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De l’auteur du best seller international, Le Why café, nous vient une histoire puissante et inspirante.

Jack, un jeune homme cherchant le bonheur, répond à un appel intérieur intense et part visiter l’Afrique, principalement la Savane. Il y fait la rencontre d’une vieille femme, Ma Ma Gombé, elle-même à la poursuite de sa quête personnelle. Contre toute attente, Ma Ma Gombé
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Paperback, 166 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Dauphin Blanc (first published March 5th 2007)
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alicia
Normally, I read books that are heavy with character description and plot details, so I had to step back and keep an open mind with Life safari. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I chose to enter it, because I love animals and love reading anything that touches on them. Though that's not what Safari ended up being about, I still liked the book. I wouldn't say I loved it; as much as I tried, I just could not get over how little Strelecky talked about what Young Jack and Ma Ma Gombe saw on ...more
Alison
This short book (120 pages) was a great book, which everyone should read, as there are many messages within the story.. The author is a motivational speaker, and this story is about a young man who saves his money for 2 years to come see the big animals and experience Africa. Once there he meets an old African woman who has a goal of her own and becomes his guide. They decide to walk across Africa, looking for both his and her wishes. This story even though it is simple in its descriptions, its ...more
Jody
Disclosure: I was one of the 100 readers receiving this book in the First Reads free giveaway.

This is the story of a once in a lifetime kind of trip to Africa. A 22 year old saves up his money for two years to go on this trip. He arrives by boat after a 3 week journey. We do not know what city or any of the countries he travels to in Africa, which I would have found helpful. There is no bibliography, references or footnotes regarding the geography of Africa. A good fictional book usually gives s
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Kyleen
I have to preface this by saying this is an inspirational book, and I've never read an inspirational book I've liked. They're just not my thing.

The story was somewhat cliched to me, as were the characters (young, American, naive man meets old, preternaturally wise African woman). "Young Jack" got on my nerves instantly. He was learning about himself constantly, but didn't seem to retain a lot of Ma Ma Gombe's advice. If there was such a thing as a stupid question, Jack would've asked them all.

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Lynette Anderson
I was chosen to receive Life Safari in a Goodreads giveaway. This story is a parable of finding your own way in life, as the main character goes on a quest accompanied by an inspirational guide/helper. I had both good and not so good reactions to it. All in all, there is a worthy message that is at its core. First, it was a little hard to get past the "Five For Life" thing that pops up on every page, and at times found myself envisioning Ma Ma Gombe as Tony Robbins - it felt like a push for the ...more
Dianna
Life Safari is the type of book that could be very enjoyable to those who go in with the right expectations. If you're looking for complex character development and a study of personalities, you won't find that in this book. It's not the type that's memorable for its plot, and for someone who generally likes exploring all of the intricacies of life's experiences, both good and bad, this isn't the type of book that I usually read. The goal seems to be to awaken the reader with beautiful imagery a ...more
Julie
This is a true story about a young man in his 20's that had a dream to visit Africa. He saved up his money, quit his job, and set off for Africa with no set time of when he would be returning. As soon as he arrived and was checking into his hotel, he asked the man who was working the front desk if he could help him find a tour guide. When an old woman appears that same day, she informs him that she will be the one to show him the real Africa. They set off on foot for an amazing journey. Not onl ...more
Lauren
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway.

Let me start off by saying that this book was not necessarily bad...it just wasn't for me. The premise is basically a series of parables set against the backdrop of an untamed Africa strung together into one story starring a young American, Jack, and his guide Ma Ma Gombe. This book seems to be a self-help book in disguise. For some people there is nothing wrong with that, but for me, it wasn't something that I relished the thought of reading.

That being sa
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April
I received a copy of Life Safari through the Goodreads Giveaway.

Life Safari by John P. Strelecky is a fascinating tale of a man on his journey to discover his "Big Five For Life".

While I enjoyed the book, I did have a few issues with it. I realize that the book is sharing a message with readers, but I would have loved to see more character exploration.

I also took exception to a line in the book. Ma Ma Gombe says to Jack, "If your Big Five for Life are really your Big Five for Life, then the suc
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Megan
Mar 01, 2012 Megan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who feel stuck
I won a free, signed copy of this book from giveaways in January, and decided to read it yesterday on a rainy Wednesday while I had off from work. It was a very fast read and I genuinely enjoyed it. The concept of finding your Big Five for Life, which ‘Life Safari’ revolves around, is interesting and very positive. I just felt at certain times like I was being sold something, like I was watching an infomercial pretending to be a tv show. But this wasn’t a bad thing, as the ‘product’ being sold i ...more
Rick Bavera
Feb 09, 2012 Rick Bavera rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting some inspiration to begin pursuing their goals, their happiness, their purposes.
Shelves: first-reads
Note: This book was a Goodreads First Read giveaway. I did find it to be a worthwhile book.

This is an "easy" read, in the sense that it was a relatively short and quick read.

The book is also a "tough" read in the sense that it makes you think. And the things you are thinking about are things you probably already know, or have been exposed to: having dreams and goals, happiness and purpose. Working to get dreams and goals accomplished. Willingness to let people along the way help you out, give
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Yaritza
I won this book from GoodReads First Reads.Life Safari was an excellent book. I loved that I was able to experience Africa , without actually being there. Reading this book made me think what my big five for life is. In the book Young Jack always wanted to go to Africa so he save money for two years. Wanted to experience Africa by traveling and seeing all the animals and the beauty of the land. My favorite part of this book was when Young Jack and Ma Ma Gombe were being followed by Lions. Ma Ma ...more
Suzannesky1
I am one of the winners of a copy of this book. I liked it, although I did set it aside for several months, in favor of other books, after reading the first half. I am not sure if that was more because of a lack of avid interest or of the busy-ness of my life. Probably some of both.
I could easily recommend this book for a younger person - one just starting out to find their direction and purpose in life, I think. As someone who is almost 60 years old, I am not in the 'what do I do with my life'
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Heather
Disclosure: I won a copy of this book in the First Reads giveaway.

I received my copy a while ago, and started to read it then. However, for some reason I didn't finish it, and it ended up in a drawer. I guess that the story wasn't quite as engrossing as other things I had at the time.

But I enjoyed rediscovering this book this week. It is a slim book (only 128 pages), and its brevity is a good thing. Some self-help books tend to repeat a lot of material, dragging things out more than necessary.
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Kelli Newcom
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway Winner. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to read the book early!

I enjoyed the adventure of this young man and his older female guide. She had a lot to teach him through their joint experiences. The characters were sweet and respectful. But, I did not find them to be believable. I did not feel the connection with the characters that I hope for when reading a novel.

Their adventures were exciting! The characters realized that they wanted to a
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Ryan
In life Safari, a young man named Jack travels to Africa to find inspiration. He finds a woman named Ma Ma Gombe to help him travel through Africa, seeing the unique sights and animals.

This is a short but powerful book. Through the characters of Jack and Ma Ma Gombe, the author introduces and explains the Big Five for Life.

There are many messages in the book about how to acheive your Big Five for Life. What I will take away most from the book is that the obstacles in our way are more often than
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Kaijsa
This book has a beautiful concept in it that is inspiring and thought-provoking. I've been thinking about it for days. The story in which this concept is imbeded is an amazing story, but frustratingly so. The book is only 126 pages and so does not give any detail at all. The writing is passable as ok and it seems to be a sales brochure for African Adventures and the author's seminars. The book would be better with more "Big 5 for Life" examples and more details about the motivation behind the ch ...more
Beth
A Goodreads giveaway, what I expected was a book with more developed characters, more descriptions and alot more wisdom than what I read. It was a surface treatment of what could have been an intresting story of a personal pilgrimage. Insead the characters were flat and the interactions discribed only on the surface. All the time the Big Five is alluded to as the personal quest of each individual to truely feel fulfilled in life. I still can't figure out where Five comes into it since it seems t ...more
Robin
I won this book in the Goodreads giveaways. This was a short read. I finished it in one afternoon. Overall, I thought it was good and inspirational. But I was a bit annoyed that he never mentioned which countries in Africa they visited. Africa is a HUGE continent and I highly doubt that they traveled the entire continent on foot otherwise they would have won some Guinness World Record or something. From the descriptions, it sounded like they were mostly in southern Africa. My favorite part was w ...more
Wayne Michael
This book was extremely enjoyable. I was afraid it would take me weeks to read but i actually finished it in a weekend, and that is rare for me.

I didnt know what to expect and was not dissappointed with the adventure.

It wasnt just explaining the concept of the Big five but was a guide to the practicle application of the wisdom provided. it covered not only how to achieve your goals but also how not to fail, to be dynamic and how to respect others.

i never expected so much wisdom in such a little
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Weezie
This book is an easy,entertaining and quietly inspiring read. I adored it!!
Melissa
I received this book as a Good Reads first read.

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Simple. But then so many of the most powerful messages are. Don't let the simplicity of this story and the writing fool you. Mr. Strelecky has created an engaging and fun story in which we, the readers, are reminded that our path to fulfillment begins within us. It cannot be reached with material items, it cannot be given to us, and no one can tell us where the path begins. They can, however, help us to walk that path once we decide where to st
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Michelle Ehrich
I received a copy of this book for free through the Goodreads first reads program.

It really bothers me when authors tell you the point they are trying to make, instead of letting the characters and their stories lead me to that point. This book reads like an infomercial for a self help program. It's not that the ideas are bad; it's just that they felt like they were being jammed down my throat, and I wasn't able to enjoy the story or have any emotional connection with the characters.
Laurie
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt as if I was right there with the main characters the whole time. It makes a person really think too past the story into your own life and wonder what it is that is your "big five for life" and how can you assist others on the way to find theirs.

It was a very good story, easy to find yourself immersed in and fully a part of. I would highly recommend it. And when your done reading it, carry it around with you to read again and again. Excellent!
Nawnee
I received this as a free book from Goodreads. This is an interesting story about Africa. The main character is a 22 year old that sometimes comes across as naive or just younger than his 22 years I thought this was a children's book and I still think with all the information that it provides and the pictures that are in the back of the book that it would make a great early reader for a child that already knows how to read.
Sanjo Jendayi
This was an awesome read...I received this book two years ago as a gift and never picked it up. Tonight, I picked it up and did not put it down until i was finished. It was inspiring, intriguing and I could envision myself right there in Africa with Jack! Timing is everything and I needed this book tonight when I opened it...writing my Big 5 for Life. MUST READ for anyone who wants to do more than exist!
Heather
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This is an incredible book. Life Safari is a short read but it is filled with an inspiring and beautiful story. This book touched my heart and inspires me to find my "Big Five for Life." I have recommended this book to my friends. I believe it is a book for everyone.
Cindy
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.

This is the second of John P. Strelecky's books that I have read. I enjoyed it. Although it was a quick read, it had a inspiration message. It made you think about life and what your 5 big things you wanted out of it and how to achieve them. I enjoyed reading it.
Marilyn
This was a very enjoyable read. Short and quick but well informing. I am passing this on to my 17 y.o. grandson as I find it a good way to help someone get their priorities in order. It makes some sense out of what you really want to do with your life. And in what order it should be done. Good book.
Megan
I good read for someone looking for a book with insightful thoughts to life and not a lot of time to read it. The thoughts that Strelecky put into his writing were certainly ones that I will be thinking about for some time. Not a lot of plot or character development, but succeeds in being a pleasant read.
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