We Go On
We Go On

In We Go On, pastor and entrepreneur John Onwuchekwa reminds you that deeper purpose is available as you look beyond your ever-changing circumstances and find meaning in the God who never does.

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Tragedy doesn't have to be a dead end, if it paves the road to a new beginning.

Tragedy doesn't ruin us. Hopelessness does. That cement in our soul that tells us to give up, as life keeps moving on. What if the most unimaginable tragedy wasn't meant to be a finish line – but a starting point? A place we no longer see as a tragic ending, but a new beginning.

This hope-filled exploration of this biblical book of wisdom turns our attention to what our true purpose is and how to let that purpose shape our relationships, careers, and life choices. Rich with black-and-white photography, powerful stories, and life-changing reflections from the book of Ecclesiastes, pastor and entrepreneur John Onwuchekwa calls you to find the true answer to the question: Why am I still here? Trapped within that answer is the resolve we need to continue to trust God’s path even from difficult beginnings.

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We Go On
We Go On

Purpose isn’t found in a destination, but in the journey.

Your purpose isn't found at the end of any achievement, accomplishment, or set of accolades--it's found in what you center your life around. If this is true, then you can quit chasing purpose and begin embracing it. Right now. Today!

Attaching yourself to this reality has the potential to make your purpose indestructible and unsinkable--enabling you to thrive in any and every environment.

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We Go On
Chris Broussard

CHRIS BROUSSARD

Sports broadcaster and NBA analyst, founder and president of the K.I.N.G. Movement

“In We Go On, John Onwuchekwa . . . allows us to see what many men of God don’t: his struggles, his issues, his doubts. In a word, his humanity. But praise God that Onwuchekwa doesn't stop at admitting that he experiences the same challenges as the rest of us. He also shows us the way to overcome and to triumph.”

Andy Mineo

Andy Mineo

Artist

“John and I have bonded over many things throughout the years. One . . . of the deepest connections we have has been around the book of Ecclesiastes. . . . We Go On pulls from the wisdom teachings of Solomon and infuses it with his unique experience and perspective. John is a dynamic thinker and communicator. His voice is so needed in a time like this.”

Beth Moore

Beth Moore

Living Proof Ministries

“Readers can tell when authors write with ink they’ve never gotten on their hands, speaking to things they know nothing about. The words on these pages haven’t been written theoretically from some insulated cubicle safe from life’s harms. John Onwuchekwa teaches us how to connect wisdom from the sacred pages of Scripture to the blistering pavement of our flesh-and-blood realities. He also teaches us how to keep our heads on straight when we’re applauded for worldly successes as well as how to live our lives getting back up when we’re down for the count and helping others up. We Go On reaches straight into the soul of the reader where our deepest fears and darkest doubts and fiercest anxieties reside, injecting solid, timeless truth. And where there is truth, there is hope.”

Christine Caine

Christine Caine

Founder A21 and Propel Women

“I could not put this book down.  These words speak hope to despair, understanding to confusion, empathy to suffering, purpose to aimlessness, and life to death. John has masterfully brought the wisdom of the book of Ecclesiastes into our own stories, and into the reality of the world in which we live.”

Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry

Bestselling Author and Speaker

“Solomon’s ancient wisdom comes to us by way of John’s clear and contemporary articulation of it. With the lightheartedness of a friend and the pastoral burden of a shepherd, John explores themes we either know well or will know soon. His words will surely help us embrace the ride that is life. Buckle up.”

Danielle Coke

Danielle Coke

Illustrator and Advocate

“With refreshing honesty, relatable stories, and encouraging truth, John Onwuchekwa captures the hearts and minds of readers with this incredible journey through the book of Ecclesiastes. . . .My soul feels rested after reading through these pages!”

Trip lee

Trip lee

Award-winning Hip Hop Artist and Author

“We Go On is full of truth, beautifully written, and endlessly practical. You feel like you’re sitting down for coffee with a wise friend and having a brutally honest conversation about life. . . . We Go On is cold water for a thirsty generation, and I promise you won’t regret reading it.”

Jamie Ivey

Jamie Ivey

Bestselling Author and Host of The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey Podcast

“John shows us throughout this book with his own personal stories of tragedy and triumph how we as followers of Jesus can experience both sorrow and joy simultaneously. God’s word is the ultimate solid rock for all of us to stand on in times of uncertainty, and this book points us to that rock that will never fail us or let us down.”

Sho Baraka

Sho Baraka

Artist and Author

“If John’s journey in healing has prompted him to write about perseverance and hope, then it might be in our best interest to listen. We Go On will be a compass for a fractured society looking for comfort.”

Renji Bijoy

Renji Bijoy

Founder @ Immersed (Techstars ’17, raised $12M), Forbes 30 Under 30 (2021), Georgia Tech A.I. Ph.D.

“John shows how King Solomon in Ecclesiastes shares the universal way God desires us to navigate any of these tough circumstances we all go through—more than just a way to cope, but a way to lead a life worth living, filled with purpose and mission.”

Jasmine Holmes

Jasmine Holmes

Author

“I read John’s words during a dark and unsure season of my own—and I feel empowered to share that because of his honesty in this little book. In these pages, John uses the oft-neglected book of Ecclesiastes as a balm for tired hearts, a crutch for weary souls, and a helping hand to pull us out of the mire.”

Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson

CEO The Gathering Spot and A3C Music

“This book is shaped in the powerful tradition of Black literature that helps us understand and make sense of who we are. It beautifully blends personal narrative and scripture in a way that leads to reflection and ultimately hope.”

Paul Mills

Paul Mills

Head Men's Basketball Coach, Oral Roberts University

“John’s heart to point us to Scripture during difficult and weary moments, that we all inevitably encounter, is refreshing. He acknowledges the emptiness of human words and our need to release our grip in order to find peace while navigating tough times.”

Zim Flores

Zim Flores

“For the person who contends with the tensions of life—this book is a balm for your soul.”

"I want you to begin living the life of your dreams, by learning to enjoy the life you have."

About the author

John Onwuchekwa is an Atlanta-based pastor, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. As a deep reader and world traveler, John brings an informed and global perspective to all his pursuits. He currently serves as a pastor of Cornerstone Church, co-founder of Portrait coffee, and co-director of the Crete Collective. Each of these roles are ways John is trying to see the light of the gospel restore a sense of family, dignity, and hope in his neighborhood and neighborhoods like his across the country. When not in the study, John can generally be found on the basketball court or spending quality time with his wife Shawndra and daughter Ava.

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