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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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Such a pleasing story that teaches us about how life is an adventure -enjoy every experience and every interaction. Must readPublished 7 hours ago by Toreri
I got this book for college and didn't expect to like it so much. It is a wonderful book and I think everyone should read it.Published 10 hours ago by Ariana
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This book was very well written. Not only was the story interesting and engaging, the journey of this young Sheppard had me analyzing my own life's journey through the lessons he... Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Tricia Lynn Bowen