Hey everyone! Welcome to Monday Book Reviews! Today I’ll be reviewing A Journey Through the Valley by Koywan Keyes.






RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥/ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥




A Journey through the Valley is an Inspirational story that will take you through the valley of many hardships, and give you the power to go through your own valley. If you are tired of going through the same situations in your life that don’t lead you to your promise from God, then A journey Through the Valley will help you open your eyes in your own life and allow you to connect with God, and make it through your Valley. Do not be fooled to think that you are the only one who is going through some problems in your life. You are not, and you will see through this book that God will give you strength to make it through your Valley, if you let Him. It tells the story of my personal Journey where I faced financial hardships, lost friends, lost job and lack of resources. Furthermore, it deals the feelings and emotions that are connected through going through rough situations in life. In addition, it includes my sister’s journey through brain surgery, capturing her fears, her challenges and ability to connect with God to overcome. If you do not believe in the power of God; you will discover it in, “A Journey through the Valley.” God will allow your dreams to come true, keep the faith, and learn how to journey through your valley.


This book was great in the sense that it takes us through Mr. Keyes own personal journey while pursuing a life long dream. Unexpected hardships cause him and his family to struggle through rough times, but they never give up their faith. He writes about repeated financial hardships, nearly losing his home, and the range of emotions he experienced going ‘through the valley’. Various Bible verses are quoted throughout the book, which Mr. Keyes uses to remind readers that the valley is temporary and anyone can overcome hardship.

The reason this book struck a chord so deeply with me is because of his sister. Like me, she suffered a bleed in her brain, causing a stroke. Mr. Keyes put aside his own needs to be there for her. He writes about his sister’s struggles to overcome her own life altering event and getting through the madness. It was inspiring to read and I’m thankful that Mr. Keyes included it.

I love reading about experiences that are similar to mine and that I can relate to. It makes my journey feel less complicated and that much easier to achieve. Make sense?

I wanted to give this book 5 hearts. Truly. It has the stories that inspire me. Why couldn’t I? For a couple of reasons.

As a reader, I can overlook a few spelling and grammatical errors, but Journey has too many for me to overlook and not mention. For future editions, Mr. Keyes may want to consider an editor.

There was a section in the book where Mr. Keyes mentioned the media making a big deal out of people donating to churches and feels that members of congregations should continue to give money to their churches. I have to disagree.

Firstly, any mention of media & church donations doesn’t belong in an uplifting book like this to begin with.

Secondly, there are many evangelists (particularly of the TV variety) that take advantage of loyal followers with limited incomes. (ie: Each follower donating $300 towards a multi-million dollar jet – evangelist name withheld). The media are performing a public service by exposing the money hungry, not-so-Christian evangelists and ‘churches’.

Thirdly, donations (tithes, offerings) are personal choices. I gladly donate money if I know it’s being put to good use. If it’s going to be used to line another man’s pocket, I’ll give it directly to the person who needs it.

Aside from the issues I listed above, I genuinely enjoyed this book. I’d recommend it to anyone who feels a heavy burden and wants to know that things will get better.

RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥/ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥






Impromptu Jam Session Brings Unity…It Can Happen! Watch

Hey bloggers! It’s another hot day in Connecticut, but I’ve managed to get writing done yesterday and today, between all the appointments I had to make. While checking my Facebook, I came across a Jimmy Kimmel video that a friend of mine posted and it inspired me so much that I wrote over five thousand words between yesterday and today. 🙂 Anyone that knows me understands what a challenge that is.

I’m posting the video here so you can hear for yourselves how one person playing guitar outside a dollar store incited two other men to join him in an impromptu jam session as a bystander was taping it. The young man who taped the session on his phone posted it on his Facebook and it went viral. After viewing it, you will understand why. Enjoy.

Not only does music bring back memories of good times past, music unites everyone regardless of creed, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, gender, financial situation, color, and race. I’m far from perfect, but I like to think I’ve raised my daughter to live judgement free of others based on the above. I believe I did good. 🙂

The differences in our cultures, musical and written inspiration, and lifestyles make for interesting conversation, amazing music and storytelling. ~ Eva E. Solar

I wouldn’t have it any other way. My wish is that we as a world could be as united as everyone is this video was.  Thinking about it, it really isn’t that difficult.

I’m just sayin’…

This is my little contribution for today. Now I think I’m going to write a couple thousand words more. Until next time, Hugs to you all!!!