By Paulo Coelho (Author)
Within the 9th century b.c., the Phoenician princess Jezebel orders the execution of all of the prophets who refuse to worship the pagan god Baal. Commanded via an angel of God to escape Israel, Elijah seeks security within the land of Zarephath, the place he all of sudden unearths real love with a tender widow. yet this newfound rapture is to be minimize brief, and Elijah sees all of his hopes and desires irrevocably erased as he's swept right into a whirlwind of occasions that threatens his very lifestyles. Written with an analogous masterful prose and readability of imaginative and prescient that made The Alchemist a global phenomenon, The 5th Mountain is a quietly relocating account of a guy touched via the hand of God who needs to overcome his frustrations in a soul-shattering trial of religion.
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One moment,” said the widow. ” Elijah’s heart was racing. But he believed what the angel had told him. ” Then, despite all his doubts, his guilt, and his fears, “He took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. “And he cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord, my God, hast Thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? ” For long moments nothing happened. Elijah saw himself back in Gilead, standing before the soldier with an arrow pointing at his heart, aware that oftentimes a man’s fate has nothing to do with what he believes or fears.
The bird remained immobile. “And, if it has something to say, I must listen. Because I have no one else with whom to speak,” continued Elijah. In his imagination Elijah was transformed into the crow. ” he asked himself, as if he were the crow. ” “This is what the priests said. ” “Yes, it is what He wants. An angel appeared to me in my shop and asked me to speak with Ahab. The voices I heard as a child—” “Everyone hears voices as a child,” interrupted the crow. “But not everyone sees an angel,” Elijah said.
The woman had told me that it was because I had put the greater part of my soul into the work, and it was this part that answered me. ” “The angel appeared because you were ready,” replied the crow. ” “It was part of your apprenticeship. When a man journeys toward his destiny, often he is obliged to change paths. At other times, the forces around him are too powerful and he is compelled to lay aside his courage and yield. ” Elijah listened attentively to what his soul was saying. “But no one can lose sight of what he desires.