Quick question - I have a Christian friend that has asked my opinion about the book “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. His wife has read it and has suggested it to my friend. I have not read the book, so I have no opinion. Are you familiar with Coelho’s work? If so, is it worth a vetting, or should I recommend that my friend steer clear?
@Jmworks9113 I have not read the book, but it was recommended to me a long time ago by a friend who is into the new age. I had a look online and it seems to be a very well written story about a young man’s journey to “find the treasure within”.
Personally I would have no issue reading it. I believe it is very beneficial for us to read popular books in order to be better able to engage with those around us. I would put it in the same category as The Da Vinci Code or The Celestian Prophecy.
I would not advise a young believer or somebody who is not firm in their faith to read this kind of material.
I hope this helps.