One year book anniversary (and a freebie for you) – updated

*Updated with link to a Google form, as I received a report that the email link wasn’t working*

Almost a year ago, I released the electronic edition of Let it Flow – a ‘best-of’ anthology collecting what I considered my most meaningful poetry and reflections from the previous fourteen years of writing. The plan was to release it on my birthday – 27th November – but that hope was dashed by what turned out to be incorrect information from an online distributor.

After a small delay, though, all was well, and the book came out two days later, followed by the print edition three months later.

In celebration of the anniversary, and given that Black Friday falls on my birthday this year, I’ve decided to offer the e-book (in PDF format) completely free to my readers on 27th November 2020. Here’s how it works:

  1. Fill in this form requesting your copy.
  2. On 27th November, I’ll send you the PDF – completely free of charge.
  3. Upon reading the book, I’d like to know three things from you. You can send the answers to me via email:
    • Which piece(s) had most impact on you?
    • What was that impact? (Be as brief or detailed as you like.)
    • Is there anyone you know of (family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances) who you feel would also be impacted by that piece (or others in the book)?

That’s it. Plain and simple.

So, if you’re looking for a freebie this Black Friday, just send me your request and then keep an eye on your email later this month.

Thank you

Yacoob

PS: More info about the book below.


Front cover

What’s in it for you?

If you’re looking for a scientific, research-backed book that’s going to help you improve some aspect of your life – like your focus, communication skills, or mindfulness – you’d best look elsewhere.

If you want to dive deep into a topic, and learn as much as you can in a concise, well-written package…you won’t find that here.

And if you’re up for stories of dashing escapades, intriguing mystery, or thrilling romance, this isn’t for you either.

You see, while thousands of other books exist to teach and entertain readers, this one follows the path of the impractical. It’s filled with poetry and prose – words which may be of little discernible value in today’s fast-paced, information-dense, politically and economically-obsessed world.

From the writer’s perspective, it’s a selfish endeavour: a deeply personal collection of material written through my twenties and thirties. A creative chronicle of my struggles, growth, observations, and journey – from an insecure young man, to the quest for marriage, fatherhood that followed, and adapting to the toils of adult responsibility, after a childhood that didn’t prepare me for such burdens.

So, why would you read this book?

Well, as humans, we relate to each other through sharing experiences. Sometimes, if we can convey our experiences and ideas well enough – through a story, a poem, or a thoughtful reflection – the one who receives gains far more than just knowledge, or a temporary thrill.

As a reader, you are inspired. Encouraged. The words resonate with you on a deeper level. You feel.

It’s said that what comes from the heart goes to the heart.

The collection of material within this book – as the title suggests – has flowed from my heart. I did not choose to write most of the pieces. I did not choose the words, the metaphors, the ideas. It all just came to me. It flowed through me – onto the page, as if it had a life of its own, and I was merely the instrument needed to bring it into the world of humans.

I don’t claim to be a poet – much less a skillful one. Yet the expressions that came through me manifested as poems which I hope will have a beautiful impact on you, dear reader.

And I don’t call myself a ‘thinker’ either. (In fact, the very term amuses me – as if the ‘thinkers’ are the only ones using their brains, and the rest of us are mere imbeciles.) Yet the thoughts made their way out into prose which, I hope, will cause you, dear reader, to ponder more deeply on situations in your own life – to your own benefit.

In the end, this book won’t be for everyone. But it might just be for you.

I hope you’ll give it a try.

Print edition also available

For those who would like the print version, it’s available in South Africa via direct order.

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