What is the story of my Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance?

Keep Going : The Art of Perseverance is a novel by Joseph M. Marshall III and is a secondary source; the novel is a method that Joseph M. Marshall III used to share the lessons he has learned from his grandparents. It was published on August 22nd, 2006. However, the first draft of this book was written several years before the publishing of the book, as written in the section of acknowledgements. I received this book amongst a pile of used books that someone at my church had gifted me with back in grade five when I was nine years old.

When the first draft of this book was being written, Joseph M. Marshall III was going through a tough time with his family. In the acknowledgements section, he said that the difficult situation he was going through made him recall conversations with his grandparents. Bits and pieces of those conversations evolved to become the content of the novel Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance we see today. Joseph M. Marshall III wrote the first draft of the novel to shine a light on the dark times he was going through, which resulted in an encouraging novel.

Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance has made a huge impact in my life. When I first read the book, the content washed over me like a wave, and I felt like I had surfaced into a world that I had never seen before. Most of my morals and ethics stem from the countless hours I had spent pondering over the content of the novel, and how I could apply them to my life. The lessons from Keep Going : The Art of Perseverance have evolved and have become some of the roots that hold up the person I am today. Whenever I’m feeling down, I just skim through the pages and revisit a quote or a story that’s nestled among the pages and I feel inspired and motivated to pick myself up.

Joseph M. Marshall III is a Sicangu Lakota and was born on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. From this, I can infer that Marshall III was probably exposed to a lot of spiritual and moral lessons, and probably heard a lot of stories from his grandparents. From this, I can conclude that Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance was heavily influenced by Marshal III’s childhood in the reservation. In the book, you can tell that the author has a lot of connections with many stories that have amazing morals and lessons, and those stories may have been passed down from his grandparents. This book was created to be a lamp for anyone wandering down a dark path or anyone who simply wants a book that will leave a lasting imprint on their lives. Anyone who is old to understand is free to take away the simple yet fundamental morals that this novel highlights.

After examining this source, I can confidently state that I have learned many morals from this book. Yet as I come back to it over the years, there always seems to be something I missed or something that I can apply to a difficult situation I may be going through. This novel highlights the lessons and morals that the author has collected over his lifetime and tells us about the morals that the Lakota people pass down to their successors. This novel continuously extends my knowledge of morals and the small things I can do to become a better person. What this source does not tell me, unfortunately, is how to apply the morals I have learned to my current life. However, I think that figuring out how to utilize and apply morals is an important process that will only broaden my knowledge on me as an individual and my interaction with my surroundings.

When you have spare time, you might want to take a look at Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance. You might walk away with something that may change your life for the better.