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Le Why café

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  957 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews

In a small diner at a location so remote that it stands in the middle of the middle of nowhere, John-a man in a hurry-is at a literal and figurative crossroads. Intent only on refueling before moving along on his road trip, John finds sustenance of an entirely different kind: in addition to the specials of the day, the menu lists three questions that all diners are encoura

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Published 2009 by Le dauphin blanc (first published September 15th 2003)
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I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway & got it yesterday.

**Do not read this book if you don't want to be tempted by breakfast food that you can't have**

This is small, fast read. It's a quick "thinking" book that asks the reader to look at their daily life and really think about what they are living for.

Do I think this book does it job in helping people in their everyday struggles? Kinda, but not really.

This book does not straightforwardly tell you how to do something or make those life ch
Apr 16, 2016 Aleshanee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophie
"Ich hatte das Gefühl, mein Leben mehr und mehr gegen Geld einzutauschen,
wobei mir das kein besonders guter Handel zu sein schien."
S. 10

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Ein kleines Café mitten im Nirgendwo wird zum Wendepunkt im Leben von John, einem Werbemanager, der stets in Eile ist. Eigentlich will er nur kurz Rast machen, doch dann entdeckt er auf der Speisekarte neben dem Menü des Tages drei Fragen:

»Warum bist du hier?
Hast du Angst vor dem Tod?
Führst du ein erfülltes Leben?«

Wie seltsam - doch einmal
Sara Kamjou
کافهای به نام چرا از جنس کتابهای ایجاد یک تلنگر در قالب داستان است که آدم را به فکر میاندازد که در این دنیای بیکران کجاست و چه کار میکند.
اینکه از این کتاب لذت ببرید یا آن را توضیح واضحات بدانید کاملا به خودتان بستگی دارد چرا که لحن کتاب مستقیم است.
جملات ماندگار کتاب:
آدمهای ناراضی خیلی کارها میکنند که در راستای هدف وجودیشان نیست.
آدمهایی که هدف وجودیشان را نمیشناسند وقتشان را صرف کارهایی میکنند که به برآورده شدن هدف وجودشان کمک نمیکند.
موجهای مخالف زند
Mike Feher
This book, written on a second-grade level, was loaned to me by a friend and so (as I'm a bit of a book slut) I took to reading it. Suffice it to say, I read at least half of it while stuck on a taxiway before a flight. It is quite simple, almost to the point of being overgeneralizing, but in all seriousness, it has a couple of good points based on the questions the protagonist encounters on a menu at a Normal Rockwell cafe in the middle of BFE. It's premised on a story of Western culture and ci ...more
Afsaneh khajavi
Oct 25, 2014 Afsaneh khajavi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
کتابی بسیار زیبا و تعمق برانگیز که با اشاره موضوعات ساده ولی مهم زندگی خواننده را به تفکر درمورد چرایی زندگی اش وا میدارد. ترجمه عالی آقای ملکی به هرچه جذاب تر شدن کتاب کمک بزرگی کرده! توصیه میکنم فرصت خواندن این کتاب کوچک را از دست ندهید .
Mar 27, 2012 Rimma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Read

I guess, it is a good books for some, it may not be liked as a book by everyone, it will appeal to many people in the right time of their life.
The traveler who stop to take a bite in the Why cafe asked to answer a questions about meaning of their life; I mean the questions are pointing reader to think about meaning of their life. By asking the questions to put them on a journey to find that meaning for themselves and find their fulfillment
I won my copy of The Why Cafe from the Goodreads, First Reads program on December 26 2011 and it arrived on January 11 2012.

This was a short little read so I set myself right to it. John finds himself stuck in traffic, so he ventures off the highway only to get a bit lost. He happens upon a cafe called, "Why Are You Here Cafe". It is an old school kind of diner with the chrome fountain stools an red booths. It seems one only happens upon this cafe if and when they really need it. Like at a cross
Kimi Sharp
Feb 29, 2012 Kimi Sharp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple, short read that will make you re-think your entire reason for existing. I would not consider this the most eloquently-written book I have ever read. The author does not even attempt to make you fall in love with his characters, but that's the beauty of it. Instead, you will find yourself deep in self-reflection as you turn the pages.

I loved how the supporting characters tell short stories that you can refer back to in your own life. Such as how Casey couldn't out-swim a Green Sea Turtle
Uwe Alschner
Feb 04, 2013 Uwe Alschner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purpose
I am sorry for everyone who hasn't been touched by this. It is a book which truly can change your life. It changed mine.
Whoever knows their purpose for existing has no need to read this book. But they will understand how important it is to find out the answer for that simple yet existential question: Why am I here?

I did not know my purpose before reading this book. I just lived an average life. Success was something which was "out there", which was said to important to achieve, and for which you
Jan 30, 2012 Peg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Why Cafe by John Strelecky. This book was provided to me free-of-charge by GoodReads, FirstReads. This is a short (only 144 pages), easy-to-read, thought-provoking book that asks three questions: (1) Why Are You Here?, (2) Do You Fear Death?, and (3) Are You Fulfilled?

John Strelecky shows you how to take a new direction in life by discovering your Purpose for Existing (PFE). By contemplating the three questions on the menu at The Why Cafe and discussing them with the chef/owner, the waitress
Jul 29, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from "first reads" awhile ago and I'm sorry it took me so long to read it! A good quick read that asks the question "Why am I here?" There are stories told to John about a green sea turtle, a fisherman and others that have you thinking about how you're living your own life. This is not a preachy book, instead it's a book that has you taking a look at your life and asking yourself "Why am I here?" and What is my PFE? (Purpose for Existing) You could easily find yourself thinking a ...more
Emir Ibañez
May 18, 2016 Emir Ibañez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novela muy cortita pero llenísima de reflexiones sumamente importantes y necesarias.

Muchos dirán que es una novelita más de autoayuda, o que simplemente se usaron frases y conceptos ya usados hasta el hartazgo en forma de relato, pero lo cierto es que ¿Por Qué Estás Aquí? es una historia llena de significado, que puede que haya miles de personas allá afuera que desesperadamente estén necesitado un empujón para salir del bache emocional que -e inluyo físico- que implica no tener la respuesta
Jan 24, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This was a very interesting book. Lots to think about. When I read it I thought it was going to be more how-to and it is more a story and you make out of it what you want. I think I'd be a little freaded out at the Cafe but it is interesting to think about and what I should be doing with my life compared to what I'm doing now! I do get stuck in ruts and this is a way to think maybe I could be doing more or better for myself!
Sep 08, 2016 Violet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Warum bist du hier?
Hast du Angst vor dem Tod?
Führst du ein erfülltes Leben?

Nachdem der viel beschäftigte Manager John sich verfahren hat, macht er in einem Café Rast, auf dessen Speisekarte er diese drei Fragen entdeckt. Das Buch beantwortet sie nicht für den Leser – es gibt aber einige interessante Denkanstöße dazu. Die Thematik ist nicht neu, insbesondere vermutlich nicht für die sogenannte „Generation Y“. Es geht auch nicht in die Tiefe, aber das erwarte ich auch gar nicht von einem solchen B
Aug 13, 2016 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got it from a friend and it was the worst book I've ever read! The writing is terribly boring (I don't know how it is in English, I've read it in German) but the language is so easy and the sentences are so awfully structured... sometimes I wanted to puke...

The story is a typical esoteric story for people who never, I mean absolutely never thought about their life... A tree should have thought more about his life than the people who enjoy this book. The moral of the story is boring and could b
Jun 06, 2016 Indre rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
NIEKALAS. Taip, visų pirma pasiteisinimas kodėl ją skaičiau, nes įprastai tokių knygų vengiu, skaičiau nes reikėjo kažkaip prastumti laiką, o tuo metu juokingos apimties "Kavinė" buvo po ranka, na ir pasiėmiau, BET ji ne mano, aš jos nepirkau ir mano namų bibliotekoje jos neišvysite, tik neteiskit manęs.

Man įdomu ar pasižymi intelektu tie asmenys, kurių gyvenimus sugebėjo pakeisti ši knygelė. Joje rasite tokius klausimus ir atsakymus apie gyvenimo prasmę, kokius net vaikai sau užduoda, o čia sua
Mar 07, 2012 Travis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads
This is definitely a cool book, and especially for those who feel frustrated, trapped, or unfulfilled in their daily lives.
The small stories and probing questions presented are great. One of the best ways this is carried is that throughout the book there is no "one size fits all" method. The author recognizes that different people have different needs, wants, and ways to carry those out. A lot is left to the readers' interpretation, which is one of the book's highest qualities.
The setting and i
Jan 20, 2012 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, own
John gets snarled up in some traffic and decides to get off the highway - so much for enjoying his vacation. Little does he know that what he is going to encounter is much more enlightening than some R & R than he thought his vacation was going to provide. I really enjoyed the front and baack cover of this book and I was hoping for some more "deep" profundly moments for myself as I read this book but it just provided for me the reasurrance for the things I already knew. The author John did a ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am received this as one of Goodreads first-reads in the mail. :) Yay I won something!

This sat on my bed-side table for a month, patiently waiting its turn to be read...I really enjoyed it, overall.

I still cannot believe that The Why Cafe really exists is some middle-of-nowhere place...but hey, if Strelecky says it does, than sure!

Strelecky finds this place as a result of an oil tanker turning over on the highway and he chooses to not stay in traffic for hours, but to turn around and find his
Book Him Danno
Jan 14, 2012 Book Him Danno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, 2012
Interesting and thought provoking, this little book will take about an hour of your time and yet you will be left with more thinking and pondering than you might what. Why are you here? I will be reviewing this book on my blog soon and I do think this is one for everyone to read and think about.

I loved this book, I have to say that it really made me want to know why I’m here and what I can do with the time I have left. This is not a religious book, it is a philosophical book. Why? Why? Why are
Dec 27, 2012 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
My Amazon review: It is hard to ignore how insulting this book is.

It takes advantage of a political climate that thinks we must be told what our morals are going to be.

It says nothing anyone with a moral compass and a brain hasn't figured out for themselves.

The idea that someone would find this book enlightening is more frightening than the thought that someone would find The Five People You Meet in Heaven refreshingly insightful.

The writing is below sub-par.

Here is all you need to prove what a
Sep 22, 2016 Cornelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Da ich jemand bin, der sich schon lange mit den im Buch gestellten Fragen beschäftigt, hat es zumindest bei mir nichts weiter ausgelöst, außer mich auf diesem Weg zu bestätigen. Ich weiß nicht, ob es für einige wirklich ein Aha-Erlebnis enthält, aber ich denke es ist eine nette Geschichte für zwischendurch, um sich daran zu erinnern, was das wirklich Wichtige im Leben ist.
Oct 28, 2014 Mojtaba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خيلي كتاب پر بار و عميقي بود
داستان چرايي هايي كه خيلي مهمه ولي اكثرا ناديده گرفته ميشه
بيان ساده و محيط دوستانه كافه خيلي به گيرايي داستان كمك كرده
Devon Fritz
Jun 21, 2016 Devon Fritz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deutsch, fiction
I read this book in German because it was given to me and wasn't too complicated. The self-help nature would have repelled me had it been in English. The writing was terrible (could have been the translator's fault), but that isn't the main problem. I shutter to think of the people who get something out of this book that they haven't already thought of through self exploration. The main question of the book is, for example: "why are you here?" Who hasn't already considered this question? Maybe a ...more
Jul 06, 2015 nigo0ol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتابیه که توی 3ساعت میتونید بخونید ولی باعث میشه یکم فکر کنین به یه سری چرا های ساده و مهم زندگی که مهمه هر کسی جواباشو برای خودش داشته باشه... من که لذت بردم چون خوش موقه خوندمش...
Mathias Beckmann
Bei aller Begeisterung kann ich diese nicht ganz teilen. Der Inhalt des Buches ist gewiss nicht ganz verwerflich und es wird denke ich vielen einen Ruck geben, die keine Lust haben sich mit wirklicher Literatur zu dem Thema auseinander zu setzen. Das Buch ist sehr einfach geschrieben, doch leider habe ich immer eine große amerikanische Show im Kopf, ein begeisterter Redner, der durch das Buch mehr Vorträge, Seminare und Workshops verkaufen will. Von der Message wird man eigentlich förmlich anges ...more
K Swartz
The inspirational #1 Bestseller by John P. Strelecky. Now translated into twenty-one languages and read by more than a million readers worldwide. In a small cafe at a location so remote it sits in the middle of the middle of nowhere, John--a man in a hurry--is at a crossroads. Intent only on refueling before moving along on his road trip, he finds sustenance of an entirely different kind. In addition to the specials of the day, the cafe menu lists three questions all diners are encourage to cons ...more
Stefanie Kern
Meh... I don’t really know how to feel about this one. It seems to me that the book itself is not really sure about how to approach its readers on a topic that can probably be described as „philosophy ,light“.
It was an easy read, that’s for sure, but it was not a particularly enjoyable one- at least for me it wasn’t and I struggled to put my finger on why that was the case for quite a while. It might be due to the fact that it can’t really decide whether to be a short story, a motivational speec
If you have never read any find-your-life's-purpose self-help books, this is a puzzling start, but it does get the message across that the answer lies within oneself. If you have read any of said self-help books, this one has the particularity of taking the form a series of mediocre (pocket-) philosophical dialogues not entirely devoid of clichés and déjà-lu. The take-home message boils down to expand your horizon to find what you truly want, start small, and it's ok if you don't dare take the p ...more
Gabrielius Lapinskas
Nelabai verta skaityti, nors yra momentų, kai truputį susimąstai, bet šiaip ne, nelabai kas, nelabai.
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Following a life changing event when he was thirty-three years old, John was inspired to sit down and tell the story of "The Why Cafe." Within a year of its release, word-of-mouth support from readers had the book inspiring people on every continent, including Antarctica. It went on to become a #1 Bestseller, and has now been translated into twenty-one languages. John has since written other books ...more
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