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Summary: Exploring Rhonda Byrne’s book "The Secret" In light of Scripture" - To use these two sermons I recommend getting the book. There are both audio and video files connected to the PowerPoint

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+ The snake oil peddler became a stock character in Western movies: a travelling "doctor" with dubious credentials, selling some medicine (such as snake oil) with boisterous marketing hype, often supported by pseudo-scientific evidence, typically bogus. To enhance sales, an accomplice in the crowd (a "shill") would often "attest" the value of the product in an effort to provoke buying enthusiasm. The "doctor" would prudently leave town before his customers realized that they had been cheated. This practice is also called "grifting" and its practitioners "grifters".

> Video Trailer like Aladdin

+ Rhonda Byrne

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> Australian daytime-TV Producer

> Released first as a 92-minute film on DVD in documentary format which consists of a series of interviews and dramatizations related to her premise of the law of attraction

- It’s been seen in every country around the world

> Came as a book Nov 06 - 4 million in print

> Now on audio CD

> Said to be worth an incredible $40 million because of “The Secret”

- In TIME "list of the 100 men and women whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the of 2007

+ Promoters - MEG RYAN,

> NICOLE KIDMAN,

> OPRAH WINFREY - In this book, you’ll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life—money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You’ll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life.

> LARRY KING, - “The Secret -- the phenomenon taking the country by storm. The book so in demand, it’s selling out faster than they can get it back in the stores”.

+ Now PARIS HILTON - Monday June 11, Paris Hilton called Barbara Walters from jail to update her on how things were going. - She told Barbara she was reading three books,

> NEWSWEEK “That God had given her a second chance” “The Secret,” [“The Power of Now - A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment”] (Eckhart Tolle Quote “True salvation is freedom from negativity”, He Recommends - The Way of the Wizard, 365 Nirvana Here and Now,) and the Bible.

+ The underlying premise, the Law of Attraction

.- "Everything coming into your life is attracted to you by virtue of what you’re thinking."

- 1910 book - The Science of Getting Rich,

- She Proclaims “I couldn’t believe all the people who knew this. They were the greatest people in history: Plato, Shakespeare, Newton, Hugo, Beethoven, Lincoln, Einstein."

It teaches that:

> You’re a Magnet! You attract your dream lover, wealth, success

> You’re a Creator! You can think anything you want into existence.

> You’re got the Power! The universe is at your command..

> Don’t focus on anyone but yourself.

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+ Rhonda Byrne’s Teaching

> Under Acknowledgments

“I would also like to acknowledge and express my gratitude to the following people ... for generously sharing their wisdom, love and divinity. (xiii)

The Secret Revealed

The Secret give you anything you want: happiness health and wealth (1)

- The Secret is the law of attraction (4)

- The greatest teachers who have ever lived have told u that the law of attraction is the most powerful law in the Universe ... Shakespeare, Browning, Blake, Beethoven, da Vinci, Socrates, Plato Emerson, Newton. Goethe, Hugo ....

- Religions such as Hinduism, Hermetic traditions, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and civilizations , such as the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians, delivered it through their

writings and stories.(4)

- You are the most powerful magnet in the Universe! You contain a magnetic power within you that is more powerful than anything in ths world an this unfathomable magnetic power is emitted through your thoughts (7)

- The law of attraction says that like attracts like... (7)

+ If you can think about what you want in your mind, and make that your dominant thought you will bring it into your life (9)

> Col 3:2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

> Mt 22:37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

- Your thoughts become things! Say this over to yourself... (9)

> Php 4:8-9 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

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