If you have not read The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931), please do so as soon as you can, because the book will enrich your life and make you a better and wiser person in the end.
I consider The Prophet as one of the must read books after the Holy Bible and Sun Tzu's The Art of War.
I read it about 30 years ago and it prompted me to find out more about the American Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer of this masterpiece of inspirational poetry.
From the small 2,000 copies printed in 1923 The Prophet has sold about 100 million copies and translated into 40 different languages so far.
The prose poetry of Gibran is awesome and is a marriage of his knowledge of the biblical and the classical narrative verses. And definitely Gibran was inspired by Jesus Christ and you can see the influences of the Beatitudes. In fact Jesus Christ also influenced his paintings as well.
The Prophet was narrated by a mystic named Almustafa, who was about to board a ship after being a sojourner in the city of Orphalese for twelve years and had paused to address some people on matters of life on earth. The book is in the following chapters.
The Coming Of The Ship
On Buying And Selling
On Crime And Punishment
On Eating And Drinking
On Good And Evil
On Joy And Sorrow
On Reason And Passion