Gut Reaction: This book is deep! Prior to my reading, I had it on my bookshelf for at least 3 years, and having loved the many other Coelho’s I’d read, I assumed this one would have the same sort of storyline/flare. Boy, was I wrong. It says on the back of the book that this is Coelho’s most personal account to date, as he talks about his own journey, and this is completely true. The vulnerability to write such a book, wow!
That being said, I personally, had to be ready to read this book. One could argue this is true for all books, but this one especially spoke to my heart in such a deep way that I don’t believe I would have achieved even as little as a year ago.
Coelho delves into an understanding of the truest form of love, way beyond physical relationships. I honestly could not put this book down. His words really resonated with me and gave me lots of great ideas for journaling. Many times while reading this book I paused and began free writing in my journal to explore more of my own thoughts.
My Gems: I’ve been working with my thoughts/feelings on incarnations, death, and all the fear that can be wrapped up around those issues for a while now. This book helped clear so much up for me, and I got a lot out of taking the time to explore my own feelings through writing based on the ideas it provoked. Of course, we can never really answer these questions but reading this book was like an answer to the questions I had been putting out to the universe and meditating on.
Who Might Like It: Someone deeply concerned with spiritual growth and development. Similar to many of Coelho’s books, this one does not disappoint in igniting the wanderlust feeling in those who are more free spirited and prone to want to travel and explore. As mentioned, it’s a pretty deep read, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to someone as a fun, summer “beach read” but who knows, it was right up my alley, and it might be up yours as well!
A few of my favorite little nuggets
“When a sense of dissatisfaction persists, that means it was placed there by God for one reason only: you need to change everything and move forward.” pg. 15
“We will alway ask ourselves the same questions. We will always need to be humble enough to accept that our hearts know why we are here. Yes, it’s difficult to talk to your heart, and perhaps it isn’t even necessary. We simply have to trust and follow the signs and live our Personal Legend; sooner or later; we realize that we are all part of something, even if we can’t understand tationally what that something is. They say that in the second before our death, each of us understands the real reason for our existence, and out of that moment, Heaven or Hell is born.” pg. 21
“If I had to give you one piece of advice, it would be this: don’t be intimidated by other people’s opinions. Only mediocrity is sure of itself, so take risks and do what you really want to do. Seek out people who aren’t afraid of making mistakes and who, therefore, do make mistakes. Because of that, their work often isn’t recognized, but they are precisely the kind of people who change the world and, after many mistakes, do something that will transform their community completely.” pg. 83
“We are all one soul that needs to continue growing and developing in order for the world to carry on and for us all to meet once again.” pg. 90
“... love is the only thing that will save us, independent of any mistakes we may make. Love is always stronger.” pg. 107
“If you rely only on experience, you’ll simply keep applying old solutions to new problems. I know a lot of people who feel they have an identity only when they’re talking about their problems.” pg. 116
“You live in this vast body called the Universe, which contains all the solutions and all the problems. Visit your soul, don’t visit your past.” pg. 118
“It’s one thing to describe a situation and quite another to experience it. I realized a long time ago that a warrior in search of his dream must take inspiration from what he actually does and not from what he imagines himself doing.” pg. 192
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