Nonfiction Book Award Status: Bronze
When we are in painful circumstances, we tend to want to escape at any cost. Yet in doing so, we can miss the greatest opportunities of our lives. Writing about her own valleys—including loving a struggling son and reeling from the untimely death of her husband—Yolanda Cohen Stith shares hard-won insights.
In the midst of her most painful experiences Stith discovered that God shows up in the valleys in ways that He doesn’t on the mountaintops. In Valley Life she shows you exactly why: God’s strength is found in your weakest moments; you’re not alone, even when all hope seems lost; your valleys will be where you experience your greatest growth and intimacy with God. Valley Life isn’t about surviving the pain when you’re in a dark place. It’s about being transformed by the grace of God while there.
Yolanda Cohen Stith is a Messianic Jewish believer and a pastoral counselor. She has been in ministry since 1997 helping adult men and women resolves their pain and problems through a Christ-Centered approach to counseling. She has served as a Training Director for over 20 years and is the Executive Director of New Heart Living, a Christ-Centered Counseling and Teaching Ministry in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Yolanda is a member of the Network 220 (formerly, the Association of Exchanged Life Ministries) and is a regular teacher and speaker at various churches and women’s groups. You can hear an interview with Yolanda on Good Morning, Ozarks KLFC https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/klfcradio/episodes/2020-01-28T09_56_34-08_00
Yolanda originates from Los Angeles, California, specifically, the San Fernando Valley referring to herself as a “valley girl,” which is a theme woven into her book, Valley Life. She was married to an Air Force Officer for 35 years, traveled the world and, eventually, settled and made their home in a Washington, D.C. suburb.