Can A Rose Grow From The Concrete? “Lessons Of Redemption” by Kevin Shird Is a Must Read –

lessons of Redemption is available now at

“Lessons of Redemption” is available now at

“Lessons Of Redemption” is a journey of a boy that traveled a rocky road of choices and consequences; some of which were not his own and met his manhood at the crossroad. Please understand, THIS IS NOT A FICTION  BOOK… THIS IS A MEMOIR. Do not expect the usual depiction of urban life with colorful language with overused metaphors and hood life tall tales. Prepare yourself to have a very intimate conversation with author about real people in real life altering situations with the turn of every page.

Yes, one can reference “The Wire” …one may even reflect on “The Corner” but Kevin Shird gives a poignant narrative in black and white with no filter. The resolve and resilience that young Shird builds upon as you walk with him through the chapters of his life will make you pause when you realize the young man you are rooting for did in fact MAKE IT and you smile. AGAIN …THIS IS NOT A FICTION BOOK but rather an honest & truthful testament of not only redemption but forgiveness and accountability. How was Shird able to realistically accept Pop’s illness of addiction and build from the mistakes; how did becoming a part of the problem as a player in the treacherous game of drugs lead Shird to being an instrument of change as Co – Founder & President of the Mario Do Right Foundation sitting with decision makers in Washington, DC working on solutions?

The beauty is the reader knows how the story ends by looking at the life that Shird has built through his personal lessons of redemption that he shares earnestly.

Tupac asked once, “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? “ Definitively, I can answer yes, I read his story –  “Lessons Of Redemption”.  This is a must read for all.

Kenda Bell

Essence Bestselling Author –

“For Every Love There Is A Reason “