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  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1St Edition edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591026083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591026082
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,475,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert M. Price, Ph.D. (Selma, NC), professor of scriptural studies at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, is the editor (with Jeffery Jay Lowder) of The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave and the Journal of Higher Criticism. He is also the author of Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today’s Pop Mysticisms; The Paperback Apocalypse: How the Christian Church Was Left Behind; The Reason-Driven Life: What Am I Here on Earth For?; The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man; and Deconstructing Jesus; among other works.

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Robert M. Price (Selma, NC), professor of scriptural studies at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, is the editor (with Jeffery Jay Lowder) of The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave and the Journal of Higher Criticism. He is also the author of Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today's Pop Mysticisms; The Paperback Apocalypse: How the Christian Church Was Left Behind; The Reason-Driven Life: What Am I Here on Earth For? and many other works.

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121 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Jay Young on May 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Most of you have seen popular spiritual books that top the best-seller lists, such as "The Secret," "How to Know God," "The Power of Now," and others. Unfortunately, there really isn't an effective guide that examines these books for the uninformed reader, until now. Biblical scholar Robert M. Price examines today's popular spiritualities critically and sympathetically. Of course, he is more sympathetic to some than to others. The books/spiritualities Price looks at are:

* Rhonday Byrne's "The Secret." Oprah devoted several shows to this book. Basically, Byrne's work is an outgrowth of the "New Thought" movement, which asserts that there is an invisible force in the universe which people can manipulate and use to their advantage. Byrne uses a distorted version of quantum physics to back this up. So if you believe you will find a job, right now, then it will happen. Price agrees that the attitude one takes can influence the outcomes in one's life, but he finds the metaphyiscs behind "The Secret" to be just silly.

* Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now"- Price generally likes Tolle's work, which has its roots in the Zen idea of believing that the conscious self is an illusion. Tolle believes that one should neither have anxiety about the past nor the future, but focus on the present moment. Although Price thinks that Tolle has some eccentric ideas, he generally believes that his work contains great wisdom.

* The work of Pema Chödrön- Price discusses the work of this contemporary Buddhist guru, to which he is generally sympathetic. He goes into a lengthy discussion about her variety of Buddhism, and other varieties of it; you'll learn more than you ever wanted to know!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By mrliteral VINE VOICE on November 9, 2008
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There's no such thing as a free lunch. Similarly, when it comes to dealing with the problems in life, there are no easy answers. In the cold, cold world, it's not surprising that some people are spiritually hungry, and there are plenty who are willing to feed that hunger. Unfortunately, many of these people offer the equivalent of junk food, briefly tasty and filling but with little long-lasting positive effect.

In Top Secret, Robert Price deals with such junk food vendors, starting with the most popular one of the moment, Rhonda Byrne and The Secret. As with many of the works, Price sees a little value in Byrne's book, but overall is very critical of it and its central thesis that we can affect the physical world through positive thought and that if negative things happen, it's the victim's fault: he or she was asking for it, if even subconsciously.

Price treats Deepak Chopra as little more than a con artist, James Redfield (The Celestine Prophecy) as a hack writer and Helen Schucman (A Course in Miracles) as an author of boring claptrap. All the works mentioned offer those easy answers, but they accomplish little. In fact, soon enough, most people go on to the next guru when the present one fails to satisfy anymore.

In an interesting and lengthy set of appendices, Price deals with cults, first defining them (and contrasting them with churches and sects) and then showing that they are not necessarily as dangerous and evil as people perceive them (although there are notable exceptions). I'm not sure how well this section fits with the rest of the book, but it is interesting and counters the preconceptions many people have about cults.

Price is a knowledgeable person and has a substantial background in studying religions.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel Bjorling on January 31, 2013
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This book is a critique of several New Age gurus and spiritual luminaries, including Rhonda Byrne (THE SECRET and THE POWER), Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, A COURSE IN MIRACLES, Neale Donald Walsch (author of CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD), Michael Berg (Kabbalah Center), THE CELESTINE PROPHEY, and Joel Osteen, among others. There is a degree of skepticism about any of these books, but the "truth" of them, ultimately, is with the reader, listener, or seeker. Another critique of THE SECRET is THE SECRET OF 'THE SECRET' by Karen Kelly (St. Martin's, 2007).
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22 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Annie Oakley on January 27, 2009
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With all of the pop psychology and positive visualization books currently on the market thriving on the large demand for spiritual and material searching, having a book that compares and critiques the most popular ones seems timely and relevant. I was disappointed that this book was not more academic and was turned off by the author's extreme use of ad hominem attacks, which I found to be distracting. He did make some worthwhile comparisons and similarities between different philosophies, at least superficially. He seems to have some personal agenda which I wasn't able to quite figure out, but I don't intend to spend any more time or money on any other of his writings.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 5, 2008
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Millions have or have read THE SECRET, a spiritual survey that captured American attentions. But what is the secret within The Secret? Robert Price blends his knowledge of theology with spiritual wisdom and biblical criticism to analyze Rhonda Byrne's best seller plus other popular spiritual books that have promised American spiritual revitalization. From old traditions to new doctrines and the differences between them, TOP SECRET is a fine pick for both new age and spirituality collections.
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