“This Is Not The Book That You’re Looking For” proclaims the title of the first chapter of (almost), the newest book by faith-based music’s favorite pint-sized poet. From the first sentence, Egypt Ali’s words read like conversations with an old friend.
The first chapter is an apology. While most nonfiction titles proclaim to hold some sort of answers, Egypt is honest from the start; (almost) is about asking the right questions, not giving one-size-fits-all answers.
The second chapter is an introduction. Egypt outlines who she is and what she does before diving into the concept of “the almost.” Then the story truly takes hold.
(almost) is an easy read on the surface, but the book is crafted to invite readers to dig deeper. Humorous anecdotes and thought-provoking paragraphs blend in a comfortable mix. Each chapter is similar to Egypt’s spoken word: personal stories perfectly flow into topics that most people are too afraid to discuss. However, the openness Egypt displays around her troubles and experiences creates a space for readers to explore difficulties they may be struggling with in their own lives.
I was blown away with how hard (almost) hit me in certain parts. It’s simple enough for a child to read, but complicated enough to leave some proverbial gut punches for an adult. As cliché as it sounds, I laughed at some parts and choked back tears during others.
Egypt has a way with words that forces people to feel things. She’s able to inspire people to seek out truth and purpose. This book is the embodiment of Egypt’s heart for people.
(almost) is undoubtedly a work of art that is capable of moving readers into a state of vulnerability, a state that can then lead towards hope and change. There’s no better summary than the author’s own words: “This book serves to prove that love persists and that together, we will find home.”
You can find (almost) on Amazon.