Revelation Through Fiction: Which Books Have Inspired You Most?

I picked up The Alchemist last night, and I cannot figure out how I have gone this long without reading it. What is more astonishing is that it came into my consciousness through a blogger I read here, just after I wrote my last post about the indeterminacy of desires.

For those of you who do not know, The Alchemist is a book by Paulo Coelho that narrates the life of a shepherd who discovers, and subsequently seeks his “Personal Legend”. A Personal Legend is something like one’s “purpose”, or deepest desire, that comes to him as a child but is often forgotten, or deemed impossible, once he reaches adulthood. If the individual is able to determine his Personal Legend then “all the universe conspires in helping [him] to achieve it” (The Alchemist). Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

What is really striking to me is the power of fictional narrative as a self-help tool. Most of the literature filed under “personal growth” or whatnot appeals to our minds through easily digestible “techniques” or tidbits of advice. But fiction can elicit a more emotional or visceral learning. It infuses our psyches with a non-logic based understanding of the world, as if by magic.

I have not finished the book yet but it has already given me great fodder for well-being. It helps fill in some gaps in my spiritual education, because it addresses the heart in conjunction with the mind.

So, I would love to know, what fiction books have lent spiritual inspiration to you?


7 thoughts on “Revelation Through Fiction: Which Books Have Inspired You Most?

  1. I love this book and also found it many years after it was published. I actually saw it under fiction and decided not to read it (looking for spiritual self-help) but then it found it’s way to me again. Hope you are having an awesome day. Hugs!

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  2. I am fascinated to learn about The Alchemist because I’ve wanted to read it. Quite honestly, I haven’t read fiction books in the spiritual/ self-help genre, but have read some wonderful stories (true) that have helped set my heart free, like “The Afterlife of Billy Fingers” by Annie Kagan.

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