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Ubuntu, Je suis car tu es

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  354 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Préface de Desmond Tutu, prix Nobel de la paix

« Ce livre va vous ouvrir les yeux, l’esprit et le cœur sur une manière d’être au monde, qui le rendra meilleur et plus bienveillant. », Desmond Tutu.

Ubuntu vient de la langue Xhosa. Ce mot désigne à l’origine une philosophie sud-africaine qui résume nos aspirations quant à un bien-être et à un bien-vivre, ensemble. Ce terme in
Paperback, 306 pages
Published October 16th 2019
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First...this book is beautiful. The binding is bright and study. The paper is thick and slick in your fingers. The type, the colors...before you ever read, you are truly taken by the sheer beauty of the book.

Written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu's granddaughter, the book explores facets of Ubuntu, a practice that focuses on being citizens of the community..."A person is a person through other persons." Asking us to focus our time and energy, and yes, gifts, on being a positive, contributing member
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is Nonfiction African Philosophy. While it wasn't quite 4 stars I'll still round up because it is a message worth repeating. The suggestions in this book are basic for most people. I get there are others out there who missed these lessons in childhood. This seemed to cover practicing the things you know that are right

I loved the emphasis on the phrase, "I see you." Basically this is about not judging, putting yourself in other peoples shoes, and everyone deserves to be treated with humanity
❀ Susan G
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
Be kind. Be part of your community. Care for others.

full of tips to be better neighbours, community members, family from Desmond Tutu's grand daughter. full review pending
Júpiter Vanessa
At points this feels more like an ad for the Desmond Tutu Foundation than like a book trying to teach good lessons on how to be a better person.

The idea of ubuntu appeals to me a lot, and I could take some positives from a couple of the lessons, particularly the ones in the beginning of the book, but as it went on it managed to feel simultaneously repetitive and less inspiring. By the end of the book, I'm not sure if my problems are with the concept of ubuntu itself, or with the way it was prese
Kier Scrivener
This is a lovely, soulful, uplifting and introspective philosophy book that is easily accessible. Highly recommend!
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, my-bookshelf
Every aspect of this book is beautiful: the cover, paper quality, colours, quotes, and above-all the message- Ubuntu. What an inspirational positive read!
Brad Janocha
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book brough together the many personal growth lessons I learned over the past two years. It's one of the most impactful books I've ever read. Beautifully written, engaging, and down to Earth. I would recommend this book to anyone. ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple, quick, and asthetically pleasing read. It is such a wholesome book, and I love how it's broken up into easily digestible chapters. Great first book to get back into reading! ...more
Hannah Mutters
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book in the library, I'd never heard of Ubuntu but I'm glad I picked this up to learn more!
I love it.
A gorgeous book with some lovely quotes to take away and some nice bits of artwork too
Jen Boyd
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

While many of these ideas are expressed through a variety of other books, seeing them in context of Ubuntu and our interconnectedness is a call to a different way of living with one another in the world
Kees Tuijp
Nice, accessible, easy to read, just a bit basic
Ubuntu is a traditional southern African philosophy that encompasses a belief in a universal human connection: I am only because you are. By considering each person as fully human, and living your life with that shared humanity in mind, you will never be able to treat anyone else as not worth your time, attention, and care. Everyday Ubuntu provides 14 lessons that teach readers how to bring the consideration and mindfulness of ubuntu into our daily lives. From being a better listener and seeing ...more
Jun 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ubuntu is a South African concept that teaches about the interconnectedness of humanity, the role of community in strengthening an individual, and every human being's worth in building society. The Xhosa word offers a philosophical outlook into living well together. It reinforces the human bond and respect for every person, and stresses the need to build bridges instead of walls. Written as fourteen lessons from the Rainbow Nation, writer Mungi Ngomane (granddaughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu) ...more
Jul 13, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyday Ubuntu
Mungi Ngomane
Ubuntu better together the African way.
Honestly I picked up this book because I have been loving books about happiness, positivity and wellness.
Many beautiful examples are given throughout the book about forgiveness and trying to understand the point of view of others. Some stories shocked me, how a lady can forgive her attackers and try to understand the background they come from. This resulted in seeing them as humans who are victims of their life circumstance
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book based on the South African concept of Ubuntu - which when stated at its basic level means “I am only because you are.” Laid out in 14 lessons, Ngomane offers insight into how to care for one another on a deep level. I read this as part of an online discussion group hosted by the Church of the Brethren Intercultural Ministries office. I read both the printed version and then followed each lesson by listening to the audiobook which is voiced by Mungi’s mother Naomi. I highly recomme ...more
Siddharrth Jain
Ubuntu is an African philosophy which means ‘I am because we are’. By putting others before self during every conduct of our life style, we make this world that much compassionate and loveable.

This is one of the most important philosophies of our age that can help mend bridges as one of the many concepts within Ubuntu, is to forgive. As this book says ‘no man is an island’, we are all collectively in the same boat and therefore must pay heed to our individual differences for a better acceptance
Amelia Dupla
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is incredibly beautiful in function as the structure of the book is sturdy, capitvatiing in colour and design it’s truely one of the most beautiful books ive ever held.
The content of the book is an extraordinary book of self development, that can overflow into community development in a call for interconnectivity in a world of individualism I love how chapters are structured as lessons as it breaks through to more then just an enjoyable read, but a method of building a healthier life.
Lady Paz
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ubuntu is the way to go. Desmond Tutu once said there was no future for South Africa without Reconciliation. Ubuntu teaches us how to be good human beings, contribute in making this world a better place. It teaches us the power of reconciliation and humanism. When I finished to read this book, I started seeing things from an Ubuntu perspective and I can assert that it is helping me to be more welcoming. I try my best to control anger issues, and investigate the reason behind those who hurt other ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the concept of Ubuntu, but I feel this books swerves a bit too much for my liking, leaning into many other fields of personal development. And those fields I will and can read when I do want to emphasize those things.
Perhaps these digressions are necessary to give the full picture of Ubuntu, but my personal feeling was that this book contained way too much topics not actually concerning Ubuntu.
Felipe CZ
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We must respect, forgive, and explore other people's perspectives to connect with them. The African wisdom of Ubuntu shows this. It also showcases that optimism can be tricky, since we can fall into pessimism if we don't get what we expected. But hope, we can choose to hold onto no matter what happens. We can replace a negative attitude with "it's possible" attitude. Also, we must face reality and listen deeply, since we are all connected. ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I am because you are;" "a person is a person only because of other people." I think this concept was one of the most important things I gained from my time in South Africa. This book, written by the granddaughter of Archbishop Tutu, highlights various elements ("lessons") of the philosophy, with examples from South Africa and around the world. I am thinking about them as I engage in my daily protest as a spiritual practice. Ngiyabonga. ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was first introduced to the concept of Ubuntu by Desmond Tutu in his book, "No Future Without Forgiveness." I loved his definition of Ubuntu: If you have Ubuntu, "[T]hen you are generous, you are hospitable, you are friendly and caring and compassionate. You share what you have. It is to say, "My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours." We belong in a bundle of life. We say, "A person is a person through other persons." ...more
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I love the content, the life philosophy, and the way it was presented. I even loved the visual presentation and the texture of the paper. The only thing I didn't love was that some of it read like a tribute to Archbishop Tutu, the author's grandfather, which distracted from the point a little bit for me, but some of those stories demonstrated the philosophy in practice, too. Thus, I cannot fault it too much for that! This book will be a gift for friends and family this year. ...more
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book each morning before I began my work day. Profound and simple wisdom for grounding ourselves in peaceful, just living; and for choosing attitudes and behaviors that honor both ourselves and others. In this tumultuous time, this book was a gift that I will revisit in order to remember how I want to live, no matter what is happening around me. [Bonus: It’s also a beautiful book visually.]
Ann Armstrong
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I am quite familiar with the concept of Ubuntu, I appreciated the practical suggestions at the end of each chapter. The book had many vivid examples of what constitutes Ubuntu and, unsurprisingly, many were of Nelson Mandela.

As well, the many African proverbs were new to me and insightful.
Jade Louise
Ubuntu is a philosophy embraced by South African’s in their day to day life, with this book imparting fourteen key lessons from this way of living. An essential overarching theme of Ubuntu is the connection between people, with this book being about kindness, forgiveness, community and much more.

I would love to hear more people talking about this book.
Corey Willis Jr
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book, must read!!!

The author Mungi Ngomane does a great job. She details meticulously Ubuntu which a word/concept her grandfather Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela introduced to the world many years ago. After reading Nelson Mandela's autobiography, Archbishop Desmond Tutu's autobiography; I will be implementing those teachings/wisdom into my life.
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The lessons for life are vital, and the personal stories behind many of these lessons were sometimes fun, sometimes poignant, and other times heart rending. A good read for people interested in Ubuntu and the lessons it has for the way we live our lives.
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Filled with messages that we all need reminders of. Written in an easy way to comprehend and gives suggestions on ways to take positive action and make positive change in your own life and community.
Anita Ncube
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another useful book to add to your self help and happiness journey related books.
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