Book Review of “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

September 2nd, 2011 by under Diane's Book Reviews. 132 Comments.

“The Alchemist” is a great book with a great message that is told as a story.

I had heard about and been told about this book for a while but hadn’t added it to my list of reads until recently when a friend said I should read it.  I especially like books that have a great message that are told in the form of a story as it just makes for really fun reading.

“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho is a book about a boy named Santiago and his journey toward his calling or his life purpose, and the inevitable struggles, challenges and obstacles that get in the way of that.

We all experience this – we all have a purpose, calling, dream, or whatever you call it that pushes and motivates us to do something above and beyond what we might otherwise do (in the book, Paulo Coelho refers to this as your “Personal Legend.”  The question is, have you let the everyday get in the way of your big why…of your big mission or purpose?

As the story moves along, we see Santiago pause in his journey and think about going back to his old life, the life where he’s comfortable and where he knows what to expect – his comfort zone. Each time Santiago is about to go back there, he makes another decision and instead continues to move forward toward a new and better life – toward his purpose – and each time he makes that decision he is happier and happier (even through the challenges and struggles).

The easy thing is always to turn back to what we know and what’s comfortable, but it rarely gets us where we want to go, is fulfilling, and almost never allows us to grow.

The biggest lesson I took from the book is to continue on my quest, my journey and to be grateful for everything that happens along the way.  Also, for me, I have started to listen more and more to my heart, to my intuition, to my gut, to spirit, whatever you call it for yourself, and sometimes I still slip back to being a human doing instead of a human “being.”

I still have a lot of work to do to stay aware and to remember to look at the things that are going on around me as well as how I feel about things.

We’re all connected and part of each other and the world at large. The best way to make our presence felt and to leave our legacy is to keep moving forward toward that one thing that is in our heart, that one thing that we are moved to accomplish…and just keep moving forward toward it – no matter what gets put in our path.

Keep reading the world around you, stay aware of all the signs, big and small, and pause if you must, but never stop pursuing your dream. No matter what that is or how big or small you think it is – you owe it to yourself and to the world to fulfill that.

My advice: read this book…read it every year…follow your heart!

I’d love to hear from you if you’ve read the book too!  (and if you haven’t…I’d recommend adding it to your list and read it soon).

To purchase this book click here: The Alchemist

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , .


tow truck near melrose park  on January 24th, 2016

Evan Kane said his buddy uploaded a video with tow truck near melrose park vehicles on West Key Street, near the
Harrison Street crossway..

Aleisha  on January 24th, 2016

The maneuver took the tow trucks for sale in va (Aleisha) truck, which was drawing a Volvo car, throughout the westbound lane where
Angeles was traveling.

Williams  on January 25th, 2016

Many of the tow truck near melrose park – Williams – common carrier in Ottawa
gathered in the parking lot Sunday to draw attention to
these threats.

Deb  on January 25th, 2016

Some tow truck service phoenix (Deb) vehicle drivers have
their own trucks, and contract their solutions to a towing business.

can i build a granny annex in my garden  on January 25th, 2016

Hire a care taker to maintain tthe cleanliness and order of the
home. It all depends on an individual coome right from.
Take tthe time to vacuum, wash, wax, aas well as get a liuttle carr trse
to get his car smelling oh-so-good!

Here iss my webpage … can i build a granny annex in my garden

tow trucks for sale in florida  on January 25th, 2016

At one point tow trucks for sale in florida the video, the truck pops a tiny
wheely, raising the front 2 tires and the first four rear tires
off the ground.

tow trucks for sale on ebay  on January 25th, 2016

Not all tow trucks for sale on ebay
truck firms or operators coincide, as well as exactly what
could be necessary for one may not be needed for the other.

Phoebe  on January 25th, 2016

Authorities on Long Island are exploring a crash that killed a female who had been awaiting assistance from
a tow truck games unblocked [Phoebe] vehicle.


Claudio  on January 25th, 2016

The good news is, there are a number of tow truck services near me (Claudio) vehicle insurance coverages
that allow you to customize your policy to fit your business’ requirements.

tow truck service sacramento  on January 25th, 2016

This tow truck service sacramento truck had essentially
been driving about with one of its wheels removed,
though still held rather in place, by parts of the truck.

Maximo  on January 25th, 2016

Concerning 100 tow truck service phoenix
(Maximo) truck drivers pass away every year in The united state and canada as
the result of roadside mishaps, according to the Canadian Car Organization.

Terence  on January 25th, 2016

Merely go to our web site (or utilize our iOS or Android app) on any kind of smartphone, as well
as select the service you require.

Here is my webpage – tow truck near melrose park (Terence)

Meredith  on January 25th, 2016

Our hefty wreckers are utilized daily to recover or tow truck near
melrose park (Meredith) semi vehicles,
heavy box trucks as well as big Recreational vehicle’s.

hvac frederick md  on January 25th, 2016

‘Are people really searching online for my product or services’.
Improving Site Structure – This second part tells you how to properly structure URLs.
Unlike TV, radio and other traditional marketing channels that need big budgets to be effective, SEO can be cost effective.

This mode of advertisement was faster than the earlier ones and reached more people but it had its own limitations.

Here is my web site :: hvac frederick md

Arianne  on January 25th, 2016

However, it is short-term and as soon as the tow
truck games y8 (Arianne) tires kiss the concrete once more, it’s
video game on!  on January 25th, 2016

In addition, in most states, guidelines limit the highest duration of money advances, as well as the amount of times a quick payday loan may be lengthy Most people opened your no fee family savings specifically for the vacation dollars at a fresh

Ramonita  on January 25th, 2016

Storman, I believe several individuals have already recommended that location, both on this
page as well as john’s solo survival kit (Ramonita) overview.

survival bracelet  on January 25th, 2016

into have the ability to be successful.

My page … survival bracelet

Freya  on January 25th, 2016

Only black clients under age 75 living in upscale locations had a survival gear kits
(Freya) benefit compared with their
peers in much less rich communities.

Melanie  on January 25th, 2016

Observed survival gear 2015 (Melanie) does
rule out the cause, so the people who are
not alive 5 years after medical diagnosis could possibly
have died from cancer or from another cause.  on January 25th, 2016

Clearly a range of 2% includes a very different meaning and
value if it is concerning 1% and 3% as compared to if it
is in between 13% and 15%) When you are a undergraduate, it’s your
starting point phase thus you must prevent such staining on your files

Trisha  on January 25th, 2016

Yes I have actually read your zombie survival of the fittest song (Trisha) quick guide, so cheers for the link back, I just assume if all of
us know ways to eliminate them, after that we’ll be ready for them when this Swine influenza develops into a zombie infection!!  on January 25th, 2016

First such models were according to a typical “Wild Mouse” page layout, with many stretches of straight track abandoned by hairpin converts One document offered by Philip Reed with Edmunds, How to Buy
Car Insurance, afforded an example on why it’s absolutely necessary to match rates

free website design software  on January 25th, 2016

First, resolve what the e-mail goes to bee in response to.
For example: if providing an e-mail confirmation for an order lately placed the e-mail will need to have the order or affirmation quantity, the particular person’s identify, transport deal with, and billing address enclosed.

My web site … free website design software

incestuosas  on January 25th, 2016

Gran Información. Me Lucky descubrí su sitio por casualidad
(StumbleUpon). Tengo libro marcó para más tarde!

Cary  on January 25th, 2016

Although they don’t clearly state these five basic needs, Bear Grylls and
also Les Stroud spend each episode of their respective programs offering tips that
expound on these to daily people that might encounter a survival games pc
(Cary) situation while they endure the outdoors.

survival games plugin  on January 25th, 2016

Yah I concur with wraith, I could recognize the glitches from what I have
seen on Youtube, but I think that corrupts the leaderboards and
I will NOT offer individuals guidance, or suggest individuals to utilize problems when they are playing survival games plugin method.

survival of the fittest game  on January 26th, 2016

USC researchers have actually established a mathematical model to anticipate metastatic bust cancer survival of the fittest game prices making use of techniques normally booked
for weather forecast, financial forecasting and surfing the Web.

survival craft  on January 26th, 2016

It has endured some Virginia tidewater angling,
some neighborhood timbers time hunting for deer, exercising bush survival craft abilities and also for regular everyday lug between.

survival gear review  on January 26th, 2016

In addition, the knife needed to suit the watch pocket on my denims and payload pants.

my web-site … survival gear review

Elbert  on January 26th, 2016

You will not locate any kind of modern strategies,
zombie apocalypse references or ways to make a parachute from a consuming straw
and also paper clip like MacGyver Rather, Wildwood Knowledge is packed full of old-world,
typical survival kit in a can, Elbert,
abilities as well as methods.

Bandar Domino Online Domino Online Agen Dominoqq Domino QQ Online Poker online Bandar Bandar Poker Bandar Poker online Agen Poker Agen poker online poker online terpercaya  on January 26th, 2016

Excellent web site you have got here.. It’s difficult
to find good quality writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate people like you!
Take care!!

Leave a Comment