"Spirits Rebellious" is said to have been burnt after it came out because it proved to be very controversial. That is, mainly, due to the open question to authority that it contains. The book contains three stories centering around man, religion, law and authority all of which do not just depict the society in the early 1900s but the themes are universal.
There are many questions posed by Gibran in this book. His inquisitive thoughts are very provocative to the mind and conscience. Gibran shakes you out of the slumber of the societal norms and earthly laws that have held mankind in shackles and ignites your soul with his fire and his rebellion.