One of the new publishing “wonders” of today is The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I say new, but the ideas behind The Secret are anything but new; and quite frankly, it’s not much of a secret either. Just ask Norman Vincent Peale who made a killing from his The Power of Positive Thinking or any other new age guru who has told us we are all divine (ala, Shirley Maclaine).
I know a number of people who have and bought into this. Of course with Oprah Winfrey’s imprimatur, why wouldn’t they? She’s one of the most powerful people in the western world and people listen to her – even when she is dead wrong. As in the case of The Secret a number of errors and outright lies are manifest. The Secret is essentially a new age version of the “health and wealth” gospel of men like Benny Hinn (which is an interesting commentary on Hinn as well).
I don’t have the time to go through it all, as I’ve only read chunks of the book (you could likely read it one sitting, it’s rather shallow). But I will refer you to a two part series by Russ Wise on it.
See also James White’s thoughts on The Secret.