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Non-Fiction Review – The Prophet

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Review by McGuffyAnn M. (nightprose)


I first read this book as a teenager. It has remained on my bookshelf, being read many, many times. I have given it as a gift to several people, over the years. It is one of my favourite books.

The Prophet is a classic, and is considered to be Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece. Gibran himself considered it his “greatest achievement”. Originally published in 1923, it has been translated into 28 languages, and is still a popular piece of literature today.

The book is a beautiful blend of poetry and philosophy. Each chapter takes on a particular topic, or aspect of life. “The Prophet” speaks on love, work, law, freedom, pain, time, and many other important issues we all deal with as we journey through life. Each beautifully written chapter is also illustrated by Gibran.

The importance and beauty of this book is immeasurable and timeless. This book should be on every bookshelf of those who truly enjoy the beauty of poetry and classic literature, to be enjoyed and appreciated by every generation. The life lessons offered by Kahlil Gibran are timeless in essence and belief.


On Friendship
Kahlil Gibran

Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.”
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

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5 Responses to “Non-Fiction Review – The Prophet”

  1. Kathy K. says:

    Awesome review! I agree with everything even the reading when I was a teenager and again and again.
    Thank you!

  2. surfgirl says:

    Like the reviewer, I also read this book for the first time a a teenager. Each year I choose another friend to gift with a copy, because I know that something in “The Prophet” will apply to their life. Are there better books? Of course. Even the author has written better ones, ex. “Jesus, the Son of Man.” But for me, “The Prophet” will always equal comfort, and it’s one of a few books that I reread until my copy is worn and tattered.

  3. Lori B. says:

    Lovely review that strikes a chord in my heart as well.

  4. Linda B. (herbalhorse) says:

    I also read this book as a teenager and drew a lot of inspiration from it. Glad to see it reviewed and I hope that inspires more people to read it. It is timeless.

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