TLB 028 The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a classic! Coelho has sold more than 150 million books worldwide and The Alchemist is his most popular. This classic, in it’s 25th year stands the test of time. Please enjoy The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Hey, Frank here with The Leaders Bookshelf. I wanted to share a book that I finished here recently with you called, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. I’ve heard a lot about this book over the years. It’s been out for quite a while. In fact, this is the 25th anniversary edition of this book. If you go on Amazon and look it up, you’re going to see a number of different covers. This is the 25th anniversary edition. I read this book, it’s one of those books that once you start it … It’s not a huge book … But once you start it, you’re not going to be able to put it down, because it is such a great story. If you’re familiar at all with the Leaders Bookshelf, and have seen some of the books that I’ve read, you know that I don’t read a lot of fiction.

This is a fiction book. However, it’s more of … I don’t know, maybe a fable. I guess you would probably call it a fable more than anything else, because it’s the story of a young shepherd boy, who meets a wise individual and goes through this whole, part of his maturation process and part of this journey that he goes on to find his ultimate truth in life, which leads him to really finding himself and what his true passion in life is, and helps him get to that space that I think we’re all really looking for, right? I think if you look back and you think about your life, and you think about some of the things that you’ve gone through, or if you haven’t gone through this, this is something to look forward to.

You’re going to have wise counselors that are going to appear in your life, or that have appeared in your life, and they’re going to [sow 00:02:21] into you. You’re going to hopefully, heed their wisdom, and take a journey on your own. This book really is the journey of this young man, this young shepherd boy, who goes through this amazing personal life journey. I really did enjoy this book. I really enjoyed it a lot. I had a friend that said the other day, “Frank, you know, you say on The Leaders Bookshelf, you’re always saying, ‘You ought to read this book. You ought to read this book’, but you don’t really talk about who this book is for, and why they should read this book for them individually.”

As I’ve said on here before, the books that I review on The Leaders Bookshelf are books that I always recommend. If it’s not a book that I would recommend, it’s probably one that I’m not going to put out on the program, and it’s certainly not a book that I’m going to read cover to cover. I can only recommend things that I like and that I’ve read. This book, I think is one of those books that can literally be for just about anybody, because all of us are on a journey of some magnitude in our lives. We’re on a path from here where we are, or even farther back, where we’ve come from, all the way through to where we’re heading and where we’re going.

I think that it’s important to understand that there’s wisdom in the ages. I think you have to be discerning as to what you’re going to follow and what you’re not going to follow. This book is one of those books that has really gone down in the history of books as being a great work. I’ve seen different statistics about this book. I’ve seen that it sold 65 million. I’ve seen that it sold over 100 million. Some of these statistics are dated, but the book is literally … If you go to Amazon and you look it up, you look up “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho … You’ll notice that it is ranked super high in a lot of different categories. It really, really and truly is a good book.

No, it’s not a good book, it’s a great book. It’s a book that, hopefully will speak to you, and hopefully it’s one of those books that you’re going to read multiple times in your life. You may see yourself somewhere along this path, along this journey, along this continuum that this young man is on. The long and the short of it is, I highly recommend you grab yourself a copy of Paulo Coelho, “The Alchemist”, and give it a read. Let me know your thoughts on it. I’d be really interested in knowing what your thoughts on this book are. Until next time, hey, keep turning those pages. We’ll see you in the next episode.

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