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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.
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Enjoyable read that will not let off you from a to z and for quite some time after - everyone will find own "alchemist" in the book.Published 12 hours ago by dtb
I found inner peace reading this book. It was a good inspiring getting back on track book. Loved it. I would recommend it to all my friendsPublished 17 hours ago by Avid reader
Very inspiring book that contains truths written in your heart that you weren't conscious of. This a book that will effect me the rest of my life.Published 1 day ago by Sean
I found this book to be an enjoyable read and easy to follow. It gave an interesting look at how we live our lives.Published 1 day ago by Sherry Wilkin
Read this book 20+ years ago and couldn't find my copy. It is definitely wisdom that I buy to pass on to others. I enjoyed re-reading it as much as I did 20 years earlier!Published 1 day ago by Rebekah
I found this book more profound when Oprah and Paulo talked about it on Super Soul Sunday. I read it after seeing the program, but I just couldn't connect with the book. Read morePublished 1 day ago by This_reader
A wonderful story that makes you stop, think, and reread. The core topics are repeated so as to write it into your heart and mind. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Linda VN
Delightful easy read that reminds you of one of the most important lessons in life. Would be suitable for pre-teens/teenagers.Published 2 days ago by Kari