Summary of "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne

by Robyn Lynne Schechter

"The Secret" was featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

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"The Secret" is a best-selling motivational book that explains how to put the Law of Attraction to use in your life in order to achieve any goal you have. Relying on stories by people who have put the law to work in their lives, "The Secret" demonstrates how these spiritual principles produce the intended results.


"The Secret" is a self-help book that teaches people how to self-actualize their personal, professional, health and relationship desires and dream. Built on the premise that no goal is far-fetched, "The Secret" shares stories from successful people who have achieved their goals by using the Law of Attraction -- three simple steps that make a dream come true. First, a person must believe that his dream can come true. Second, he must ask the universe to bring his dream to fruition. Finally, when the desired object or goal appears, a person must receive what is being given to him.


"The Secret" is full of examples of how the Law of Attraction can be used to solve a variety of problems. Whether you are looking to get out of financial debt, looking to fall in love and have a healthy relationship or seeking to lose weight, there are inspirational anecdotes in each chapter that will keep you motivated. For example, Jack Canfield, author of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series, explains how he was on the verge of bankruptcy when he used the Law of Attraction to turn his world around and become a best-selling author.


Before the book, there was the movie "The Secret." After her daughter gave her a copy of William D. Wattles' "The Science of Getting Rich," author Rhonda Byrne discovered the Law of Attraction. With her curiosity sparked, she started researching how the law has been used since 3500 B.C. to manifest desires and she assembled a team of motivational speakers, who had used the Law of Attraction in their own lives, to explain how to put the law into effect. Her research and these speakers, including Michael Beckwith, John Gray and Neal Donald Walsch among others, are featured in the film.


Rhonda Byrne was named by "Time" magazine as one of one hundred people who are shaping the world. Taking advantage of her background as a television/film producer, Byrne began making the movie "The Secret" in 2004 when she realized that many people did not know about the Law of Attraction. After the movie became a success in March 2006, selling over 2 million DVDs in one year, Byrne decided to write a companion book under the same title. "The Secret" became an instant "New York Times" bestseller when it was released in November 2006. Approximately four million copies were sold in the first six months.

About the Author

Robyn Lynne Schechter is a freelance writer currently living in Los Angeles, Calif. She has been an online contributor since 2007 on, covering branding developments in the fashion, music, sports and entertainment industries. Schechter graduated from Hood College with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and is also a graduate of Albany Law School.

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