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Living Through the Meantime: Learning to Break the Patterns of the Past and Begin the Healing Process Hardcover – August 14, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (August 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743227107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743227100
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 affirmations, such as "I now place my faith in the power and presence of God's love" to quasi-therapeutic fill-in-the-blanks statements. (For example, "My earliest experience of feeling betrayed was ___.") Vanzant is not the most eloquent or sophisticated of writers, but she does seem to touch people's hearts and crack them open. Her main agendas are self-reflection and trust in God. Fans who are ready to tackle a hefty self-improvement project will not be disappointed with this workbook. Newcomers should check out her earlier book before committing to this one. -- Gail Hudson

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
www.innervisionsworldwide.com.

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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

Customer Reviews

It ask me question that I was not able to answer.
Vanessa L. Knight
If you are serious about making changes in your life then you want to get this book.
Foochi20
I absolutely love everything that Iyanla Vanzant writes.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jill Guntur VINE VOICE on January 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Iyanla Vanzant does not disappoint in this book. She has a very descriptive and engaging way of pulling you along to a point and allowing you the grace to awkwardly express new patterns of behavior. This book is incredible if you are facing a time in your life when you are changing and shifting your patterns and you have moved away from one thing, but have not quite got a grasp on that place you're heading toward. It humanizes the evolution that we all want to go through and gives you honest keys for getting there if you want.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pillow Play Parties on May 23, 2006
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I have been a Starting Over Fan since I stumbled across it during the second season. Iyanla Vanzant is one of the "life coaches" who helps women deal with their pain and problems. In her book, Living Through the Meantime, Iyanla gives readers the necessary tools to dig deep and uncover all the muck and wounds so that they can be their authentic selves and not just a shell of a woman.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mom 2 Boys on March 1, 2006
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This book is very good, it really opens up your thinking and allows you to move on to a more positive person. I cannot thank Iylana enough for righting such a intrespective book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jane on January 26, 2013
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A great read for everyone who has ever loved, lost and wants to learn to move forward. Brilliant book, brilliant author
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Foochi20 on March 9, 2014
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This is the second book I bought of Iyanla Vanzant's. This book doesn't talk to you but asks you questions to come to realizations on your own. If you are serious about making changes in your life then you want to get this book. This isn't a simple read, its about making serious changes in your life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Watts on November 10, 2008
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I bought this book because I thought it would help me sort out a lot of the issues that I was feeling emotionally and mentally from the things that have happened to me in the past. Iyanla starts off with a generalization of this prophecy. However, when you start this self help workbook, you get lost in the array of questions associated with your feelings, thoughts, and reasoning behind beliefs you've learned from childhood, or events that dramatically changed your way of innocent thinking. It then becomes hard to distinguish what your feeling from what happened. What makes it even more difficult is Iyanla provides suggestive statements that helps describe what it is your feeling and this confuses things more. By the time, I get through a chapter, I'm exhausted from figuring out what's top from bottom, that I really didn't aquire much. However, she offers a lot of love quotes and statements, that offer a quick fix to improve negative attitudes and beliefs. Great for memorizing and repeating through difficult times. Overall, I usually love Iyanla's books and activities, but this one....I really wished I hadn't purchased.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donna Borg on January 21, 2007
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Ms. Vanzant describes personal accounts of events in her life which she believed to be undesirable. Later she realizes that had she not experienced the undesirable,then she wouldn't have ended up right where she needed to be to have the desirable.
In a loving, inspiring, comforting way the author clearly describes the steps we need to take in order to get comfortable with who we are and where we are in our own personal life journey. She explains these steps in a easy visualization technique.
Reading this book will offer the reader a great opportunity to do a quick life assessment and feel good about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan L. Himes on May 3, 2014
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The book arrived in new conditon. I did not read it. I work with women who have issues that are focused in the author's books. I trust the author and .the recipient was ecstatic to receive it.
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