I actually got this book from a friend on Sunday the 3rd and finished it Monday night, the 4th. I really liked it...
The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho. Loved it, loved it, loved it.
-The Valkyries is a compelling account of this forty day quest into the searing heat of the Mojave Desert, where Paulo and his wife, Chris, encounter the Valkyries -- warrior women who travel the desert on motorcycles, spreading the word of angels. This exotic spiritual odyssey is a rare combination of truth, myth, imagination and inspiration. Ultimately it is a story about being able to forgive our past and believe in our future.
He just speaks so beautifully. He introduces ideas and concepts and really made me think. I love the idea that we all have a guardian angel. I also loved his ideas about expanding our sight which in turn would help our souls to grow. Looking past the bubble we create around us and taking more in. Looking at the horizon. Oh and our second mind! Oh that was just great. Okay, you just need to read this book!
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
"The only reasons for action...
For the glory of God."
"Have courage... Open your heart, and listen to what your dreams tell you. Follow those dreams, because only a person who is not ashamed can manifest the glory of God."
"One has only to accept a simple fact: Love - of God and of others - shows us the way. Our defects, our dangerous depths, our suppressed hatreds, our moments of weakness and desperation - all are unimportant. If what we want to do is to heal ourselves first, so that then we can go in search of our dreams, we will never reach paradise. If, on the other hand, we accept all that is wrong about us - and despite it, believe that we are deserving of a happy life - then we will have thrown open an immense window that will allow Love to enter. Little by little, our defects will disappear, because one who is happy can look at the world only with Love - the force that regenerates everything that exists in the Universe."
Read it please. And let me know what you think!
Thank you and goodnight.