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Friday, June 5, 2009

A Worthy Legacy by Tomi Akinyanmi

A Worthy Legacy
Publisher: Tommie Books
ISBN: 0615196195
Pages: 112 pgs
Genre: Poetry
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Summary from Publisher:

The quiet last words

The Harmattan wind scorches across Nigeria, and an old man lies dying. His community gathers to pay its respects; their haunting songs echoing in the warm twilight. Tomi Akinyanmi, his eldest granddaughter, is present along with the rest of the family, and as she listens to Grandpa’s last words, she feels a resonance deep within her heart. For Grandpa doesn’t talk of regrets, or petty grievances, instead he talks softly about life; how to survive, how to be happy, how to achieve self-respect.

A year on from her Grandpa’s death, Tomi returns to his village. The family bonds have crumbled, no longer held strong by their patriarch. Searching for some link to her Grandpa, in the hope of understanding more, Tomi looks for the journal she once wrote and in which Grandpa would set thought-provoking essays. She finds the journal, but instead of one last essay, she finds Grandpa has left her his thoughts, a continuation of those spoken on his deathbed.

He explains to Tomi that life is a gift, and that it should be treated as such. He also writes of love, and the importance of giving love to others to allow them to love in return. His final words speak of happiness and how it can be achieved through four different disciplines, each balanced and working together.

“Hard work does not mean wealth; Neither does wealth mean class. Age does not mean wisdom, And Love does not mean bliss. Hard work drives vision. Class comes with confidence. Wisdom is found in experience, And love is but a shelter for him who finds it. Amid all the life storms, A man would wade through; Confidence and vision, wisdom and love, Together pull him through.”

“A Worthy Legacy” is a book far greater than its sum of parts; a moral guide that does not preach or command, but simply presents a code for life with a confidence and credibility that allows the reader to relate to and apply its philosophies.

My Review:

This book was striking. Not for any depth of story but for the message and insights gained in the very small volume. A Worthy Legacy is a very quick and enjoyable read. It is an excellent book for anyone who has lost a loved one.

If you are looking for a long and involved story, this book is most definitely not for you. It is like a freeze frame of an event. Extremely short but very memorable. A Worthy Legacy is full of wisdom and advice that only an older person could bestow. You almost feel as if it is an old and wise person speaking to you while you are reading this book. It was an extremely touching read. Reading about the death of a grandparent is always something that saddens me but the aged wisdom kind of tempered that sadness and made it somehow more joyful. I also really liked the poetry which means it must be really good because I normally have to struggle with poetry.

A Worthy Legacy is perfect for anyone who has lost a grandparent or parent or anyone who is looking for some wisdom and inspiration.
*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.


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  2. Wonderful review, couldn't agree with you more ~ A Worthy Legacy was certainly memorable!

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  4. Thanks for an insightful review Grace



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