But, then, how many of us will be saved the pain of seeing the most important things in our lives disappearing from one moment to the next? I don't just mean people, but our ideas and dreams too: we might survive a day, a week, a few years, but we're all condemned to lose. Our body remains alive, yet sooner or later our soul will receive the mortal blow. The perfect crime--for we don't know who murdered our joy, what their motives were, or where the guilty parties are to be found.

~ the novel, The Witch of Portobello, by Paulo Coelho

This book is a jewel. Unique. Truthful...mysterious...thoughtful...need I go on? Paulo Coelho is a writer for this age...no doubt.

It has been a while since a book has highly resonated with me such as this one. It has left me pondering many things I have felt and wondered about.

"We all have a duty to love and to allow love to manifest itself in the way it thinks best. We cannot and must not be frightened when the powers of darkness want to make themselves heard, those same powers that introduced the word sin merely to control our hearts and minds. Jesus Christ, whom we all know, turned to the woman taken in adultery and said: 'Has no man condemned thee? Neither do I condemn thee.' He healed people on the Sabbath, he allowed a prostitute to wash his feet, he promised a thief that he would enjoy the delights of Paradise, he ate forbidden foods, and he said that we should concern ourselves only with today, because the lilies in the field toil not, neither do they spin, but are arrayed in glory..."

~ the novel, The Witch of Portobello, by Paulo Coelho

4 Insightful Comments:

Tracy said...

i just bought his newest "Brida" and am starting it this evening..but you have me hypnotized with this one you write about..so now i will go to amazon and order it!xxoo

peaceloveyoga said...

Great! I've heard good things about "Brida" as well! Will have to pick that one up soon...

Anonymous said...


I'm a big fan of Paulo Coelho! You will love this! He's the first best-selling
author to be distributing for free his works on his blog:

Have a nice day!


Tracy said...

it's good. in a different sort of way, but that is Coelho for you~ his books always, ALWAYS have such a deep message don't they? so, as i said, i started the book last night...yeah, read half of it, could NOT put it down!! good thing i ordered Witch of Portobello!!!
;0) xxoo


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