All You'll Never Be Becase of Who You Are

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
102 Pages
Reviewed on 10/04/2023
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Author Biography

Tal Boldo is an award-winning novelist, writing under the pen names E. L. Neve & Dew Pellucid. She is the author of the literary romance, Looking Glass Friends, the teen fantasy, The Crystilleries of Echoland, and the inspirational illustrated booklet, All You’ll Never Be: Because of Who You Are.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jon Michael Miller for Readers' Favorite

All You’ll Never Be: Because of Who You Are by E. L. Neve is what the author describes as “A thought-provoking, smiling book.” And that description brilliantly sums up this charming, witty, whimsical self-help presentation which the author also refers to as only a “ten-minute” read. Yes, the author is pretty accurate about that, a ten-minute read like a Wallace Stevens’ poem. The book has one or two sentences per page, with some addendums. But like a Stevens' poem, it’s a short read but with a lifetime of thought! The author addresses the reader directly, perhaps like speaking to a bright but puzzled child. However, despite the numerous illustrations (charming to the hilt), the book’s message is for us adults. It’s for adults who are having identity questions, who might have failed to achieve a goal (or goals), and who are looking for some answers—or who might simply be charmed into happiness by the mere look of the pages.

I must admit I was more captivated by the illustrations on every page, enhanced by the various typefaces. Throughout life, author E. L. Neve has observed a pattern of unhappiness as if we are staring at it like a transposed mirror image (which I interpreted as our looking at the wrong causes of our personal despair). The bulk of the book is taken up by the five “thoughts” that have changed the author’s life and that will change ours as well. The wonderful experience for me, however, was the incredibly delightful graphics which I paused to fit into each page’s message. Really, I’ve never seen anything quite like them, but fitting the images with the words was a challenge that ended up taking two wonderful hours, not the promised ten minutes. Besides self-help ideas, this book will make a great gift for someone feeling low (or not), a coffee table book, or even one for kids, who might interpret the metaphors more instinctively than we adults. E. L. Neve’s positivity and creative genius make All You’ll Never Be: Because of Who You Are a true delight. As the author promises, it will provoke your thoughts and make you smile.

Luwi Nyakansaila

All You'll Never Be Because of Who You Are is an inspirational self-help guide by E.L. Neve. The author's inspiration for this book stems from art that has hidden background images that give the entire meaning of the piece. She presents her five insightful background thoughts on happiness and self-discovery and focuses on the less obvious ideas. These insights include embracing the secret qualities that we love about ourselves, being at peace with what we will never be, and accepting who we are. They also explain that we should learn to expect uncertainties, accept changes and disappointments, and flow in the stream of life by not going against its current.

All You'll Never Be Because of Who You Are will lead you on a path of happiness and help you become the best you. The thoughts in this book are not conventional and will make you view life differently. They will redirect your efforts to what matters to you and not what will please the people around you. We all tend to conform to what people want for us, hold on to things that do not define us, and find it difficult to adapt to changes and failure. E.L. Neve encourages readers to take the road less traveled by discovering and embracing what truly makes us happy. I loved this message and believe many readers will find it helpful. Apart from the profound message, the book also contains beautiful illustrations that perfectly complement the text and give it a calm vibe. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to discover what makes them happy and how to be at peace in this ever-changing world.

Essien Asian

Happiness is one of the ultimate goals all human beings aspire to as they pass their time on this planet. Some people may rate success or wealth much higher but, when you look deeper, you realize that none of these other goals is achievable without first accepting who you are and being happy about it. Everyone says we should look on the positive side of every encounter when seeking this elusive goal but have you ever wondered what would be the outcome if you viewed the negative aspects in the same light? E.L. Neve's All You Will Never Be: Because of Who You Are attempts to do exactly that.

E.L. Neve once again pushes the reader to think outside the box with this unusual new approach to finding happiness. Looking at the way Neve presents the concepts behind All You Will Never Be, one wonders why this method has never been publicly contemplated before now. The author discusses subjects such as self-acceptance and understanding that one's journey in life is multifaceted, using the evolutionary forest of five thoughts approach in a manner that is relatively easy for the reader to grasp the author's point of view. The interesting thing about this self-help book is the illustrations that fill the book from start to finish giving it the appearance of a children's book. All You Will Never Be may be unusual in appearance and its language but that does not take anything away from the treasure trove of useful knowledge that abounds within its pages.

Doreen Chombu

We all have deep-seated thoughts about ourselves and hidden preferences that we do not share with the world because we are afraid of not fitting in. Unfortunately, these secretly kept passions may hold the key to your happiness. In All You'll Never Be: Because of Who You Are, E.L. Neve gives five insights that can help you unleash your full potential and lead you on the path of self-discovery and happiness. The author encourages readers to dedicate themselves to the things they love doing and to be at peace with who they will never be. On your path, you will have to be prepared for uncertainties and learn to adapt to changes because they are inevitable. Finally, flow with the stream of life by celebrating your gifts and not making things difficult for yourself.

All You'll Never Be: Because of Who You Are is one of those books with the right words you need when you feel lost and uncertain. The book digs into the core of your being and helps you discover who you are and what makes you happy. It will help you separate the societal norms from the things that you enjoy doing. E.L. Neve's message is presented through words and adorable illustrations of animals and nature, which adults and children will understand and appreciate. The insights give readers a new and unique perspective on happiness and finding your purpose. The author states that she came up with the insights after observing a pattern of unhappiness among the people she conversed with, which shows her observant and creative nature. The book was fun to read, and I recommend you get a copy to begin your journey to self-discovery and happiness.

Iza Grek

E.L. Neve’s All You’ll Never Be: Because of Who You Are is a comment on the human condition. It’s a simple narrative in five steps that go about explaining why you should accept who you are and not waste your time trying to be what you’re not. There’s nothing new about this thought. However, what is new is the almost child-like delivery, with this intent emphasized by the illustrations which help to convey the message. For example, we learn that the grasshopper would not enjoy its hopping as much if it spent time wanting to embody the qualities of a flower. Simply put, the author wants you to accept who you are because you cannot be who you are not.

E.L. Neve suggests that we should aspire to hone qualities that are socially rewarded at the cost of ignoring what really makes us happy. She adds that human intelligence blocks our ability to see what is simple. Her comment on plans that go awry is to learn from the mistake and see the opportunity on offer. This will enable a new perspective on the situation. She says, “Regret is a vitriolic venom,” and infers that we should not waste time on regretting what we are not because of all that we are. In one chapter she talks about the ‘current of life,’ similar to ‘go with the flow,’ a concept familiar to advocates of how to live your ‘best’ life. It is easy to digest if you’re looking for a quick ‘pick me up’ read.

Adanna Ora

Most times, people tend to focus on what they cannot achieve or what they can’t be or get. They waste many years of their lives living with regrets about what could have been. One thing they fail to realize is how beautiful their lives are and what they should be thankful for. E.L. Neve uses her book, All You’ll Never Be: Because of Who You Are, to draw people’s attention to the beauty that lies within them and the need to appreciate it. To achieve this, she shares five thought-provoking nuggets that one can ponder with the aid of illustrations. There is also a space for sharing and noting down one’s thoughts. All You’ll Never Be is a self-help inspirational book that encourages us to always find joy in chaos and to realize that nobody has it all.

All You’ll Never Be: Because of Who You Are covers everything an amazing book should. It is easy to read, straight to the point, and impactful. I love the way the author uses nature (plants and animals) to buttress her point and make people see the need to be grateful for what they have and where they are. Another remarkable thing about All You’ll Never Be is the colorful illustrations. They are a delight to watch and also help convey the right message. I recommend All You’ll Never Be to every person who wants true peace and happiness. The lessons to learn from it are innumerable and invaluable. I give kudos to E.L. Neve for blessing us with their talent and impacting humanity.

Diana Lopez

Sometimes, we need to take a moment to reflect and clarify our thoughts and emotions. All this is useful in difficult situations because it allows us to learn from our experiences and reduce stress levels. So, by dedicating time to ourselves, we can analyze how we can improve as individuals. E L Neve shares with us five topics of self-reflection to see life serenely and positively. She invites us to ask ourselves if we have focused on the wrong aspects of our reality and motivates us to find our direction. Among her ideas, she explores the value of recognizing the best in us and highlighting the positive even in adverse situations. All You'll Never Be: Because of Who You Are will motivate you to reflect on your skills, feelings, and action plans to get back on track.

I loved All You'll Never Be because it's like analyzing our day-to-day thoughts while walking through a forest. The images are charming and evoke tranquility and joy. The vibrant colors and inspiration from nature with insects, animals, and shapes make for a relaxing reading experience. E L Neve expresses ideas concretely, with a short sentence with deep meaning on each page. My favorite chapter was the one where she talks about the uncertainty of life because she makes beautiful connections between our thoughts, nature, music, and harmony. Overall, the entire book is wonderful. Each idea reminds us that our time is valuable and that we should strive to be the person we want to be. This is a short and ideal guide to give us a moment of calm and self-reflection.

Foluso Falaye

As humans, we see ourselves as intelligent and fully in control of our lives. Yet, we get confused about our choices and desires. However, the little grasshopper is very much in tune with its purpose in life and goes about it without a care in the world. What can we learn about the world around us, and how can we direct our choices to meaningful life paths? All You'll Never Be: Because of Who You Are by E. L. Neve is an inspiring, philosophical book that comprises beautiful illustrations of nature and thought patterns that clarify finding purpose and understanding oneself. The reader gets to know themselves better and their passion, which might be different from what others have told them all their lives. They can align with their true purpose as they learn from grasshoppers, streams, flowers, and other natural elements.

E.L. Neve's lyrical words are like little electric sparks that light up your mind for a great awakening. I will make an effort to see the things I love about myself without "reference to other people's compliments, indifference, or ridicule." Furthermore, the book's lovely pictures are a pleasure to view, as they contain bright colors and adorable nature scenes. And since the words on each page can be read in seconds, reading the book can substitute for scrolling on distracting social media apps and provide a more soulful experience. Readers who wish to find their own voice and connect with their true path will find the answers they seek in All You'll Never Be. My perspectives about regrets, the past, what I'm not, and other noteworthy personal issues have been transformed by it, and I hope it does the same for every wisdom seeker out there.