My Personal Favorite: The Alchemist is one of my favorite books to read. I just finished reading it, again. I think this is the third time I have read it and I have appreciated the precious gems of this story as if I read it for the first time. I cried, laughed, reflected upon my personal development and enjoyed encouraging insight into my future goals.
Why I Recommend This Book: Paulo Coelho is a wonderful writer. The journey in The Alchemist is full of challenge and success as the main character embarks on a journey to unveil the meaning of a reoccurring dream and attain his true calling. It is packed with such simple wisdom.
What Stood Out to Me: The principle of omens are like little ‘post- it’ reminders that the universe leaves for each individual on their given path. They say, “Here’s where to go and it will be enjoyable. That other path may make you frown a bit.”
Also, listening to the whisper of the heart is a way of immediate confirmation. I know I’m doing the right things when it feels like my heart is singing to me. When I am forcing something to fit in my life my heart’s disapproving expression cannot be ignored.
Favorite Quotes: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” (Paul Coelho, Part 1, Page 22)
This story reminds me to remain in the moment. Before using the saying “support of nature” or “follow your true bliss” it was books like this that reminded me that the universe has a very intimate and intelligent way of communicating with every person, place, and thing.
“The sheep had taught him something even more important: that there was a language in the world that everyone understood, a language the boy had used throughout the time he was trying to improve things at the shop. It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired” (Paul Coelho, P. 62)