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The Alchemist

The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho

Santiago, a shepherd boy, journeys from Spain to Morocco in search of worldly success, and eventually to Egypt, where a fateful encounter with an alchemist brings him at last to self-understanding and spiritual enlightenment. The story has comic charm, dramatic tension and psychological intensity but it's full of specific wisdom as well, about becoming self-empowered, overcoming depression, and believing in dreams. The cumulative effect is like hearing a wonderful bedtime story from an inspirational psychiatrist. ~Publishers Weekly

An Army of Angels

An Army of Angels:
A Novel of Joan of Arc

by Pamela Marcantel

Marcantel resurrects the mysterious Jehanne, the Maid of Orleans, whose devotion to God led her to be burned at the stake for witchcraft before she is 20. Jehanne's visions and voices... Guided to the future King of France, Charles VII [and] persuades him to give her an army to recapture French lands ... Rich with historical facts and vivid narrative, this work is highly recommended...
~Library Journal

Warrior of Light Manual of the Warrior of Light
by Paulo Coelho

Warrior of the Light: A Manual is an inspirational companion to The Alchemist, an international bestseller that has beguiled millions of readers around the world. Every short passage invites us to live out our dreams, to embrace the uncertainty of life, and to rise to our own unique destiny. In his inimitable style, Paulo Coelho helps bring out the Warrior of the Light within each of us. He also shows readers how to embark upon the way of the Warrior: the one who appreciates the miracle of being alive, the one who accepts failure, and the one whose quest leads him to become the person he wants to be.

Manuscript Found in Accra
by Paul Coelho

Coelho’s quietly beautiful book is difficult to categorize. Unlike many of his novels, it is not an allegory, nor does it revolve around a mystical or physical pilgrimage. Instead, it consists of a series of queries posed by a population under siege and the powerfully simple, yet evocative, answers provided by an essentially unidentified wise man.  ~Margaret Flanagan