Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I’ve been traveling and haven’t reviewed many books lately. But I’m still reading A LOT. I recently finished Paulo Coelho’s Manuscript Found in Accra and just had to say a few words about it. I loved Coelho’s The Alchemist and, although totally different reading, this new book is just as rewarding. Manuscript Found in Accra has been described by some reviewers as a “quietly beautiful book.” So true. It takes place in 1099 AD in the city of Jerusalem, which is about to be destroyed by Crusaders. People have gathered to listen to and ask questions of a man named Copt. The entire book is comprised of questions asked by the people and answered by this mysterious man. His answers are simple, truthful and loving. He’s a man of great wisdom and we can all get something out of these writings. The Bible comes through loud and clear but there’s no “preaching” as such. The bottom line is just pure and simple wisdom of old. And beautiful. This is not a book that will keep you up at night wondering what comes next, but it will keep you up at night reflecting. And there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s truly something for everyone in Manuscript Found in Accra. Read it!