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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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"Life is about cleaning up the crap and, while you're doing it, being okay with the fact that you have to do it.... A word of caution. You can't get caught up in the crap! If you do, you will surely lose sight of the real meaning of life and lose your Self."
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.
"USA Today" Iyanla Vanzant taps the universality of spiritual yearning.
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reading some of the characters. She went through so much. So glad she had and still has God on
her side. With God all things are possible. I really enjoyed reading this book. She is still standing.
Truly a blessing. I have purchased other books by Iyanla and look forward to reading them. I did not
like all the times she was being beat. I recommend this book to everyone. Well worth reading.