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Paperback, 245 pages
Published September 4th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published 2000)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Ser Como o Rio que Flui‬ = Like the Flowing River, Paulo Coelho

In this collection of thoughts and stories, Coelho, author of 'The Alchemist', offers his personal reflections on a range of subjects from archery and music to elegance, travelling and the nature of good and evil. 'Like the Flowing River' also includes jewel-like fables, packed with meaning and retold in Coelho's inimitable style.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه جولای سال 2006 میلادی

عنوان: چون رود جاری باش؛ نویسنده: پائولو کوئیلو (کوئلیو)؛ مت
Nini Thamsiel
Sep 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: be carried anywhere you go and to be readed as your new experience in life
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.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Like a flowing river" is an ode to a better way of living. Each and every chapter shows the reader a different perspective to life, the Coelho way. Absolutely spiritual and poetic by a gifted storyteller, and an amazing life coach. You have to credit the translator "Margaret Jull Costa", who is doing an incredible job. Look out for Coelho's short story on the same, though the name of the translator is not found........ Have I just given a spoiler? This book contains no scope for spoilers....... ...more
Nurul Nadzirin
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
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Junix Jerald
Apr 09, 2012 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
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
Annette mathews
I will admit one thing,if not for my brother , i would not have read this book or for the matter any books of his.
My friends used to recommend his books, but i had always stayed away from his books. From what i have heard, his books always sounded Philosophical, which for me is the other name for Boring . I have never been into books of that category. I stay away from Self Help books. I tried reading it once since an avid reader should read all types of Genre. But sadly , it resulted in a "read
Fatima Al-Quwaie
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
Laura ☾
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collections of thoughts and writings of Paolo Coelho's, Like the Flowing River is an interesting, entertaining, mostly light but also at times profound, and overall enjoyable read!

Pramudith Rupasinghe
Its full of open thoughts and refections, and it's like pieces of of fragmented mind of an author that he/she is continuously trying to gather. I loved it.
Bunga Mawar
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
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It is part of the human nature always to judge others very severely, and when the wind turns against us, always find an excuse for our own misdeeds or to blame someone else for our mistakes.”

Like the flowing river is an interesting book which shows Paulo’s thoughts and reflections, his humane and spiritual experience and vignette from his life.

The book consists of jewel-like fables namely: the story of the pencil, norma and the good things, Genghis khan and his falcon, music in the chapel e
Rosie Nguyễn
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachelle Hage
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julex Aguila
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"He is trying to serve God just as I am. We merely follow different laws. It's a shame that people see only the differences that separate them. If you were to look with more love, you would mainly see what we have in common, then half the world's problems would be solved."

Like the Flowing River is a remarkable book worthy of praise. Paulo Coelho compiled in this book some of his spiritual and human experiences that should be read by all of us. His thoughts and reflections in this book reiterate
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspirational, reflective, & meditative. What a treasure of reflections! I thoroughly enjoyed this book & am happy it was selected for discussion for our book club's Read & Hike event. It's perfect for the occasion. ...more
May 24, 2011 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
Niti Beri
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
Asha Seth
This is a collection of the author's thoughts in the form of essays written in story-telling style. Most of these observations come with deep insights and heavy with philosophical dope on how one should act and what outcomes one's reactions to situations or people can get. Surely, you will introspect everything you do and the way you look at things once you've read this book.
Some of the inferences are really good, especially the Pencil and Buddhist Cat one.
Gosh this book started ok but towards the middle i was reading it half heartedly and the rest was just words ....i didn't "feel" anything
the book had great stories and some of them was great and deep thought-ed to read and discover but most of it was not impressive and sometimes annoying there were a few part in the book that totally lost my interest and i was staring blankly at the words
Suhaila Alkholy
Jun 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bayan Jaff
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have witnessed many storms in my life. Most storms have taken me by surprise, and so I've had to learn - and very quickly too - to look farther off, to understand that I cannot control the weather, to practise the art of patience, and to respect nature's fury. Things do not always happen the way I would have wanted, and it is best that I get used to that.
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brazillian writer Paulo Coelho tells his thoughts and reflections in this collection of essays and short stories. Some of them are truly inspiring. He travels a lot, and the stories that he heard and recounts in this book are often refreshing. This is a book that makes you stop and think a lot.
Arun nr
Short stories and memoirs from the author.Personally I liked the warrior of light stories.It is of a kind of mood booster and not a book to be taken along a long drive,unless you have some serious soul searching to do.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It provides great means to deepen spirituality
Ruvena Afonso
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Makes you contemplate on your life after every chapter.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I've ever read. I loved it.
Ahmed R. Rashwan
There are only a few authors; or for fairness sake in this situation, books, that can annoy me as much as Like the Flowing River has.

I understand that Paulo Coelho sees himself as this mysterious magical being, but it just always comes out as condescending and patronizing; even self-centered and narcissistic at times. I mean this guy really needs to take a break and understand the world can function just as well without his egoistic and narrow-minded view of life.

To some, it might seem audacious
Nari Wahlang
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly speaking I actually quite enjoyed this book. I loved Coelho's writing and I loved the fact that he doesn't make everyday things sound boring as hell. Like how I like to quote Pam Beesley, "There's a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn't that kind of the point?" Yes I will forever be a fan of The Office and I actually do believe in what Pam Beesley says.

My only problem with the book is that there were way to many stories so the really heartfelt, touching and impactful stories were mix
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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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