THE CELESTINE PROPHECY by James Redfield #Spiritual #Adventure #Peru

The Celestine Prophecy (Celestine Prophecy, #1)The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Celestine Prophecy is a work of spiritual fiction and book #1 of a series. Definitely a Marmite type of book, with readers either liking it or hating it. I found it interesting but I also think it depends on where you are in your own life at the time of reading.

The book evolves around an ancient Peruvian manuscript said to hold answers to how and why man has evolved from early times and how he will continue on into the future. We are told that the manuscript is in nine parts and each must be learnt and understood before moving onto the next. Known as insights the manuscript parts tell of how until the middle ages many followers of religion believed the teachings of the Catholic church about how you must lead your life to get to heaven. Then with the Renaissance period there was a burst of new thinking and questions. A period of scientific discoveries about the universe took over from the church. Man then settled down to make a more comfortable lifestyle for himself rather than one of mere survival.

At the end of the second millennium there then became an increase in spiritual awareness and the insights that follow talk about harnessing nature’s energy, re-evaluating your life-path and moving forward towards a form of enlightenment. Throughout the book the step by step discovery of the content of each insight for the narrator is hampered by the Peruvian government who want to destroy all copies of the Manuscript.

The book can be read on many layers from an easy read adventure to a thought provoking thread and will bring a different reading experience to everyone who tries it.

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17 thoughts on “THE CELESTINE PROPHECY by James Redfield #Spiritual #Adventure #Peru

  1. I found your review spot on, Rosie – depends where you are in your life. I first read this in my 20 s and undergoing my own ‘spiritual awakening’. To say the book blew me away ws an understatement – I felt I’d been taught the meaning of life and urged everyone I knew to read it. Several years later, more world- weary and cynical, I revisited it and wondered what had impressed me so much: the messages seemed clumsy and laboured, though it was still an enjoyable read.


  2. My ex-hubby was always going on about this book (I think it was in vogue for a while in the 90s??) and said I absolutely had to read it, and when I did I thought the historical parts were interesting and other parts aimed at the ‘pop spiritual’ whale music and crystals brigade (ex hubby was one of those!!!). I have a rubbish memory and it’s a long time ago, but I think I thought it reflected the human’s reluctance to accept that our life is in our own hands, and that we want to believe that there is some spiritual ‘parent’. There are a few spoofs of it knocking around! I think that, like Kat said, if I’d read it earlier I’d have liked it more. You’re so right about the Marmite aspect, there seems to be no middle ground with it. From an objective point of view (ie a book reviewer’s!), I like what you said about how it can be read in different ways – absolutely!


  3. I love the review posts here as they are very fair. I read that book when I was “seeking” youngish 30s and it was an interesting read.
    Today I would not relate to it… That being said your review brought back a lot of memories of how I found the storyline a great way to convey energies and energy exchange between people.


  4. I’ve seen divergent reviews for this novel, which either falls short of or exceeds other people’s expectations. Interesting perspectives, all around. Thanks for sharing, Rosie. 🙂


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