Paulo Coelho is known for his inspiring and life changing stories. I wouldn’t consider his books self help but that doesn’t mean they are not known for help.
It is July 14. 1099 and Jerusalem is waiting to be attacked by crusaders that have currently surrounded the gates. There are men, women and some children who either decided not to leave or couldn’t leave waiting to hear from a man named Copt. He is odd to the townspeople but he is considered enlightened and during this time they turn to him to ask questions about various aspects of life.
The good part of this book is the fact that although it begins in 1099, the townspeople problems about their life, mirrors the same problems most people face now. It makes you think how things really don’t change no matter the time period. People get lonely, people are scare of change, and are unable to find love; its amazing how everyone is different but the same at the same time.
Compare to his other books like “11 minutes” and “The Alchemist” , where you had to read in between the lines , Coelho choose a more direct way of giving advice; ask a question receive an answer. Since the story stayed on the same path throughout most, if not the entire book, I can’t say there was something I didn’t like about it. Maybe I wish there was more of a plot to the story. It was a struggle to read because it was so straightforward that you may actually see his book in the self help section of your bookstore or library.
The book gets a 7 out of 10. Loved the idea and the words of wisdom, just wish there was more of a story.