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A Long Way Home




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Born and raised in the city of Brotherly Love, Yusef "Sef the Poet" Vance is the 4th of 6 children born to a mother who was told she would never give birth. This is why he's always believed in miracles. Coming from a spiritual foundation, Yusef has always believed in God and knew there was a greater purpose for his life. His work ethic is one to be admired, leaving home and working since the young age of 14, he gives his all to whatever he's committed to and is a man of his word. Writing has always served as an outlet for him over the years. He is the proud father of one beautiful daughter, and now resides in sunny Riverside, California. In the summer of 2015 Yusef survived what could have been a devastating experience, but instead, proved to him just how great the God he serves is and confirmed exactly why he's committed his life to serving Christ.


On June 10, 2015, after experiencing chest pains and hearing a voice tell him to "go to the hospital" Yusef drove himself to the hospital. Shortly after arriving he had a bout of seizures and a cardiac arrest that ultimately resulted in him flat lining. While breathing solely through the assistance of a respirator, his family spanning the country, from his roots in Philly to the extended family by his bedside in California, to his church family, were engaged in constant corporate prayer. By the grace of God the impossible became possible when those prayers were answered, his eyes opened and he began pulling the tubes out of himself and talking. It's still unknown as to why he had a heart attack at 36 years old, but with his guardian angel (pacemaker) implanted in him, he knows for sure that God spared his life for a reason and a time such as this.


A Long Way Home is a collection of poems that Yusef began writing while he was still in ICU and during his stay in the hospital. Through these works "Sef the Poet" was born, and the main goal through sharing his testimony is to let the world know that God is real and the Power of Prayer is available to us all. Giving honor and glory to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, "Sef the Poet" is now a student in Bible College looking forward to spreading the gospel and leading others to Christ, he prays that this book will be a blessing to all that read it.











Poems Included in A Long Way Home:


Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself

Let Me Tell You About A Place

The Makeover

Perfect In His Image

New Creation

I Believe


Let Me Tell You About Somebody


He Is Closer Than You Think

The Heart to Believe

Through The Darkness

Sleep Walking

Shock Therapy

Reach For The Stars

Cerebral Marathon

Bad Weather

The Box

Never Empty

Stay Focused


I Can Feel You


The 4th Quarter

A Long Way Home






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