What do people remember about this book once they've read it? I remember the lost time. What is the appeal?
I don't know what the appeal is...I've had the Celestine Prophecy for a bazillion years and can't get past the first few chapters. Some sort of New Age mumbo jumbo...I think the book is destined to be used as a coaster or to sit under the uneven leg on my kitchen table.
dragonfly, you are seriously preaching to the choir here (and I just asked about using a Martha Stewart book for something more than propping up a table leg, so believe me I get it... and I actually liked her book)! But I am genuinely curious about The Celestine Prophecy. It appears that a number of people have rated it highly (four stars) but the reviews don't really seem to explain WHY they've rated it so highly. I wonder if there was something that I missed when I read this book. I doubt it, but am open (at least for a few more minutes... lol) to reconsider if there was truly something worthwhile in this. Is it simply the blending of spirituality and adventure? Why not CS Lewis? Is it the NA undertones? How does Neale Donald Walsch compare for the folks who liked this book?
I don't know, sweetafton...I'm very critical of books that are hyped to the max so that may be one reason I can't finish it: the writing and message aren't living up to the hype. Maybe I'll put it on my re-read (er, try to read all the way through list) and see if I can look past the new age clutter and find what others are enjoying...maybe...:)
One of the reviews mentions a movie...they made a movie based on this book??!! Glad I missed that...It's hard enough to read...I can't imagine trying to watch someone act it out!
Oh no! dragonfly, don't bother. Let's see if someone will tell us what she or he gleaned from it. Then we'll be better able to decide whether we missed something. You are right about hype, I think. It would be interesting (not that I will do this, mind you) to go back and read the reviews when the book was published. I do remember a LOT of people talking about the book, as though it were worthwhile. But nothing specific comes to mind.
A movie, oh dear.
the main character is extremely slow on the uptake, and he comes across as if he's either on dope or suffers absence seizures, none of the characters come alive or are believable. the spiritual side as a load of nonsense: the more developed people invisible to the poor lower caste people - come on!
And as an adventure story it is boring because 1)the characters (see above) 2)the characters just drift like puppets/stooges through the story that just moves from one coincidence(!) to the next: this is not the stuff that exciting stories are made of.
Despite being somewhat cliche now, it has influenced my views of the interconnectedness of all things.
This was definately a book that influenced the way I look at life and everything in it...and I agree with "berly" - it is worth re-reading as you pick up different little nuances each time....
If you liked this book, check out The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman and Illusions by Richard Bach. Both are similar to this one.
this is one of the book i've read which really tells that in life we can never have series of coinincidences
Hmm... still don't understand the raves.
I don't get the praise either. People say this book inspired them and opened their eyes to the meaning of life and what not. I prefer to read the Bible for inspiration and enlightenment.
I was recommended to read these books by a random person I met on the bus but never regretted the choice I made to follow up with their suggestion. It opened new doors to thinking about the world for me.
اين كتاب نقطه شروع خوبي ميتونه باشه براي كساني كه علاقه مند به متافيزيك هستند مطمِئن باشيد با خواندن اين كتاب تحول بزرگي در شما رخ خواهد داد
the negative replies from readers in this commentary is what the book was also saying...that's why there is no peace in the universe...sadly
Echo that. I see there are those who've already read the book but have still chosen to remain ALOOF to the gems revealed through the "nine insights" and are thus trapped in their own CONTROL DRAMA. :P
when you read it you can live differently
Just a kind of 'spiritual' journey and affirming the say of 'there is no coincidence'. The book was 'over-marketing'.
This book is an amazing read, I couldnt put it down and would recommend it to anyone and everyone. It is an easy read but it says so much.
Although there are many interesting ideas in this book, I found it to be poorly written.
Personally, what I found in this book was the realization that I should learn a lesson from all experiences because there is a reason for the experience. Those reasons are not always apparent when they are occur, but more often than not the connection between events become crystal clear. Since I had no prior knowledge of this book when I read it, I was able to read it with an open mind. IMHO.
You are formally urged to read "The Tenth Incite".
This book was hokey. Badly written, but I found some of the insights useful, if nothing better than to understand what the 'new age' is all about. What I didn't like was the subtle racism in this book. A similar knock-off that I read recently -Diana Cooper's 'spiritual adventures' supposedly dictated by her spirit guide, was just as bad, in the same vein, and just as racist.
If you're looking for real life spiritual adventure, read Shirley Maclaine 'out on a limb' or Denie Heines 'Journey to truth' much better than wading through this crap to be honest.
I had heard rumors of this book before I read it, but had no real idea of the concept. I'll agree the book could have been better written, but I think it is unique in that it seeks to impart serious spiritual wisdom in the form of a fictional story. The most interesting concept introduced in the book to me was it's views on how individuals interact with each other and how people perpetuate conflict on a subconscious level to take away from another individuals positive energy. I thought that was speaking truth to power right there. All that being said I don't think the book was meant to be a serious religious manual, so it accomplishes it's purpose: getting the author's ideas and concepts out there in an entertaining way that will make some people check it out.
Didn't particulary peep the racism angle though Selina C. Can you elaborate?
tibetans vs chinese as I recall. It is governments bid for power that suppresses/oppresses individuals power, not 'races', as sometimes implied in the book. I think people who like this book would swallow things like lopsang rampa's 'autobiography' and marlo morgans 'message downunder' without question, both revealed as hoaxes. I would venture that real Peruvians actually don't subscribe to this new age view, nor do aborigines or tibetans.
If you take his ideas seriously, apparently all the 'new age' people will have 'vibrated' themselves off the planet.
I believe that regardless of whether James Redfield wrote his fiction the way Ernest Hemingway wrote [And just to quote a really classy insult written about Hemingway's writing style: "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).] ~ it does not strip CELESTINE PROPHECY of having really important ideas that when read with an open mind, can truly impact the lives of its readers.
I do not think Redfield is promoting any cult, he is merely communicating various insights about humanity THROUGH a novel. He may not be the best fiction writer, but the knowledge in this book is GOLD.
And, LOL :)) I see there are quite a number of INTERROGATORS and ALOOF people in this Discussion Board. CELESTINE Prophecy's concept on control dramas are quite aptly demonstrated by some of the readers in this thread, BWAHAHAHAHA ;) And I should know who those people are. LOL :)) Those two (interrogator and aloof) are my predominant control dramas too. :P
Is there a movie version of James Redfield's Celestine Prophecy? I would be grateful to know details and indeed if A DVD of the movie has been released.
Yes there is definitely a movie. Should be able to get it from Amazon. Enjoy