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The Supreme Gift

Written by: Paulo Coelho
Narrated by: Kenneth B. Edwards
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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"I thought that I had already thought about everything you could think about Love when Henry Drummond's sermon fell into my hands. My life changed a lot from the moment I read the words in this book and tried to put his teaching into practice." (Paulo Coelho) "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal." At some point, all of us have heard this passage from St. Paul's Letter to the Corinthians. But do we really understand his message?

At the end of the 19th century, the young missionary Henry Drummond was asked to replace a famous preacher. Though at the beginning he did not convince the audience, they were soon captivated by his analysis of the words of the Apostle Paul. This sermon, The Greatest Thing in the World, has become a classic and is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful texts ever written on love. Drummond broke it down into the following nine elements: patience, kindness, generosity, humility, gentleness, dedication, tolerance, sincerity and innocence. Contrary to what we are used to hearing, the greatest treasure in the spiritual life is not faith, but love. No matter what your religious beliefs are, this feeling is, without doubt, the most rewarding way to live. In The Supreme Gift, Paulo Coelho adapts Henry Drummond's text, offering a real and powerful message that will help us incorporate love into our daily life and experience all its transformational power in our lives.

©1997 Paulo Coelho (P)2015 Sant Jordi Asociados, Agencia Literaria S.L.U

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 12-12-18

Love and what it is

Superior message and adaptation.

I wish I had heard this sermon back when I was a teenager. I guess I needed Paulo Coelho‘s reading and adaptation of Drummond’s The Greatest Thing. I can assure you that it will be a notable part of all my future Christmases and religious holidays going forward.
I can at least say that I have already arrived at the conclusion and belief that, above all, there is Love, based on my life experiences to date. We can all benefit from regularly contemplating and putting into action “the Rainbow of Love”. This is my rules of the road going forward.
Remember: There is no happiness in having and getting; only giving; Mr President, all you elected officials, and anyone whose heart is 3 sizes too small!
Thank you, Mr Drummond, Paulo!

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  • Jesse Dio
  • 25-10-15

Uplifting!

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Wonderful adaptation by Paulo, that gives you a spiritual lift. You don't have to be religious to enjoy this book, it will help anyone on their journey through life.

“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” - Paulo Coelho, The Supreme Gift

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  • mami
  • 13-10-16

Amazing

an inspiring book that help you to deeply analyze your soul, I recommend this book.

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  • Bethany
  • 07-03-17

love

everyone should listen to this. at least once per day! There are no other books you need to listen to today!

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  • William Leddy
  • 29-08-16

Beautiful book on love! really enjoyed it!

beautiful book that focuses on St Paul's letter to the Corinthians on Love. it was not a sermon, but a great reminder on the importance of love!

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  • hiroshi
  • 08-01-16

The Ultimate Reason to Live is to LOVE

What made the experience of listening to The Supreme Gift the most enjoyable?

The entire content.

What does Kenneth B. Edwards bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The power of his voice and its sincerity.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Ultimate Reason to Live is to LOVE

Any additional comments?

I can listen to it over and over again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-07-20

Profound!

I love Paulo Coelho, I came across this by reading some of his previous works, I now listen to it almost everyday. It has truly changed my life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-05-20

And the Truth Shall Set you Free.

Will listen to it again and again!!!! it's truth that needs to be embedded in one's being.

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  • Jason Limon
  • 16-02-20

thank you! I needed to hear this message.

God speaks to us, this came to my life as I needed it greatly, nothing happens by mere coincidence.

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  • BMParis
  • 02-09-19

This is what living is all about

I listened to this book while cooking, doing chores, and feeling hurt or stressed.
The nature of this read is wholesome. It’s relaxing. It is reassuring.
I am a spiritual being. I can talk about love all day every day. I’ve always felt alone with my beliefs and unable to put my thoughts into words. This book spoke to my heart and I am absolutely grateful to be honored with this feeling of validity.

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  • Katharine
  • 11-06-17

Wow. If only everyone in the world read this book...

Regardless of whether you see yourself as religious or not. Whether you believe or not. This is a must listen. Without meaning to sound ott it seriously feeds your heart and soul as you listen to it, and in less than an hour really reminds you what it is all about. What is truly important in life. I loved the way it broke down the key lesson/s of the bible into one simple message - love. No God fearing messages . Just simple anecdotes of how it can / should work in the real world. One of those books you feel honoured to have listened to. Very inspiring - infact I found it as inspiring as the Alchemist which was a nice surprise . One of those audio books you never want to end :@)

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  • Trevor Francois
  • 05-06-20

Beautiful

simple poetic graceful and pure,Awonderful adaptation serenely delivered. .Plenty of insights into the purpose of our existence

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-20

Only 1 hour

This profound message can be listened to daily for as long as one needs! Brilliant!

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  • T MCNALLY
  • 14-09-19

Love

loved it, packed full of amazingly simple advice on how to love. definitely a great read