My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read this a while back but it's still in the back of my mind as I think about and read other books on philosophical topics. I think the main reason is because I read it for the first time just last year, and it was in preparation for an Oprah Super Soul Sunday discussion that included the author. Had those things not been a part of my reading process I might not have been affected by the book at all.
And here's a sentence I thought I'd never say:
I'm in a really intense period of spiritual growth and learning. So much so that Super Soul Sundays have become a favorite for me.
When Paulo Coelho was the guest he discussed The Alchemist and it's 25th anniversary. The book had almost not been published, and then even when it was finally published it was not selling. So Coelho went door to door to hand-sell it and as the fates would have it, one of those doors would be the second publisher for the book. Coelho says it was the Universe doing what it does (when you allow it) for everyone, "conspiring to help us" achieve what we want once we make a decision.
There are omens, signs, etc to guide us on our paths. These are part of the language of the world. The language of the world is in everything, from the rhythm of the seasons to the energy of the animals and nature. And every one of us has a personal legend. Our personal legend is akin to our destiny, calling, or purpose in life.
This book was a personal copy.