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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
With the alchemist you get both a good story and valuable tips on how to live your life. The author masterfully weaves the story of a young Shepard out to discover his personal... Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Lars Tackmann
Religious and hokey. If I had known this was a religious book I never would have read it. Did not like at all. Forced myself to finish it since there were good reviews. Read morePublished 1 day ago by dj
This was an enjoyable story, like listening someone telling a great story by a campfire. It wasn't terribly gripping, but it did hold my interest.Published 1 day ago by Scott
Paolo has built the story with moral, life learnings. Was easy to read . Almost every sentence has something to say, keeps the reader's attention and focus. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Blanka Gyorgy
This is a beautiful story of triumph through faith in oneself. It can be read at any age and be greatly significant. I loved this story and already look forward to rereading it.Published 3 days ago by Brian-Evan
Great read. I feel as though I will need to read it again so I can find things I missed the first time. Read morePublished 4 days ago by MrsHaida
Great book! It's a very easy and quick read, simple. I wish it had more!!Published 4 days ago by Marisa
The book came very quickly and in great condition. I've borrowed this book many times over from friends and figured it was time to finally get my own copy. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Lisandra