such as 'The art of happiness'but got no further than the 2 chapter due to being bored. I could not put 'The Celestine Prophecy'down.

    If you are an avid reader of spirituality books, then you will more than likely find this book weak and fairy-taleish. However, if you are interested in reading a great adventure book with questions that will make you look at so many different angles of your own life and to get a basic understanding of personal engery and spirituality, then this is the book for you!

    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    This book changed my life

    I first read this book about three years ago when I was sixteen. At that time I was depressed, ill and thought nothing could make that go away. I read this book in three days, i just couldn't put it down. I can only describe it as a ray of light that shattered that darkness and changed my life. I have read the other reviews posted here and resent those people who try to make those of us who enjoyed this book look naive. I am an English honours degree student at one of the top universities in the country and yes, I recognise the weaknesses in the books written style, but I feel we should overlook this. James Redfield is not trying to present us with a piece of great literature, he trying to give us something enlightening, something to make us think and give some hope for our future, something many of us desperately need. The Celestine Prophecy remains one of my favourite books, I remain grateful to James Redfield for writing it and mostly I would hope to unreservedly reccommend this book to everyone who feels there is something missing in their life.

    1 star1 star1 starNo starNo star    Life-Changing? Well it's a start!

    Don't be fooled: this is a work of fiction designed to carry a philosophical message.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that; this is often the best way to explain deep concepts to people - I seem to recall that an ancient preacher called Jesus used the same tool. Nonetheless, contrary to what many seem to believe, there is no ancient Prophecy on a lost (and recently found) scroll.

    What there is in this book is a series of tools that can help anyone to make sense of their life, their problems and the way that they interact with the world and the people in it. It appears to be culled from a mixture of religious philosophies (especially Tao and Buddhism it seems) and psychology (Jung and Eric Berne's "Games People Play" are obvious references).

    If it's original in any way it is, perhaps, in the nature of this synthesis and the way it is expressed. Does the fact it's derivative mean it's worthless? Certainly not - as a way of looking at, in particular, interactions between individuals and the manipulation that goes on between them it is singularly useful. The meditation techniques work too - to a point. And, I admit quite openly, I've known a number of people that have found it invaluable as have many of the reviewers here.

    But, for me at least, there's something missing. Maybe it's because of the very fact that it is expressed as a story but it seems unreasonably glib whilst at the same time asking us to accept things that ordinarily we would reject as impossible. For this reviewer, there were simply too many holes, too many unanswered questions and too many assumptions.

    So it's an interesting starting point and will certainly give a different perspective on life. It could well be the first step you need to find a new approach to life - I have no doubt that it can radically change your perception of the world and your place in it ... and to a very large extent, your perception IS your reality.

    If you really want your eyes opening though and can live without the science-fiction, can I suggest the Barefoot Doctor's eminently readable and entertaining "Handbook for the Urban Warrior" as an alternative or a follow-on? Take a look at the Tao philosophy at source, which after all plays such a large part in the Celestine Prophecy. You might just find that this puts the Prophecy into its proper perspective: a philosophy for everyone else.

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