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Public health & preventive medicine
An ancient manuscript dating back to 600 B.C. is unearthed in the Incan ruins of Peru. After translation, it is discovered that they contain a series of spiritual insights that hold the secret to understanding the future of humanity. A man must travel to Peru to find and preserve these insights in the wake of political and religious groups opposing their release.
Through this fast-paced tale of adventure, Redfield conveys his beliefs about the course that human civilization will eventually take. While formulating his deductions, he largely draws from ancient Eastern philosophies and New Thought spirituality. He also takes inference from his analysis of historical events.
He has presented a set of principles that, in his opinion, govern the universe and in turn, the human nature. He urges the readers to think beyond the three dimensions of the physical world. He introduces them to a higher level of thinking and asks them to develop the qualities that would enable them to see the unseen.
The Celestine Prophecy reached first position on The New York Times Bestseller List and remained on the list for over 3 years. It is considered as one of the most successful self-published books of all time. By May 2005, it had sold over 20 million copies worldwide and had been translated into 34 languages. It has been adapted into a film of the same name.
About James Redfield
James Redfield is an American writer, best known for his book The Celestine Prophecy.
He self-published The Celestine Prophecy in 1993 to widespread critical acclaim. He followed up on the ideas of the book with The Celestine Prophecy: An Experiential Guide, The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision, The Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight, and The Twelfth Insight: The Hour of Decision.
He is noted for utilizing fiction to communicate spiritual ideas. His beliefs are influenced by a mix of ancient philosophies including Taoism and Zen, and with his books he tries to take them to a wider readership.
Redfield was born in 1950 near Birmingham, Alabama. He studied Sociology at Auburn University and received his Master's degree in counseling. He worked as a therapist for over 15 years, after which he began writing full time. He received the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Senate in 1997 and Humanitarian Of The Year award from the International New Thought Alliance in 2000.