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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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Words cannot begin to describe the riches contained in this book. This is my third time reading and every time I do I feel as though I can conquer the world! A must read!!!Published 17 hours ago by S. Maloney
A must read by everyone in the world! I will go as far as saying it should definitely be required.Published 20 hours ago by Melodie S Francis
Had a great message to live by. Be kind and loving and get back ten fold. Don't give up and go for you dreams.Published 22 hours ago by Hugh W. Jory
Was not as detailed and fluent as I would like I would prefer a more consign treated effort to get the point across sometime felt the story wasn't making sense to get the pointPublished 22 hours ago by timtna
My daughter needed it for school...Quick delivery...Not a bad book, either....Published 1 day ago by stephen d. bolt
I liked the way he gave the reader insights by using a parable style to tell the story. I would recommend this book.Published 1 day ago by libraphile