The Alchemist, Paulo Coehlo

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is truly one of the most inspiring books you will ever read. Coelho’s tale reaffirms the dying belief that your intuition is a guiding force that you should follow; that everyone must follow a path that will only make sense in hindsight.

This novel tells the life story of a boy who followed his dreams of traveling by becoming a shepard. He believes that he can see the world through herding sheep but is approached by an old man who becomes a guiding force in his life. This old man disrupts the boys view on life and inspsires him to follow his dreams.

The boy learns that every person has a destiny that they are called to follow, yet many do not. The boy takes a chance on the mans word and begins a journey that will define his life.

To walk the path placed before you and rely upon your intuition are two essential realizations for a fufilling life, which Coelho beautifully demostrates through his story of a boy.

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  1. Bearjockey
    June 30, 2008 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    I too have read this book. I agree entirely with your thoughts Sand. It was an approachable and pleasant read, and Coelho’s story made my heart soar. This book inspires hope.

  2. June 30, 2008 at 1:05 pm | Permalink


    I’m a big fan of Paulo Coelho! You will love this! He’s the first best-selling author to be distributing for free his works on his blog:

    Have a nice day!


  3. July 1, 2008 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book myself, which is why I wanted to share it with you all here.

    @Aart Thanks for the link to Coehlo’s blog I hadn’t thought to search for one. I look forward to reading more of his works.

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    […] realized through reading Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist why this happens; someone can need to hold onto the notion or dream more than actually achieve it. […]

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