Two More Reviews Are In – 5 Stars for The Road to Freedom

Below are excerpts of the two newest reviews for Joseph’s Story: The Road to Freedom:

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5star

Siyah says:

“Wow¬†this¬†was¬†a¬†Great¬†Read!!

The¬†road¬†to¬†Freedom:¬†Joseph’s¬†story,¬†may¬†be¬†set¬†In¬†the¬†time¬†frame¬†of¬†the¬†early¬†60’s¬†but it’s contents is¬†very¬†relevant¬†to¬†today’s¬†current¬†events.¬†

The¬†writer¬†takes¬†you¬†on¬†a¬†journey¬†through¬†the¬†eyes¬†of¬†a¬†young¬†man¬†named¬†Joseph. He and his friends begin down a road with only the hope of wanting to somehow help the fight for equality of African Americans and to stop the mistreatment they suffered under segregation and Jim Crow laws. They realize that the task would be harder than they imagined. As they travel down the road of reality, they find that the segregated world they live in has been paved with cruelty, injustice, and was blinded by hatred and strong resistance to even the notion of change. Joseph and his friends encountered first hand the mistreatment and persecution of the African American people and those that helped them.”

Constance Says:

“In¬†the¬†book¬†Stella:¬†A¬†Road¬†to¬†Freedom¬†#3¬†Joseph’s¬†story.¬†In¬†this¬†3rd¬†installment¬†of the¬†series¬†this¬†book¬†told¬†the¬†story¬†of¬†Joseph’s¬†journey¬†in¬†finding¬†himself.¬†The¬†truths that¬†he¬†faced¬†were¬†an¬†eye¬†opener¬†for¬†him.¬†Joseph¬†and¬†his¬†friends,¬†all¬†young, embark on this journey to fight for equality and freedom. In their journey they learn just how much racial inequality there is. They learn that even the friends that they that choose to align themselves with can possibly get them killed. Their alliances with one another in this fight showed just how unaware of the seriousness of the road they were traveling. This book¬† was well written. I was worried for them being young and traveling across the country to fight for the freedoms of integration. I love the history that is told in this book and when it comes to telling this story through Joseph’s eyes, you have to question whether or not we as a society today are still traveling this same road to freedom and if we will ever find it.¬† The characters in this book are relatable and the writer continues to leave readers wanting to take a look back into history. This series should be required reading in middle schools and high schools around the country…its just that good!”

Building Mental Strength

For¬†many¬†of¬†us¬†we¬†hear¬†a¬†lot,¬†and¬†some¬†of¬†us¬†even¬†speak¬†a¬†lot,¬†about¬†change¬†and revolution¬†and¬†encouragement¬†and¬†just¬†overall¬†maintaining¬†a¬†quality¬†of¬†life¬†we have come to understand as a positive one. This is the reason¬† many¬†of¬†us¬†have¬†decided¬†to¬†blog.¬†We¬†post¬†motivating¬†quotes,¬†speak¬†about¬†our struggles,¬†triumphs¬†and¬†overall¬†how¬†we¬†maintain¬†the¬†daily¬†grind.¬†In¬†return¬†some of us hope to¬† receive insight while others hope to spread it. It¬†is¬†the¬†reason¬†for¬†life¬†coaches¬†and¬†therapy¬†sessions.¬†We¬†do¬†these¬†things¬†to improve or to heal so that we can go on to implement those very important changes and become overall better people. One thing however that sticks out to me from all of this is mental strength. Building mental strength in our lives and maintaining it on a daily basis. This is not always easy but it is worth more than the physical changes we tend to seek after as we strive to implement them in our quest to do better in whatever area we need to. This is important because most of what we need to go on in life requires a certain level of mental clarity and strength to produce. Achieving this often requires work on the mind itself, ridding it of everything that acts as a negative force against positive change. It requires we empty ourselves so that we can be built back up again. Otherwise nothing we try to alter on the outside, no dream job or career, no encouraging word, will matter. It probably sounds personal and that’s because it is; building and maintaining mental stability is a personal journey for each of us as we strive to improve our lives but it is critical to the operation. It is critical because it is we who often get in our own way; it is our own thoughts and our own fears. It is critical because you are only as strong as your mind is. To change the way that you live, ultimately, is to change the way that you think.