The Alchemist – Quick Book Review (HarperOne, 2014)

This book is written as a fable and filled with many tremendous life lessons and instructions. It is a spiritual book but not a Christian book as it combines middle eastern philosophy, religion, Bible, and ‘wonders’ to teach valuable lessons. The book is an easy and fast read but I enjoy reading it once a year or so since it reminds me of a few great points that often life causes us to miss.

A young shepherd boy travels from his homeland in search of his life’s treasure and calling.  His journey causes him to encounter the Biblical king Melchizedek after meeting with a gypsy woman.  Melchizedek requires one tenth of what he has and the gypsy requires one tenth of what he will find when he discovers his treasure.  Melchizedek states that he (Santiago – shepherd) cannot promise what he doesn’t have but can give what he has in his possession.

The book centers around two central points with one major lesson –

  1. Transform the power of our dreams into reality
  2. Listen to your heart
  3. Often your treasure is closer than you believe and in your ‘back yard’

Santiago encounters many people and learns tremendous life lessons as he is in search of his ‘treasure’.  However, what he learns is as valuable as to what he is able to teach others along the travel. 

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own [life].”

“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world and normally doesn’t know it.” – The Butterfly effect [my thought]

“It is said that all people who are happy have God within them.”

Paraphrase – Those who fail to pursue their life’s calling will always fail to enjoy the journey of life.

This is a great gift for the high school or college graduate.

“Never stop dreaming.”

“Give yourself freedom to try out new things
Don’t be so set in your ways that you can’t grow.”

“Usually, the threat of death makes people a lot more aware of their lives.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Audio Version

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