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Inspirationally Light Summer Reading with Kahlil Gibran in The Prophet

Updated on September 15, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

Kahlil Gibran Painting - The Burden - Hands, Female, Nude Baby
Kahlil Gibran Painting - The Burden - Hands, Female, Nude Baby | Source

Khalil Gibran Speaks Through The Prophet

With a title like ‘The Prophet’, you might expect this book to be heavy reading. Not so! It’s a refreshingly light read with spiritual undertones that anyone, anywhere, religious or not can enjoy.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931) was a Lebanese born poet, writer, philosopher and artist who migrated to the US at the age of 12, with his mother and siblings, where he enjoyed a fulfilling writing and drawing career until his death.

"In The Prophet Gibran talks to us about every aspect of our daily lives - love and marriage, joy and sorrow, eating and drinking, buying and selling, crime and punishment, reason and passion, self-knowledge, friendship, time, prayer, freedom and beauty, religion and death" (Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet).

At first glance, these topics seem to be the same run-of-the-mill topics that we see bandied about in the news, in books, on websites and just about everywhere. What makes them hugely different in this book is the poetic and spiritually conscious manner in which they are addressed therein.

Take for example one of my favourite parts about children which has resonated and stayed with me ever since I first read the book in 2007. “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you...You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”

There’s more, but, you’ll agree with me that there is much food for thought here and, like me, after reading and reflecting on Kahlil’s writings you will be moved to a new level of spiritual consciousness.

There are only 96 pages interspersed with 11 of his interesting paintings which capture certain passages that have been expressed in words. So that makes only 85 pages of actual reading that, I promise, is inspirationally light.

Over 9 million copies of ‘The Prophet’ have been sold in the US alone and it has been translated into 20 languages worldwide!

Light Summer Reading

4 stars for 'The Prophet' by Khalil Gibran

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Listen to some of Kahlil Gibran's Poetry & Biography

Khalil Gibran on Pain (The Prophet)

Khalil Gibran on Love (The Prophet)

The Treasured Writings of Kahlil Gibran: Author of The Prophet
The Treasured Writings of Kahlil Gibran: Author of The Prophet

A collection of 10 books filled with “stories, prose poems, verse, parables and autobiographical essays [which] comprises the major body of Kahlil Gibran's works.”


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The Art of Kahlil Gibran at Telfair Museums
The Art of Kahlil Gibran at Telfair Museums

They say "A picture is worth a thousand words" and that is exactly the effect that Kahlil Gibran’s photos have on the viewer.

If you’ve read 'The Prophet' and had the opportunity to see his magnificent accompanying photos in that book, then you will understand what I am speaking about.

“Comprising two essays, this book features the Telfair’s collection of work by and about Gibran, the largest holding in the United States.

The collection spans Gibran’s career from his first major exhibition at photographer Frederick Holland Day’s studio in Boston in 1904 to works created during the last years of his life.”


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      sybil watson 

      4 years ago

      You've reminded me that I HAVE to get this book! My principal at the school where I work reads passages of "The Prophet" to the staff when things get difficult and they have such a calming effect. Thanks for the reminder!

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      4 years ago

      It sounds like a very successful book.

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      4 years ago

      Good review.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I read this some time ago but think I need to read it again. I am sure I will get something new from it each time I read it.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Donna50: Then you are many light years ahead of us, Donna50! Thanks for visiting and sharing your encounter with his work. Have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @MJ Martin: I am glad that you have already experienced the power of Kahlil Gibran's writings RubyHRose. Thanks for visiting and sharing your encounter with his work. Have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Brite-Ideas: LOL! I like your 'Hotel' statement. Then with that attitude you will thoroughly enjoy your children and their various seasons. Thanks for visiting and sharing your own profound personal thoughts as relates to children. Have a blessed week, Brite-Ideas.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Rhonda Lytle: Gotcha, poetvix! Glad I piqued your interest :) Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @bpratt lm: Go do that bpratt. Thanks for visiting and leaving a note here to let me know that you passed by. Have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Arachnea: Fascinating huh, Arachnea? Thanks for visiting and sharing your encounter with his work. Have a blessed week.

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      4 years ago

      I first read the Prophet in 1973 when I first met my husband. It was an inspiring read for me and a source of comfort throughout the years.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      4 years ago from Washington State

      He is. I have always found some good inspiration from his writing

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      That part about our children resonates a lot with me as well - completely how I feel - I remember when I was expecting the boys, I use to say "I'm the Hotel" :)

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Okay, now I'm really curious. Got to scope on this. The quote hooked me.

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      bpratt lm 

      4 years ago

      I will have to check his work out!

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      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      I remember reading his poetry in high school. Excellent lens. I'd watched a movie about him on tv.


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