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In a distant, timeless place, a mysterious prophet walks the sands. At the moment of his departure, he wishes to offer the people gifts but possesses nothing. The people gather round, each asks a question of the heart, and the man's wisdom is his gift. It is Gibran's gift to us, as well, for Gibran's prophet is rivaled in his wisdom only by the founders of the world's great religions. On the most basic topics--marriage, children, friendship, work, pleasure--his words have a power and lucidity that in another era would surely have provoked the description "divinely inspired." Free of dogma, free of power structures and metaphysics, consider these poetic, moving aphorisms a 20th-century supplement to all sacred traditions--as millions of other readers already have.--Brian Bruya--This text refers to theHardcoveredition.

Reviews

close to god

by adead_poet@hotmail.com "adead_poet@hotmail.com"
(5/5)

This is one my must have books. It is a masterpiece of spirituality. I'll be the first to admit, its literary quality isn't much. It is rather simplistically written, but the message behind it is so powerful that you have to read it. It will take you to enlightenment.


A Modern Rumi

by Alaturka
(5/5)

A timeless classic. It is a very demanding and assuming title, but Gibran backs it up with some excellent style and content. If he had the means to publish it a century or two earlier, he could have inspired a new religion.From the mouth of an old man about to sail away to a far away destination, we hear the wisdom of life and all important aspects of it. It is a messege. A guide book. A Sufi sermon. Much is put in perspective without any hint of a dogma. There is much that hints at his birth place, Lebanon where many of the old prophets walked the Earth and where this book project first germinated most likely.Probably becuase it was written in English originally, the writing flows, it is pleasant to read, and the charcoal drawings of the author decorating the pages is a plus. I loved the cover.


This book will bring you peace

by Alex Dawson
(5/5)

Reading this made my mind feel like a still pool of water, cool and quiet in a mossy grotto. It's direct and simple wisdom has a depth of complexity that takes a quiet day to sink in, leaving you at peace. It is best to set time aside for it, relax, absorb, and let it softly clear your mind.


A Modern Classic

by Amazon Customer "Full Frontal Nerdity"
(5/5)

An amazing work. Realizing extensive use of Biblical imagery and sentence structure, "The Prophet" by Khalil Gibran is a literary classic. Influencing the Free Love movement of the 1960's, Gibran's master work explores themes of love, longing and loss.


Everyone should have this book

by Amazon Customer
(5/5)

When I was in college in the 70's this book had a revival and I did not read it then. Recently a friend (who is 90) and I were talking about work and she said: "work is love made visible," and told me it was from the Prophet. I though that was so beautiful I got the book and was not disappointed.You see, if you have ideas and you do not realize them, then they are nothing, and if your ideas do not come from love and joy, then they are bitter and what they produce will be bitter, but if they flow from love and joy, then their realization will be love and joy, thus work is love made visible.He says it WAY better that I do and says much more in just a few paragraphs. But as you can see from the example, what he says is not religious, but positive ways of looking at things. Since I rediscoverd the book I have given away many copies and everyone I have given it to sincerly thanked me.


textured paper, old-style typography, and leather cover

by anonymous
(5/5)

I have the 1972 version, bought in 1974. The 1972 version originally had a dust jacket but my dust jacket is long gone. This particular rendition has had many re-printings, for a reason: it's very popular. The textured paper, old-style typography, and leather cover are better than a plain-old paperback. The size is diminutive, which is perfect for this book.


Simple Wisdom

by Bruce Kendall "BEK"
(5/5)

This is one of the first (literary) books I recall reading. My mother kept a collection of Gibran's works that she often read. I was curious to see what attracted her, so I looked into them too ( I was either eight or nine at the time). I believe that was my first taste of spirituality and seemed at the time more relevant than what I was being force-fed by nuns in catechism class. Rereading Gibran now, I'm struck by the notion that Hesse must have been aware of these texts before he wrote Siddhartha. They contain many of the same themes: No one else can guide you on your path. You must select your own course. Preachers and prophets are a dime a dozen. True wisdom comes from within.The prophet's teaching on love is particularly relevant to me at this stage of my life:"For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth. Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself. He threshes you to make you naked. He sifts you to free you from your husks. He grinds you to whiteness. He kneads you until you are pliant; And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast."Look into these books. They may appear simplistic to the jaundiced eye, but they may also provide the inspiration you need to see you through life's travails.


The Lessons Of Life

by Dave_42 "Dave_42"
(5/5)

Gibran Khalil Gibran was born in 1883 in what is now Northern Lebanon. In 1909 he went to Paris to study, but he did not like the strict education, and so he traveled, eventually moving to New York. Gibran became both an artist and a writer, and in 1923 he published "The Prophet", which is generally considered to be his greatest work. He died of cancer in a New York hospital at the very young age of 48.The Prophet is a story about Almustafa (The Prophet) who after living 12 years in Orphalese is about to depart aboard ship to return to his home. Before he goes, a group of people stop him, and to them he teaches the secrets of life. Gibran writes in a very poetic manner, and it is wonderful to read.


Eternal Truths

by Davis Aujourd'hui
(5/5)

As the author of a spiritually-themed book entitled "The Misadventures of Sister Mary Olga Fortitude," I appreciate any book that opens the doors to spiritual understanding. There are few contemporary books that will do this for you in such a poetic way.This is a book containing eternal truths. It was given to me as a high school graduation present many years ago. At the time, I found it beautiful, but I couldn't understand it. That is because I hadn't experienced life.Selections from this book were read at my wedding. The sections on love speak of what it is truly about. Most of us never have an inkling of what true love is since we are caught up in a world of attachment to illusions and delusions. This book will help you to break through them.This is a classic that will stand the mark of time such as the Bible has done. Kahlil Gibran is an old soul who speaks in a language that can be embraced by people of any faith.The book is filled with metaphors and parables. It is almost as if Jesus himself is speaking through the author. Whether or not you will be able to comprehend what the author is speaking about, The Prophet will plant seeds that can bear good fruit.Davis Aujourd'hui, author of "The Misadventures of Sister Mary Olga Fortitude"


a beautiful poetic commentary on what it is to be human

by doc peterson
(5/5)

_The Prophet_ is a short read (my copy checks in at just under 100 pages), but its berevity belies both the power and beauty of Gibran's words. At its simplest, it is a discourse on the human condition: love, work, joy and sorrow, crime and punishment, reason and passion, Gibran runs the gamut of emotion and being, laying bare the paradox of who we are as human beings. While the tone is somewhat mystical (which I didn't really care for), the sheer poetic beauty of his writing moved me.For example, in the chapter "Love", Gibran writes, "... When love beckons to you, follow him, / Though his ways are hard and steep, / And when his wings enfold you yield to him, / Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. / And when he speaks to you believe in him, / ... For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for you growth so is he for your pruning. ..." The contrast, vivid metaphor and beautiful images were stunning and left me with much to think and reflect on about my own life, and the choices I've made. It would be going too far to say that, as a result of reading "The Prophet" I've had an epiphany or (to take it to a ridiculous conclusion) some sort of a conversion. Rather it has caused me to consider on a philosophical level what it is to be human means to me, and how I have demonstrated my "human-ness" in my life.Part poetry, part philosophy, it is simultaneously thought-provoking and emotional. Undeniably readers will have a visceral reaction (although, apparently given the reviews of some, not all reactions are positive.) Highly recommended, if only to cause one to examine their own life. After all, "the unexamined life is not worth living."


Transcend Human Subjectivity to Find Godlike Objectivity

by Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!"
(5/5)

The Prophet is about a mysterious religious thinker who is about to leave for his native land. Before he goes, many people have just one question to ask him. In a very few words, he tells them his accumulated wisdom primarily in a nondenominational way. The only exceptions come in the references to rebirth. The essence of each brief lesson is that we have to step outside of our own perspective to see things in the way that God does and wants us to.Let me give you an example. When someone transgresses either man's laws or God's laws, we tend to condemn the person harshly and focus on punishment. This is like treating the person as though they have fallen below some level of what it is still to be human. Yet no one does anything worse than what some person has done wrong before and will do wrong again.Surely, our reaction should still focus, like a Mother's, on the fundamental humanness of the person and our desire to have the person be a contributing, loving, and helpful part of our community.Another way to think about the lessons of The Prophet is to notice that nature loves a balance. If we interfere with nature, nature overreacts in some new way that counters our interference. This happens when we put too much phosphate into lakes. Algae blooms expand exponentially to eat the phosphate. These lessons help us to see the balance that is missing in our initial reaction.A good parallel can be found in the study of the brain. Our initial reactions when frightened or threatened are focused in the oldest parts of the brain. This part of the brain triggers strong chemicals to be released that engage us in "fight or flight" reactions that can save our lives in the near-term. In the "civilized" world, we often have these reactions just to stress. Gibran is helping us move to our highest level of consciousness by choosing our reactions, and selecting reactions that integrate all parts of our brains plus our near- and long-term best interests as individuals and as a community.Many Eastern religions encourage one to become free of the conscious mind, and that sense of objectivity is captured nicely here. I have a feeling much like when meditating while I read The Prophet, because of its calming influence on my overreactive senses.I also think of this perspective like being on the Moon and observing the circumstances on Earth through a telescope. With such extreme distance should come detachment from the ego, to permit good thinking.But none of these perspectives are directly suggested or alluded to. The moral lessons are simply there, with the briefest possible examples to make them clear. As such, they are masterpieces of good thinking, moral ethics, and fine communication.The answers are so brief and so profound that you will want to discuss them. I suggest you select another member of your family, or a group of people from your house of worship. The lessons are best explored by discussing tangible situations that you face every day. Certainly, it is desirable and appropriate to consider the direct teachings of your religious heritage and beliefs in this connection.Whenever you feel overwhelmed, turn to the page in The Prophet that addresses your issue. Like taking a warm bath, you will be soothed by the love for humanity in the answers Gibran provides.Before you speak, ask yourself who is about to speak for you and what do they want.


Inspired and Inspiring

by Edward J. Barton
(5/5)

Echoing the reviews of others - it is obvious that Gibran both was inspired by and inspired many of the great writers of all ages. From Buddha to Coehlo, and countless others in between, there is a depth of truth and a veil of simplicity that, once lifted, opens the mind, heart and soul to universal wisdom.It is not hard to understand why Gibran was as popular in his day, and in the 1960's, as he was. Covering the landscape from religion to love, Gibran bubbles up deep truths in the form of a farewell speech from the Prophet to the people of his city before he sets sail on a final journey. The metaphors are numerous and the scale of depth is exceptional.The book itself is nearly 100 pages, but the content is not readable at any level rapidly. This book is one that bears constant revival and renewal. It's a well that provides the reader with sweet water of wisdom which merits frequent draws to slake the thirst.A must have and a must read.


A beautiful work

by Erin Clark
(5/5)

When Gibran was first introduced to me, I had definite doubts that his work would be the ordinary, grab a dictionary sort of read. But when you first open to those sections that apply to you, and listen to the words as they roll off of your tongue and dance in your ears, well, shock is the only word for it. Yes, the ideals and beliefs that he expresses in 'The Prophet' may not be anything new as far as philosophy is concerned, but the perfect blend of brilliant poetry and this simple philosophy come together to make something that is indeed, unique. I've purchased countless copies to the ones that I know will love and understand his words. And if for nothing else, Kahlil's work can be labeled as truly, a literary work of art.


Speak to Us of the Prophet

by General Breadbasket
(5/5)

The Prophet, for me, is a very vivid yet dense book. It speaks some sort of wisdom, and I delight in that wisdom when I can understand it.The illustrations are done by the author himself, which is nice.


Discourses

by Jasleen Matharu
(5/5)

The Prophet dispenses ultimate wisdom to his loved ones as he bids fare well.Khalil Gibran defines all that I never had words to define, or more appropriately, did not have the good sense to define. I discovered this book a while back and took a long time to read it since I refused to rush through it. I read it a lesson at a time, understanding it to the best of my ability.I found a way of life in these words. I could read it everyday and each time these words would dispense a new lesson... like a never ending treasure.


A treasure

by Jay
(5/5)

Truly a classic of world literature, Gibran has snatched a chunk of wisdom from the ether--from and for the ages--and fashioned it into a masterwork.


I cried reading this book

by J. Malnar
(5/5)

This book was recommended to me by a friend. What he told me of it is that, just as The Art of War, this is the book from which you take out whatever you want. What you find in it depends as much on the book as it does on you. It speaks of love, life and people in the most touching way ever. I have it in my handbag at all times. When I first read it, I cried. There is literally something mystical about it. I like to think I took a lot out of it. One of those books you should read again and again and again..


Absolutely Wonderful!!

by J. McAndrew "Jeffrey C. McAndrew"
(5/5)

This is a book you can read and re-read many many times.Great and timeless thoughts about relationships, love andfriendship. I will share this with my family. :)Jeffrey C. McAndrewauthor of "Our Brown Eyed Boy"


To Be Experienced as Well as Read

by Julie Jordan Scott "Writer, Life Coach - Owne...
(5/5)

Reading a classic such as "The Prophet" is much more fruitful when it is revisited often, the lessons are applied and the reader reads as if Gibran is writing only to him or her.Sitting with this book in your hands can be like sitting across from Gibran, listening to him speak. The accompanying art work also by Gibran gives it yet another rich element and peek into the soul of this incredible writer.Listen, embrace and breathe in these words.Open your mind and heart to The Prophet.


Now I'm Sleepy

by Kate
(3/5)

Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for a heavily poetic book on one man's life philosophies, but this book lost me after the chapter on children. Some sections are insightful and very well written. On death, children, and love were my favorites. I'm not sure how novel these ideas were back in 1928 (?) when the book was first published, but they are nothing new today. Still, the flowery language is pretty, it's not overly long, and also it's probably one of those books that make you look cool when your reading it at a coffee shop.... so it's not all bad.This book was given to me by my dad who grew up in the 60's and 70's. It occurs to me that The Prophet seems to speak best to those from this generation (peace, love, and all that crap... you know). Maybe it's just not relevant to me? Maybe I need to approach it at a different time? Maybe I need to smoke something herbal?


"People of Orphalese..."

by Konrei "Everything I need is right here"
(5/5)

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), the Lebanese-American poet and mystic never wrote anything finer than this 1923 volume, his masterwork. Had he written nothing before or beyond THE PROPHET, he would still be remembered into perpetuity.Each brief chapter of THE PROPHET addresses an aspect of the human condition, including Love, Marriage, Work, Pleasure, Buying and Selling, Children, Eating and Drinking, to name but a few. Gibran espouses no particular religious, ethical or moral system, and yet includes them all in this slim tome, written it seems, with a quill of light, not ink.A Higher Power (by whatever name you may call it) spoke through Gibran in the writing, a perfect letter to the ages, and an ultimate expression of Humanity.


Profound

by McGuffy Ann
(5/5)

I first read this book as a teenager. It has remained on my bookshelf, being read many, many times. I have given it as a gift to several people, over the years. It is one of my favourite books.The Prophet is a classic, and is considered to be Kahlil Gibran's masterpiece. Gibran himself considered it his "greatest achievement". Originally published in 1923, it has been translated into 28 languages, and is still a popular piece of literature today.The book is a beautiful blend of poetry and philosophy. Each chapter takes on a particular topic, or aspect of life. "The Prophet" speaks on love, work, law, freedom, pain, time, and many other important issues we all deal with as we journey through life. Each beautifully written chapter is also illustrated by Gibran.The importance and beauty of this book is immeasurable and timeless. This book should be on every bookshelf of those who truly enjoy the beauty of poetry and classic literature, to be enjoyed and appreciated by every generation. The life lessons offered by Kahlil Gibran are timeless in essence and belief.


The Prophet

by mysteryreader
(5/5)

This is classic reading, which I did read when it was "young".I was glad to find it available for Kindle.


Not sure you'll get much from it

by owookiee "owookiee"
(3/5)

I originally read this early in college and didn't think it was anything special then. I saw it recently in a used bookstore for two bucks, so I bought it.It took about an hour to read.There were about a dozen short passages I underlined. Most of them weren't really revelations, but rather really good analogies I liked or uniquely descriptive ways of presenting commonly known truths.


Inspirational...

by rannoon
(3/5)

An unusual departure of an imaginary prophet ... Saying goodbye, his people gather around him asking about human nature and life!!The dialogue takes the form of questions and answers...which makes it a little monotonous...but the poetic language and the symbolic style of explanation takes your mind away and makes you wonder impatiently what the next question will be!!An inspiring revelation of truths ..."Love one another, but make not a bond of love...Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music"


Mystic masterpiece

by Reader "Eugenia"
(5/5)

I recently read an article in The New Yorker Magazine about Kahlil Gibran, writer born in the middle east to Christian parents. Kahlil Gibran managed to immigrate to NYC with his mother and siblings. Gibran's personal life and his early death, his exotic looks and ability to both write and paint is what attracted me to read his masterpiece "The Prophet". It is a mystic story, written in verse, less than 100 ages long with a dozen fantastic paintings that remind of magical realism in painting. The book is a manifest on how to live, love, work, dress, embrace joy and sorrow, accept righteousness and mankind far from perfection. It is a book of duality that in the most beautiful language a young philosopher teaches the ways to live life. No matter what world, culture, continent or country one comes from,this verse is universal. If anything, this piece of work has compelled me to seek out other of Gibran's work. I need to get into a mind of this wonderful thinker who himself led a very complicated and solitary life. It has been a long time since I read anything as beautiful and touching as this piece of literature.


The Invisible Revealed

by Rebecca of Amazon "The Rebecca Review"
(5/5)

I am alive like you, and I am standing beside you.Close your eyes and look around, you will see me in front of you.~Gibran's words on his EpitaphThe Prophet captures the teachings of Kahlil Gibran in a comforting story that succinctly touches on everyday topics like love, giving, joy, sorrow, freedom, pain, teaching, friendship and beauty. Within each tiny chapter, profound moments can occur as we are given insight into unfamiliar territory, a place of thought not commonly existing in daily life but familiar to spiritual teachers.Kahlil Gibran magically explores the connection between sorrow and joy and how the deeper the sorrow you experience, the more joy you can contain. Talking becomes thoughts that can no longer "dwell in the solitude of your heart" so they "live in your lips."As Almustafa waits for a ship to take him back to the isle of his birth, he climbs a hill outside the city walls and looks out to sea. When his "ship arrives" he is suddenly filled with regret, yet knows he must follow his destiny and return home."Long were the days of pain I have spent within its walls, and long were the nights of aloneness; and who can depart from his pain and his aloneness without regret?"The priests and priestesses ask him to remain in very poetic ways: "Let not the waves of the sea separate us now, and the years you have spent in our midst become a memory."Almustafa only cries and doesn't seem to speak until a woman named Almitra appears. She is a woman who believed in him and he seems to have great fondness for her. We are not given any insight into their relationship, but his respect for her is unquestioned. She understands he must leave, but asks him to give the city his wisdom. She promises they will pass this wisdom down through the generations.While viewing pictures of Bsharri in Northern Lebanon, the mountains and the mist are almost a unique doorway into Kahlil Gibran's mind. He lived in a lush region where cascading falls, rugged cliffs and cedar trees influenced his art and writing.We can imagine his thoughts of home and this book was actually first imagined when he wrote a short story as a teenager. A Bostonian poet, Josephine Peabody, caught Gibran's attention at an art exhibition and she later referred to him as "her young prophet." She also wrote poems about Gibran's life and how she imagined his life in Bsharri. His life is woven into his writing in the most beautiful ways. He names his book for a woman he loves and his writing is infused with spiritual teachings and influences from his journey from Lebanon to New York.The story has an unassuming plot, but the lessons are eternal and the ending is surprisingly tender. I was left with a sense of longing that is still drifting along with me like the mists of Bsharri. The Prophet is not just a book to read, it is a spiritual journey to experience. It may take three or more days to complete the reading of this tiny book. I could only read about a third at a time because it is saturated in wisdom and many of the chapters want to be read and read again, until they are absorbed into your soul and written on your heart."But if you love and must needs have desires,let these be your desires:To melt and be like a running brook thatsings its melody to the night." ~Kahlil Gibran~The Rebecca Review


WHAT CAN I SAY

by Reema E.
(5/5)

When i ordered this book i knew it was worth it. The Prophet teaches us about life with its pains, sorrows, joy and love and much more. This book deserves more than five stars, i highly recommend it.


A memorable master piece !

by Rev4u "Rev"
(5/5)

"The Prophet" is a supreme literary achievement that has impacted millions of people around the globe. The Prophet has been translated into many languages and has sold millions of copies. Gibran's chef-d'oeuvre will provide the reader with an ecstatic, refined, and transcending literary experience !!!


A Work of Art

by Richard A. Singer Jr. "Author of Eastern Wisd...
(4/5)

The Prophet is an elegant and beautifully crafted piece of art that eloquently states Universal Truths concerning all pertinent aspects of ourlive. These include love, death, justice, art, etc. It's divine poetr that could have only been inspired by the creator of this magnificent world.Highly recommended.


Inspirational prose poem

by R. J. Marsella
(5/5)

I recently reread this after many years and found the words to resonate with wisdom and spiritual centeredness. The book can be enjoyed and read with profit by people from all faiths and traditions. Each will find some treasure that speaks to their heart. There is nothing in THE PROPHET that would contradict or conflict with any of the sacred texts of the world's major religions. It somehow encompasses the teachings of all of them in a secular and beautiful work of literature.


Deceptively pseudo-scriptural

by R. L. MILLER
(1/5)

This book was a philosophical touchstone for insecure Boomers of the mid-1970s. Everybody I knew in those days had to be able to discuss it intelligently or risk being thought to have a gap in our characters as people. A folk/ talking blues singer of that era (I forget who) referred to this book in a lyric:"...a copy of Kahlil Gibran's 'The Prophet' with all the significant passages highlighted--the whole damn BOOK was highlited..."In truth, the whole phenomenon was symptomatic of the societal immaturity of my generation as young adults. It taught us all sorts of theoretical concepts of human nature that were not necessarily reflective of the real world--consideration, the dignity of each person, peace, love, repudiation of prejudice--all of this in a world that anything but reflected such beliefs in Gibran's day. And except for the hippy-dippy pseudo-enlightenment we tried to cram down the world's throat in our day, our peculiar era was no better. We just used Gibran and other such philosophers to peer-pressure one another into self-defeating meekness. If someone you knew was erudite enough to understand philosophy but didn't have the moxie to stand up to people when he should, Gibran was the ideal way to make him a bona fide doormat and make him think he liked it. I won't even try to speculate how "relevant" Gibran is nowadays. From the perspective of a sadder but wiser man--or at least not quite as stupid--I give you this Sting lyric from the song "Consider Me Gone" for consideration:"To search for perfectionIs all very wellBut to wait for HeavenIs to live here in Hell"


Eternal truths expressed in Gibran's beautiful words

by R. Pokkyarath
(5/5)

This is a wonderful expression of some of the fundamental truths of human nature and existence. This little book is always on my desk and every now and I revisit it again and ruminate over the wisdom that Al Mustafa gives to the people of the city of Orphalese.As Al Mustafa prepares to leave Orphalese after 12 years, the seeress Almitra implores,"Yet this we ask ere you leave us, that you speak to us and give us of your truth.And we shall give it unto our children, and they unto their children, and it shall not perish.In your aloneness you have watched with our days, and in your wakefulness you have listened to the weeping and laughter of our sleep.Now therefore disclose us to ourselves, and tell us all that has been shown you of that which is between birth and death."...and thus begins the beautiful explanation of love, marriage, children, houses, clothes, teaching, talking, religion and many more. Actually you can read this entire book online, so you don't necessarily need to purchase one to enjoy it. Some of my favorite ones include, On Houses, On Teaching, On Talking and On religion.and he parts by saying ,"Less hasty am I than the Wind, yet I must go.We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us"


A Master Poet

by SandyWells "sandywells"
(5/5)

This book never ages, it is sincerely ageless...


Poetic, philosophic prose

by Scott Walker
(3/5)

As he (the "prophet") awaits the ship that will return him to his home country after fourteen years of being absent, he begins providing answers in colorful parables to questions raised by the occupants of the city he has temporarily made his home. We follow this spiritual man as the loving townspeople seek him out for wisdom. There is ultimately great sadness when he departs.I would describe these writings as poetic, philosophic prose for daily spiritual living. There are many sound words, with a relaxed style, and a somewhat universalistic belief. It is okay.Lord's blessingsScott


Mixed feelings Inspiring poetry or vague sentimentality?

by Shalom Freedman "Shalom Freedman"
(4/5)

I can never quite make up my mind on this book. I read it years ago and was also somewhat puzzled by it. Rereading it I feel vague inspiring feeling, and the other a kind of vague repulsion. I see many many readers are inspired by the work. I myself feel it to be a kind of sentimental popular mixture of Whitman and Zarathustra, but without the great lyric sweeping of the former or the fierce intellectual irony of the latter.I believe the most famous section of the work of twenty- six poetic essays is the one on 'Love"Here is some of this:"Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;For love is sufficient unto love.When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, I am in the heart of God."And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.To know the pain of too much tenderness.To be wounded by your own understanding of love;And to bleed willingly and joyfully.To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;To return home at eventide with gratitude;And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.I am reminded when I read this of Bellow's description of the healer in 'Seize the Day' Dr. Temkin. On the one hand he says and thinks that it is phony , and on the other he hears certain things and says ' True , True.'.I must admit my reaction remains mixed. I do not feel it is really poetic truth of the highest value, but I do not feel it is without value either.


Peaceful Identity

by Southern Bard
(5/5)

This is a very beautiful book. It contains a lovely section on marriage, emphazing the importance of seperate identities between lovers.


The Prophet

by Spider Monkey
(5/5)

This may be a short book, but it is full of insight. It is perfect to dip into at odd moment for that renewed spiritual focus or uplift, or just as good to read in one sitting. It is a classic with good reason and cuts to the core with it's deceptively simple style. There is much depth to this book to be explored and comes highly recommended.Feel free to check out my blog which can be found on my profile page.


Deep thoughts in beautiful language

by Spy Groove "Ravenna"
(5/5)

Have you ever read a line, first you feel the language is beautiful and next a thought, even a reality hits you? And even after you have finished, the message keeps playing on and on in your mind? Well, this book is one of them (if you have luckily found other books by other author).It is the exploration of self, soul, community, nature, and universe. No matter what religion you hold, from where you came or who/what you are. This is a book for every human being to know and keep in perspective what they are doing everyday.


Prophet - you'll come back to its wisdom again and again

by Trista Morrison
(5/5)

Gibran may be a poet, rather than a true prophet - but the simple truths in this book seem applicable to all religions. The short passages on love, children, pain, beauty, death and other timeless topics are full of insight and inspiration, but completely lacking in the politics and self-righteousness that pervade so many religions. This book is goodness, plain and simple, and it changed my life more than any other book I can recall reading.


it doesn't make good nonsense

by Wayne S. Walker "Home School Book Review"
(1/5)

"The Prophet" is Almustafa, called "the chosen and the beloved," who has lived twelve years in the foreign city of Orphalese, and is now waiting for the ship that is to come and take him back to the isle of his birth. Just as the ship appears, all the men and women of the community, including the elders of the city and the priests and priestesses, come to say farewell. They ask him to stay, but he refuses. Then the local seeress named Almitra addresses him as "Prophet of God" and asks him to speak to them of love and then marriage. After this, others ask him to speak of various subjects, some lofty such as children, giving, and joy and sorrow, and others more mundane, such as eating and drinking, work, houses, and buying and selling. There are in fact a total of 26 short chapters in which "the Prophet" holds forth before he takes his leave. Kahlil Gibran was born Gubran Khalil Gibran to a Maronite Catholic family in the historic town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon, then part of the Ottoman Empire. His mother Kamila was the daughter of a priest. When his father was imprisoned for embezzlement, Kamila decided to follow her brother to the United States, settling in the South End of Boston, MA, then the second largest Lebanese-American community in the United States. Due to a mistake at school, he was registered as Kahlil.As a young man Gibran studied art and began a literary career. His first book for the Alfred A. Knopf publishing company, was The Madman in 1918, a slim volume of aphorisms and parables written in a Biblical-like cadence somewhere between poetry and prose. The Prophet is said to be an early example of "inspirational fiction" consisting of a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book became especially popular during the 1960s with the American counterculture and New Age movements. Much of Gibran's writings seems based on Christianity, but his mysticism reveals a convergence of several other influences as well, including Islam, Sufism, Hinduism, and theosophy. To illustrate the relativistic nature of Gibran's theology, "the Prophet" says, "Say not, `I have found the truth,' but rather, `I have found a truth.'" Jesus said, "You shall know THE truth" (John 8:32), and, "I am the way, THE truth, and the life" (John 14:6). Gibran followed The Prophet with The Garden of The Prophet, which narrates Almustafa's discussions with nine disciples following his return after an intervening absence and was published posthumously in 1933. Gibran had died in New York City, NY, on April 10, 1931; the cause was determined to be cirrhosis of the liver and tuberculosis.I would never have gone out and purchased this book myself. However, I have heard of it all my life. It is supposed to be a classic and a "spiritual masterpiece," so when I found it in my father's library after his death, I decided to keep it and read it. My reaction is, "Ugh." As far as I am concerned, it is mostly pantheistic nonsense. Someone might say, "It's all Greek to me," but since I took two years of Greek in college, if it were "all Greek" I might be able to make some sense of it. I'll just say it's all gobblety-gook to me. The Chicago Post said that The Prophet "brings to one's ears the majestic rhythm of Ecclesiastes." Ecclesiastes I can understand; The Prophet I do not! This doesn't mean that there's nothing good in it. The ravings of a lunatic sometimes contain a kernel of truth. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. However, there is nothing of value that might be gained from The Prophet which can't be learned a whole lot better by simply reading the Bible. Besides, ten of the twelve full-page drawings by the author are rather immodest and consist solely of nude figures. Of course, this is not surprising when you read what "the Prophet" says about clothes. "Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful. And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain. Would that you could meet the sun and the wind with more of your skin and less of your raiment." Oh, by the way, even as simply "poetry" it just doesn't do anything for me. It is not a book that I would recommend to anyone under any circumstances.


referred by mother

by William D. Tompkins
(5/5)

My mother read this book a long time ago and recommended it to me but I never read it. I just recentlyu read in (June 2006) and glad I finally did. This book short essays on the different aspects of life. These are teachings and they are meant to inspire and advise. They are written in such a way so that the words are not rammed down your throat.


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