Book Review: The Magic – Rhonda Byrne

The Magic - Rhonda Byrne (BOOK REVIEW)

The absolute best part about The Magic by Rhonda Byrne is that most of the actual actions Rhonda asks you take aren’t that magical at all. 

Rather, they’re good old fashioned common sense:

Give thanks and be grateful.

It sounds obvious, right? Most of us are so blessed to live in greater abundance than we realise, and yet how often do we take most things for granted?

If you’re anything like me, pretty often.

Last November, I wrote an article on Medium about how much gratitude I had for clean, fresh air once I quit smoking.

Ever since I wrote that article, I’ve stopped regularly whilst out and about just to take a minute and enjoy filling my lungs with that beautiful fresh air.

It’s been a game-changer for me, sure, but you know what?

Up until I quit smoking, I’d been taking the very air I breathe -you know, the stuff that keeps me alive- for granted like playing the League of Legends games.

The same goes for lots of things – my health, my work, my family and friends – all stuff that is vital to my life and yet which I previously took for granted.

Rhonda Byrne’s The Magic changed all that.

About The Book

For the unfamiliar, Ms. Byrne is best known for the best-selling book and film, The Secret, which played a major part in introducing folks like you and me to the Law of Attraction.

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In her follow-up book, Bryne teaches us that one of the easiest ways to attract more of what we want in life is simply to express gratitude.

Lots of gratitude.

Gratitude for the things we already have and even for the things that we don’t have yet.

This works on the simple basic principle from the Law of Attraction – Remove featured imagewhat you focus on, you get more of.

Therefore, if you practice being grateful for your health, your health improves, give thanks for your money -even if you don’t have any- and watch as the universe presents opportunities for you to get what you need.

An Attitude of Gratitude

To help us cultivate this attitude of gratitude, and to help us make giving thanks on a regular basis an ingrained habit, the author presents us with a 28-day programme, with each day offering its own exercise.

On Day 1, we are asked to write down 10 things we are grateful -and why we’re grateful for them- then re-read each one aloud if possible (or in your head if not), and say the words “thank you,” three times.

This exercise is then repeated at the start of every day throughout the remaining 27 days.

On Day 2, Bryne asks us to find a rock or stone that is to become our ‘Magic Rock’ every night, before we sleep, we are to hold this rock, think of the things that happened to us throughout the day, and give thanks for the best thing that happened.

Alon with the morning task of counting blessings, this ‘Magic Rock’ exercise is repeated in the evening throughout the remaining days.

Creating Abundance, One Day at a  Time

What Are You Thankful For - Siri reminderThe other 26 days all offer different exercises which can be done as and when needed.

These range from manifesting better health and more money, to giving thanks to people we meet who serve us, to our friends and family, and even to ourselves.

It’s been roughly a week since I finished The Magic, and since that time I’ve continued to count my blessings every morning and give thanks using my ‘Magic Rock’ every evening.

I’ve also used some of the many exercises and developed some of my own, such as setting alarms on my phone so that every few hours, I’m reminded to stop and think about what I’m grateful for.

All of this, of course, begs one big question:

Does it Work?


Absolutely, undoubtedly, unequivocally, yes.

Do I suddenly have a million dollars in the bank and everything I’ve ever dreamed of one week after finishing Rhonda Byrne’s 28-day gratitude promo?


Is my life better than it was 30+ days ago?


Since I started the book, a number of opportunities have presented themselves that have helped me to get a little bit closer to where I want to be in my life.

When I give thanks to those opportunities, even more, present themselves.

Trust me when I tell you, the fact that my life is better now than it was when I started reading this book is not a coincidence.

Noticing the Magic in the Mundane

The best part of all this is that The Magic by Rhonda Byrne has helped me to enjoy my life a heck of a lot more.

I’ve begun to develop a much deeper appreciation for the “normality” of everyday life, and notice the magic in even the most mundane of events and situations.

Even when I’m faced with unexpected events that aren’t so pleasant (just as I was finishing this book, a good friend of mine tragically passed away), I’m able to get through them much easier, using them as an opportunity to give thanks and to see the positive side.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t go around blindly believing everything is going to be magical without me putting some effort in, but nor do I see every bad or boring thing that happens to me as a negative situation.

I can manifest something good from just about anything these days, even if its only a brief moment of peace in the midst of life’s madness.

It’s for this reason, more than any other, that I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book and experiencing the magic of gratitude for yourself.

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