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Adultery by Paolo Coelho

Summary
  1. Linda, a wealthy Swiss woman is married to a great guy and has a great life but is unhappy and before she knows exactly what is going on, is not behaving like herself and doesn’t know what else she might be capable of
Key Takeaways
  1. N/A
What I got out of it
  1. Good read and pretty erotic at times. It got somewhat spiritual at times a-la-Coelho but not nearly as much as I was expecting. Good not great

The Manuscripts Found in Accra by Paolo Coelho

Summary
  1. Before Jerusalem is attacked by the French in 1099, people gather to hear a Copt speak and ask him questions. This book is that dialogue which offers guidance on how to live our lives and which virtues to cultivate
Key Takeaways
  1. Believe only in the present moment
  2. In the cycles of nature, there is no such thing as victory or defeat, only movement. Both will pass so blame no one for your situation
  3. Only he who gives up is defeated. Everybody else is victorious
  4. Defeat is for the valiant and as long as you never give up, you never fail. Failure is forever
  5. Without solitude, no love can survive nor work grow. It is necessary and vital. Solitude required to understand who you are. Learn to accept solitude as a blessing
  6. We are afraid to change as we know and are comfortable with ourselves and our world. Be like nature and continually change
  7. For those who think change is dangerous, routine kills much more quickly
  8. People who find things ugly are only reflecting their own inner insecurities. The eyes are the window to the soul
  9. Enthusiasm is your sacred fire – do whatever it is that brings this out in you
  10. Cannot love if expect something in return. We need to love unflinchingly. We love because love sets us free. Let’s us say and feel things we never could have before
  11. Pleasing everyone is not noble. It shows lack of love for self
  12. Do not seek love for any price for love has no price
  13. Stay close to those who are not afraid to be vulnerable. Those who realize that the friendship is the end not a means
  14. Let your light shine forth and you will attract the right people and right situations
  15. Elegance lies in simplicity and not in the clothes you wear but how you wear them. Simplicity is the coming together of the true values of life and are the most extraordinary. Elegance cultivates beauty. Elegance makes no effort to be elegant
  16. Success is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace
  17. Love all and without expectation. You will always be the first to benefit
What I got out of it
  1. A very deep and inspirational read, per usual with Coelho. The ideas about happiness, success, love, enthusiasm and defeat all resonate with me and is something I try to keep in mind

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The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

Summary
  1. By following your heart, you will find treasures along the way and do what you are meant to do on this earth. A beautiful book with a powerful message
 
Key Takeaways:
  1. World’s greatest lie – people believe at some point they lose control of their lives to fate. He ended up telling him things that Santi had never told anyone. He told Santi that he had discovered his personal legend – what he was meant to do.
  2. World’s truth – when you really want something it is right because it began in the soul in the universe. Old man tells of same treasure by pyramids and demands 1/10 of his flock.
  3. Truth to happiness – see all the marvels of the world but do not lose what your personal focus is
  4. Forget about the future. Each day in itself brings an eternity
  5. Fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself
  6. Your eyes show the strength of your soul
  7. Do not ever mess with another person or thing’s personal legend
  8. Fear of failure is the one thing that can keep you from achieving your dream
  9. As something improves itself, it improves everything around it as well. Love is the force that transforms and improves the world
  10. Life is generous to those who pursue their personal legend
 
What I got out of it:
  1. A beautiful book. Follow your heart and the world will reward you. So simple but often so difficult to implement (if you choose to make it that way…)

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Aleph by Paulo Coelho

Summary
  1. A very personal account where the main character is having a crisis of faith. His attempts are not getting him the results he desires and he starts to have doubts about the path he is following and about the things he is doing, until he meets Hilal
Key Takeaways
  1. The narrator’s master, J, says, he is trying to become the “King of His Kingdom”
  2. J tells him that what he is feeling is what he himself had felt some years back. That way, the writer is convinced that what he is in is a phase he cannot withdraw himself from
  3. The narrator decides to travel and persuades his agent to do a Russian tour where he will travel the country on the Trans Siberian Railroad. In Russia, he comes across a girl, Hilal, who he shares a history of lives past with. She talks about her dream about a friend with a light. Then the two of them see Aleph, which is defined as “a point where everything, the whole universe is contained”
  4. He becomes obsessed with how the bamboo grows. How, for the first several years the bamboo only grows underground with only a small shoot above the earth and then, seeemingly out of nowhere, it grows 25 meters in the next year. I think this is a powerful message that before success, there are years of hard work that go unseen
  5. “Karma is not what we did in our past, but what we do in the present to change our future”
  6. “Only mediocrity is sure of itself”
  7. “Love always triumphs over death. That is why there is no point in grieving for our loved ones. They will always be loved.”
What I got out of it
  1. A very intimate and touching story of a man who is battling a personal crisis and how he overcomes it through love and faith

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