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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Paulo Coelho is one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Now, in the long-awaited companion to his first novel, Coelho presents a collection of philosophical stories that will delight and guide seekers everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“[This] Brazilian wizard makes books disappear from stores.”
London Times
“[His] books have had a life-enchanting effect on millions of people.”
New York Times
“[This] Brazilian wizard makes books disappear from stores.”
London Times
“[His] books have had a life-enchanting effect on millions of people.”
Publishers Weekly
This companion volume to Coelho's popular The Alchemist is an odd hybrid-a self-help manual with fictional overtones; a series of aphorisms and platitudes set within the frame of the sketchiest of parables. In the parable, a boy meets a beautiful woman at a beach, who proceeds to tell him about a hidden undersea temple near a vanished island. The boy fails in his initial attempt to find the temple, though he hears its bells ring, but later, as a grown man, he again meets the woman, who hands him an empty notebook and directs him to write about the "Warrior of the Light," a being who is "capable of understanding the miracle of life, of fighting to the last for something he believes in-and of hearing the bells that the waves set ringing on the seabed." Some of the aphorisms that follow have a specific spiritual source-Lao Tzu, Gandhi, Jesus and Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, among others, are quoted. Coelho provides general spiritual inspiration, but he also offers guidance in more mundane matters, explaining the specific motivations behind childish, immature behavior, cowardly moments, feelings of spiritual emptiness and the reluctance to change. Some of these passages are original, but others merely repackage common inspirational fodder. The volume preserves the basic spiritual tone of The Alchemist, but readers expecting comparable depth and substance will be disappointed. (Mar.) Forecast: The price of this tiny hardcover may be a stumbling block for buyers; a cheaper paperback might have been a better bet. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A guidebook for good living on the tenth anniversary of The Alchemist. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Brazilian Coelho (renowned for The Alchemist, 1993) has sold over 35 million copies worldwide and been translated into 54 languages. His latest may end up in the same enviable boat. Each Coelheo offering is slightly different in form but similar in voice-a voice that can be uplifting or chock-a-block with placebos of the religio-saccharine. The author's best is The Fifth Mountain (1998), about the prophet Elijah's battle for monotheism and his rise to heaven-still alive-in a chariot of fire. This time out, Coelho compiles parables and meditations first published over a three-year period in a column called "Maktub" in Folha de São Paulo and other newspapers in Brazil and elsewhere. The compilation is framed by a brief parable-or, if compared to Tolstoy's steel-etched parables, by a bit of fluff. A strange woman tells a boy from a fishing village, "Just off the beach to the west of the village lies an island, and on it is a vast temple with many bells." The boy spends many fruitless seasons sifting on the beach and becomes the butt of jokes from his mates as he waits to hear the bells. Only when the beauty of the seagulls' cries, the roar of the sea, and the wind blowing through the palm trees become one to him does he at last hear them. The woman returns and hands him a blue notebook full of blank pages and tells him that, as a Warrior of the Light, one who understands the miracle of life and yet still has a child's eyes, he must write down the path that led to his being a Warrior. Sample: "Sometimes Evil pursues a Warrior of the Light, and when it does, he calmly invites it into his tent . . . . When he has heard everything, he gets up and leaves. Evil feels so weary and empty after allthis talk that it does not have the strength to follow him"). Feeble.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060527983
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/30/2004
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 44,074
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 5.34 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, The Valkyries, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, The Winner Stands Alone, Aleph, Manuscript Found in Accra, and Adultery, among others, have sold 150 million copies worldwide.

Biography

His books have been translated into 56 languages, topped bestseller lists throughout the world, and scored him such celebrity fans as Julia Roberts, Bill Clinton, and Madonna; yet for Brazilian publishing phenom Paulo Colho, the road to success has been strewn with a number of obstacles, many of them rooted in his troubled past.

As a youth, Coelho was expected to follow in the footsteps of his father, a professional engineer. When he rebelled, expressing his intentions to become a writer, his parents had him committed to a psychiatric hospital where he was subjected to electro-shock therapy. He left home to join the 1970s countercultural revolution, experimenting with drugs, dabbling in black magic, and getting involved in Brazil's bohemian art and music scene. He teamed with rock musician Raul Seixas for an extremely successful songwriting partnership that changed the face of Brazilian pop -- and put a lot of money in Coelho's pockets. He also joined an anti-capitalist organization called the Alternative Society which attracted the attention of Brazil's military dictatorship. Marked down as a subversive, he was imprisoned and tortured.

Amazingly, Coelho survived these horrific experiences. He left the hippie lifestyle behind, went to work in the record industry, and began to write, but without much success. Then, in the mid-1980s, during a trip to Europe, he met a man, an unnamed mentor he refers to only as "J," who inducted him into Regnum Agnus Mundi, a secret society that blends Catholicism with a sort of New Age mysticism. At J's urging, Coelho journeyed across el Camino de Santiago, the legendary Spanish road traversed by pilgrims since the Middle Ages. He chronicled this life-changing, 500-mile journey -- the culmination of decades of soul-searching -- in The Pilgrimage, published in 1987.

The following year, Coelho wrote The Alchemist, the inspirational fable for which he is best known. The first edition sold so poorly the publisher decided not to reprint it. Undaunted, Coelho moved to a larger publishing house that seemed more interested in his work. When his third novel (1990's Brida) proved successful, the resulting media buzz carried The Alchemist all the way to the top of the charts. Released in the U.S. by HarperCollins in 1993, The Alchemist became a word-of-mouth sensation, turning Coelho into a cult hero.

Since then, he has gone on to create his own distinct literary brand -- an amalgam of allegory and self-help filled with spiritual themes and symbols. In his novels, memoirs, and aphoristic nonfiction, he returns time and again to the concepts of quest and transformation and has often said that writing has helped connect him to his soul. While his books have not always been reviewed favorably and have often become the subject of strong cultural and philosophical debate, there is no doubt that this self-described "pilgrim writer" has struck a chord in readers everywhere. In the 2009 edition of the Guiness Book of World Records, Coelho was named the most translated living author -- with William Shakespeare the most translated of all time!

Good To Know

Few writers are able to accomplish what Coelho can in just two to four weeks -- which is how long it takes for him to write an entire novel.

Before become a bestselling novelist, Coelho was a writer of a different sort. He co-wrote more than 60 songs with Brazilian musician Raul Seixas.

Coelho is the founder of the Paulo Coelho Institute, a non-profit organization funded by his royalties that raises money for underprivileged children and the elderly in his homeland of Brazil.

In our interview with Coelho, he shared some fascinating facts about himself:

"I have been practicing archery for a long time; a bow and arrow helps me to unwind."

"In writing, I apply my feminine side and respect the mystery involved in creation."

"I love almost everything about my work, except conferences. I am too shy in front of an audience. But I love signings and having eye contact with a reader who already knows my soul."

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    1. Hometown:
      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 24, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    1. Education:
      Left law school in second year
    2. Website:

Read an Excerpt

Warrior of the Light

A Manual
By Paulo Coelho

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Paulo Coelho
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060527986

Capitulo Uno

A Warrior of the Light knows that he has much to be grateful for.

Angels help him in his struggle; celestial forces place each thing in its place, thus allowing him to give it his best.

His companions say: "He's so lucky!" And the warrior does sometimes achieve things far beyond his capabilities.

That is why, at sunset, he kneels and gives thanks for the Protective Cloak surrounding him.

His gratitude, however, is not limited to the spiritual world; he never forgets his friends, for their blood, mingled with his on the battlefield.

A Warrior does not need to be reminded of the help given him by others. He is the first to remember and he makes sure to share with them any rewards he receives.


All the world's roads lead to the heart of the Warrior; he plunges unhesitatingly into the river of passions always flowing through his life.

The warrior knows that he is free to choose his desires, and he makes these decisions with courage, detachment and -- sometimes -- with just a touch of madness.

He embraces his passions and enjoys them intensely. He knows that there is no need to renounce the pleasures of conquest; they are part of life and bring joy to all those who participate in them.

But henever loses sight of things that last or of the strong bonds forged over time.

A Warrior can distinguish between the transient and the enduring.


A Warrior of the Light does not rely on strength alone, he makes use of his opponent's energy too.

When he enters the fight, all he has is his enthusiasm, the moves, and strikes that he learned during his training. As the fight progresses, he discovers that enthusiasm and training are not enough to win: what counts is experience.

Then he opens his heart to the Universe and asks God to give him the inspiration he needs to turn every blow from his enemy into a lesson in self-defence.

His companions say: "He's so superstitious. He stopped fighting in order to pray; he even shows respect for his opponent's tricks."

A Warrior does not respond to these provocations. He knows that without inspiration and experience, no amount of training will help him.

Continues...


Excerpted from Warrior of the Light by Paulo Coelho Copyright © 2006 by Paulo Coelho. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    I read through the whole book in an hour and found some beautiful spiritual connections. It is very uplifting when you are feeling down and confused about life. It is a must buy!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

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    Not the best Coelho book I have read!

    I love Paulo Coelho. After having read The Alchemist and Down by the River Piedra I Sat down and wept, I was expecting more of a story. This book is more a book of short motivational statements. Each page with a new lesson or reminder. This is not a book that you read through and get a story. It is more something you are supposed to read and reflect upon. I get the book and appreciate the message it gives, however it was not what I was expecting when I picked it up. Very Short read. Easy writing style. Good for self-reflection.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    WONDERFUL description of us ALL who are truly AWARE of our capabilities in our interactions with the world around us.

    Whatever page OPENS before you, is so applicable to what you are asking.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

    Worst book ever

    If there were an option to give this book 0 stars I would do that instead.

    This book is 200 pages of virtues. When I read the reviews I was optimistic because I LOVE Paulo Coehlo. After reading the first few pages in my NOOK I thought he might just be setting some plot line up with some things that the Warrior of the Light does, but no. It's the same thing every chapter. Oh and chapters are 2 pages long.

    If what you want is a longer version of the 10 Commandments then this book is right up your alley.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Paulo Coelho

    Obviously I am a fan of PC. PC has a special way of enveloping the reader into the novel. And after each book of his you will read, you grow as an individual. He is in the same league as Deepak Chopra. And I have much respect for both of these writers.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2003

    The new Ethics of the 21st Century

    Outstanding.....I think this is the new Ethics for Humanity, Paulo Coelho brings into light on how we should handle the serious issues of today and the ones we will face in the future.........Awesome !!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Not interesting to me

    I was hoping for something more like the alchemist but this book is nothing like that in my opinion. Its a bunch of parables and teachings. I'll pass on this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    If you liked THE ALCHEMIST, you'll love this.

    Very inspiring words of wisdom.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 7, 2012

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    Posted May 11, 2012

    Tigerfeather to bearstrick

    I am a med cat comto shiloh rwsult one and i will help you.

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    Expecting kits

    Hi im bearstrick im a shecat expecting kits

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Great book

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Coelho~ one of my fave authors

    Life stuff~ I like about anything he writes......gets you thinking

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    Posted December 3, 2011

    Excellent

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