A Worthy Legacy by Tomi Akinyanmi is a small book that packs a powerful message within it’s pages. It’s a true story based on real life events when Tomi and her family are called to her Grandfather’s bedside as he lay dying. It is here that he imparts his last words of wisdom with the young and old of those he loves the most. Tomi shares with us these last life lessons and what we experience through these words is incredibly beautiful and inspirational.
On the anniversary of her Grandfather’s death, Tomi goes back home and remembers that she and her Grandfather had a secret journal that they had shared between the two of them. He would write a question and she would think on it and then answer him. Most precious about this journal was that just before he had died he had sat down and written down many thoughts for Tomi’s eyes only. What a beautiful gift to have from such a beloved person in your life. His message was this…
- ‘Never forget this, my girl, life is nothing but a gift, and it should be treated as such.’ (pg 93)
The lessons that Tomi’s Grandfather passed on were things like learning from the past, a recipe for happiness, our fears, and character to name a few. These are lessons we can all learn something from and it’s amazing for Tomi to be left such a legacy by a man she so clearly loved and who loved her just as much. I also want to mention that this book isn’t sad. Yes, it’s sad to lose someone loved so much but to be able to take away from someone’s passing a wealth of thoughts such as these is, as the title of the novel tells us, A Worthy Legacy.
There are so many beautiful quotes one could share from this book. Truthfully I felt like the whole book could easily be quoted but I really liked this one…
‘Search out the beauties in our world,
That they might bring your heart some peace.
In the midst of a raging storm.
When hope seems lost,
And life seems forlorn,
Look for beauty in the setting sun
As well as in the crescent moon,
And your faith may be renewed.’
This is a special and beautiful book. It’s heartwarming and uplifting. The writing is exquisite as is the artwork throughout and take a look at the cover – it is beautiful. It’s a book I intend to keep by my bedside and pull out when I need a little something to give me that little piece of wisdom and inspiration that I might need at the time.
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