The Celestine Prophecy
The Celestine Prophecy
By James Redfield
Book review by Midia Hadjixenofontos
Have you ever read a book that made you feel like it could change your life? This is one of those. I’ll get it out of the way from the beginning; this might not be the best written book as far as it concerns prose etc, but it can take you places and I will explain in a bit what I mean exactly.
Whether you already have this book sitting comfortably, or not, on your dusty, or not, bookshelf, or if you randomly saw this book review and thought to have a read, no worries. When it’s time to read the book you will know. It will probably appear in front of you out of thin air, or at least that’s how it happened with me and a bunch of other people I know.
The book was initially self-published but managed to sell phenomenally well, by word of mouth alone. It has then been published and distributed, translated etc and has since reached many hands, hearts and minds around the world.
The story is the spiritual adventure of the narrator who, after meeting a friend in America and learning about the recent discovery of an ancient manuscript talking about the coming of a new (r)evolution for humankind’s consciousness, embarks on a quest to find it in the Peruvian rainforest.
As I already mentioned, the book lacks concern for detail, as well as for character development. It does however manage to keep your attention totally focused on the fast-paced story development and gets its message through! I personally came upon this book after a soulful conversation at the beach with a close friend of mine. She suggested that I read it, and so I did.
I already believed that we are meant to meet all the individuals that come upon our way in life. We can learn from, as well as teach, each one of them invaluable life lessons and we can use this knowledge to enrich this world we live in. Call it quality awareness, conscious awareness or spirituality, the label is unnecessary really, the point is that the more we grow and develop as individuals, the more we can become conscious parts of the collective.
You will be pleasantly surprised by how easy and quick to read this book is. One would imagine that a book talking about some of the most esoteric components of a human’s journey to self-awareness and self-realisation, would be at least heavy to read, but James Redfield manages to bring it through with an ease equivalent of a summer’s evening breeze.
I wouldn’t usually suggest a book with this kind of content for a beach book, however, given this book’s specific characteristics, I would say go ahead! Take it with you at the beach and let it take you on a journey.