You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.
After years of gathering dust on my book list, I stumbled across a worn copy of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, wedge between hundreds of paperbacks in a used bookstore. I had always heard amazing things of the book, but I’ve often been disappointed by famous books. But once I opened the book, I didn’t set it down until I turned the last page. I can easily say that The Alchemist is one of my favorite books of all-time.
The story tells the tale of a Spanish shepherd, Santiago, who has a prophetic dream that leads him on a treasure hunt and personal journey to the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Santiago does whatever it takes to follow his heart and get to those pyramids, even after all his money is stolen, after every set back that he experiences. He perseveres.
And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
Paulo Coelho’s imagery takes you back to an undisclosed time, perhaps the early 1800s, yet the crises that Santiago experiences has stood the test of time. Love, endurance, mysticism, war, hope, and fear, all play an important role in the story and all, in turn, teach us a valuable lesson about where our priorities lie; about what is truly important.
This story is so beautifully written that my copy is now marked up with purple lines, highlighting all of my favorite quotes. Certain parts of the story even brought genuine tears to my eyes.
The Alchemist was, simply put, a magical and inspiring read. I sincerely urge everyone to read this book at least once in their life, hopefully sooner rather than later. This book has made me ponder my own life goal, or in the immortal words of the King Melchizedek “personal journey,” is and how important it is to me to achieve them.
The message of the story touched my heart in a way that not many others have. The moment I closed the book for the first time, I knew it would be a story that I would read many times over the course of my life.
The moment I closed the book for the first time, I knew it would be a story that I would read many times over the course of my life.– The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho