Wednesday, December 22, 2010


By Paulo Coelho

From the back of the book:

“Paulo Coelho is one of the world’s best-loved storytellers, bringing joy and wisdom to millions. In this collection of extracts that he has specially selected from classic books, Paulo explores the emotions and reflections in works as diverse as The Art of War, Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Frankenstein, and takes us by the hand on a wonderful journey of discovery with Alice through the Looking Glass; danger with Dracula’s human pet; and thrills with Jekyll and Hyde in nineteenth-century London."

Although this isn’t a holiday book, what better time is there to reflect on life than during the Christmas season? And that’s exactly what Paulo Coelho does in this book, which is arranged in four sections – water, earth, air and fire – to echo the four elements of the Ancients.

Coelho takes an in depth look at each element, then finds stories, tales, poems, etc., to demonstrate the meaning of them. He shows us how each teaches us specific lessons we can use to gain insight into life, love and truth.

Whether you agree with his interpretations or not, you can always use his book as a guideline for designing your own journal of “Inspirations.” Think about some of the books you’ve read and how they affected you. Then take those feelings and use them to reflect on the purpose of your own life.

You might be surprised at what you discover.

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