Excerpt from Through the Valley by Eddie David Santiago

Through the Valley Love Endures

What if death came for you today? Would you be ready?
Forced to face his own mortality, Eddie Santiago fought to stay alive in a broken world. His incredible journey through heartbreak, abuse, and adversity left him with one truth: every life makes a difference.
This is the true and compelling story of his supernatural quest through the valley of death, doubt, and darkness. Eddie provides a passionate story that will capture the attention of even the toughest skeptics.
Angels, demons, heaven, hell, Jesus and the devil: are they fiction, or are they more real than anything else in the world? 

Excerpt from the book:
 I realized I had feelings for Erica that I had no clue how to deal with, but after a few months of moping, the light bulb went on for me: pray.

“God, I don’t know how to do this Christian thing. I don’t even know what I’m doing or if how I am trying to live is even right. My heart is still broken, God, and I need you to fix it. If Erica and I aren’t meant to be, then I need you to show me that. I gave her a part of me that I can’t have back. I now see that you weren’t trying to control me, but that you were after my heart so it could finally stop breaking and start healing. I give you what’s left of my heart, God, and I want you to know it is yours.”

A few weeks went by. I continued to pray, and one morning, I woke up to find all of my feelings toward Erica were gone. I can’t explain the experience; it was as if I had been reprogrammed. All I felt was peace. I no longer had love for her. Excited, I wanted to share with her new boyfriend.

“Hey, man, there are so many rumors about you and what you do to girls. I pray it’s not true, man, and that you treat Erica right. You don’t have me to compete with anymore. God healed my heart and let me know she’s not the one for me. I was just too stubborn to listen before. I wish you both the very best. Let her know for me that you guys won’t have to worry about me getting in the way. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.” Popeye looked at me with wide eyes and a shocked look. I reached out my hand, and he shook it. He stood, speechless as I walked away with the greatest gift I could ever have, peace.

About Eddie David Santiago

Eddie David Santiago has worked in the mental health/substance abuse field since he was 18 years old. He holds bachelor degrees in both psychology and religious studies and has provided counseling related services for multiple mental health, substance abuse and human service agencies. In addition, he earned his master’s degree in counseling along with certification in educational administration.
With over fifteen years of counseling related experience, Eddie founded the organization L.E.A.D. (Love Endures And Delivers) which offers interactive group trainings, seminar sessions, speaking opportunities for groups of all ages and crisis counseling sessions.
THROUGH THE VALLEY, LOVE ENDURES is based on Eddie’s early collection of writings, through which he found his voice. He seeks to inspire others to find their voice and share their own stories. Eddie resides in the Midwest with his beautiful wife Sarah and their three amazing children, Faith, Isaiah and Makaylah.
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    1. Anonymous8:15 AM

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