When this little book was first published many years ago, it became a beacon of light for many people who found themselves time and time again in one valley or another. Valleys are nothing new for any of us. Some of you may be in a valley right now, or, since you never know what's around the corner, you may be on the brink of tottering into yet another valley. Or maybe you've just survived a valley that you swear you'll never revisit -- but guess what? That's precisely the valley you'll probably see again. And again.
Being in a valley can be a lonely and bewildering experience. This book was written to help you feel less lonely by reminding you that you really aren't ever alone since God is always by your side, but more important, "you" are always by your own side. No matter how dire the situation may seem, no matter how dark and bleak the valley may be, you have all you need within you to survive the valley -- any valley. Even though you may not know how you got into the valley in the first place, you do know, deep inside yourself, how to get through and out and free. You just need a little faith in yourself and a little guidance to find that faith within yourself.
When you are at your wit's end, take this little book and let it guide you toward the ever-present but often elusive light at the end of the tunnel. "Faith in the Valley" is designed to help you find the light when you need it most -- when you're in that damn tunnel. When you're most confused and in the dark and clueless as to how you got there (again ) and when you're trying to figure out not just how to get out, but stay out. For good.
"Faith in the Valley" has helped so many through so much that we felt it only fitting to issue this lovely gift edition to acknowledge the special place it holds in many hearts. Please share it with a friend who has served as your beacon in the past, or offer it to yourself as a reminder of the strength and wisdom you possess and can offer to others.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Publish Date:||May 1996|
|Number of Pages:||320|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.45|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.25 x 6.5 x 0.75|
Best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant was born in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from the Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York in 1978 and earned a law degree from the City University of New York law school at Queens College in 1988. She was a criminal defense lawyer in Philadelphia for three years. Vanzant is one of the top motivational speakers in the country, her public appearances and books intended to inspire and help women, especially African Americans. Her title Piece From Broken Pieces made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2011.
Popular speaker and "spiritual life counselor" Vanzant presents inspiration and advice addressed primarily to African American women but of use to everyone. She emphasizes that we have within ourselves the resources to solve most of our problems. "We always get what we expect", she says, and adds, "It is the Father's pleasure to give you the kingdom the issue is, are you willing to receive it?" In Faith in the Valley, she uses "valley" as a metaphor and cites ten kinds of valleys in which we can find ourselves: life, understanding, courage, knowledge, wisdom, o.p.p.
(other's people's problems and perspectives), comeuppance, purpose and intent, nonresistance, and love. "Wherever you are, play some, pray some, and have faith. When the praise goes up, the blessings come down". "Iyanla Live!" is a series of live recordings of programs Vanzant has presented. Audience responses are included. In Our Relationship with Money, she maintains that the state of our finances reflects our values and spiritual health. "Don't complain as you pay your bills.
They come after you've made the phone calls, worn the shoes, used the car. The bills are evidence that you have been blessed". In Our Relationship with the World, she stresses that we are already empowered and it is up to us to act on that empowerment today, not to wait for some confluence of circumstances that may never come to be. Vanzant's no-nonsense advice is itself empowering and affirming. For public library collections. Nann Blaine Hilyard, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL
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