Monday, December 28, 2009
By Paulo Coelho
Thank you Thank you Elizabeth Barnes. This sending of thanks far exceeds the giving of a simple book. The Alchemist has given me much more than some leisurely hours reading. It has made me laugh, smile and ponder the wonders of human kind. Okay, that may be a bit much, but the book is incredible. It was one of the first times I finished a book and thought to myself, “Alright, let’s read it again.” I have only reread a few book, so this is an exceptional reaction.
The boy is a traveler, so there’s the first reason I liked the book. Secondly, every few pages there is a quotable line applicable to most people’s lives. It could be advice or just worldly knowledge. Thirdly, the book touches on the powers of love and knowledge. I whole-heartedly believe in both of those to be very powerful things in life.
The boy follows his dream, literally. He doesn't give up when people tell him he is crazy. He doesn't even know what his dream is really about, but instead of letting that stop him, he lets the unknown fuel him and his desires to reach his treasure. This beautiful story of courage and adventure is what makes being a traveler so fascinating.
The Alchemist is full of useful, thought-provoking stuff. I’m overly impressed and satisfied by my read. Thank you again Elizabeth Barnes for giving me your beloved copy.
Monday, September 28, 2009
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
This book was a gift from my good friend Lauren Callison who is always challenging me in the best of ways. She gave this to me when I graduated high school, yet I finally picked it up when I was in Italy.
This book found me at an interesting time in my life. I was asking a lot of questions and looking for answers, so I am glad this book found me when it did.
All church leaders, and even all church go'ers should read this book. It has a really intriging spin on 'civilized Christianity.' I enjoyed his point of view. However, similar to Rob Bell's Sex God I found McManus somtimes beating aroudn the bus. He speaks a lot about being a barbarian (hints: the title of the book), but he does not always explain what he is talking about in very good detail.
Hopefully, this book finds you when you have an open mind about religion.
Also the book is super short, so its a good quick read.