A lot of people said they got deep insights from this book. Some of them were people I knew who were quite nice people. Unfortunately I was not one of those people who got something from this book. Except perhaps an urge to develop my own version of "I found the secret to the universe and I'll tell you if you buy this book."
I read this book many years ago and it truly changed my outlook on life. I then picked up this audio cassette version to be able to share it with my significant other, who isn't much of a reader. I plan to hang on to my book copy for awhile longer, but I wanted to share this audio cassette version, which contains the full unabridged text from the best-selling book, with someone else who will enjoy it as much as I did.
A mystical journey with real life insights. Definitely worth reading. More and more authors are coming to the same conclusions that James Redfield did in The Celestine Prophecy. Some of the chase scenes are cheesy, and the dialogue is awkward at times, but the insights are worth reading.
I definately feel & think this book is worth reading... But not as a novel alone. I feel like Redfield could have issued a pamphlet with the 9 insights and it wouldnt have taken 200+ pages.. i'd have suggested he get Dan Brown or JK Rowling to ghost or co-write, as the quality of narrative could be much improved, and in so doing, reach a wider audience. All that said, Redfield knits together a lot of concepts on spiritual growth and evolution in a palatable, digestible fashion, and i find myself interested in reading the sequel.
"The Celestine Prophecy contains secrets that are currently changing our world. Drawing on the ancient wisdom found in a Peruvian manuscript, it tells you how to make conections between the events happening in your own oife right now..and lets you see what is going to happen to you in th years to come!
This book reads more like a Socratic dialogue than an actual believable tale. Some have criticized the so-called plot; when really, the plot serves only as a vehicle to take you to the next lesson. Each \"insight\" is presented as a topic for discussion, often with an example of the insight\'s application through the narrator\'s success or failure at realizing its meaning. So you\'ve got stuffy philsophical, dare I say \"new age\" topics wrapped in an easily digestible format than a academic dissertation or a sociology textbook would present.
This is a fiction that makes you wonder about the possibilities. It was very interesting and quite an enjoyable read. Some might think it a bit strange, but if you like to think for yourself and allow yourself to wonder "what if" you will love this one.
The plot idea held my interest at first but the writing style turned out to be really repetitive and the characters were one dimensional and undeveloped. Became tedious to read so I skipped ahead to the end.
I just could not get through the first tape. I kept waiting for it to get better. Finally on side 2 I decided it was wasting my time. Seemed to new agey preachy to me. I did not like any of the characters. I really did not feel like the main character was interesting. And I began to wonder how many planes were flying into Peru with searchers for this elussive manuscript, and then I gave up.
A parable filled with truths that reads like an adventure tale, this story begins with the disappearance of an ancient Peruvian manuscript containing the nine insights the human race is predicted to grasp as we enter an era of true spiritual awareness. This New York Times bestseller draws on ancient wisdom to tell you how to make connections among the events that occur in life everyday so that readers can make clearer their perceptions of who they are and the path they are taking. A fantastic read!
Find out for yourself why virtually everyone you know has this book, described as an "adventure in pursuit of a spiritual mystery", on their coffee table. In the tradition of Carlos Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan.
From Publishers Weekly
Redfield's debut is a fast-paced adventure in New Age territory that plays like a cross between Raiders of the Lost Ark and Moses's trek up Mt. Sinai. Originally self-published, the book sold phenomenally, sparked by word of mouth, and may be this year's The Bridges of Madison County --with which it shares some regrettable stylistic similarities. The saga begins when the unnamed middle-aged male narrator whimsically quits his nondescript life to track down an ancient Peruvian manuscript (pretentiously called the Manuscript) containing nine Insights that supposedly prophesy the modern emergence of New Age spirituality. South of the border, he encounters resistance from the Peruvian government and church authorities, who believe the document will undermine traditional family values. While dodging evil soldiers, paranoid priests and pseudoscientific researchers, our hero sequentially discovers all nine Insights during a series of chance encounters. Redfield has a real talent for page-turning action, and his lightweight quest employs auras, energy transfers and other psychic phenomena. But several of the Insights are incredibly vacuous and politically correct, and long stretches of dialogue are banal and cliched. The book ends with the protagonist poised to discover the 10th Insight in a promised sequel. 250,000 first printing; BOMC selection; author tour.
The Celestine Prophecy contains secrets that are currently changing our world. Drawing on the ancient wisdom found in a Peruvian manuscript, it tells you how to make connections between the events happening in your own life right now... and lets you see what is going to happen to you in the years to come!
Drawing on the ancient wisdom found in a Peruvian manuscript, this book tells you how to make connections between the events happening in your own life right now . . . and lets you see what is going to happen to you in the years to come!