An addition to my first post on the book here.
I won't say too much, as I don't want to give anything away for people that are interested in reading it. When I first started reading the book, I wasn't quite sure what to think or expect. It came highly recommended, so I had high hopes ... I just wasn't quite sure what I was hoping for. In either case, I LOVED it. I honestly had no idea what an alchemist or alchemy was. The closest I'd come to knowing it, is probably through the Harry Potter series. It sounds like an odd comparison, because the books aren't at all alike really .. but some of the philosophical ideas they spoke about, I only understood because of Harry Potter. Anyway, it was okay that I didn't know what Alchemy was, because I got to learn about it as the main character also learned about it. So it was almost like, whenever he had a revelation, I had a revelation ... and I thought that was pretty cool.
To sum it up, the book is all about recognizing one's path in life (or one's Personal Legend) and seeking it. It makes you want to take chances and you remember that everything is connected.
These are some of my favorite quotes from the story:
"And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
"When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too."
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself."
"At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That's the world's greatest lie."
I loved the message of this story and best of all, I actually believe the message. I believe we are totally in control of how our lives play out ... as long as we know when to take control. So, if you've been thinking about reading this book and simply haven't gotten around to it .. do it. It's well worth your time.