The Secret is a best-selling 2006 self-help book written by Rhonda Byrne, based on the self-help film of the same title. The film was released before the book in DVD format in March 2006. The tenet of the book is that the universe is governed by a natural law called the law of attraction. The law of attraction is said to work by attracting into a person’s life experiences, situations, events, and people that ‘match’ the frequency of the person’s thoughts and feelings. Therefore, positive thinking and feeling positive can create life-changing results such as increased wealth, health, and happiness. After being featured in two episodes of Oprah, the book reached the top of the New York Times best-seller list, where it remained for 146 consecutive weeks. It continues to frequently appear in the top ten and extended New York Times bestseller list. The Secret book has been translated in to 44 languages, and has over 21 million copies in print
The book has also reached a high level of notoriety and criticism from those who claim that the book misleads readers with its claims of positive thinking being able to influence a reader's life and real-world outcomes. The book is largely influenced by Wallace D. Wattles' 1910 book The Science of Getting Rich, and which later influenced the writing of The Secret book.
Rhonda Byrne has written a follow-up to The Secret called The Power, which was released on 17 August 2010. Byrne was inspired to write The Power after answering several thousand letters from readers of The Secret. Rhonda Byrne has also written The Secret: 2008 Day-to-Day Calendar and The Secret Daily Teachings (December, 2008) which shared daily insights on how to best use the law of attraction, as well as The Secret Gratitude Book (November, 2007). In September 2009, The Secret also released a book for teenagers called The Secret to Teen Power, which was written by The Secret film's producer, Paul Harrington.
Rhonda Byrne first began researching the law of attraction after she received the book “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles from her daughter during a time of great personal hardship in 2004. Rhonda read and synthesized countless classic books and the words of modern-day teachers who spoke about the ancient wisdom and the ways and methods for people to attract what they desire into their lives. The Secret book includes many quotes from these modern day teachers and historical figures.