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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

This was a very powerful book and I am still dumbfounded why I never read it before.

The book outlines the prophet leaving to go back home which is a strong symbolism of passing on from the world.

Each chapter covers topics such as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, and many more.

I took notes as I read and almost every chapter I was able to find learning or lesson or reflection in my current life.

I would like this review to be slightly different. I want to share some of the notes I took and how I reflected on different passages of the book.

“For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger. And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine. And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man's ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night”.

I love this passage and it resounds deeply for me. The understanding I was able to get out of it was that even if you are good at something but you hate it, don’t do it. You doing something you hate will not yield the results you expect. Love what you do.

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding”.

This to me means pain comes with understanding. Suffering and pain are important to grow and learn. I personally learned the most at the moment I hit rock bottom. That moment is important as it made me who I am today.

I can go on and on with every lesson I learned with each chapter.

Do not be like me and wait years to read this, do it now.

Recommended for: Everyone

Score: 10/10

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