Paulo Coelho starts the book with a story in order to illustrate what this book is about. This book reminds us that the extraordinary is happening right now. As Paulo Coelho stated ” Rarely do we realize that we are in the midst of the extraordinary”. This statement hit me we are always preoccupied with the past and obsessed with the future that we forget to enjoy the present. If we take the time to look around us, we will find miracles occurring that are waiting to be seen and experienced. For example, the sun rising every morning, the birds singing, the trees and flowers growing, even the fact that our brains can read and process this information right now!
Paulo also points out the fact that it is difficult for us to notice miracles in everyday life because we are taught that we need to follow certain rules and formulas to find God. For example: going to church, praying a certain number of times per day, fasting certain days…etc. On one hand,these rules and formulas are important so we can share with others the experience of God and allow us to form a community ( the word church comes from the greek word “ecclesia” ἐκκλησία, ekklesía, literally “assembly”, “congregation”) which demonstrates the concept of community and sharing faith with others. On the other hand, it is essential to recognize that God is everywhere…everywhere we allow Him/Her to be, as Paulo put it.
I know what you’re thinking…” Did she just refer to God as Her”? Yes, I just did! In this book, Paulo takes us on a journey to explore the feminine side of God and the concept of God being both father and mother. I personally found this to be very inspiring and empowering for women. In the English language, we use He to refer to God, which makes us think that God is a man. However, since we were created in the image and likeness of God, according to Genesis, God has to be both masculine and feminine, hence God is both man and woman. In the book, Paulo stated that the feminine side of God has been forgotten and ignored in history, and this is evident because all of the great religions,including Judaism, Catholicism and Islam are masculine, which means that men are in charge of making the rules, laws and dogmas and usually all priests are men. In this book, Paulo invites us to get to know and remember the feminine side of God. I believe that experiencing the masculine and feminine side of God will lead us to a fuller and richer experience of God.
So what did I learn so far from that book?
Take home life tips and inspirations:
- Let’s remember that miracles are happening right now, not in the past nor the future! Let’s be more mindful of the extraordinary around us.
- We don’t need rules to find God! He/She is within us and around us everywhere, we just need to be aware! Let’s take the time to observe the universe around us and nature. God speaks to us in many ways, we just need to be attentive and listen.
- God has a feminine side that has been forgotten and ignored. God is both father and mother. To all the ladies reading this: Feel and be empowered!
That was just the introduction to the book! If you want to find out what happens next and learn more life tips and inspirations, stay tuned for future posts!