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The National Bestseller
What is the lesson in abuse, neglect, abandonment, rejection? What is the lesson when you lose someone you really love? Just what are the lessons of life's hard times?
Bestselling author Iyanla Vanzant has had an amazing and difficult life -- one of great challenges that unmasked her wonderful gifts and led to wisdom gained. In this simple book, she uses her own personal experiences to show how life's hardships can be re-languaged and revisioned to become lessons that teach us as we grow, heal, and learn to love. The pain of the past does not have to be today's reality. Iyanla Vanzant is an example of how yesterday's tears become the seeds of today's hope, renewal, and strength.
USA Today Iyanla Vanzant taps the universality of spiritual yearning.
About the Author
With more than 8 million books in print, Iyanla Vanzant
has truly established a dedicated fan base.
Iyanla's path to success took her through a multitude of life-changing experiences that shaped the profound insights she eagerly shares with others. A neglected, overweight, sexually abused child who was shuttled from one family to another, she became a teenage mother on welfare living in the projects of a major urban city. Vanzant took control of her life when she walked out of her second abusive marriage and entered Medgar Evers College in New York and then the City University of New York Law School. She moved to Philadelphia with her children and became a public defender for three years. Then she eventually became an ordained minister, who was committed to a message based on the principles of divine power and self-determination.
Iyanla combined her professional skills with her life's lessons and embarked on a writing and speaking career. Her mass appeal is evident in her overwhelming success as an author. In the Meantime was a #1 New York Times bestseller, where it spent 20 weeks on the list, and she has had numerous other major bestsellers. As a nationally recognized speaker she has sold out such prestigious venues as New York's Jacob Javits Convention Center, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, Atlanta's Civic Center, and the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Vanzant is also familiar to the daytime TV audience from her role as a regular contributor on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
Acclaimed journalist and producer Barbara Walters recognized Vanzant's extraordinary appeal, seeing in her a "breakaway talent" with the potential for huge success in daytime television. With Walters and partner Bill Geddie on board to executive produce, Buena Vista Productions to develop the show, and Buena Vista Television as distributor, the road to Iyanla was forged.
Vanzant has received numerous accolades for her work. In 1992 Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley named October 21st "Tapping the Power Within Day" in honor of a workshop she presented in that city for African-American women. In 1994, the National Association of Equal Opportunity in Education, an organization comprised of the presidents and administrators of the 117 predominantly Black colleges in the United States named her Alumni of the Year. She also was awarded an "Oni" by the International Congress of Black Women as one of the nation's unsung heroes, and she served as the national spokesperson for Literacy Volunteers of America in 1998.
In 1999 she was listed among the 100 Most Influential African-Americans by Ebony magazine. Later that year, she was awarded the 31st NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Literary Work, Non-Fiction" for Yesterday I Cried. She also earned her first Honorary Doctorate degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from the City University of New York, Medgar Evars College. In 2000, she earned her second honorary degree, Doctor of Divinity, from the Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, Ebony has named her one of their "55 Most Intriguing People," Vibe magazine tabbed her one of "100 Leaders of the New Millennium" and Newsweek recently included her as one of the "Women of the New Century."
The mother of three and grandmother of four, Vanzant lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband Adeyemi and Mr. Coco, their cat.
To learn how Iyanla can help you get started on your journey toward spiritual enlightenment, visit Inner Visions Worldwide, Inc., at
Table of Contents
1. What's the Lesson When You Think You Figured Out the Lesson, and You Really Haven't?
2. What's the Lesson When You Are an Unwanted, Neglected, and Abused Child?
3. What's the Lesson When You Do Not Realize That You Are a Teacher?
4. What's the Lesson When You Don't Realize That Life Is a School?
5. What's the Lesson When You Are Poor, Ugly, and Feeling Bad?
6. What's the Lesson When You Are Raped as a Child?
7. What's the Lesson When You've Been Taught That You Are Unlovable?
8. What's the Lesson When You Don't Reconcile Your Past Before Moving Ahead?
9. What's the Lesson When You Engage in Self-Destructive Behavior?
10. What's the Lesson When You Are a Motherless Child Raising Children?
11. What's the Lesson When You Learn the Lesson, Then Forget It?
12. What's the Lesson When You Begin to Recognize Yourself as Who You Really Are?
13. What's the Lesson When You Lose Someone You Really Love?
14. What's the Lesson When You Have Mastered All the Wrong Lessons?
15. What's the Lesson When You Try to Cheat on a Test?
16. What's the Lesson When You Don't Love Yourself First?
17. What's the Lesson When You Get the Lesson but Don't Know What to Do With It?
18. What's the Lesson When You Let the Past Pass?
19. What's the Lesson When You Do It All Wrong and It Turns Out All Right?