Book Review: ‘The One’ by Nick P. Smith

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I’m not usually one for self-improvement books. Never been one to ‘pay’ for a makeover or any kind of self-improvement. That said, I have taken a pinch of this philosophy and that, combining them to make them my own, so when a book comes along that blends a variety of DIY improvement techniques – mainly in the arena of positive thinking – I’ll give it a read. Possibly even apply it to my life.

The One by Nick P. Smith does just that: melding various modern texts of positive thought. Indeed, it’s kind of like The Secret meets The Celestine Prophecy, Buddhist teachings blended with Catholic “do unto others” offerings, and How To Win Friends And Influence People meets You’re OK, I’m OK. The book covers numerous spiritual concepts – from karma to meditation to affirmation-making – but in a nutshell, what it teaches is that we are all connected to same vibrating atoms – only we vibrate at a different pace to everything around us, from our pets to our furniture to electrical appliances (yes, but whether you believe in God or the Big Bang, the proposition is indeed credible).

Due to this connectivity, anything we ‘put out there’ ought to be positive, because in turn this will attractive positive reactions. That said, it’s not all rosy and Smith does address that knock-backs will inevitably incur, but suggests we look at these as ultimately leading us to more positive positions in life.

From treating others as you’d like to be treated, to thinking positive thoughts via mantra and affirmation, there’s a lot from everywhere in this book.

On a personal note, a couple of major issues have already risen since I’ve finished reading the book but I’ve found that instead of looking at these obstacles in a pessimistic manner, I’m looking at the positive side – and solutions are coming out of this more sensible approach!

In a nutshell, I’d say the holistic positive-thinking approach that The One preaches is a valuable one. Stick with its teachings, and you’re bound to experience changes like I have. And best of all, you don’t have to act like a hippy! Smith, himself, refers to a lot of personal material gain, while also focusing on bettering the spiritual self.


The One is published through Pan Macmillan, RRP $22.99.