Sunday, May 6, 2012
The Power by Rhonda Byrne
The Power is...wait for it...wait for it...well, I guess telling you would be a spoiler. Rhonda Byrne takes the idea of The Law of Attraction discussed in The Secret and boils it down to the source of power in The Power. The general premise of the book makes sense. The idea that we receive what we give rings true. When we feel positive and project good feelings out into the world, we're more likely to notice the good things in our lives. When we spend our lives focused on the negative, then life feels negative and bad all the time. Her descriptions of using imagination to manifest our desires in life is intriguing and encouraging if at times a bit difficult to wholeheartedly believe. The Power loses me when it talks about our responsibility for other people's behavior towards us, but even more so when it talks about using the Power to heal one's physical ailments and injuries. The book is written in clear language if a bit redundant at times. While frustrating at times, The Power provides some wonderful insights and moments that are bound to lead to personal growth. Overall, The Power is an interesting study in the effects of positive thinking.
T. L. Cooper grew up on a farm in Tollesboro, Kentucky. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Kentucky University. Her poems, short stories, articles, and essays have appeared online, in books, and in magazines. Her published work includes a novel, All She Ever Wanted, five books of poetry, and a book of short stories. When not writing, she enjoys yoga, golf, creating plant-based recipes, and traveling. Currently, she resides in Albany, Oregon.