The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoLast week I re-read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, one of my all-time favorite books.

If you haven’t read this beautiful inspirational novel, first published in the early 1990s in Portuguese, you are missing out.

It is a simple book that reminds us to listen to our hearts.

If you loved Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael, you will love this book too.

Interestingly, before coming across an old copy of The Alchemist and re-reading it, I started reading Lynne McTaggart’s The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World; both remind me of the importance of being in tune with yourself, something I need to be reminded of about once a year.

Which is why I like to re-read The Alchemist and Ishmael at least once every two years. I think I last read the former in 2002 and the latter in 2004 so it’s been some time now. I will have to make time to re-read Ishmael in 2009.

Each time I read my favorite books, I also feel like they teach me different things. The quote that stood out to me from this re-reading is this (supposedly a proverb): “Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”

Click here to read an excerpt.

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One response to “The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

  1. Pingback: The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire by Deepak Chopra « Adventures in Reading

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