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Acts of Faith: Daily Meditations for People of Color Paperback – November 12, 1993
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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.
About the Author
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book has given me insight and inspiration on several different topics. Since I bought it a few years ago, I have yet to put it down. I'm always reading this. I have become more pleasant in certain circumstance because of something I've read here.
For anybody facing lifes highs and lows or debating whether or not to start meditating this book is one you should have. It's so nice to have a book that focuses on the daily ins and outs of being a person of color.
Iyanla Vanzant's appeal I believe- or part of it- is her ability to do something creative with the knowledge she has acquired. In reality it doesn't take much more than reading the top ten best sellers in New Age philosophy and pop-psychology of the past ten or so years (sprinkled with a bit of Freud and the New Testament) to regurgitate in print much of what is said in any of the books that are popular today. The talent comes in not how you shine the piano of your new found consciousness- which everyone actually has and uses intuitevly on good days- but how you play it. Vanzant proves unquestionably in this book that she is an artist with something uniquely powerful to say; uniquely in that it is particularly individual and artistically authentically rendered, such that a bit of her soul is left on every page, as well her advice. And the quotes she gives of other great thinkers, great artists and just great people, add to the wonderfullness of it all perfectly, taking ego out of the game. This I believe is still her most successful book in that regard.
This book makes a great gift, as many of her books do (some make better gifts than they do keepers), but it also can easily become a treasured companion on your daily journey through the year, reminding you how blessed every day actually is.
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A daily necessity for those who want to be connected to the sourcePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I start each day with a reading from Act's of Faith. I love that some mornings the readings speak to my spirit, and other mornings it challenges my mind providing food for thought. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hollis W Nelson
Amazing book. Iyanla never fails to give an amazing inspirational and motivational book. Must readPublished 4 months ago by Lenyai
I love the knowledge Iyanla shares with her audience. It is food for thought on a daily basis. I've started reading it daily for guidance.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book - lots of motivational quotes. I've the book for 10 years and read it several times. I bought this one for a friend recovering from a life threatening illness.Published 4 months ago by Stacey MJ