Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tyler Perry's Higher is Waiting

New Release Today, November 14, 2017

Higher Is Waiting is a spiritual guidebook, a collection of teachings culled from the experiences of a lifetime, meant to inspire readers to climb higher in their own lives and pull themselves up to a better, more fulfilling place. In this intimate book, Tyler Perry writes of how his faith has sustained him in hard times, centered him in good times, and enriched his life.

Beginning with his earliest memories of growing up a shy boy in New Orleans, Perry recalls the moments of grace and beauty in a childhood marked by brutality, deprivation, and fear. With tenderness he sketches portraits of the people who sustained him and taught him indelible lessons about integrity, trust in God, and the power of forgiveness: his aunt Mae, who cared for her grandfather, who was born a slave, and sewed quilts that told a story of generations; Mr. Butler, a blind man of remarkable dignity and elegance, who sold penny candies on a street corner; and his beloved mother, Maxine, who endured abuse, financial hardship, and the daily injustices of growing up in the Jim Crow South yet whose fierce love for her son burned bright and never dimmed. Perry writes of how he nurtured his dreams and discovered solace in nature, and of his resolute determination to reach ever higher.

Perry vividly and movingly describes his growing awareness of God’s presence in his life, how he learned to tune in to His voice, to persevere through hard times, and to choose faith over fear. Here he is: the devoted son, the loving father, the steadfast friend, the naturalist, the philanthropist, the creative spirit—a man whose life lessons and insights into scripture are a gift offered with generosity, humility, and love.

“This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Penguin Random House. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


I accepted this book from Penguin Random House for review purposes. I had been looking forward to reading it and the opinions expressed are my own. 
I rate this book a 4.5. It will not appeal to everyone, but in its niche it is among the top books. Readers who appreciated Chris Gardner 's The Pursuit of Happyness will also enjoy this. It has a touch of Dead Poets Society by N.H. Kleinbaum feeling as well. 

Higher Is Waiting is written from Perry's personal experiences. The book is divided into 4 main sections: Planting, Nourishing, Branching out and Harvesting.
Each brief chapter illustrates a lesson, an experiece from Perry's life, and closes with a recap, a consideration and often a verse. While it has a Christian bent, this book is for anyone who desires more from life, who wants to understand and take control of their life experience.
As did each of us, Tyler lived through difficult times. Lessons were presented and perhaps not understood until years later. He was blessed with strong female role models who had exceptionally strong beliefs of faith. While now his life may be considered a success, it would not be, (the same as for each reader,) until he took responsibility. The lessons he learned, illustrates and shares, help the reader to look back and find their own lessons.
The chapter on Protecting Your Dreams resonated with me, as did the encouraging words to never quit, to continue moving forward. Find ways to live your dream even if on a smaller scale.
I also appreciated the chapter on Leaving The Nest, paying attention to the signs and signals about time for change. We have a choice about how we view what is and what has happened in our lives. 

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Congratulations to Teresa K who won her own copy of this book!

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