The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)- The Quest for your Personal Legend

This book kept me company on my way to Massachusetts to visit my family. I moved to California to embark on my “personal legend”, my life purpose and this was my first visit back home since the move. This book was powerful, for it touched on various life topics: love, letting go of fear, following the “omens”, or signs that the universe places before you to guide you, and happiness. The main focus in the novel is known in this line, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” This is a similar theme in “The Secret.” You can read more about that movie in the movies section.


A question Paulo Coelho was asked regarding The Alchemist.

You also say people should watch for omens. Can you describe what you mean by omens?

Omens are the individual language in which God talks to you. My omens are not your omens.
They are this strange, but very individual language that guides you toward your own destiny. They are not logical. They talk to your heart directly.
The only way that you can learn any language is by making mistakes. I made my mistakes, but then I started to connect with the signs that guide me. This silent voice of God that leads me to the places where I should be.

3 Comments on “The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)- The Quest for your Personal Legend

  1. Yes, this was a great book indeed. I don’t normally read novels, but I really enjoyed this book. Thanks for sharing it with me!

    What a perfect book for you to read Gabriella during this time of your life as you continue to pursue your Personal Legend. Keep going girl, you’re almost there. 2008 is going to be incredible!

  2. I am from Brazil, and I remember Paulo in the 70’s, as a songwriter. He wrote beautiful lyrics, filed with social commentaries and soulfulness, ancient imageries, and modern angst. I am yet to read any of his books, but if his talent as a songwriter is any indication, I am inclined to believe his literary talent would be just as inspirational.
    Gabriella sounds like a very loving person. Her passion and love for life transpires in her choices of movies, books, blogs, etc. I am glad she is determined to encourage and inspire others to follow their hearts. Way to go, Gabriella!

  3. I read “The Alchemist”, somehow I lost the first book I bought (I know the lost book went to the right hand) so I bought another one. It is indeed a great story of finding the treasures within ourselves…
    I know you’ve been defining your own personal legend along the way, Gabriella! It has made some really great marks! All the best to you!