Le Why café
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...more
**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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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The Why Café is about a guy, John, who gets lost and stops in at this café, where he ends up staying a bit longer than planned, just to talk to the wait staff some more. He ends up talking to them about how some people get on their way to feeling fulfilled. How some people wonder what their purpose in life is, and once they find that out and begin working toward completing it, they feel more fulfilled.
Now, this is a very tiny book, at just over a hundred pages ...more
I won this in a goodreads giveaway.
I really went back and forth on whether or not I liked this book...the writing is not bad, and it's a very slender volume that, if you wanted to, you could easily read in one setting, but I did not do this. I don't feel like this was a failure on my part as a reader. The book was by no means riveting...it was one of those books that makes you think you should feel good about yourse ...more
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 ...more
I enjoyed many of the anecdotes in the book however, I felt that the very basic, almost bland, way they came up minimized how profound they actually are. I’m not sure but it felt almost juvenile? Perhaps that was his intention- to make the book speak to the lowest common denominator, maybe so it could be accessible and easy to read for anyone. On the bright side of this ...more
It was a enjoyable book that really made you think. Three questions are throughout the book: Why are you here?, Do you fear death? and Are you fulfilled? and John finds them on a cafe restaurant menu when he gets lost driving. The people in the cafe explain the questions.
The PFE, Purpose for Existing, really stuck in my mind. I will probably read this book again ...more
John does raise some really good issues as to why we work our behinds off, just to poses things we really don't need or seldom us after we buy it, because either we're working all the time to pay for these things or because it wasn't really what you wanted anyway.
He says we work all the time,to save up for retirement and for the time we finally get to do the things we like to do. W ...more
For me this is the passage that had the most impact:
"Even people who feel they have a Purpose For Existing, and believe they have the right to fulfull it, sometime ...more
I loved the initial claim that the cafe felt like something out of the Twilight Zone - I love that show. I really am interested in the premise of the book. However, I was not a big fan of the execution of the information. I was glad it was short so I could get the message. The constant conversation and reiterating the questions over and over again got a tad tiresome, but I do understand where the author is coming from. It was probably b ...more
I'm not currently in a place i ...more
This book really put things into perspective. It is a book to read especially when we are having a mid-life crisis and to find out is wrong with our lives. It begins with three basic questions ...more