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Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving (New York) Mass Market Paperback – August 7, 2001
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Iyanla Vanzant knows plenty about dealing with just such "crap." She has led a difficult life, full of periods of abuse and self-loathing, but she has managed to learn "the lessons beneath the tears" and move beyond her grief and into understanding. In Yesterday, I Cried, she passes these lessons along, continually stressing that past hardships can and should be used to teach us how to grow, heal, and love others and ourselves. The message is one that has been echoed in her bestsellers One Day My Soul Just Opened Up and In the Meantime, but when presented as a memoir, the result is particularly moving.
As any regular Oprah viewer knows, Vanzant is a feisty and charismatic orator, and her no-nonsense style translates well into print. She is candid about her experiences without ever painting herself as a victim, effectively coming across as inspirational rather than preachy or self-pitying. The tone of the book is especially engaging because she seems to be actively working out her problems as she writes, gently pulling the reader into what becomes a mutual catharsis. "Of all things to master," she asks, "why did I have to pick tears?" By the end of Yesterday, I Cried, she finds the answer. And in searching the depths of her own soul, she encourages others to do the same. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The author draws upon her experiences to show her audience how to look for lessons in life's unpleasantness. She showed us how her upbringing caused her to internalize some damaging messages from her cruel grandmother, absentee father and an array of abusive lovers. The author explains her transformation from the much-abused Rhonda, to Iyanla the Yoruba Priestess and acclaimed author. And she does it in such a way that the readers know that they too can transcend their circumstances.
I found myself in tears a couple of times while reading this book. Tears may sometimes be viewed as a sign of weakness, but this is a tome about strength and courage. I applaud Iyanla's courage and thank her for sharing her wisdom.
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I've read this book twice. Worth every minute of it! I'm a big fan of Iyanla Vanzant!Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Parker
A must read. Very emotional book to read. The obstacles faced were not easy but she was able to work through it.Published 5 months ago by Tina
This paperback book was just delivered. Already disappointed. The print is super small. I'm sure I'll enjoy the read but, gonna need a magnifying glass.Published 6 months ago by Virg
Iyanla is a true healer. All of her books are must reads for women. She is a mentor and she will lift you up especially when this world knocks you down.Published 10 months ago by Christine Watson
Great book. I really enjoyed it. She had a very long and trying journey but the end was positive.Published 11 months ago by Tynetta D Barry