BOOKS: Furthermore: Apr. 11, 1994

His previous writing was limited to a spiritual newsletter, but the first novel of Alabama therapist James Redfield, 43, is a phenomenon. The Celestine Prophecy, a tale of a Peruvian manuscript that unfolds the secrets of life, sold 100,000 copies in a self-published paperback. Now the Warner Books hard cover has sold an additional 450,000 in six weeks and just reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list.

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