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on September 8, 2011
This book is written by an author who assumes the reader is religious and wants to do lots of praying. It is filled with biblical quotations. A much better book on this subject is "The Genie Within" by Harry W. Carpenter. Carpenter does mention prayer in his book, but does not use it as the main methodology as Murphy does. If you are very religious and want to do lots of praying, buy the Murphy book.
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on January 17, 2011
Knowing I'm a psychology student with a big interest in the world of the subconscious, a friend of mine purchased this book for me as a gift, due to the huge number of positive reviews. It's a shame that when a bad review is given, fans of the book automatically give the negative review an "unhelpful" rating, in order to bury it where buyers will never see the dissent unless they want to wade through 250+ reviews to find it. Whether or not something is helpful is not automatically equal to whether or not you agree with it.

Fact 1: This book is not psychology, not even pop-psychology. It does not discuss the intricacies of the subconscious mind or how to access it on any real or deep level. It is at best, the same New Age "philosophy" that has since been rewritten in various forms, the newest and most popular being "The Secret". The philosophy: whatever you think comes true. If you find this belief as tired and unfounded as I do, skip this book. Murphy takes it farther than most, however, even going so far as to say that using willpower and putting real-world effort into success will DEFEAT your subconscious mind and result in your continued suffering. If you work hard for something, after all, it must mean that you wanted to struggle!

Fact 2: Even if that's what you're looking for, skip this book anyway. Why? Murphy's text just repeats the same thing over and over, with no real technique presented outside of telling you to repeat "prayers" to yourself over and over again throughout the day. There are many other New Age books out there that will undoubtedly give you a MUCH better overview and "how-to" if you actually believe in this stuff.

Fact 3: If you're not looking for a scientific book, that's fine, but the problem is that Murphy claims this book IS scientific. The bulk consists of anecdotal stories with no references or background, while conveniently ignoring the countless available examples of people dying due to a reliance on blind faith. There are a few mentions of "prominent psychologists" from the 1800's who were really not psychologists at all, but rather faith healers and so on. Murphy actually seems completely oblivious to science, talking about such unfounded things as how thoughts travel through nerves to your solar plexus, where he claims your subconscious lives... What?

Fact 4: While he says his book is about science, he continually quotes the Bible and references Jesus. He calls successful healings in other cultures "grotesque procedures." If I were Christian, I'd still be offended, because he reinterprets the Bible to support his theory at every turn. Meanwhile, his philosophy is a religion itself - blind faith in the "divine intelligence" of the subconscious mind. Murphy basically presents your subconscious as god, sometimes even calling it so. He even claims your subconscious existed and created you and your body before you were born!

Fact 5: He contradicts himself at every turn. While your subconscious mind is supposed to contain "infinite intelligence," your subconscious is also dangerously stupid. Though he says it only works in "lifeward" (positive, healthy) ways, he also says it will blindly follow any fear or worry that crosses your mind in order to bring you sickness, poverty and destruction. Since most people aren't capable of pure positive thought at all times, Murphy can always find a reason why this "universal truth" might not work for you. Even if his theory was technically true, it would be functionally useless for most people.
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VINE VOICEon July 12, 2008
I have read countless books on the subconscious, positive thinking, and mental focus techniques. I firmly believe in the power of the subconscious mind and my negative review does not discount this in any manner. I gave this book one star as it rates among the worst I have read on the topic and recommend not wasting a moment with this piece.

Murphy provides his explanations into the power of the subconscious mind and the power of belief based on his conclusions built on analysis of many events. He also spends time on the process of meditation and subconscious suggestion for the mind.

The significant weakness of this book is Murphy's use of examples that he uses to comprise his analysis and draw his conclusions. For example, he describes a woman that desired a Cadillac so intensely that she put her subconscious mind to work thinking about it. Murphy states that she used the specific approach he advises. As a result, within two weeks, this woman was the owner of a Cadillac. Murphy then concludes this was the result of his thinking processes; using her subconscious mind. Murphy then further illustrates how she came upon the car as a result of her uncle passing away and willing it to her.

If Murphy deduces from the example above that the major contributing factor for this woman receiving a Cadillac was her thoughts, then you also must conclude that the death of her uncle was also the result of her thoughts; a small piece of irony evidently lost on the author. Assessing the situation and giving full credence to the power of thought based only on these results is not only ludicrous, but it does a disservice to the true power of the mind that Murphy is unable to articulate.

Murphy's line of reasoning in this book is filled with logical fallacies permitting one to simply replace the power of doing jumping jacks with his subconscious methods and not miss a beat. Of course I am not suggesting that jumping jacks would have any influence in his examples; however, Murphy's logical leaps are often so absurd that using his reasoning one could conclude the same about jumping jacks as one does in this book with thoughts.

I do not discount the value of the subconscious mind as I believe from personal experience it is incredibly powerful; but The Power of Your Subconscious Mind hardly provides any scientific evidence nor any anecdotal explanation that would lead any intelligent person to the logical conclusion that mere thought was the cause. Murphy presents a very poor attempt at explaining the unknown power of the subconscious mind and does it so poorly that this book would be better served as a satirical piece.
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on September 6, 2013
I love this book. And ordered the physical book.
But in this copy, the reprint is very bad. It is crooked and faint.
The quality of paper is good, but the wording print is not even on a straight line, and look italic even though it is not.

To keen buyers out there, please get another copy of this wonderful book instead of this reprint.
I am from Singapore, and it certainly make no sense for me to send this book (costing $4) back to Amazon.
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on October 2, 2014
You must be a God believer to appreciate this book. If you are an Atheist you will quickly discover this book is not for you.
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on October 13, 2015
I will give zero stars if I could.
I was initially surprised by how terribly this book was written and edited.
Some of the sentences sounds like Google translated from a foreign language.
As I do more research online, I found other versions of the book, which was beautifully written and well edited.
This book is basically rewriting each paragraph of the other book in a different sentence structure, and poorly done.
I think I am not too far off by calling this book a perjury.
I am not sure how to express my anger at the publisher and disappointment at Amazon.
This makes me doubting if other things I buy from Amazon is original.
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on June 9, 2016
This is a wonderful AMAZING life changing book. HOWEVER, this printed edition is far below average. The print is SOOO small you would need a magnifying glass to read it. What a shame. I was lucky enough to have an another printed copy that was "normal" and thank goodness because I may have never read this incredible book had I received this particular copy first. I bought these two extra copies to give to friends. I will be returning and searching for a better publisher.
My original copy had the phrase on the cover "The only edition approved by the Joseph Murphy trust" so do yourself a favor and make sure it says that!! DON'T waste your money on this piece of crap.
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on May 24, 2013
Joseph Murphy wrote an outstanding book with this title, but do not make the mistake I did and buy this version of it. Soho Books ruined this outstanding book with terrible formatting. There are no longer chapter breaks and a table of contents. There are typos and so many distracting errors that I finally threw it in the trash and bought another version that was properly formatted.
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on February 9, 2014
The abridged version is a waste of money. There is hardly any information at all on the CD. Buy the unabridged version. Joseph Murphy's works are wonderful. This abridged version is ridiculous. It's as if someone is just reading the table of contents. There is barely any information at all on this abridged version.
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on December 1, 2008
I was looking for something scientific about the subconscious mind. What I found was religious and misleading. None of the things that are said in this book were backed up with any scientific evidence.
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