The Book of Paulo Coelho


We are all the manifestations of the divinity of God.
(I now profoundly believe this).

My first introduction to this Brazilian writer’s novels was when someone suggested I read what I believe to be his first one, The Alchemist, an English translation of which by Alan R. Clarke was published, in 1994, by Harper San Francisco, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. By 2002, the book had been translated into fifty-six languages and had sold more than twenty million copies.

And, in an Introduction to a later edition of the book, written in that same year, he then wrote: All I know is that, like Santiago the shepherd boy, we all need to be aware of our personal calling. What is a personal calling? It is God’s blessing, it is the path that God chose for you here on Earth. Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our legend…. 


And as the novel unfolds he adds these thoughts, which, from my point of view, seem to represent some of his most deeply held personal beliefs because they are repeated in his other stories too:

If you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you become an instrument of God, you help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here…. Don’t forget the language of omens. And, above all, don’t forget to follow your Personal Legend through to its conclusion…. To realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation. All things are one. And, when you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Click here to download my complete text of “The Book of Paulo Coelho” because it is too long to put here: he has written so much that is worth sharing.

And here, lastly,  is a sand tray image I created of Santiago and Fatima inspired by The Alchemist.