I had a feeling of reading this book again. June 2nd was the first time i read this book but this time I’m forced to change my negative views about this book so is the rating.
This book may not provide you with deep satisfaction such as Al-Chemist but deep down, By the river Piedra I sat down and wept satisfies us with the love of God and of people. We cannot just serve God by bowing down to its glory but also by serving its mankind. God can be found in the simplest of actions. You don’t have to go and find God in the distant mountains or roads, He can be found everywhere around us. The ground we walk on, the water we drink, the rain we cherish, the snow we love, the sun soak; God is present in every single thing we touch or see.
There comes a certain point in our lives when our capacity to love vanishes. We face such massive heart break while loving the love of our lives that it compels us not to love again. Indeed, love rushes us from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds. That’s what this book told us; never stop loving. Every love story we go through teaches us something important. Every second we suffer after a heart break, this suffering may last days, weeks, months or years, is worth every damn second coz what invisible force of love taught us can’t be learned by priests or mullahs or by any religious preacher. For in every love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we come to a spiritual experience. Those who are truly enlightened, those whose souls are illuminated by love, have been able to overcome all the inhibitions. They have been joyful — because those who love conquer the world and have no fear of loss. True love is an act of total surrender. To love is to lose control.
By the river Piedra is sat down and wept is just a regular story of two childhood friends, who loved each other but were afraid of the possibilities the love brought with itself but as they reunite after a decade, they understood the true sense of love and embraced love with full force. It isn’t the story that was extraordinary but the way Paulo Coelho told the story. Picking any book of Paulo Coelho, you’ll sense a spiritual theme that book holds. In this case, this book mostly revolves ar0und the struggle of who we are and who we want to be, making sacrifices for us and the people we love with a touch of mystical nature of God/Goddess.
It is a risk to love.
What if it doesn’t work out?
Ah, but what if it does.