Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance

Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance

by Joseph M. Marshall


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From best-selling Native American writer Joseph M. Marshall III comes an inspirational guide deeply rooted in Lakota spirituality.

When a young man’s father dies, he turns to his sagacious grandfather for comfort. Together they sit underneath the family’s cottonwood tree, and the grandfather shares his perspective on life, the perseverance it requires, and the pleasure and pain of the journey. Filled with dialogues, stories, and recollections, each section focuses on a portion of the prose poem “Keep Going” and provides commentary on the text.

Readers will draw comfort, knowledge, and strength from the Grandfather’s wise words—just as Marshall himself did.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402766183
Publisher: Sterling Ethos
Publication date: 03/03/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 242,507
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Joseph M. Marshall III

Joseph M. Marshall III is a teacher, historian, writer, storyteller, and a Lakota craftsman. He was born on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota and raised in a traditional native household by his maternal grandparents. He has published nine nonfiction works including The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living and To You We Shall Return: Lessons About Our Planet from the Lakota, three novels, a collection of short stories and essays, a children's book, and was contributing author in five other publications; and has written several screenplays. Several of his books have been published in French, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, German, Italian, Chinese, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Bulgarian.

In addition, Joseph has had several major screen appearances, including a role in the television network movie, Return to Lonesome Dove, and as a technical advisor and narrator for the Turner Network Television (TNT) and DreamWorks six part mini-series Into the West. Joseph has been recognized for his writing, scholarship, and service with numerous awards, including the Wyoming Humanities Award and the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for Historical Fiction. He is also a practitioner of primitive Lakota archery, having learned from his maternal grandfather the art of hand-crafting bows and arrows, and is a specialist in wilderness survival.

Joseph and his wife Connie (also his literary agent and manager) are the parents of a blended family and have sixteen grandchildren. For more about Joseph's writings and appearances, please visit

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Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
TiwandaP More than 1 year ago
This book came to me several years ago during a time of great need. It literally fell into my hands while I was reaching across a bookshelf. It saved my heart and quieted my spirit. It came to me again a few weeks ago through my curious young daughter asking about its marked, highlighted, and worn pages. I tried to ignore it but it could not be done. Once again it has spoken louder than the pain in my soul, lifting me to take that one next step required to defeat despair. Our God is one God and he speaks to each of us in the way of his choosing. What I clung to in this marvelous text a few years ago still holds meaning; but, now it is other pages that are worn and folded and marked. If you are wondering what to do next; asking Why?; How?; or simply seeking something - anything - to give you quiet during these loud times in which we live; I hope you reach for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book simply written. Easy reading and thought provoking as well as perspective shifting. I found it so amazing I bought several for friends and family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you read this book your life will change. It is not a novel and you will miss much if you read it as one. I have had this book for years and on any day under any circumstance i can open to any chapter and find solice. Every word is perfectly chosen and every story has many lessons and many answers. It is written from the heart for the heart and is delivered without an agenda allowing you to connect your dots to your life. I have given so many copies to friends and family when they are feeling the weight of life eclipsing their spirit. Soon you see the light return and they have begun to KEEP GOING.
Roadrunner53 More than 1 year ago
This book written by Joseph Marshall is very inspiring! For anyone going through despair or difficult times in their life, this book gives one inspiration to keep going! It is written very well and provides stories that are touching. A wonderful book to refer to many times over, and to keep in your personal library. I can't wait to read another book that Joseph Marshall has written!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this parable, a young man grieving over the death of his father turns to his grandfather, Old Hawk, for answers. Old Hawk attempts to answer his grandson¿s questions regarding life¿s hardships and challenges through stories culled from the Lakota tradition and his own rich experiences. The book unfolds in his voice as he explains that, without grief and sadness, you cannot truly embrace joy ¿ that is the natural give and take of life. Ultimately, your perseverance and will ¿ the fortitude to take one more step when that step feels overwhelming ¿ will get you through. This simple, spiritual text by Native American Joseph M. Marshall III is rhythmic and soothing in its prose, and inspiring in its content. It is a balm and a comfort. We suggest it to anyone seeking answers to life¿s big questions and the wherewithal to ¿keep going.¿
seph on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is a lot of comfort and wisdom in these pages, but the delivery was just unbearably corny *in my opinion*, and I've read a lot of corny self-help books. I found this book really hard to get through because of it's tone and I wanted to rate it less than three stars just because it grated on my nerves, but I recognize that the feelings I have towards this book are purely based on personal preferences. I know it would be the perfect source of comfort and inspiration for other people/personalities, so I'm rating it an even three stars. I did not like it though. I constantly wanted to put it down, but I couldn't bring myself to quit a read on persevering. There is wisdom in these pages, but I found it to be completely obscured by corny, drippy story-telling and cliches. ...No, I have to rate it less than three stars. I just really did not like it.
JM9626 More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I've ever read. I had been feeling lost, and this book put me at ease. Reminds me of my grandfather and they way he use to speak to us.
moonstone-magic More than 1 year ago
This is a book I keep on my bookshelf and give as gifts for the college graduate or someone making a huge new step in their life. It helps you think positive throughout life. You SHOULD read this. For anyone wanting to have positive direction in their life.
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