Before I get into discussing this book I would like to tell a bit of a personal story relating to this book.It is a story that hopefully might even make the book even more interesting to prospective readers.To relate this story to you will make my review a good bit longer than normal, but please bear with me because this story really does have to do with what’s in this book…
Last year I watched the international phenomenon, The Secret, which has swept the globe with its message:“Everything that you have, make or do happens because of your thoughts.Everything that happens to you, whether you wanted it to happen or not, was attracted to you by your subconscious mind.This is known as the Law of Attraction.If you want to have a better life, use the Law of Attraction to your benefit.”
What The Secret was putting out there was that we are responsible for our own conditions but we need to align what we want in life with our subconscious before we can truly change.
I took this in as positive thinking, as a “philosophy”, so to speak but I decided to give the Law of Attraction a try.But after putting a small amount of effort into its practice by trying to manifest some small things – a second trip to Egypt in the same year, an interview in a newspaper, etc., I found the Law of Attraction to be rather true in my life.Thus with no more guidance than the information in that film I started experimenting with one of my businesses last year, a business that hadn’t been faring too well in the recent past.To my joy this business turned around and doubled in size within ten months.I then used the same principles to find my sweetheart and in a matter of weeks I found a wonderful girl, just as I had imagined her to be even before I knew her.And after that I turned my attention to a second business I had in December of 2007 and now it is double the size that it was when I started using these principles.
In the course of all of this I moved to Bangkok, Thailand, from Saigon, Vietnam.In Bangkok I have met many new and very interesting people.One day I was called out of the blue by a friend I hadn’t seen in a while.She asked me to come to a showing of The Secret which was being held by a Belgian man named Guy, who was interested in the Law of Attraction.I dropped everything I was doing that Sunday and came to the showing.I came not so much to see the movie again, although that was a side benefit, but I really was interested to meet people who were using these principles in their lives so that I could compare notes and see how this was working in their lives.I was there to offer my experiences and to gain from others.Guy and I with another Belgian, Chris, formed our own monthly meeting group.
But something had always bothered me about The Secret:It wasn’t enough.I felt like the information in The Secret was more of an advertisement than a practical way of doing things.I decided to focus on finding a guide, a teacher who could take me further into the nitty gritty of how we should use these principles to improve our lives on a day-to-day basis.I decided to “intend” a teacher to come into my life – a teacher who could show me both a much deeper understanding of what I was doing as well as how to use these principles in a practical way.
Two days after I made the intention of finding my teacher came the e-mail from Norm Goldman of BookPleasures.com.The public relations firm representing John Assaraf and Murray Smith was requesting a review of their new book, The Answer.
Recognizing John Assaraf’s name from The Secret immediately, I jumped at the chance to review this book.
Coincidence?Stay with me.My story about this book doesn’t end there.
I remembered John Assaraf’s name especially for two reasons:First, one of the most poignant scenes in The Secret is when his six year old son finds a five year old vision board in a corrugated moving carton.In explaining to his son the purpose of this vision board John realized that the perfect home he’d wished for five years earlier was exactly the home he was living in at that time!(This amazing and thought provoking story is well covered in both the film and book versions of The Secret as well as in John’s book The Answer, so I won’t go into great detail about the matter).
The second reason I remembered John Assaraf’s name is because it reminded me of a friend who I was trying to reach and had decided some time ago to find out about.At university I had a friend named Marc Assaraf.So the day the advance reading copy of The Answer arrived in my office in Bangkok I checked John and Murray’s website for their One Coach business and I e-mailed John asking him whether he would be interested in helping me with any questions I had about the book (he responded that he would).But at the end of the e-mail I asked whether, just by chance, he had ever heard of someone named Marc Assaraf.It turned out that Marc Assaraf was John’s own brother!
From my point of view, I could take this situation for a very, very wild coincidence, or I could take it that my receiving John’s and Murray’s book was a convergence of two intentions that I had clearly stated and wanted the manifestation of.Both answer could not be true.
To make matters even more “coincidental”, the very day that I finished reading The Answer I received an e-mail from Chet Holmes inviting me to a conference call with none other than John Assaraf.I opened this e-mail less than one hour after finishing the last page of this amazing book!
Needless to say, this was a conference call that I participated in and gained much from.
The Answer is a well written book that explains exactly how such a “coincidence” occurs.At least in the first half of the book it does.
In the first chapters John Assaraf explains scientifically how your mind and mine are connected to the world through our subconscious and how we can change the poor results we have been getting, whether it be relationships, financial, professional, etc.I really have to admit that when I first opened the book I felt a bit strange reading all about the science behind this.What I was looking for was the quick, practical tips that would help me to better use the principles of the Law of Attraction.(John Assaraf prefers to use “Law of Resonance”).By the middle of the book all of John’s painstaking research that he shared made sense – John put all of his findings in so that we’d know exactly the whys of the how to make the changes in our lives.Don’t get me wrong, I was not saying that the first part of the book was not interesting.Just the contrary, it was extremely interesting.I didn’t see its necessity until later in the book when it all came together and then it all came clear.
John’s long-time friend and business partner Murray Smith took the latter part of the book where he gave advice on how to determine where you might be in your business and where you want to go (some of this was covered in John’s section of the book, though the two authors were coming from slightly different angles).Murray then gave some excellent tools for both entrepreneurs as well as people who worked for others to be able to use in order to turn their businesses around and to guide the reader on how reach their goals.Both Murray Smith and John Assaraf gave many examples of how their clients had discovered where they had been going wrong and turned their businesses and organizations around.There are also plenty of practical resources in this book for the reader to use immediately.
Trust me.If you want to enrich your life or change something in your business in any meaningful way then read this book.Devour it.Digest it.Once you have read The Answer of course you can draw your own conclusions on what these guys are saying.But I am willing to bet that if you follow their advice you will feel like magic has come into the way you do things.Planning becomes fun and effortless.You will see doors opening for you that before were not just only closed – some of the doors weren’t even there!Take it from me: You have nothing to lose and so much to gain by using Murray’s and John’s advice.I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know how to get more out of their life.
The above review was contributed by: Gary Dale Cearley: Gary Dale is an expatriate American who chooses to write about controversial material. His subject matter tends to run the gamut from historical subjects to biography and even humor. Originally from Arkansas, he has spent several years in Korea as well as Vietnam and is now living in Thailand. Click Here to read an interview with Gary. Click Here to read Gary's reviews.
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