New York Times best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant recounts the last decade of her life and the spiritual lessons learned—from the price of success during her meteoric rise as a TV celebrity on Oprah, the Iyanla TV show (produced by Barbara Walters), to the dissolution of her marriage and her daughter’s 15 months of illness and death on Christmas day. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Iyanla shares why everything we need to learn is reflected in our relationships and the strength and wisdom she has gained by supporting others in their journeys to make sense out of the puzzle pieces of their lives.
Knowing who you are is the first step in finding the mate that's perfect for you. In this eye-opening book, "From Broken Pieces to Peace," the author is speaking from a place of peace, but finding out hind sight is a very good teacher. Observant of others' relationship failures, including her own, she decided to place it all on the line hopefully provoking the thought of every reader currently in a single status. Whether you're a Christian or not, most can take something from this book of simple relationship advice.
When individuals are suffering through unpleasant or undesirable situations and circumstances, they are often unaware of how they participate in creating or re-creating their experience. In severe cases, there is an addiction to suffering. Frequently, my first attempt at offering suffering individuals another way of seeing their experience is met with fierce resistance, which I call "the fight to be right." Often people unwittingly fight to maintain ownership of the very limitations that cause their suffering. Unfortunately, while fighting for their limitations, most fail to realize this is not a fight they want to win. Rather than engage them in a mental or emotional sparring match, I ask one simple question: "What is your prayer?" When an individual seriously contemplates this question, stories about how pain and suffering should or can be tolerated begin to recede. The ego has very few arguments that can survive the power of an earnest and heartfelt prayer.
Based on the author's bestselling inspirational book, this new Acts of Faith Thought-for-a-Day Calendar presents 365 more daily meditations for people of color, including quotations from the Bible, Yoruba proverbs, and citations from well-known writers and thinkers.
"You just can’t trust anyone!" seems to be a constant refrain in the modern world. Indeed, learning to trust is one of life’s most difficult lessons. "That’s because trust is not a verb," says legendary life coach Iyanla Vanzant, "it’s a noun. Trust is a state of mind and a state of being." In this wise book, the New York Times best-selling author and host of OWN’s popular reality TV show Iyanla: Fix My Life reveals how to cultivate this liberating power—by exploring what trust really is, how to trust, and why to trust. She outlines the special rewards that come from mastering the four essential trusts: trust in God, trust in yourself, trust in others, and trust in life. And she challenges us to see how each of these are actually deeply interconnected. Too often our fear of whether or not we can really trust an individual or an institution and what they represent erodes our confidence and undermines our relationships. When trust is broken or there is a betrayal, it can bring us face-to-face with our shadow, revealing that someone has failed to live up to our expectations and thus "outs" our hidden beliefs. "You never get what you ask for; you always get what you expect," says Iyanla. When someone betrays our trust it reveals the high price paid for such deep disconnection. This book’s pragmatic trust-building prescriptions demonstrate how communication, consistency, and cooperation can antidote trust-destroying behaviors and revitalize us with increased authenticity, greater resilience, and renewed peace in every part of our lives.
'The healing has begun. It began when you picked up this book. The goal of these offerings is to assist the children of the earth in the redevelopment of their minds, bodies and spirits . . . Buried deep in the earth are precious diamonds. In order to get to them, however, we must dig and dig deep.' In ACTS OF FAITH, life coach Iyanla Vanzant offers a inspirational passage for each day of the year, particularly aimed at people of colour. Vanzant considers that there are four basic areas that create stress and imbalance for people: our relationship with ourselves, our relationship with the world, our relationship with each other and our relationship with money. This book addresses all four issues in turn thus providing a meditative and uplifting guide to living successfully.
Lessons Learned Along the Way: Students’ Performance and Achievement Gaps
Author: Patricia L. Pickles
Patricia L. Pickles, Ph.D. is a native of Illinois and the mother of one daughter, one son and four grandchildren. She is currently retired from the public school system but runs her own consulting company, A+ Standards of Excellence and Equity in Education. Dr. Pickles enjoys giving back to the community, closing achievement gaps, swimming, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends. Now that the author drives her own company and priorities, she finally found the time to speak out through her writing. She shares her stories and how to strategies for improving students performance and closing achievement gaps. She talks candidly about lessons learned in education and leadership that you wont get from a regular textbook. Readers are encouraged to persevere through challenges, barriers and setbacks. Future suggestions for education are provided.