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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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Eh. Everyone I know LOVES this book. I did not admire it as much as them. It was fine. I read it in a couple of hours. It just didn't move me like it has moved so many others.Published 6 hours ago by Rosemary
One of my favorite books. I'd rewrite some parts of the book, but overall it's profound storytelling, with intentional simplicity of plot, keeps me reading the book over and over.Published 8 hours ago by Peter Lundell
This is a book to remind us of that everything happens for a reason. I enjoyed it immensely, highly recommend.Published 9 hours ago by Amy Jo Serrao
I wanted this book after seeing an interview that Oprah had with Paulo. It was ok. It may not have spoken to me as loudly as it would have that has just started their... Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Rebecca L. Giarratano
One of the greatest spiritualist and philosophers of our time! Plus, always a beautiful, thought-provoking read!Published 16 hours ago by eric j knop