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Weekday Book: By the River Piedra, I Sat Down & Wept

on August 3, 2012

So instead of just watching television, i would often choose to read a book. Thank you to my book lover friend Donna as i was able to borrow some books from here..again. 🙂

Wednesday night, i was able to read By the River Piedra, I Sat Down & Wept by Paulo Coelho. Yes the ever popular Paulo Coelho, the author of The Alchemist which is a great book as well.


this book was pretty intriguing from the  very beginning. It started with Pilar and her longing for a friend and love. I was intrigued more as it was more like love triangle between her, the guy and God. Yes God! I mean i wonder, how would you compete with someone like God? It got me thinking that if the man i love – doing wonders, creating wonders, following his ambitions and his path and following the path God wants him to go – i would be quite insecure too as i am stuck to where i was before..and though i love him, yet he loves some thing far greater than a normal person like me would be mind boggling and yes the first thing that i would rather do is move on and forget about rather than break my heart right? as who would i compete with God? But well, Pilar took that strength from God or in this case the Lady God.. and asked for her prayer that somehow the guy might still be in love with her. The book was pretty much intriguing as i am amazed as to how Paulo Coelho used Christianity in this book, there were parts/stories in it particularly the ones about the Lady Lourdes, or St. Bernadette and the miracles were already familiar for me as i grew up going to school in a Catholic school for nearly 15 years of my i am quite immune to these stuff. But maybe for a reader who does not believe in such or comes from a different religious background, this might be well either intriguing or absurd..or plain none sense at all. But for me, i like it as it was a different kind of love story that left me two sided at the end.

See, i like the fact that they still end up together in the end, as the guy clearly loves the Pilar (sorry spoiler!:P) but well, being someone who  can do miracles, heal the wounded…he can make wonders more right? He can be of servant to God….so why choose to let go of that gift??? Well indeed love can make do wondrous things, make us stupid in some ways…and make us foolish. But what he did in the end was not something i would really call foolish.. ITS LOVE and part of loving someone is knowing how to bargain…

I really do not think this is a really great book, but if you are someone who wants to do some pondering, thinking, this might be it..there were points there that i love..and there were phrases that i kept for prayers too..particularly this one:Thy will be done my Lord. Because you know the weakness in the heart of your children, and you assign each of them only the burden they can bear. May you understand my love- because it is the only thing I have that is really mine, the only thing that I will be able to take with me into the next life. Please allow it to be courageous and pure; please make it capable of surviving the snares of the world.


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