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Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman's books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists--men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the "Soul of the World." Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy's misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself," the alchemist replies. "And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
We both read this book together and it has help our relationship grow stronger and build it to be better...Published 3 hours ago by Jaclyn Brooke Hester
A good simple story with a lot of deeper meaning. Keeping me focused on a spiritual journey I've started after experiencing tremendous loss.Published 6 hours ago by Krystal Lawson
This book was given to me by one of its many thousands of admirers. I am not one of them.
It is a fable, told in very simple language. Read more
Loved this book! It has lots of life long lessons, definitely made me think about the way I view life and the choices I make.Published 21 hours ago by Alex
In this one book, Paulo Coelho has truly conveyed the message of the beauties of the world to the readers. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Meghna Saha
The answer to many questions and a great inspirational example to follow you dreams!! You can read it over and over. Great message!Published 1 day ago by TAdams
This book is a tremendous tale about following your dreams and perseverance. And inspirational read.Published 1 day ago by srjr27