Yesterday, I Cried
Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving
Iyanla Vanzant has had an amazing and difficult life — one full of great challenges that have unmasked her wonderful gifts and led to the wisdom she has gained. In this simple book, she uses her own experiences to show how life’s hardships can be re-languaged and re-visioned to become lessons that teach us as we grow, heal, and learn to love. Iyanla Vanzant is an example of how yesterday’s tears become the seeds of today’s hope, renewal, and strength.
It took me a while to finish this book because of its sheer emotional impact. It starts with a wonderful poem that describes the shedding tears that had long been held back. Iyanla lays herself bare before her readers and revisits her coming of age. With the harsh life that this woman endured — sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, spousal abuse, poverty — it is amazing that she emerged with her sanity, let alone the ability to minister to others.