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Desert Life
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Santiago’s experience echoes the testing of Christ in the desert and typifies the trials of the spiritual initiate. Coelho also points out that by following our personal calling, we will ‘suffer more than other people’, but that ‘the secret of life… is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.’