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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 ...
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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.
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Carlie Lee

There are no clever words here, no trickery. There are no promises of redemption or divine forgiveness; just the quiet last words of a man who has lived honourably. In today's world of selfishness and excess, those words carry a reverberation that will touch every reader.
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Margaret Orford

There are some wise insights to the meaning of life, and other key points that affect the quality of the life that one chooses to live. A Worthy Legacy is a good read and it is highly recommended.
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Sabrina Sumsion

This is a gentle story that speaks of life and the little things that make a big difference. The story is written with great love and tenderness that is rarely seen. This is a quick read and would make a nice gift for life changing events.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615211169
  • Publisher: Tommie Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 0.27 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com

    A WORTHY LEGACY is the true story about a young woman who has to face the fact that her beloved grandfather is dying.

    The two had always had a special bond. With secret journals and life lessons, this wise grandfather was destined to be missed, especially by Tomi.

    The novel goes through the many lessons the grandfather had taught the woman over her lifetime. It has insightful poems and thoughts about topics such as love, power, time, and many more.

    This is a truly inspiring short story that is easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Posted June 12, 2009

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    Inspiring Read

    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.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

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    A Gift of Life's Lessons

    Though only 101 pages A Worthy Legacy speaks volumes how to live a life that will someday be a guide to those we leave behind. In her book, Tomi Akinyanmi tells the story of a grandfather, a gentle and wise man who is loved by his family because of the man he is. She writes her book in tribute to her father who died suddenly in a car accident not that long ago in May of 2001. Her father being a man of words, Tomi writes this book to give him the chance to speak his last. It is a parent's greatest desire to leave a legacy for their children. A Worthy Legacy would make a wonderful gift for someone who is just starting out in life, or for someone who struggles with it. It is beautifully written; an absolute treasure.

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    Highly recommended

    A legacy is something that is handed down from one generation to the next. A legacy is a gift, a treasure, not always of monetary value, that holds some significant meaning. Tomi is about to receive such a legacy. Her grandfather is a well-respected member of the community, and head of the family is lying on his deathbed. The family gathers around to hear his last words, and to pay their respects to a man they hold dear in their hearts. His last words hold great meanings, meanings that can only be understood by those who care to think about them. The words are not about regrets, or a life well lived, but on how to live a good life.

    A Worthy Legacy is a story about life and the passing of wisdom from one generation to the next. The author combines the last wise words of her beloved grandfather together, along with a few of her own thoughts to create a compelling story about real life. There are some wise insights to the meaning of life, and other key points that affect the quality of the life that one chooses to live.

    Tomi Akinyanmi started writing at an early age, her first love being poetry. Her poetry has been published in various publications, and has won some contests. This is her first novel.

    A Worthy Legacy is simple read that explains some of the meanings of life. It is a good read and is highly recommended by Margaret Orford, Allbooks Review.

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