Book Review: Tales of the Everyday Workingman (& Woman)

March 14, 2012 — 39 Comments
Book Review: Tales of the Everyday Workingman (& Woman) | Joseph Lalonde

Many people are tired of their jobs and careers. Kimanzi Constable is too. But he has a dream.

His dream is to move with his family to Hawaii. To create books that you will grow and prosper from. And to build his coaching career.

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Kimanzi approached me a few months ago and asked me to review his book, Tales of the Everyday Workingman (and Woman). I agreed and must say that I was pleased with the book.

In his book, he relates the struggles he has had in his careers. Whether it be the long hours, the pay, or the consequences of his actions. He lays it all out for you to see.

I could relate to Kimanzi’s journey. You will probably relate to his journey as well.

He has dealt with:

  • Poor working conditions
  • Long hours
  • Insufficient pay
  • Dishonesty, both from others and by himself

If you have struggled with any of these situations, you are not alone and this book proves it. You will also able to see that it is not the end of the line.

You can move forward and leave the past behind. Kimanzi has done it and so can you.

Through this quick read, it is only 38 pages, you will see Kimanzi’s passion to follow his dreams and work towards creating work that he loves. While he is not quite there, he is getting close. One day soon he will achieve the dream.

Once you have finished reading this book, you can pick up his newly released book The Difference Between Living and Existing: A Nine Month Plan To Radically Change Your Life for only $2.99 from his blog or Amazon.

Thanks to Kimanzi’s generosity, he has agreed to give 15 of my readers a chance to win an eBook of Tales of the Everyday Workingman and 5 readers an eBook of his newest book The Difference Between Living and Existing. Entering to win is easy. Leave a comment answering the question below and share this post on your favorite social networking site.

The contest will run until March 21st, 2012. On that date, I will use Random.org to choose the winners. You will be notified of your win on or before March 24th, 2012.

If you do win one of the books, I ask you to please share a review on Amazon once you have finished reading.

Question: If you could do anything for a living, what would you do? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    As soon as I finish the current book I am reading I plan on reading this- I can’t wait. Kimanzi is a man striving to live a better life, a life devoted to Christ.

    My dream is to be a published author. I have dedicated this dream to God and am walking in his wisdom and timing (or trying to anyway).

    Thank Kimanzi for giving people the chance to read your works- Can’t wait to share this opportunity on Twitter, I hope others will read your books!

    • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

      Thank you TC, I appreciate the kind words. it’s been pretty awesome to read your blog, so I know your book will be great!

      • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

        You have no idea how much I appreciate your encouragement and support.

        • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

          Me as well, I happy to have meet this awesome group!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      TC, I hope you’ll be able to accomplish your dream. If you’re able to write books like you blog, you’ll go far!

      • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

        Thanks Joe, I really appreciate that!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Hey TC! You were one of the winners of the book. Please contact me using the by going to http://www.jmlalonde.com/contact-me/ and shooting me an email. Once you do, I’ll have Kimanzi get the book to you. Please let me know if you would like Tales of the Everyday Workingman or The Difference Between Living and Existing.

      • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

        Awesome, thanks so much! I’ll send you the email.

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    Wow! One thing. If I could do one thing, all tings being equal, I would be a mandolin player in a progressive Bluegrass band. Unfortunately, I tried learning the mandolin a few years ago and I don’t have the ability to do this.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      That is an interesting desire Larry! I can’t say I’ve ever heard of someone wanting to be a mandolin player.

      I know you said you were unable to learn the mandolin a few years ago but have you tried recently? Sometimes our talents and skills change over time.

      • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

        I really had to look at the time commitment to get much better than I was. I realized that I needed to put in about 4 to 8 hours a day.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          Oh wow, that is quite a bit of time to put into the mandolin. If you were to pursue it again, is there a market for mandolin music?

          • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

            If I was good enough? Sure. My mandolin teacher could play professionally full time if he wanted to.

        • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

          This would really cut into your blogging time.

          • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

            I’m definitely not interested in doing that now. I’ve kind of moved on to just listening.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      We had a mandolin player at our wedding reception.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Hi Larry! You were one of the winners of the book. Please contact me using the by going to http://www.jmlalonde.com/contact-me/ and shooting me an email. Once you do, I’ll have Kimanzi get the book to you. Please let me know if you would like Tales of the Everyday Workingman or The Difference Between Living and Existing.

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    Thanks for reviewing the book Joe, It has been cool to see a step by step move forward towards my dreams. It hasn’t been easy, there have been times I thought of qutting and have had to fight constant doubt but GOD IS GOOD!

    My dream is to continue to write books that inspire people to call out to the Lord and figure out what their dreams are (important first step) and to take action!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      You’re welcome Kimanzi. Thanks for creating a book that is inspiring and tells the story of an everyday man.

      If you keep up what you’re doing, I have no doubt you will accomplish your dreams. Your push and desire are inspiring!

      • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

        I get inspired when I get encourage from people like you and the others that I have met through your blog! YOU keep up the good work!

        • http://chrisvonada.com chris vonada

          You as well, Kimanzi, all the best with the Hawaii move!!

          • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

            Thanks Chris, glad to hear things are going well for you!

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          Glad to be an encouragement to you too Kimanzi! It’s something we all need.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Thanks for the book! I look forward to reading it.

  • http://chrisvonada.com chris vonada

    Oh my goodness, it’s pretty amazing to say but I’m actually living the dream right now! I’m a licensed professional geologist in Florida, which has been a wonderful career, I’ve done some amazing projects, including international work that most can only dream of… but am underemployed at my “profession” … and, through a crazy series of events… I’m writing, tossing out 3 book proposals this year! And, I work part-time in a gym, a pretty amazing experience in itself, and a part-time job that I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to… God is so incredibly good, I just want to shout it from the rooftops!!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Chris, that is awesome! Sounds like your plate could be pretty full at times. I know you’ve mentioned the geologist profession before. Is that more of a contract basis and it’s hit or miss on work or seasonal or along those lines?

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Hey Chris! You were one of the winners of the book. Please contact me using the by going to http://www.jmlalonde.com/contact-me/ and shooting me an email. Once you do, I’ll have Kimanzi get the book to you. Please let me know if you would like Tales of the Everyday Workingman or The Difference Between Living and Existing.

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    This is such a great book, I read it about a month ago. I want to eventually write full time.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Hey Dan! You were one of the winners of the book. Please contact me using the by going to http://www.jmlalonde.com/contact-me/ and shooting me an email. Once you do, I’ll have Kimanzi get the book to you. Please let me know if you would like Tales of the Everyday Workingman or The Difference Between Living and Existing.

      • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

        Joe,

        I have already read and have the book. Maybe some one else who has not read/have the book might want it.

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  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    I’d be a social impact coordinator for corporations around my area. I’d love to help businesses serve the community around them.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I love that idea Jon! What’s holding you back?

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      I like what I’m doing now.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Hey Jon! You were one of the winners of the book. Please contact me using the by going to http://www.jmlalonde.com/contact-me/ and shooting me an email. Once you do, I’ll have Kimanzi get the book to you. Please let me know if you would like Tales of the Everyday Workingman or The Difference Between Living and Existing.

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        Very cool! I’ll send over an e-mail now. Thanks!!!

  • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

    I actually already bought Kimanzi’s ebooks, but I haven’t had a chance to read them yet. I’m glad to hear that they’re good books (not that I expected otherwise, I enjoy his blog).

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I would love to hear what you thought of the books after you read them.

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