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One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days and 40 Nights Towards Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth
Iyanla Vanzant
0684841347
January 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
Ordained minister and "spiritual life counselor" Iyanla Vanzant doesn't know the exact moment when her soul opened up "and the spirit of the divine entered [her] body." But she will always remember the key insight that opened the door to her soul and simultaneously locked the door to her insanity: "If you know who walks beside you, you can never be afraid." This is the premise from which Vanzant has launched her enormously successful 40-day, spiritual self-help program. One Day My Soul Just Opened Up is designed as day-by-day journal/workbook to help readers believe in a divine presence while pondering daily spiritual lessons such as simplicity, peace, compassion, and nonjudgement.

The charismatic Vanzant (whom Oprah Winfrey considers to be one of the world's most admirable spiritual leaders) has a gift for humble,...



In the Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want
Iyanla Vanzant
0684848066
August 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
What is the meantime? According to author and inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant, being in the "meantime" means being in a state of limbo. "When you are not happy where you are and you are not quite sure if you want to leave or how to leave, you are in the meantime," she explains. Rather than wallow in confusion, Vanzant encourages you to use the meantime as an opportunity to prepare yourself for true love. The first order of business is to clean house, starting with the basement--the place in the psyche where you store your most destructive thoughts. Room by room, Vanzant takes you through a metaphorical cleaning of the soul. This way, when your meantime days are over and love finally comes knocking on the front door, you'll have a clean house to welcome love into. --This text refers to...


The Spirit of a Man: A Vision of Transformation for Black Men and the Women Who Love Them
Iyanla Vanzant
0062512390
June 1997
Paperback
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From Booklist
Vanzant presents another spiritual interpretation of the African American experience. This time, the focus is on "black men and the women who love them." She provides valuable insight into a self-help approach that men can implement to analyze, explain, and improve their conditions and relationships. She notes in her introduction that she received a vision that inspired and led her to write and speak to and for black men. She expresses her insight in 13 chapters ranging from "A Million Men Marched" to "The Principles of Spiritual Manhood." Vanzant succeeds in probing the many issues that confront black men in this society and challenges them to deal with their situations from a spiritual understanding rather than an intellectual analysis. Although the targeted audience is African American men, the information will be well...


Living Through the Meantime: Learning to Break the Patterns of the Past and Begin the Healing Process
Iyanla Vanzant
0743227107
August 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
The "meantime," according to best-selling author and inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant, is that in-between stage of life when you're gathering up strength, evaluating past mishaps, and preparing for the next chapter. Using the metaphor of psyche as house, Vanzant believes that the meantime offers a perfect opportunity for tackling a rigorous cleaning. "We are going to go through every inch of your emotional and spiritual house and clean up the mess, clear out the debris, fix the leaks, stop the squeaks, and reveal and repair any damage we can find," she promises in this workbook. Readers who felt soothed and inspired by Vanzant's In the Meantime will probably appreciate this floor-by-floor companion workbook. Every chapter of Living Through the Meantime contains an assortment of "Caring Exercises," ranging from...


Until Today!: Daily Devotions for Spiritual Growth and Peace of Mind
Iyanla Vanzant
0684859971
August 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
This book of 365 daily devotionals supports the time-honored adage, "Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today?" The charismatic spiritual leader Iyanla Vanzant knows how easy it is to stay stuck in "old sentiments, resentments, beliefs, decisions, agreements, judgments, and ideas that may have become habitual." Through these devotions Vanzant hopes to show readers that the easiest way to create change is to simply shift your attitude--today. "We often work so hard to get the things we want that we miss the fact that it is the landscape of the inner world that stands between us and true happiness."

In the closing paragraph of each one-page devotional Vanzant names an old way of thinking and offers readers a new attitude to try on "just for today." For example, Vanzant writes, "Until today, you may have...



Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving
Iyanla Vanzant
0743218582
August 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
"Life is about cleaning up the crap and, while you're doing it, being okay with the fact that you have to do it.... A word of caution. You can't get caught up in the crap! If you do, you will surely lose sight of the real meaning of life and lose your Self."

Iyanla Vanzant knows plenty about dealing with just such "crap." She has led a difficult life, full of periods of abuse and self-loathing, but she has managed to learn "the lessons beneath the tears" and move beyond her grief and into understanding. In Yesterday, I Cried, she passes these lessons along, continually stressing that past hardships can and should be used to teach us how to grow, heal, and love others and ourselves. The message is one that has been echoed in her bestsellers One Day My Soul Just Opened Up and In the Meantime, but when presented as a...



Don't Give It Away!: A Workbook of Self-Awareness and Self-Affirmations for Young Women
Iyanla Vanzant
0684869837
June 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
You are special.You are precious.You are It!Today, Iyanla Vanzant is a bestselling author with her own business and a loving family. But it wasn't so long ago that she was a teenager -- a sixteen-year-old mother and high school dropout on welfare. Iyanla knows that a young woman's journey can be lonely and hard. She remembers how difficult it is to put into words the way you feel, how it feels to want to be loved.In Don't Give It Away!, Iyanla presents a workbook in which you can write your feelings and express your thoughts about the things that matter to you -- your family, your friends, your body, and your love life. Problems at home and at school are a natural part of every young woman's life, but understanding what to do with how you feel about your problems is the key to growing up. Iyanla Vanzant shows you that...


Every Day I Pray
Iyanla Vanzant
0684859998
Nov 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Prayer is "an inner communion with the divine" and should be "as natural as breathing," writes spirituality diva Vanzant, author of the bestselling In the Meantime, in this collection drawn from her ongoing "Prayer Journal." There's undeniable energy (and a lot of exclamation points) in Vanzant's personal entreaties; she's fond of ringing but generic affirmations of God (who is "awesome," "magnificent," "amazing" and "a skilled negotiator") and self ("I praise my body! I love my body!"). "Every thought, every word, every action is a prayer," Vanzant says, but she still offers specifics: there are prayers for "Alignment with God" and for blessing married couples; to "Eliminate Tiredness or Exhaustion" and to give thanks. Her fervent desire for the Divine presence in every facet of life will be inspiring for many,...


Until Today!: Daily Devotions for Spiritual Growth and Peace of Mind
Iyanla Vanzant
0684841371
December 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
This book of 365 daily devotionals supports the time-honored adage, "Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today?" The charismatic spiritual leader Iyanla Vanzant knows how easy it is to stay stuck in "old sentiments, resentments, beliefs, decisions, agreements, judgments, and ideas that may have become habitual." Through these devotions Vanzant hopes to show readers that the easiest way to create change is to simply shift your attitude--today. "We often work so hard to get the things we want that we miss the fact that it is the landscape of the inner world that stands between us and true happiness."

In the closing paragraph of each one-page devotional Vanzant names an old way of thinking and offers readers a new attitude to try on "just for today." For example, Vanzant writes, "Until today, you may have...



Faith in the Valley: Lessons for Women on the Journey to Peace
Iyanla Vanzant
0684801132
January 1996
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Popular speaker and "spiritual life counselor" Vanzant presents inspiration and advice addressed primarily to African American women but of use to everyone. She emphasizes that we have within ourselves the resources to solve most of our problems. "We always get what we expect," she says, and adds, "It is the Father's pleasure to give you the kingdomAthe issue is, are you willing to receive it?" In Faith in the Valley, she uses "valley" as a metaphor and cites ten kinds of valleys in which we can find ourselves: life, understanding, courage, knowledge, wisdom, o.p.p. (other's people's problems and perspectives), comeuppance, purpose and intent, nonresistance, and love. "Wherever you are, play some, pray some, and have faith. When the praise goes up, the blessings come down." "Iyanla Live!" is a series of live...


Acts of Faith
Iyanla Vanzant
0671864165
January 1993
Paperback
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Review
Molefi Kete AsanteProfessor and Chair, Department of African-American Studies, Temple UniversityActs of Faith is a dazzling collection of meditative statements. It should be a standard work for a long time. Iyanla Vanzant has found a way to help us keep body and soul whole.
Linda VillarosaSenior Editor, Essence magazineActs of Faith is an important spiritual resource for African-Americans and other people of all colors.

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Linda Villarosa Senior Editor, Essence magazine Acts of Faith is an important spiritual resource for African-Americans and other people of all colors.

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The Value in the Valley
Iyanla Vanzant
0684824752
Nov 1996
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A guide for black women seeking to come to grips with seemingly insurmountable difficulties. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Vanzant, inspirational speaker, ordained minister, and popular guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, is releasing many of her older books on audio. This motivational work's central message is that life is not just a series of peak or mountain-top experiences but rather a difficult journey that frequently involves passage through dark valleys, "life situations designed to teach character traits or spiritual virtues which have been undeveloped or under-developed." According to Vanzant (Yesterday, I Cried), there are ten valleys into which black women commonly fall: light, understanding, courage, knowledge and wisdom,...

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