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ONE DAY MY SOUL JUST OPENED UP: 40 Days and 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth Hardcover – 10 Feb 1998

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  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: SIMON SCHUSTER UK; Later Printing edition (10 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684841347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684841342
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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Tavis Smiley

Host of "BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley"

Everyday I read Iyanla Vanzant's inspired work, my sould just opens up! And so will yours if you heed her advice on how to achieve a greater sense of self-awareness and self-assurance.



Tavis SmileyHost of "BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley"Everyday I read Iyanla Vanzant's inspired work, my sould just opens up! And so will yours if you heed her advice on how to achieve a greater sense of self-awareness and self-assurance.

Tavis Smiley Host of "BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley" Everyday I read Iyanla Vanzant's inspired work, my sould just opens up! And so will yours if you heed her advice on how to achieve a greater sense of self-awareness and self-assurance.

Tavis Smiley Host of BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley Everyday I read Iyanla Vanzant's inspired work, my sould just opens up! And so will yours if you heed her advice on how to achieve a greater sense of self-awareness and self-assurance.

About the Author

With more than 8 million books in print, Iyanla Vanzant has truly established a dedicated fan base.
Iyanla's path to success took her through a multitude of life-changing experiences that shaped the profound insights she eagerly shares with others. A neglected, overweight, sexually abused child who was shuttled from one family to another, she became a teenage mother on welfare living in the projects of a major urban city. Vanzant took control of her life when she walked out of her second abusive marriage and entered Medgar Evers College in New York and then the City University of New York Law School. She moved to Philadelphia with her children and became a public defender for three years. Then she eventually became an ordained minister, who was committed to a message based on the principles of divine power and self-determination.

Iyanla combined her professional skills with her life's lessons and embarked on a writing and speaking career. Her mass appeal is evident in her overwhelming success as an author. In the Meantime was a #1 New York Times bestseller, where it spent 20 weeks on the list, and she has had numerous other major bestsellers. As a nationally recognized speaker she has sold out such prestigious venues as New York's Jacob Javits Convention Center, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, Atlanta's Civic Center, and the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Vanzant is also familiar to the daytime TV audience from her role as a regular contributor on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Acclaimed journalist and producer Barbara Walters recognized Vanzant's extraordinary appeal, seeing in her a "breakaway talent" with the potential for huge success in daytime television. With Walters and partner Bill Geddie on board to executive produce, Buena Vista Productions to develop the show, and Buena Vista Television as distributor, the road to Iyanla was forged.

Vanzant has received numerous accolades for her work. In 1992 Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley named October 21st "Tapping the Power Within Day" in honor of a workshop she presented in that city for African-American women. In 1994, the National Association of Equal Opportunity in Education, an organization comprised of the presidents and administrators of the 117 predominantly Black colleges in the United States named her Alumni of the Year. She also was awarded an "Oni" by the International Congress of Black Women as one of the nation's unsung heroes, and she served as the national spokesperson for Literacy Volunteers of America in 1998.

In 1999 she was listed among the 100 Most Influential African-Americans by Ebony magazine. Later that year, she was awarded the 31st NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Literary Work, Non-Fiction" for Yesterday I Cried. She also earned her first Honorary Doctorate degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from the City University of New York, Medgar Evars College. In 2000, she earned her second honorary degree, Doctor of Divinity, from the Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, Ebony has named her one of their "55 Most Intriguing People," Vibe magazine tabbed her one of "100 Leaders of the New Millennium" and Newsweek recently included her as one of the "Women of the New Century."

The mother of three and grandmother of four, Vanzant lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband Adeyemi and Mr. Coco, their cat.

To learn how Iyanla can help you get started on your journey toward spiritual enlightenment, visit Inner Visions Worldwide, Inc., at
www.innervisionsworldwide.com.


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By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2001
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Hello, Federica here! I am glad I read the foreword, because inspite of the fact that this book is written as a "40-day guide, to be taken day by day" I will be the first to admit I did nothing of the kind - and that's ok! each day gives you a different aspect of character or emotion to focus on, and work with during that day, but I confess, I graze and dip!There are so many highlighted lines in it, I daren't give it to anyone else, because all they'll see is bright orange text! But it has been tremendously helpful and uplifting. If I'm angry, I'll go to the section on anger. if I'm upset sad or lonely, I'll go to the relevant sections. There's always something there which will help. Iyanla - and authors like her - should be thanked for doing all this hard work and putting all their work into print. Some of us would still be hopelessly lost without them.
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Best read in years!!

you can relate to this book on so many levels and helps have a higher overstanding of life!!
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This is a beautiful book well written and soulful
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This isn't a book that one would read from cover to cover at one sitting. It's definitely a programme that one would ideally embark on over a number of days, simply because true value comes with time, through the application of the principles and lessons elicited. While I found it a little on the "Christian" side (with mention of Jesus and the Holy Spirit), it didn't deter the value in the messages that were coming across. Having finished the 40 days and nights programme, I constantly go back to the "themes" on days when I feel "disappointed, or confused, or angry" (each chapter is themed this way), and find it tremendously soul uplifting. If you enjoy Shakti Gawain's Creative Visualisation, you'll like this one too!
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All I can say about this book is that it changed my perception of the world around me. I Believe that anyone who is open minded and who really believes in themselves will benefit. Good luck!
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I read this book over the weekend and, wow, what a book! It's very enlightening and spiritually deep. I look forward to reading it again for more inspiration.
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Saw Iyanla on Oprah one afternoon. I am a 64 year old Jewishgrandmother. This woman's ability to connect with your innermost thoughts was awesome. Bought 2 of her books. Started the above. The idea that this divine woman of color whose life was so different from mine could strike a cord so deeply in me that I just danced around the kitchen in my bathrobe, painted my toenails, made a meatloaf, kissed my husband of 42 year on his nose numerous times bablling how much I loved him and that was on a day I was not taking Prozac. Geeez! Since then I read, hilite passages, keep the journals and have found the Divine who had been hiding from me for a while. I have watched her each time she is on TV and I am just enchanted with her abilities and especially that it is wrapped in humor. A soul is a gift to be polished in a timely manner so it can be returned to God in better condition than it was received. Lady, you gave me a cloth and a big bottle of Pledge and I am eternally grateful....and am getting really cute in my old age and am going out today to buy shoes! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!XXXXXX
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Looking for spiritual growth? This book will guide you well. In-depth sections on many spiritual stumbling blocks e.g. Trust/Truth/Forgiveness. Format is great, daily subject with concise synopsis/ thought for the day, affirmations and exercises based on daily reading.
Gives encouragement to record personal reflections, a rewarding means of documenting progress. Can seem challenging to face many subjects hidden in long-lived denial, but worth the effort, a real life changer. I found myself that a strange yet very obvious synchronicity developed, between each daily topic and my day-to-day experiences.
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