One of the easiest books in the world to read—it’s possible to get through this in a couple of hours and the simplicity of it all makes it flow.
It’s the story of a boy who goes on a journey in search of his ‘treasure’. He travels to exotic lands in search of it, meets characters along the way, gets in trouble, falls in love, and ‘finds himself’ along the way.
The first time I read this book, about ten years ago, I was inspired.
What I think this work does the best is put the idea in your mind that you can learn through observation–specifically observations that come from patterns in Nature, ‘omens’. After reading it, you will believe that invisible lessons can be learned from any situation through observation.
That’s what the book does best, inspire you to look at things a little closer and pay attention to the detail.
It also does a great job motivating you to make the most out of travel:
What made travel appealing…always made new friend and didn’t have to spend all of his time with them. When someone sees the same people every day…they wind up becoming a part of that person’s life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should live their lives, but none about his or her own.
The story itself is nothing new, and a lot of the plot is overflowing with cheese, but it’s a great introduction if you want to start looking at the world through a more spiritual lens.
After this taste, you might be inspired to dig deeper into spirituality and read some true Masters.
Another reason I’m recommending this book is because nearly every time I travel, I see a girl alone reading it. I’ve approached plenty and opened them up by commenting on the book and it always leads to success. A theme of The Alchemist is meeting people and being open to what their ideas, so people who are reading/have read it will appreciate this.
It’s not a classic work of great wisdom, but its popularity provides real evidence that we are living in times of great spiritual deficit. People are craving guidance.
This is the dummies guide to spirituality, and an entertaining one at that.
Buy a copy here.