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A breathtaking collection of reflections from one of the world's best loved storytellers, Paulo Coelho. In this riveting collection of thoughts and stories, Paulo Coelho, the author of 'The Alchemist', offers his personal reflections on a wide range of subjects from archery and music to elegance, traveling and the nature of good and evil. An old woman explains to her grand ...more
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Published by Harper Collins Uk (first published January 1st 2000)
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Mohammed Alsaleh
مرّ وقتٌ طويل .. منذ وقعت عيناي على هذا الكتاب ..

اليوم .. قلّبتُ صفحاته .. وقفتُ برهة بين دفتيه .. اطلعتُ على أيامي معه وثارت في نفسي أشجان وأحزان ..

هذا الكتاب .. هو كالدليل .. يضيء في قلبك نور .. ويذكي في نفسك أشياء رائعة وراقية ..

عبارة عن مجموعة من النصوص .. تقرؤها .. مرة .. مرتين .. عشر .. وفي كل مرة تحس أن المكان ينير ويشع .. وفي كل مرة تحس في قلبك الراحة وتقر عينك وتبرد ..

باولو كويلو في هذه التحفة الفنية الراقية .. استطاع أن يتوغل نحو الأعماق ويسبرها ويكتشف أسراراً خطيرة في شخصية الإنسان ال
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Nahed.E

لحظة وجدت كل الإجابات ، تبدلّت كل الأسئلة !! "
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" حمدت الله لأنه وهبني الوعي لأفهم أن ما كان يجب أن يحدث قد حدث ،
ولم يحدث شئ "
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سأل رجل ما رجل حكيم :
(( أود أن أعرف ماهو المضحك لدى الكائنات البشرية ))...
فقال الحكيم : إنهم يفكرون دائما بعكس مالديهم .
وهم مستعجلون للكبر, ثم يتحسرون على طفولتهم الضائعة.
يفقدون صحتهم لكي يملكوا المال ,
ثم يفقدون مالهم من أجل امتلاك الصحة...
(( يفكرون بكثير من القلق في المستقبل
بحيث أنهم ينسون الحاضر,
و هكذا فإنهم لا يعيشون حاضرهم ولا مستقبلهم
يعيشون كما لو أنهم لم يمو
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Nini Thamsiel
Jan 18, 2010 Nini Thamsiel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: be carried anywhere you go and to be readed as your new experience in life
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There are a lot of insights of human life that I can learn from this amazing book...I love the way he wrote all of the stories which were contained of enchanting messages for anyone who read it, especially me. It helps me smile, wrinkle my eye brows whenever I didn't get the point yet of one story, helps me passing my day, even when I got stuck by the traffic jam.
In short, I must say that this book is loveable...and I love it.
Nora
Jul 06, 2013 Nora rated it it was amazing
قصص ايمانية وفلسفية واحداث متنوعة من الحياة ، اجدها جدا ممتعة ، واحيانا يسرد بعض الاحداث اليومية ولكن ليس مجرد سرد ممل بل يحوي معاني عظيمة
انقل لكم بعض الاقتباسات التي اعجبتني
- صديقك يبقى صديقك حتى لو فعل مالا يعجبك
- اختر الطريق الاقل سلوكا لتتميز
- افضل وسيلة اتصال بالعالم ( نظر الانسان)
- الامل دائم مادامت الحياة
-اسوا شيء ان تشعر ان لاحد يهتم فيك
-العمل يغدو -لعنة- اذا منعك من التفكير في معنى الحياة
-عش الحياة لا تجتازها
- لا تلزم نفسك بالقواعد في كل الامور ، كن عفوي واستخدم حدسك
- اذا انتهيت من قرا
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Fatosha
Oct 20, 2011 Fatosha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ما بين حكاية الموت الذي كان يرتدي المنامة وحكاية الشر الذي كان يريد أن يفعل الخير، صادفتني رسالة إلى جورج بوش ونص عن فن التجريب وآخر عن التصرف بدافع , وغرقت لأكثر من ثلاثة أيام من بعد قرائتي لكتاب كالنهر الذي يجري لباولو كويلهو في دائرة من التأملات ودوامة من الأفكار ..

من المعروف عن باولو كويلهو أنه كثيراً ما يلبسك أجنحته ويسمح لك بالطيران (لصفحات) في عالمه، الذي يبدو تماماً كعالمك من حيث مظهره الخارجي لكنك ستدرك لاحقاً بأنك أبداً لم تراه في السابق كما يبدو لك الآن..

اخترت لكم هذان النصان ، ليس با
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Junix Jerald
Apr 13, 2012 Junix Jerald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like the Flowing River is a collection of Paulo Coelho’s stories and articles which were published in different newspapers around the world.

Like the Flowing River is definitely one of Coelho’s best, for me. It contained his thoughts and reflections on different things—from the story of the pencil to a piece of bread that fell wrong side up. I’m amused at how he sees the Universe. How he comes up with various realizations out of the simplest things that happen in his life.

This proves that Paulo C
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Jackie
Jan 03, 2013 Jackie rated it really liked it
Each Christmas, we have an exchange of gifts. The actual exchange of gifts take place during the annual Christmas party. Anyway, all employees were asked to create a *wish list*. The wish list contained all (or some) of the things that we would like to receive for Christmas. Last Christmas (2011), I was collecting Nicholas Sparks' books. This Christmas (2012), I was collecting Paulo Coelho books. So, naturally, I wrote down *Paulo Coelho books* on my wish list. To cut the story short, I received ...more
Nurul Nadzirin
Dec 04, 2014 Nurul Nadzirin rated it it was ok
Oh, why do I even bother anymore with Coelho? His books are easy (read: shallow) reads but leave a bad aftertaste, much like how I feel after I'm done bingeing on junk food. Write about spirituality in a stripped, simplified way, sprinkle in some pseudo-intellectualism and voila - you get a world famous author with little substance. Coelho should be taught two things: one is that nuanced writing is a much better approach in philosophizing, and two, it would do the readers good if he could tone d ...more
Fatima Saeed
Jul 15, 2011 Fatima Saeed rated it it was amazing
I never thought that a man can really be so profound and inspiring even in his daily life, until I read Paulo Coelho’s Like the Flowing River.

Before I read this book, I have read Coelho’s book “The Alchemist”, and just credited him for a wonderful work of art. But after reading this book, I discovered that Coelho is not only a masterful writer but also a man full of wisdom in real life.

Like the Flowing River is a gleaning of accounts of his experiences, stories he had been told and thoughts than
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Lina
Book: "Hey, Reader, you know what?"

Reader: "No, what?"

Book: "Everyone surely loves God!"

Reader: "Not me. Shut up and do something interesting."

Book: "What if I tell you stories about the essence of life?"

Reader: "Sounds alright."

Book: "A and B had an argument and stopped talking to each other. A died suddenly. B was sad because he had never apologised to A. Not talking to each other is very sad. Whaddaya think? :D"

Reader: "I think you're as subtle as an atomic bomb."

Book: *weeps* "You no me like
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Hiba ibrahim

كآن ممل بالنسبة لي فبدآيته بس بعدهآ أندمجت كليآ معاه عمومن الكتآب جميل بأسلوبة البسيط مليء بنصوص من مختلف الموضوعات من مقآلات وتجارب شخصيه
الكثير من الأفكآر الملهمة لفهم الحيآة بشكل أعمق أحببت فيه عبارات كثيره
بعضها يلآمس جروحي شخصيا وبعضها يلامس الوآقع بشكل مباشر
بعض من العبآرات التي أعجبتني :
قد ينكر الشر في ثياب الهير لكن نيتة الخفية هي احداث اكبر قدر من الخراب
،
عندما ينبت شيء غير مرغوب فيه في نفسي ادعو الله ان يمنحني الشجاعه لأقتلعه منها بلا شفقة
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احياناً بعض الأشياء توجد على طريقنا ولكن بما ان سا
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Bunga Mawar
Jun 22, 2010 Bunga Mawar rated it really liked it
Dari Bab "The Prayer that I Forgot", demen banget dah gua...

Lord, protect our doubts, because Doubt is a way of praying. It is Doubt that makes us grow because it forces us to look fearlessly at the many answers that exist to one question. And in order for this to be possible...

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. On
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Rachelle Hage
Mar 14, 2011 Rachelle Hage rated it really liked it
My friend told me to read this book about a year ago but I was never really interested in reading. I never found the right book to read. This summer I read a book for Paulo Coelho and I loved it. So I kept buying his books and reading them. His books are really different. They are all about life and how we choose our path. Some are all about love, destiny, and death. After I read most of his books I decided to start reading this book ''Like the Flowing River''. It made a great impact on the way ...more
Mohammed Al Otaibi
كالنهر الذي يجري ..
أول كتاب قرأته لباولو .. وقد كنت متابع له كثيراً في السابق
أقرأ مقتبسات من مقالاته وبعض الأقوال

كالنهر الذي يجري .. هو نهر يجري ولا يتوقف أيضاً
مقالات كتبت بين عامي و تحمل في طياتها قيم إنسانية كثيرة جداً
وهي مرحلة مهمة في حياة باولو الكاتب .. بحيث تفسر لنا فلسفته ومدى جمال حرفة في هذه المقالات

الكتاب جميل جداً / يستحق القراءة مرات عديدة
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Sara Rezgui
Dec 31, 2015 Sara Rezgui rated it liked it
Shelves: paulo-coelho
Paulo Coelho is my favorite writer ever i love every piece he writes. reading "Like the Flowing River" is like having a bath under the wisdom rain... here are some extracts of that wonderful book:

"As long as it doesn't harm anyone, change your opinions now and then and be unshamedly contradictory. You have that right; it doesn't matter what other people think, because they are going to think something anyway."

"Our contradictoriness [is our funniest characteristic]. We are in such a hurry to grow
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Rosie Nguyễn
Jun 23, 2014 Rosie Nguyễn rated it it was amazing
I don't know how to explain my love for this book. It was a surprised gift from a new lovely friend, and I brought it with me to a short vacation in a beautiful island. Early in a morning, I had a long swim on the deserted beach, then lied down under the shade of almond trees, reading the book, pondering my life, then swimming again. In front of me, on the other side of the sea, Hongkong city resting quietly, glittering in the morning sun rays shining through grey clouds. What a wonderful moment ...more
Rebecca
Jun 05, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a great book of meditations large and small in the form of stories and true vignettes from the life of the author. I recommend keeping it on your nightstand and reading just one or two stories before you go to bed--you'll sleep well. If you are familiar with Coelho's works, you'll recognize the "warrior of the light" and the reference to "personal legends" (see The Alchemist). The collection is a testament to Coelho's expansive horizon (see The Valkyries: An Encounter with Angels) and wi ...more
Ebrahim Abdulla
Oct 28, 2013 Ebrahim Abdulla rated it liked it
يعتبر أكثر من أي هدية يتمناها معجب من الكاتب!
كتاب ممتاز , هو أشبه ما تكون بالخواطر وعصارة التجارب والقصص المميزة التي مرت على باولو كويلو على مدى حياته , صقلها , وصبها بأسلوبه المشوق بقدرة و إبداع . تحدث بشكل أكبر عن حياته الشخصية مثل إهتمامه برماية القوس , حياته في البيرنييه .. وتجرية موته ... وحتى جنازته ! الكثير من المقالات (الخواطر) لامست إحساسي , [ الطرف الآخر من برج بابل ] أحسست بقدر المترجمين ! و [ نورما والأشياء الجميلة ] أحسست بجمال الأيام الرتيبة ! و [ الغيمة والقمر ] أحسست بقيمة كل شي
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Fariza
Oct 19, 2014 Fariza rated it it was amazing
I'm crazy about him. I know that I've only read two of his book but hey I'm hooked! I've already reread alchemist and this book is totally great during my depression. I love how he talked about the hiking challenge,which what he really mean is the challenge in life. First, we need to be firm what type of mountain that we want to climb by ourselves so then we didn't do it for others except for our own. Then he said that we need to keep going and believe in ourselves. He also said to take it easy ...more
Suhaila Alkholy
Jun 28, 2014 Suhaila Alkholy rated it did not like it
I did not like this book not only because it's naive and focuses too much on the little things but also because I was shocked by how empty and yet braggy the life of a best-selling author is. I just wasted 4 hours of my life reading (and skipping) useless crap while I might have just skipped to the end; Some Final Prayers; merely because it's the only page that's worth reading.
Niti Beri
Oct 11, 2015 Niti Beri rated it liked it
I had read The Alchemist and Brida by Paulo Coelho before and had loved them both. Those books left me with messages that changed my life. Given my previous experiences with Coelho's books, I was pretty excited about Like a Flowing River too, until I read a few reviews (mostly negative) of the book. I nevertheless did not put the book away and I am glad I didn't.

Yes, there are a few thoughts in the book that give you a blah feeling, however the book has some hidden gems of inspiration that make
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حماس
لقد حوى هذا الكتاب مقتطفات من حياة باولو كويللو هذا الكاتب الذى أثر فى مئات بل وىلاف القراء فى أنحاء العالم

إن هذا الرجل بمقدوره أن يجعل من حادث بسيط فكرة كبية وعميقة

والكتاب ملئ بالأقوال الرائعة واللمحات التى تجعلك تنظر لكل شئ بصورة مختلفة
راضي النماصي
Jul 23, 2012 راضي النماصي rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to راضي by: محمد ديريه
أجمل ماكتب كويلهو


حكايا فلسفية و تربوية لخدمة كل من يريد أن يحيا في سلام مع العالم المحيط به

شكراً د.محمد ديريه
Eli
Jan 25, 2016 Eli rated it it was amazing
The best book I've ever read. I loved it.
Nurul Atiqah Muhamad
Jan 05, 2016 Nurul Atiqah Muhamad rated it really liked it
Review buku 'Like the Flowing River' hasil karya Paulo Coelho.
Ini ialah buku ketiga dari Paulo Coelho yang saya baca. Buku pertama ialah buku By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept dan buku kedua ialah buku The Alchemist. Like the Flowing River sebenarnya sudah beberapa kali dicadangkan kawan-kawan yang membaca.

Mengenai buku ini, buku ini sesuai untuk sesiapa yang ingin belajar dan ingin mencari hikmah atau pengajaran dari perkara-perkara kecil dalam kehidupan seharian. Banyak penulis yang sela
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Shmiri
Apr 24, 2010 Shmiri rated it it was amazing
The book consists of short stories and tales by Paulo Coelho. The stories are very uplifting (even if all are not happy and joyous) and spiritual and most are things that have happened to him on his journeys, or legends and tales he has heard from people he's met. Some are just thoughts and views that have been born in his mind triggered by everyday life or his surroundings.

As is typical to Coelho's writing style and personal beliefs, God keeps being mentioned but as Coelho's view on religion is
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Ime'... Imelda
Oct 18, 2009 Ime'... Imelda rated it it was amazing
I have been searching for this book quite some time ago. When i finally found it with quite a cheap price, i bought it directly. I started to read it about a month ago, or so, and i just finished it today. I'm seriously liking this book, because i think, this book helped me to think more and learn more about life. Short stories can sometimes induce you more than one long one.

Like the flowing River contains short stories that Coelho have submitted to some papers (if i'm not mistaken) and had his
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Jolanta
Mar 14, 2013 Jolanta rated it it was amazing
Kādā tumšā, aukstā, ziemas vakarā grāmatu plauktā pamanīju grāmatu, kas piesaista ar sava vāka noformējumu un nosaukumu.
šoreiz šī grāmata bija Paulu Koelju darbs "Kā aizplūstoša upe". Šajā grāmatā ir apkopoti stāsti no 1998. gada līdz 2004. gadam, ko darba autors ir savācis ceļojot pa pasauli. Katram stāstam ir kāda morāle, pamācība, vai vienkārši kaut kas par ko ir vērts aizdomāties. Stāstos tiek aprakstītas dažādas situācijas un to risinājumi vai jēga. Man šīs grāmatas tēma ir ļoti tuva, jo st
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Guilherme Martins
Dec 03, 2012 Guilherme Martins rated it did not like it
A colectânea dos livros de auto-ajuda aparecem numa época do desemprego estrutural está em crescente, em que uma quantidade significativa de desempregados não terão mais acesso ao trabalho porque tornaram-se supérfluos a serem substituídos pelas máquinas da revolução micro-electrónica. Estes livros são focados nos supérfluos do século XXI para que a esperança exista no fundo destas páginas, e o leitor consiga a alimentar a sua neurose de se voltar a uma vida saudável e realizável dentro do capit ...more
Reva
I sort of regret reading through this so fast – I wonder if it would be better to read a story a night, to contemplate the simple yet profound messages Coelho preaches in each one. As with his other works, he refers to one’s “Personal Legend” and “Warriors of Light” and discusses the language everyone can understand and the “Soul of the World.” Likewise, from “Self-Deception” and stories about self-doubt and comparing oneself to others, he writes about confidence and peace in the present moment ...more
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The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist. In 1986, PAULO COELHO did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage. In the following year, COELHO published The Alchemist. Slow in ...more
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“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.” 374 likes
“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.” 254 likes
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