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This companion volume to Coelho's popular The Alchemist is an odd hybrid-a self-help manual with fictional overtones; a series of aphorisms and platitudes set within the frame of the sketchiest of parables. In the parable, a boy meets a beautiful woman at a beach, who proceeds to tell him about a hidden undersea temple near a vanished island. The boy fails in his initial attempt to find the temple, though he hears its bells ring, but later, as a grown man, he again meets the woman, who hands him an empty notebook and directs him to write about the "Warrior of the Light," a being who is "capable of understanding the miracle of life, of fighting to the last for something he believes in-and of hearing the bells that the waves set ringing on the seabed." Some of the aphorisms that follow have a specific spiritual source-Lao Tzu, Gandhi, Jesus and Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, among others, are quoted. Coelho provides general spiritual inspiration, but he also offers guidance in more mundane matters, explaining the specific motivations behind childish, immature behavior, cowardly moments, feelings of spiritual emptiness and the reluctance to change. Some of these passages are original, but others merely repackage common inspirational fodder. The volume preserves the basic spiritual tone of The Alchemist, but readers expecting comparable depth and substance will be disappointed.
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A guidebook for good living on the tenth anniversary of The Alchemist.
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This is a book for daily inspiration and not a continuous read. It's amazing how uplifting and thought provoking it can be for your daily regime.Published 13 days ago by B. C. Johnsen
This is an awesome book, full of great idioms and instagram-worthy quotes. The recurring theme of the warrior of the light provides a great foundation for one to engage in a kind... Read morePublished 14 days ago by PVN
I really enjoy Paulo Coelho so I figured this book was a no-brainer for me, something I would pick up and enjoy right away. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Michael
The name "warrior of the light" is a little cheesy to me thus making this book kind of hard to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ernie Bello
I read this at least once a year. I read a few chapters each day. It seems to recharge my soul every time I read it. By far, one of my favorite books of all time.Published 1 month ago by John F. Spriestersbach
Amazing book. Whenever I need a confidence booster, I'll go through this book. Everything is bite-sized, so it's easy to jump in and out of this book as needed.Published 1 month ago by chungliwen