Book Review: All’s Well by John Lefebvre

I spent the better part of yesterday and this morning reading All’s Well by John Lefebvre. Ever heard of him? Or read any of his works? It’s the first I’ve heard of him, and I got to read a book he’s written that explores humanity.

About the book:

In All’s Well. Where Thou Art Earth and Why, entrepreneur and philanthropist John Lefebvre blends philosophy, metaphysics and ethics into an original, lyrical meditation on our place in the Universe, and how short the distance we have come compared to the way before us.

Lefebvre suggests that—at our core—we are the Universe’s vessels of consciousness, astonishment and love. With this up-sizing of the human condition, Lefebvre argues that the United States’ founding principles form the correct basis for Universal Rights and Responsibilities, including the rights to:

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness Access to food, clothing and shelter Access to the tools of self-improvement, to health care, basic capital, and justice The Right to a Healthy Environment

The trouble is that these rights are not, nor have they ever been, universal. And they come with dire responsibility. The Responsibility of Freedom is to assure all others have every right, fully as well.

My take on it:

There is a phrase in this book that stood out for me:

“Wells have water in them, but the water is not something the well creates or owns.”

I could describe this book as philosophical, and even just trying to pin it down does not do it justice, because never before have I come across a book that explores consciousness, goodness and freedom.

There is this belief that there are higher powers, a certain level that man has attained or resides in that sets us apart from all the other species…and in reading this book, John Lefebvre demystifies these misconceptions.

It’s an engaging read and if you get your hands on it, I hope you love chapter four, “The Higher Trusts,” as much as I did. Thanks Netgalley for the eARC, this book is a great conversation generator.

My rating: heartheartheartheartheart

Know more about the book: visit the author’s website here 

Order a copy on: Amazon and Barnes & Noble


Final week of September: Book Reviews

I’ve had a busy week and I have never enjoyed sleep as much as I did early this morning.

It’s been raining here and my evening walks to the Lake have been halted because one; no one likes to be pounded by rain (forget the movies, they’re paid to be drizzled upon) and two; I do not do well in the cold. I am as tropical as East Africa…or let’s just say Lake Victoria.

I managed to finally post reviews of the books that I got to wrap up this week on Netgalley. I haven’t scheduled to read some more because my tablet won’t start and now I have to read the titles I have on Adobe E-reader on my laptop and it’s not as comfortable or eye-friendly as my tablet was.

5 starsheart

What’s great about a memoir or shall I call it just a personal story is the tone. With this book Steve takes us along with him to class, into the lives of his students, his fears, hopes and their expectations and fears you feel a myriad of emotions from joy to sorrow all in one and isn’t that life?

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4 stars

Listen, this right here is one of my favorite stories and I don’t know whether the author knew of this but there is a Chandaria family which is quite well known in Kenya- we’ve even got Chandaria industries. Now, I love how candid and unapologetic these characters are and while reading this you do not expect to warm up to any character, but rather you find yourself assessing the situation and experiencing life as they are. I like this kind of reading because it takes me away from sentimentality whilst exposing me to reality. Four generations, secrets, different political times and major decisions made force this family back home to Nairobi to come clean and heal.

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4 stars

This right here is looking at what it means to be righteous, exploring the understanding of Scripture in real life struggles. You’ll love titles like “Jonah was trapped before he met the fish” and take a step back to feel what the author invites you to experience on every time you come across “On Job.” The author incorporates various formats for the pieces herein, so you are up for some surprises if you think this collection follows the normal book formatting.

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4 stars

I love this collection and trust me, I am sad that I got to read it in digital version first because given the structure the author incorporates, this is best devoured in print. It’s in two parts; the first half teases what the second half accomplishes and you certainly cannot help but feel lighter and motivated towards the end.

Those are the reviews I shared this week and if you love some unapologetic, raw poetry-I’d recommend “Even the Saints Audition” by Raych Jackson.

I have a week of work and lots of reporting deadlines to meet so I’ll go easy on the reading and devour one of my favorite African Writers, new book:

What titles are you reading this October?

New week, new Books

So, Sunday just slipped right through my fingers and now as Monday rolls in, I am going through my list of books and here’s what I’ve got on my shelf.

I read:

Rated it: 5 stars

25…that’s the number of times Tyler Lockett invites you into his world through his words. He says it as he feels it and it only goes to show that sometimes a ray of light is all it takes to illuminate a dark tunnel. With poems where he asks you “how bad do you want it?” and you cannot help but sit back and ask yourself really what’s stopping you from going after your dreams. “Like Father like Son,” unravels the pain when cycles are maintained and not broken, endless years of hurt upon hurt on generations. “Fair shot,” simply had me undone with one phrase “imagine wearing a hoodie not to be seen, but instead people are scared of you.” He also does not shy away from talking about relationships and expectations. This would be a great companion in paperback or hardback for there are those insightful “notes to self” at the end of each poem and then workshop guides which include three or four questions to explore. Thank you Netgalley for the eARC.

I am currently reading:

I’d love to read these titles:

What titles are you reading or do you have stacked in your shelves?