What do we do about love? About religion? About beauty? All these topics and more are discussed in Khalil Gibran’s, The Prophet. The inquisitive townspeople of Orphalese sit down with the chosen prophet Almustafa and ask him to speak on various subjects. The purpose of this book is to get the reader to really ponder their views on the big questions of life that we ask ourselves, and others, every day.
Personally, I enjoyed the book. At first, I was a bit skeptical, seeing as how Gibran’s version of Christianity is a bit different than mine. But upon reading the book, I discovered that the story was basically the same story as the one in the bible where Jesus teaches everyone the beatitudes. What really stood out to me was where some of the lines of knowledge that Almustafa gave the townspeople. One in particular is his knowledge of beauty where he states, “… beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.” The Prophet persuades me to think outside of our societal beliefs and find a deeper meaning to the pre-conceived ideas of freedom, beauty, giving, friendship, religion, etc.
I would recommend this book to anyone that likes philosophy or religion or anyone looking to perhaps challenge how they view different ideas. As a student, this book would be great for other students to read because we are in a time in our lives where we are all trying to find ourselves. We’re trying to discover who we are and what we believe in.