74 Harmonic Wealth - James Arthur Ray
This isn't a book that put new ideas into my head; rather, it confirmed/validated the ones I already do have. It touched on quantum physics at one point, which fascinated me; it's one of my pet subjects and I've always thought the far reaches of quantum physics bordered on the philosophy/religion. Well, we'll say 'spiritual' rather than 'religious' here because it's a personal development book. Apparently the author doesn't like the phrase 'self help' because it suggests something in you is broken.
I especially like the way Ray says all goals are spiritual, after hearing for years that you have to be poor to worship your god.
Very difficult to explain, this one. You'd have to read it to see it's more than a personal development book and his sense of humour is evident on each page.
And ~V~ - the author? He's the guy I hinted at.
75 The Greatness Guide - Robin Sharma
Not the best self-help book I've ever read. He's a bit of a name-dropper and I'm tired of hearing how great he thinks U2 are, and how wonderful Bono is. Personally I think he's a bit of a c*ck.
Some interesting ideas here but they're presented in a holier-than-thou tone in places, as if the author's showing off how enlightened he is. Of course, he denies being a guru but it reads like false modesty.
76 The Power of Your Subconscious Mind - Dr Joseph Murphy
I didn't realise at first that this book is about prayer. I thought it was about - well, the subconscious mind, rather than the effect of prayer on same.
Definitely not one for unbelievers. The author's religion jumps off every page at you, and he constantly quotes the Bible rather than giving medical evidence for what he says.
Now, this isn't something I mind, because when you're talking about something non-physical, you can't present physical evidence, but I know this is a point that would bug the hell out of many readers. Because I already believe in God, it doesn't bother me. In fact I like it; it's a refreshing change in a world where it's not cool to be Christian any more - and yes, the first edition of this book was published in the 1960s.
It's shelved in the self-help section but I think it would more appropriately be categorised as mind/body/spirit.