Reviews

“Thank you for the opportunity to edit Ten Lanterns. You’ve written a wise and insightful book with positive, affirming advice, all woven together in an intriguing and thoughtful “fairy tale” within a fairy tale within real life. Readers will be inspired by the steps of the Ten Lanterns, shown so clearly and convincingly in your engaging book”.

—Editor for Balboa Press

 

“Lao Tzu wrote: ‘Kindness in words creates trust. Kindness in thinking creates wisdom. Kindness in giving creates love.’ My dear Evos, you have full marks in trust and wisdom! Love is all there is left; love, I will give to my patients every day, and love, you will give with your book to the whole world. Thank you for inviting me to your journey to the illuminating stations of your life”.

—Dr. George Astras, American Medical Center

  

”In our present postmodern society, the need for getting back to the basics has never been greater. As was once said ‘the main things are the plain things and the plain things are the main things’. Somehow we’ve missed that in today’s western thinking culture. Evagoras creatively engages his readers in a story full of disciplined choices necessary for positive outcomes for life and relationships. There are common grace principles which every person should adhere to in order to become a productive contributor to society, for personal growth and human flourishing. Evagoras presents disciplines I would recommend for individuals and organizations for ethics and values training. In particular, I would recommend Evagoras book to young people who are missing from school and home, instruction on what to choose and why it’s important in their daily life choices”.

—Bill Lewis, Founder, Extension Management Inc., Arkansas, United States

 

“This unique book transfers you from the past into the present, forcing you to connect the dots each step of the way and teaches you the value of moral codes and how these can impact your life. A story that weaves in and out of history to show you how ten key principles can be applied to your life to help you deal with the barriers we all face in life, that stop us from becoming our best selves. The writer uses such a unique plot and such visual language, you can’t help but “see” all the characters come to life and by the end of the book you feel like you know them intimately. We all have people in our lives who leave a mark and teach us important lessons, and this book makes you think about these connections and how you can use them to move forward and out of pain. Loved it!”

—Thalia Iacovou, Founder, Navajo Digital, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

“A beautiful journey offering a spiritual map and compass! I will use them both with great care. I shed some tears and I even laughed a couple of times. Yet for most of the time, I was with a big smile on my face. Ten lanterns shined a bright light to my soul and warmed my heart! And I’m about to read it again. Congratulations Evagoras! May your work travel to all continents and fill millions of homes with joy!”

Eleana Pastella, Voice Artist – Voice Actress – Children’s Book Author, Cyprus

 

“I want to testify that the book Ten Lanterns is one of the best I have ever read. The simplicity of the spiritual language is amazing, from the heart of the author straight to the heart of the reader. Each story, page, sentence, word, speaks directly to the heart and thereafter, engraved to the mind. Reading the Ten Lanterns, I recognized my true self and realized what I need to do to become more, and be more …  with the Ten Lanterns lighting my way! May the Ten Lanterns take flight to all four corners of the world and offer a break, a solution, an answer, a blessing to those still in pain. May the Ten Lanterns train be filled with First-Class Travelers looking for spiritual oneness”.

—Thekla Zographou, Alpha Bank, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

“Having a copy of the book Ten Lanterns gave me great joy! The author’s personal story and the success of his book is a true testament of his hard work, creativity, and dedication. Knowing him, I am not surprised but undoubtedly proud to see such tremendous progress. I love all the quotes in the book; they resonate with the profound wisdom that he consistently impart. I’m sure that any journey with the Ten Lanterns on, will continue to inspire and touch many lives worldwide!”

—Anna Mylona, Elias Neocleous & Co LLC, Limassol, Cyprus

 

“I am proudly introducing this treasure of book, Ten Lanterns. Highly recommended to read and honored to consider the author as a true friend and ex-colleague. The author has generously offered to us this valuable tool to improve our own lives and find true happiness. Through this book, he is giving us ‘a choiceful journey to a successful life’. Step by step in an amazingly romantic and philosophical manner, offering us his personal and intimate experiences and facts of life. A very pleasant way to read and always curious of what to discover in the next chapter –station– as he name it, till the end. A thorough book in all its content and based on serious resources. Thank you from the bottom of my heart”.

—Maria Christofidou, Bank of Cyprus

 

“I would like to congratulate the author and express my respect. Ten Lanterns is written with so much enthusiasm that I felt I was in a ‘live’ coaching session. A thrilling biography and he still has a long journey ahead, thus looking forward to the next book. Evagoras has managed –extraordinarily– to convert his pain into an advantage, so, the word ‘good’, as with the Ten Good Lanterns, epitomizes the book. I know there is not an 11th Lantern, but if there was, I was going to go for his good humor, as often expressed in the book”.

—Phivos Leontiou, COO – Hellenic Bank, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

“When I was given the opportunity to read the book Ten Lanterns, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After reading a few chapters, I was trying to figure out whether the author has a great imagination and was writing a great nostalgic story or if he was using his real family experiences to weave a story. I couldn’t put the book down since I wanted to read one more chapter to see how the story unfolded and when I reached the end of the book, on the second night, things became clearer. It left some great advice and points that one can implement in life going forth. I would definitely recommend the book”.

—Georgia Holton, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

“I feel overwhelmed and illuminated, and I am already looking forward to his next book. I loved the way he traveled in time, I enjoyed how he switched between characters, I was deeply touched by his story and messages; all written in beautiful and meaningful language!”

—Maria Fysentzides, CFO – Trust Insurance, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

“This book should be required reading for everyone who want to have the power to control how they think, feel, and what they do in their personal and professional life. I have read several self-help books and while most were helpful, I find Ten Lanterns a very well-thought-out book. A motivational and practical guide to the power of decisions in reaching our goals. The author successfully drives us through the different stations via his book, and believe me, after you read it, you will understand how it can help you change your life by changing your beliefs and thoughts, with more targeted and beneficial habits. The author has great energy and I am looking forward to travel again as a passenger in the next journey with him!”

—Marcos Komodromos, PhD, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

“Ten Lanterns is a unique and inspirational memoir that took me on a thought-provoking journey while entertaining me at the same time. The journey the reader is encountering is incredible as well as eye-opening and the story is making you feel a host of different emotions from start to finish! Ten Lanterns is an incredible memoir in which the author takes us on a journey in a unique way as his story is told via a train journey – used as a metaphor. On this journey, the reader will get to know Evagoras on a personal level, in which he shares his ups and downs through life and how he ultimately managed to find the light. Through this journey, the reader is taken through a mix of poignant emotions that you yourself will be able to relate to and it makes for a beautiful spiritual memoir that shouldn’t be missed. The profoundness in Ten Lanterns is sensational, and many readers will feel a host of different emotions while reading this book. Evagoras effortlessly inspires thoughts and feelings in his readers as well as compels them to read from beginning to end. I found myself reading Ten Lanterns at an alarming rate because it was captivating as well as absorbing; the author’s incredible literature will have you turning the pages frantically, and I adored how he was able to do this. Evagoras is a remarkable person for two reasons; the first is because he is honest and brave to write his story, and the second is because he is an exceptionally talented author. His excellent writing is a joy to read and flows beautifully throughout so that the reader will feel compelled to read non-stop. The life lessons learned in Ten Lanterns will help readers better navigate through their own lives, and that is so beautiful to me because it is rare to come across a memoir that will not only entertain but also help readers. Overall, Ten Lanterns is an insightful, informative, and inspiring book and that is why I of course have to award this book five stars!”

—Aimee Ann, RED HEADED BOOK LOVER, USA

 

“Ten Lanterns: Light Your Way—Lighten Your Pain by Evagoras Evagorou is a motivational memoir and self-help book that traces the author’s journey to his personal transformation through decades of experiential learning. The author uses a train journey as a metaphor, recounting his encounters with illuminating individuals who guided him during his darkest moments. In a heartfelt narrative and with impactful messages, the book explores themes of loss, healing, and redemption, climaxing with the author’s discovery of the most precious thing in the world. Beyond being a personal narrative, the book serves as a spiritual map with hundreds of pages of valuable insight and practices for readers seeking personal fulfillment and happiness. With its blend of autobiography and wisdom, the book is a testament to the power of resilience and self-discovery. Ten Lanterns is a well-written and engrossing book in which Evagorou reaches out with a heartfelt desire to share his spiritual wealth and offer guidance to the reader, and encourage them to embrace kindness, love, and self-reflection to lead a fulfilling life. His words are clear, moving, and universal in their goal of creating a connection and inspiring action for positive change. Very highly recommended”.

—Jamie Michele, Reader’s Favorite®, USA

 

“If you’ve read The Why Cafe, you’ll absolutely love this book! I’m amazed by the sincerity of the author and his honest personal story, even the tragedy that formed the basis of Ten Lanterns. The author shows by example how to push back against the misfortunes of your life, how to turn them into a backstage force, how to accept all your pain, but don’t welcome it. Through an allegorical story, actually a fairy tale, he treats the reader’s wounds like a doctor, lights ten lanterns at a railway station like Ole Lukoye, helps set the inner compass to the right coordinates like a captain, and understands which principles to take as a basis like a coach. He has a very unusual, unique style of storytelling. Each episode, one after another, speaks to the reader’s subconscious, bringing our personal triggers to the surface and helping us understand a lot about ourselves: what annoys us, hurts us, what we pay attention to, and what we think about our lives in general. Which seat will we take on the train of life, according to the ticket we’ve earned, not bought! What steps do we still need to take, how can we improve the quality of our actions and their meaning, in order to get first class seats. And are we ready to keep the train moving when one of the lanterns at our secret Ten Lanterns station suddenly explodes, goes out, and there’s no way to fix it? I expected this to be some kind of coaching nonfiction, but it turned out to be a deep conversation with our inner selves, one that pierces the outer shell after about twenty pages and speaks to the part of us that is suffering. From all kinds of pain, from uncertainty, from the choices we make, from getting on the wrong train, getting off at the wrong stations, aiming for the wrong depo. The compass is broken and the author helps to fix it; and by the end of the book shows us crystal clear where to go next and what is the most precious thing in the world”.

—Elena Nazarova, Director of the Independent publisher Deep Immersion, USA

 

“I am usually a very fast reader who reads a book within a day. With the Ten Lanterns book, I found myself going back, re-reading pages which I loved. I cried, I smiled, I thought things over. The author is a truly talented coach with a special gift; one of the few people I know whose energy is contagious. Anybody who reads this book will manage to gather life lessons and put them in their own  brown suitcase and open it for support when they need help. I can’t wait to read the next one!”

—Sara Eojourian, Head of Wealth Management, ATHLOS CAPITAL, Cyprus

 

“I’ve just finished this amazing book, with tears in my eyes and joy in my heart, and I’m going to read it again! I want to thank the author from the bottom of my heart for this beautiful and moving journey; I felt like a passenger on his train, just as he is now a distinguished passenger on my own train! Every day we experience pain, but also the joy and blessings that each station and each passenger on our train has to offer. On every page, I found an important message that I wanted to note down to read again and apply. In the end, there were so many messages that I’ll need 271 pages to write them all down, so I’ll simply keep this amazing book on my nightstand to read again and again!”

—Froso Michael, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

“Ten Lanterns is an engaging and thought-provoking book that offers valuable insights and guidance for readers seeking to navigate life’s challenges. The author’s ability to blend personal anecdotes with profound wisdom is remarkably captivating. Each of the ten lanterns represents a unique aspect of life, offering advice and solace to anyone dealing with the complexities of existence. Whether it’s embracing gratitude, finding strength in vulnerability, or fostering resilience, this book delivers a treasure trove of life lessons. What truly sets this book apart is its genuine compassion and empathetic tone. It doesn’t preach; it gently guides, nudging readers toward self-discovery and growth. It’s like having a wise, caring friend by your side, helping you navigate life’s twists and turns. Ten Lanterns has the power to heal, to uplift, and to inspire positive change. It’s a must-read for anyone seeking to light up their life and find consolation in challenging times. I’m grateful for the light this book has brought into my life, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone in search of hope, healing, and transformation”.

—Tao Papaioannou, Professor, University of Nicosia

“I would like to welcome everyone to read this book, should they need to improve their life! This is one of the best life-changing books I have ever read. The author offers a luminous back-and-forth journey, and at the same time, keep the reader constantly in the present! He presents in an excellent way the importance of having a happy life, but most importantly, the right mindset and decision making. During this wonderful journey, he made me realized that “happiness is something personal and special, as special is my breathing. And, no one can breathe for me!” I would like to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to travel first class! I will forever cherish this journey and remember: “to be FIRST in everything I do and CLASS with everyone I meet.” Therefore, to become a First-Class traveler”.
—Christos Avgoustinos, Manager – Hellenic Bank, Nicosia, Cyprus

”The dedication of the book to the “Sender and the Custodian” immediately triggered me to think that the story must be related to angels as these words refer to angels in my symbolism… which of course turned out to be true. So this made me very curious from the very beginning. I enjoyed the way your interweaved different times, stories and selves of your own soul. You’re obviously a great storyteller and it’s amazing how you can make people feel they’re travelling with your soul and thoughts indeed. From a literature point of view, I loved how you described sceneries and characters. In my opinion those are the best parts, you should definitely write novels! You are able to describe places and people in a way that it’s comparable to the greatest authors of world literature in my opinion. I really mean it. Ten Lanterns made me realize again, that “come on, you live on this Earth, and you have a good purpose in life”! This is something that makes me wonder from time to time: how to align everyday life with a greater meaning on Earth and an even greater meaning of soul in the transcendental existence of God. What is the purpose of human kind? What is the purpose of planet Earth? I know I have gone too far but I can get carried away to a point where I don’t see the point of things here! And Evagoras with his Ten Lanterns helped me remember anchors in the everyday life. This book indeed illuminate the path of the Great Road”.
—Marton Hamar, Cyprus

”Life-changing is the catalyst after which perceptions are forever altered, whether it be for the better, or for the worse. Life-changing is this catalyst of a book by Evagoras Evagorou, and the alterations are all for the better! One can never be the same person after reading “Ten Lanterns”; one is reborn through this voyage as a conscious human no more taking for granted any of his blessings; a grateful human choosing daily to make a difference; a healed human who appreciates and respects more; a strong human who now knows better than to surrender to negativity; a noble human who knows better than to refrain from providing love. Evagorou takes the reader by the hand, now confident in his own life path having changed enough to allow him to instruct others. He proves spiritually wise and benevolently knowledgeable. The reader is in turns shaken, mesmerized, moved and, quite frankly, surprised to see their own occasional and shaky thoughts out in the open, distilled and eloquently put into brave words by the author. Coach Evos, I salute you”.

Elisa Papageorgiou, Linguistic Editor, Cyprus

”Ten Lanterns is a magical trip. The author has the amazing ability to ‘transfer’ you to his own personal life trip which you can easily adapt to your own life experiences and opens new ways to approach the fast paced world we live in.”
—Petros Antoniades, Executive Director, Cyprus

“By what criteria do you measure your happiness? Are they fixed in stone or are they flexible? These and other questions have dominated the inner workings of the minds of millions of people on the planet for so long. Not just these issues but an unending debate as to which can be prioritized for the positive development of the well-being of an individual. What many people do not realize is that there are simple ways to effectively discover these answers. Evagoras Evagorou has spent years speaking on these very matters at many events. He uses a series of interesting stories revolving around himself and his family to enlighten us on these concepts in his motivational memoir Ten Lanterns: Light Your Way – Lighten Your Pain. Evagoras Evagorou’s’ guide to enlightenment is quite the read. The concepts he discusses such as the management of pain using the options he lists in his book may sound unusually simplistic but, as you dig deeper, you will find the basis behind his reasoning is quite solid. The use of personal experiences to reinforce his point adds something of a personal touch to the book which makes it feel less like a manual and more like reading a memoir. I am impressed with the unusual methods he uses to convey his points effectively, chief among them the idea of each aspect of this journey being compared to a stop at a train station. It proves incredibly effective when it comes to visualizing the message. Ten Lanterns may feel a bit like a chronology of Evagorou’s achievements but do not be fooled; between those interesting stories are nuggets of wisdom that should not be taken for granted.”
—Essien Asian, Readers’ Favorite, USA

“Happy to have the opportunity to dive into this very interesting read. It’s always refreshing to discover new perspectives on life and gain insights from well-read and bestselling authors like Evagoras. Thank you, Evos. Much appreciated.”
—Ioannis Sidiropoulos, Legal Analysis Executive, Cyprus

“After reading ‘Ten Lanterns,’ I felt, as a reader, the need to embark on a journey. This captivating read draws you into a flow that propels you forward eagerly, much like an expedition. Along the way, you encounter seven wonderful insights, which I see as symbolic: the power of will, the timeless values, faith in goodness, the zest for life, dignity as armor, the importance of sharing emotions, and the pursuit of knowledge above all. Where does it belong? Undoubtedly, in the library of eighteen-year-olds poised on the cusp of life’s adventures. For all the reasons I’ve mentioned, and because it’s a necessity, regardless of one’s life experience, before taking flight! It’s also a beacon for older generations who may have lost their bearings, offering a guide to rediscover their personal paths. Evagoras, your gift is truly appreciated!”
—Alkinoi Chasapi, Nicosia, Cyprus

“The Greek author, Evagoras Evagorou, in his book Ten Lanterns not only answers the question of “What is the most precious thing in the world?” but also identifies the ingredients for a meaningful and fulfilling life journey. The Ten Lanterns, through an emotional storytelling, illuminates the way towards important choices to lighten our pain and help us succeed towards our goal of self-discovery and life purpose. In our journey towards fulfilling our ultimate purpose, we have the choice to be guided by several fundamental principles, the Ten Lanterns. Surrounding ourselves with positive influences and contributing meaningfully to others’ lives sets a foundational tone. Cultivating an uplifting attitude and radiating cheerfulness not only brightens our own path but also illuminates the way for others. Respect and good manners form the cornerstone of our interactions, fostering harmonious relationships and mutual understanding. Our journey gains depth and direction when fueled by sincere intentions and unwavering faithfulness. Embracing progress and tapping into our resourcefulness propels us forward, overcoming obstacles along the way. Mindfulness of timing ensures that our actions align with the rhythm of life, maximizing opportunities and minimizing regrets. Gratitude becomes our constant companion as we cherish fond memories and acknowledge the blessings in our lives. Infusing every action with kindness and thoughtfulness, we leave a positive imprint on the world around us. Clarifying our purpose and living with intentionality lends focus and significance to our endeavors. Ultimately, our journey towards fulfillment is enriched by leading a life of insightfulness, where every experience becomes a lesson, and every challenge a stepping-stone towards growth.”

—Achilleas G. Kourtellis