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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (July 6, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684869837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684869834
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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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

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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
I THINK I.V. IS AN EXCELLENT WRITER! ONE DAY JUST LOOKING THROGH THE BOOK LIST OF TEENAGE BOOKS I STUMBLED UPON A BOOK THAT CAUGHT MY EYE WHEN I TOLD MY MOM THE TITLE DON'T GIVE IT AWAY. THAT NIGHT WE WENT TO THE BOOK STORE AND PURCHASED THE BOOK. AS I STARTED TO READ,IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE A STRONG BLACK 12 YEAR OLD GIRL IT ALSO GAVE ME MORE SELF-CONFIDENCE. I THINK THAT MS.VANZANT IS AN SUPER,SUPER WRITER NOT ONLY FOR TEENS BUT ALSO FOR ADULTS. WHEN I GOT TO THE PART ABOUT THE DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES TO EXPRESS YOUR CERTAIN FEELINGS IT GOT MORE AND MORE INTERESTING. I THINK GUYS SHOULD ALSO READ THIS BOOK FOR TWO REASONS, IT IS INSPIRATIONAL ANDIT CAN TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND. HOPE TO SEE ANOTHER BOOK FOR US TEENS IN YEAR 2000.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1999
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I work with troubled teens, and one of the girls brought this book to girls group. All the girls started taking turns reading it, and making the positive self-affirmations out loud. It was a moving and profound experience. I can say that every girl in the room felt her heart fill up as she read and spoke the words Vanzant helps us find within ourselves. All girls were able to find a reason to respect themselves, some even, a reason to live.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Denise Bennerson on January 5, 2000
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The book is focused on young women, however, more mature ones will also find it beneficial. The title is excellent, because the book is concerned about self and what one should keep. It is written in a workbook format that can be read in a short period of time. However, the thought provoking questions and exercises, take some time and allows one to view her life as is and how she would like it to be. The self-affirmations are excellent, because many people do not know what or how to say them. The survival kits provide good practical ideas of what a person should do if she is going through a bad time or has negative feelings. The inserted graphics, developed for the young person, with or without text are colorful and interesting . Vanzant also makes several interesting points about the role the Creator should play in a young woman's life. I feel that the book is valuable for any woman. I read it and then passed on to my God Child who is fifteen!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1999
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Just after I finished 'Yesterday I Cried' by Iyanla, I got this book by her--and it's excellent. It will give a boost to your self-esteem no matter if you're a teenager or already grown up. Indeed you will feel precious after reading "Don't give it away." Another book along the same lines especially on the subject of Identity Crisis and Self-Esteem, and which is a phenomenal book if you haven't read it yet, which has helped me so much and boosted my self-esteem with substance and truth is Dietmar Scherf's "I Love Me: Avoiding & Overcoming Depression"--I highly recommend it and it's available at Amazon.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. Jackson on May 8, 2000
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I work with high school students in Denver, Colorado's public schools, and have used this book with great success to help young girls (and even some adults!) through times when they questions their worth and value to our society. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book for anyone, young or old. The perfect way to get in touch with the most important and beautiful person in your life.....YOURSELF!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Mawson on February 8, 2001
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I bought this book after peeking through it in a bookstore. I wish that I as a teenager had had access to this type of book. Even now I have received a benefit. Though exercises, affirmations and poems Iyanla gives you the best tools to find your true self, gain self confidence and become at peace with your soul and your body. If you haven't already got this book, buy it. If you have a teenage daughter - buy it for her. Give this gift with a journal, a pen, a box of tissues and your love and support. Guaranteed to touch your life and soul. Thank you Iyanla.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Probe96@aol.com on August 11, 1999
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When my mother gave me this book, she and I were going through a very devastating time. I had just graduated from high school, and we had just found out that my dad had been having an affair for a long time, and that he was leaving. My mom gave me this book so that I might become a stronger black woman than she had, and so that I wouldn't let people walk over me like my father had walked over her. Even though the book was made for younger girls, it gave me a chance to be innocent again and do self-evaluation that I should have done a long time ago. I recommed this book for anyone who needs an ego boost. I also recommend this book to young black girls who may not yet have identified with how beautiful they really are.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jackie.robinson@zebra.net on August 27, 1999
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I bought this book for my 15 year-old daughter. She gave me this puzzled look, but after reading the first few pages...she understood. I have purchased approximately 15 copies for her closest friends. This book teaches young women how to sustain and maintain their self worth. This should be required reading for teens and young adults.
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