In all seriousness though, if you haven’t read any of his books I can say without a shadow of a doubt, and all hyperbole aside: you are missing a part of your life.
My only complaint with Coelho is the “god/God” stuff he talks about, but it’s not too much and whenever he uses it I just switch it for something else. Although because a lot of what he deals with is meaning of life stuff and following our dreams and realizing ourselves, god/a creator/the something that’s out there, does come up in conversation.
“The secret lies in the present – if you pay attention to the present, you will be able to improve it. And if you improve the present, whatever happens afterwards will be better too.” -from The Alchemist
“Profound commitment to a dream does not confine or constrain: it liberates. Even a difficult, winding path can lead to your goal if you follow it to the end.” -from Maktub
“When there is no turning back, the we should concern ourselves only with the best way of going forward.” -from The Alchemist
Now I know I used two quotes from The Alchemist, but that’s not the only book of genius.
Eleven Minutes, The Witch of Portobello, The Zahir, The Devil and Miss Prym, Veronica Decides to Die are just my favourites.
Trust me, Coelho is genius.