The Alchemist

I finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho this morning.  I read quite a few bad reviews on Goodreads after I read the book.  It was recommended by one of my atheist (agnostic) friends so I thought it good to read for conversational purposes.

I enjoyed the book.  It was a quick and easy read.  Many times people read books for the wrong reason.  Sometimes people want the answers to life.  Other times the expect a book that was profound for one person to be equally as profound for them.  They also tend to look at it from a larger view point.  The “book” must be the thing that changes me.  While this idea is not mine, I find that it is words and small phrases that help change us.

For example, a line from the book says:

Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World.

Why did I highlight this sentence?  Because it effected me.  Does this mean that I believe in a Soul of the World or that God is everything?  No.  It means that I was able to use this in my life in some way.

A few weeks back (months maybe?), I wrote something to my son.  Something I will give him later but I told him, basically, that love was worth the pain.  And I believe this to be true.

There were many other lines from the book.  It appears I only highlighted one other line about the fear of suffering being worse than the suffering itself.  The book may have an effect on your, no doubt, but it is the words from the book that God uses.

I have a few more books that I should purchase but I have at least one more book to try to finish before I buy any more.

Two posts in a single day.  Have mercy.