I can’t tell you when I first found out about Tyler Perry, but I know who introduced me to him, it was my sister. She wanted to go see a Madea movie and she asked me to go. I didn’t know anything about Tyler Perry or Madea, but I quickly became a fan and I fell in love with his movies. What I know about the man is that he has lots of hilarious movies, he’s from Louisiana and a dad, that’s about all I know about the man, so I did some digging. I found out that he is so much more than just a filmmaker. He is a writer songwriter, actor, and comedian. I am not much of a reader, but hey I had to read the first Tyler Perry Book Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life. I thought this book was hilarious, so I couldn’t wait to read his newest book Higher is Waiting. Go figure, it would take Tyler Perry to make me read a book! 😉
In this new Tyler Perry book, he tells the story of his own struggles with money, abuse, his career, and his unwavering love for his mother. He speaks about his dreams, and how he never gave up and he encourages others to do the same, no matter where they are or what their struggles may be. I like that the book is broken down into four sections, with a phenomenal mix of spiritual and humor. I really enjoyed this book and learning more about such an inspirational man.
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An intimate book of inspiration by the one and only Tyler Perry—actor, producer, director, philanthropist, and the creator of Madea.
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.
About the author
Writer, actor, filmmaker, playwright, songwriter, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Tyler Perry is the mastermind behind nineteen theatrically released feature films, more than fifteen stage plays, nine television shows, and a New York Times bestselling book. His creative empire has won over audiences and built communities from the Tyler Perry Studios home base in Atlanta, Georgia, throughout the world. His unique blend of spiritual hope and down-home humor continues to shape his inspiring life story, connecting with fans across the globe and always leaving space to dream.
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