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“This is my ABSOLUTELY favourite book that I will NEVER part with.
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“I finally picked this up last weekend after reading quotes from it on a friend's MySpace page. And hearing her talk about it for a long time, too! It's one of her all-time favorite books, and since it obviously means a lot to her, I thought "why not?"
“Gibran, K. (1977). The Prophet. New York: Alfred A Knopf.
This journey begins on a hill in the town of Orphalese. Almustafa spies his ship returning to port, he has been in this place for twelve years. As Almustafa decides that he must leave with the next tide, he speaks to the truth of all subjects, the prophet speaks. This book becomes our journey in that we all explore known truths, concepts, love, death, marriage, and self. This book addresses the meaning of life at each individual’s level of understanding. Gribran’s cadence (or what Laminack calls repetition of a specific phase) of “Speak to us of” delivers the next idea, the next truth to ponder. This is an old favorite of mine and I, in some way, would like to reintroduce it in to a new culture of thought.
One has to work hard not to find a connection to the classroom. The options are endless. Using the contents on freedom, work, love, buying and selling, crime and punishment, and self-knowledge I would integrate with ELA writing on poetry. For example pages 47- 49 are devoted to freedom. An activity involving reading and writing where students would read and define what is meant by freedom in this piece and in society of any period in time. This book can be used in connection with vocabulary, comprehension, journal entries, even differentiated learning. Book connections from within a unit could include Stargirl, The Autistic Brain, and Jonathan Livingston Seagull. These books are all inspirational genres that have a connection.
Once again I am torn between two quotes:
The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea; And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes. But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure; and seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line. For self is a sea boundless and measureless. P. 54
We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunrise left us. Even while the earth sleeps we travel. We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and are scattered. P. 82
“I have chosen to give "The Prophet" as a gift many times; each chapter is sprinkled with magic dust with reference to lessons that must be learned in life. I highly recommend it to savor as a literary reminder of how to love, forgive, enjoy friendships, be an effective parent and to truly understand the meaning of love and personal pain. Gibran was an insightful man with a soul filled with depth and wisdom.
This book is truly a priceless awakening.”
“What to say: A bible for contemporary souls.
Research on sales figures is difficult to come by, but Khalil Gibran is a very widely read poet in modern history, having been translated into well over 40 languages. The Prophet is in its 163rd printing and has sold over 100 million copies since its original publication in 1923.The Prophet is consistently in the best selling category (overall) at Amazon.The Prophet is one of the best-selling books of all time.
Of a rather ambitious first printing of 2,000 in 1923, Knopf sold 1,159 copies. The demand for The Prophet doubled the following year — and doubled again the year after that. Since then, annual sales have risen steadily: from 12,000 in 1935 to 111,000 in 1961 to 240,000 in 1965. Worldwide, The Prophet sells more than 5000 copies a week.
“This 1923 book by, Kahlil Gibrahn, a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer, includes a series of philosophical essays written in poetic prose. The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, etc, and the author shares amazing thoughts on each. Book Review on my blog: http://rahulbemba.blogspot.com/2002/01/book-review-prophet-by-kahlil-gibran.html”rahulbemba wrote this review Sunday, July 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Parts are pretty cool, but some of it is just too deep for me!”Lisa Jackson (not the author) wrote this review Friday, July 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“excellent...philosophy in simple words for all...”smriti wrote this review Friday, July 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A gift of a read to return to time and time again. ”Michaela Laufs wrote this review Tuesday, July 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beautiful : When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison? Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune. But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born, And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret. ....... And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God. And what is it to work with love? It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth. It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house. It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit. It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit, And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching. ”Samina Mujtaba wrote this review Sunday, April 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Here is a philosopher who knew how to reach us. How clever is his presentation. One could almost hear the man through this story. And with so much depth.”dragonraj wrote this review Sunday, April 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I wasn't as impressed with this book as I thought I would be based on the comments I have heard about it.
There were some good parts, don't get me wrong; however, just not as mind blowing as advertised, imho.”