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.

My Read of the Month:

Title: Brida: A Novel (P.S.)
Author: Paulo Coelho
Published: 2008
Genre: Philosophical Fiction
Ratings: 3.7 out of 5 stars

Paulo always writes about issues that are universally common to all of us as human beings such as self-discovery, our search for love, pursuing our dreams and our spirituality.

I make it a point to read his books on a regular basis. His books are really thought-provoking and spell-binding. He is gifted writer.

In this story of Brida, it centres around a young Irish girl and her quest for knowledge. And like most of his other books, it
is a tale of love, passion, mystery and spirituality masterly crafted to awaken your mind and spirit with nuggets of wisdom.

As this story portrays mainly on traditional magical teachings that is woven with Catholic Christianity. Hence, much has to be read with an open but discerning mind especially for the ‘conservtists’ or ‘fundalemantalists’.

Though I found this book an enjoyable read that whetted my appetite for more with each chapter, but I was quite disappointed in how the story was concluded as an ending.

Who should read it: Fans of Paulho Coelho and for those who might not have read any of his books. Makes an exceptional good read for those who are mel and contemplative.