Title: The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho
This book gave me all the feels, honestly. I wasn’t sure about this book at first I had heard about it for a few years now, but was hesitant; the story of young shepherd boy taking a quest of self discovery didn’t appeal to me enough for me read it at the time. More and more frequently as of late it had been popping up on book lists and my feeds, and I do believe the saying “when the student is ready the teacher appears” and believe that this book is just what I needed at this point in my life. It was so much more than just a book about a boy on a journey.
So many parts of this book just resonated deeply with me and I found myself frequently getting goosebumps while reading. It was so well written with so much meaning behind and inside of this boys quest, that it caused me to take pause and really think about my own personal journey and purpose in this life. The book is written from the perspective of a young boy in search of treasure but the lessons he learns along the way are invaluable and translate so well to life and the challenges, obstacles and struggles one has to deal with and overcome.
Definitely a life impacting book for me. I had so many notes and highlighted excerpts through out this small (only 171 pages) but mighty read but here are some of my favorite quotes in the book:
“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own”
“Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth…And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
“If a person is living out his Personal Legend, he knows everything he needs to know. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
I would strongly recommend this book for anyone traveling this journey of life looking for, curious about or already pursing their passion and purpose. Paulo Coelho has a unique and almost mesmerizing storytelling ability. You will not be disappointed.
Have you read this book? What are you thoughts, opinions, favorite quotes? I would be very interested in hearing your what you think.