Sunday Movie Review – The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

My Sunday Movie Review is for The Celestine Prophecy. This was a book recommended to me by a friend more than ten years ago, and I still never got to it. James Redfield wrote both, the book and the screenplay for this New Age fictional story about synchronocities that lead us to where we need to be and to the people we meet throughout life for reasons.


“Look not from the mind, but from the soul. For the life that is coming, is already before us, waiting to open the world. Just look more closely.” ~ from The First Insight



Disillusioned and temporarily rudderless, John Woodson is about to experience a dramatic and profound metamorphosis. Through a mysterious set of coincidences, he finds himself on an adventure to Peru in search of ancient scrolls, known as the Celestine Prophecy. The prophecy and its nine key insights, predict a new awakening that redefines human life and provides a glimpse into a completely spiritual culture on earth. Resistant at first, skeptical and unsure, John finds that each step he takes, each person he encounters leads him to a new awakening. It is only in this letting go that he finds his destiny and comes to understand the meaning that had escaped him when his adventure began.


Some poignant quotes from reviewers:

“This film reminds me how to take care of my energy and be aware of others energies and the importance of being around places and people that are good for our souls. ”

“If for no other reason watching this movie can show how people can improve their lives by just how they treat each other.”



Blurb for the book:

The #1 bestselling phenomenon with millions of copies sold around the world — now with a guide to creating your own Celestine Prophecy experience.

You have never read a book like this before–a book that comes along once in a lifetime to change lives forever.

In the rain forests of Peru, an ancient manuscript has been discovered. Within its pages are 9 key insights into life itself — insights each human being is predicted to grasp sequentially; one insight, then another, as we move toward a completely spiritual culture on Earth.

Drawing on ancient wisdom, it tells you how to make connections among the events happening in your life right now and lets you see what is going to happen to you in the years to come. The story it tells is a gripping one of adventure and discovery, but it is also a guidebook that has the power to crystallize your perceptions of why you are where you are in life and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow.

Praise for The Celestine Prophecy
“A gripping adventure story filled with intrigue, suspense, and spiritual revelations.” – Commonwealth Journal

“A spiritual classic…a book to read and reread, to cherish, and to give to friends.” – Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Fire in the Soul

“In his inimitable style of great storytelling, Redfield opens us up to a world of insight, inspiration, synchronicity, and power.” – Deepak Chopra



My 5 Star Review:

This book was originally written in 1993 and revised in 2006. John goes off to Peru and learns the way of the world from an ancient manuscript rumored to reveal the future of mankind. The energies we exchange with each other are the catalysts of what transforms human society.

Chaos in the world will change us and have us look at everything differently – a prediction for our modern times. John, newly fired from his teaching job, learns about the secret scrolls of Peru, and in a quest for knowledge, he goes there in search of a priest who knows about the scrolls, which have been stolen. There are many messages interwoven in this spiritual, fictional story. An insightful tale told through story encompassing, coincidence, how people we meet, even for an instant, seem to play an integral part of foreshadowing us into another event of life. Other insights on how opening ourselves enables us to receive, our purpose for being, staying alert to signs, how giving connects us in ways we never realized, and that things are not always as they seem.

This movie is inspirational and I think if everyone watched it, the world would be a better place.



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30 thoughts on “Sunday Movie Review – The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

  1. The title sounds SO familiar that I wonder if I’ve seen the movie. I’ve certainly not read the book. I like the idea of looking for the silver lining. Always, even in dark times.

    Thanks for this glowing review, Debby!


  2. Great to see this here, Debby. I remember reading The Celestine Prophesy when it was released. There are subsequent books worth reading that were published years later; The Experiential Guide and the Tenth Insight among them.


  3. This book/movie sounds fascinating, Debby. I did some research on child sacrifices in Peru for a short story I wrote and I’ve also read two books in a series about the destruction by the Spanish of the Aztec Empire. It is a part of the world that captures the imagination with its rain forests, animals, and flowers.


  4. Thanks for the review Debby and a reminder of the book that I read in 1996 when I reached a watershed in my life and reading it helped me transition into my new life, body and career. I have not seen the film but will certainly get hold of now and watch again as we look to make positive changes to where and how we live in the next couple of years…♥♥


  5. Learning something new all the time. I thought the book was a prophetic/methodology book and what I heard about it was way off my radar. Glad you found it entertaining/helpful.

    Should report back that we watched “The Undoing” miniseries. It lived up to your review. Kinda made me think of someone we both think less than highly of with characteristics he shares with the murderer husband–not that the other guy might actually kill somebody (well . . .).


    1. LOL, you made me laugh. I totally agree. And yay, so glad you thought my review was accurate. Did it keep you switching who you thought was the killer – from the obvious one, but then again, not so sure? 🙂


  6. I loved the book. I didn’t quite find the same magic in the film but I agree that the story should be shared widely.


  7. I read the book so long ago but your review makes me now want to see the movie. Sounds like great life lessons. I love what you said, Debby, about the world would be a better place if everyone saw this movie. Interesting idea. Maybe it ought to be on an elementary school curriculum.
    I love the design of your posts. They are very eye-catching! 🙂


  8. Thanks, Debby. This is another one of those books that I’ve heard plenty about but I haven’t read either, and I had no idea it had been adapted into a movie. I’ll try and get hold of it. Thanks for the recommendation!


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