Seven years of reflections, journeys and meetings: the revelation of a fascinating philosophy of life.

Paulo Coelho is an enchanting storyteller, inspiring people all over the world to see beyond the ordinary and into the remarkable. Like the Flowing River is a compilation of tales, opinions and ideas drawn from articles published in various newspapers.


This path took me to many places and caused me to change countries more often than I changed shoes, as Bertolt Brecht used to say. The pages that follow contain accounts of some of my own experiences, stories other people have told me, and thoughts I’ve had while travelling down particular stretches of the river of my life.

- PAULO COELHO

Like the Flowing River

Seven years of reflections, journeys and meetings: the revelation of a fascinating philosophy of life.

Paulo Coelho is an enchanting storyteller, inspiring people all over the world to see beyond the ordinary and into the remarkable. Like the Flowing River is a compilation of tales, opinions and ideas drawn from articles published in various newspapers.


This path took me to many places and caused me to change countries more often than I changed shoes, as Bertolt Brecht used to say. The pages that follow contain accounts of some of my own experiences, stories other people have told me, and thoughts I’ve had while travelling down particular stretches of the river of my life.

- PAULO COELHO

Editions

Rights sold in 20 languages:

Catalan, Czech, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Malayalam, Marathi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak and Spanish.

 

Reviews

"Like the Flowing River gives us lots of food for thought."
-- TV ENVIE MAGAZINE, FRANCE, 2007


"Like the Flowing River presents Paulo Coelho’s most intimate and powerful reflections.”
-- SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, AUSTRALIA, 2007


"Paulo Coelho takes us, in 101 stages, into a journey sometimes dreamt, sometimes lived, where we discover The Other Side of the Tower of Babel, Norma and the Good Things or Genghis Khan and his Falcon. A real pleasure reading, enlightened by a wisdom that preaches nothing."
-- BIBA, FRANCE, 2006


"Coelho seduces once again the readers captivated by his writing."
-- L’ÉCLAIR DES PYRENEES, FRANCE, 2006


"Since The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho is constantly inviting readers to question their lives, to wonder about his choices and actions. With Like the Flowing River, he continues his personal legend helping you find yours."
-- VIRGIN MAGAZINE, FRANCE, 2006


"A delightful book that is above all an invitation to travel. Enjoy Coelho’s agile writing and his detailed analysis of the great joys and small troubles of everyday life. Gourmet words to peck with delight."
-- BON WEEK CULTURE CLUB, FRANCE, 2006


"These texts are above all an extraordinary voyage into the thinking of the world’s most widely-read writer."
-- LE BIEN PUBLIQUE, FRANCE, 2006


"The new Paulo Coelho is an absolute delight. The Brazilian writer takes us into an extraordinary journey through his thoughts. Magnificent!"
-- MAGASIN MADISON NUGGETS, FRANCE, 2006

Extracts

“Sometimes, we are so attached to our way of life that we turn down wonderful opportunities simply because don't know what to do with it.”

“Lord, protect our decisions, because making Decision is a way of praying. Give us the courage after our doubts, to be able to choose between one road and another. May our YES always be a YES and our NO always be a NO. Once we have chosen our road, may we never look back nor allow our soul to be eaten away by remorse. And in order for this to be possible.”

“It is part of the human nature always to judge others very severely and,when the wind turns against us,always to find an excuse for our own misdeeds,or to blame someone else for our mistakes.”

“I understand once again that the greatness of God always reveals itself in the simple things.”

“All religions lead to the same God, and all deserve the same respect. Anyone who chooses a religion is also choosing a collective way for worshipping and sharing the mysteries. Nevertheless, that person is the only one responsible for his or her actions along the way and has no right to shift responsibility for any personal decisions on to that religion.”

“I am always amazed that so many people are concerned with wanting to be what they are not;What is the point of making yourself look ridiculous? You don't always have to pretend to be strong,there is no need to prove all the time that everything is going well,you shouldn't be concerned about what other people are thinking. Cry if you need to,it's good to cry out all your tears,because only then you will be able to smile again...”

“We always have the necessary resources to face the storms that life throws at us, but most of the time,those resources are locked up in the depths of our heart and we waste an enormous amount of time trying to find them.By the time we've found them,we already been defeated by adversity.”

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