My Read of the Month:

Title: The Witch of Portobello a Novel
: Paulo Coelho
Published: 2007
Genre: Philosophical/Spiritual Fiction
Ratings: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Paulo Coelho scores with his signature class and style in this book. Much of what he writes has always been forward-thinking; challenging his readers to go beyond the limits set by society especially in regards to love and destiny.

This book’s central theme is built around the character, Athena. Though adopted into a rich family since birth, Athena was never contented. She grew into a woman in search of answers to the classical question of “Who am I?” through many experiences. And she eventually discovers her calling or mission in life and fulfils it.

I like that the author elucidates the opinion that the Church has deviated by its stringent rules to the point where it no longer serves the teachings of Jesus Christ in this book. Because this seems to be widespread among churches in this age where our spirituality journey is confined to the following of rules, systems or traditions.

I have read quite a number of Paulo Coelho’s works and this is one of his best. I enjoy how he uses stories to confront with the real issues of our inner being head on without covering up to make nicer than it looks.

This has definitely been the book for the season in ending my 2009. It provokes and challenges my beliefs and the way I see the world in order that I may evaluate and improve for 2010.

Who should read it: For those who are in search of their purpose in life or are taking the path of the road less travelled.

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