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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (May 9, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062512390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062512390
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 regarded by African American women. Vanzant's popularity and success in the area of spiritual consciousness will make this volume another valued addition to library and private collections. Lillian Lewis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Sister Iyanla has given us a first: a Sister's visionary prescription for the transformation of her Brothers. This prescription addresses the unique and special healing of Black men, but it speaks to the health of all men." -- Na'im Akbar, Ph.D., author of Visions for Black Men

"The Spirit of a Man is a lantern Black men can use to find their way out of the darkness of life in America. Ms. Vanzant is the first to offer a concrete path and process to spiritual, political, and economic power in a tradition that is familiar to us. Thank you my sister, daughter, friend." -- Reverend Jesse Jackson, President, National Rainbow Coalition


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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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Purchased this for a young man who enjoyed the book.
MaDuke
As with "in the Meantime" which I feel is your most supreme work, I am in the process of writing a poetic response.
Jesse Sharpe
I'm sure it was a good read Iyanla rearly disappoints.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I am a 21 year old black man, who for so long knew that there was more to life but could not figure out what it was. Months of searching lead me to realize that I had to become more spiritual.

I went on to read numerous books on spirituality and self-improvement, but after learning these principles I had no way of applying them.

This book showed me how to apply what i had learnt and also taught me a lot more things about life and my relationship with the Creator.

This book is a must for every black man or woman who is at the entrance of the tunnel, sees the light at the end, but does not know how to walk through. Iyanla took my hand and I'm sure she'll take yours. After she has lead you to the light, you learn the ultimate lesson: you have been and will always be able to lead others through this tunnel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lmdavis451 on October 10, 2012
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I purchased two of these books because I love Iyanla and I also wanted to get my fiance a gift that will help him in his spiritual growth. He and I love to have deep insightful conversations and this book is a great resource. We read it together and have discussion about some of the topics Iyanla addresses. This book creates a platform or space for me to get to know my man in a very intimate spiritual way. This gives my fiance an opportunity to share who he is with me and let his voice be heard as a black man. I have the opportunity to listen, be his best friend, and empower him with my words of wisdom. We are truly getting to know the fullness of each other before we walk down that aisle. Reading this book helps us have those difficult conversations that most are afraid to tackle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Sharpe on May 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is my third time reading Spirit of a Man. Each effort was a suprised blessing. New text became underlined beside old text. As with "in the Meantime" which I feel is your most supreme work, I am in the process of writing a poetic response. My book In a Haiku Meantime can be found on Amazon, both in print and Kindle. However, this review is about In the Spirit of a Man, which has had a profound affect on me. Thank You Iyanla. I first read it after my first divorce. I read it a second time during my second marriage. I am reading it once again, having both experienced and learned new lessons, once again single. The Haiku below is from my upcoming book.

awakened by the

call of my name, I grow from

a child to a man

I feel that i have grown so much in reading Iyanla's work. My poetry is both in honor of her writing and in celebration of it. I recall her once saying that when she met the Dali Lama, his advice to her was to keep i simple. Much that Iyanla presents in Spirit of a man, no matter ow complex, is simple to understand, absorb, and act upon, if e men, ut have the desire, faith, and strength to do so. I love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MaDuke on September 11, 2010
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Purchased this for a young man who enjoyed the book. He loved it, said it was well written.
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I purchased this book for a friend and he loves it!
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