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Tapping the Power Within: Introduction to Self-Empowerment for Black Women

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A guide to the empowerment of African-American women offers techniques for achieving spiritual growth and renewal by tapping the power within, teaching African American women to rid themselves of self-destructive thoughts. Original.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Writers & Readers Publishing
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Jan 07, 2012 Aisha rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Great book to establish structured spiritual practices. It almost felt like I was reading an instruction manual on harnessing my faith and centering myself. Definitely a good read - especially if you are exploring ways to approach ritual & religion outside the structure of a church or temple
Toni Brown
This book changed my life.
Catherine Green
A practical reminder of how we all live a spiritual life every day.

This book was written by Iyanla Vanzant, who is a Yoruba priestess and an ordained minister in Christian New Thought. I found the book very easy to read, and her tone was informal and inspirational. She is basically a human just like the rest of us, who has had unique experiences throughout her life that have shaped her spiritual beliefs and general attitude. The book was helpful in making me realize that my own spiritual journey
Very good book. I was especially interested to find out why this book was specifically addressed to black women. I found that for the most part it's for all women. I was captured by each chapter and really didn't want to put it down but paced myself so that I could take it all in. I am going to go back to the chapter on forgiveness and do what she suggests. It can't hurt. Fabulous job on this one. Highly recommend as she has great insight and stories that we all can learn and take away from.
Amy Sullivan wilkinson
She has now updated this book and it now for all women! Wonderful book, would like to reread soon.
This a book to read for personal development and it is also a workbook, with techniques and exercises to apply to your own life, so you have to apply the ideas and then go back to the book and reread the specific chapter to see if you have understood the principles. It is abook to which I will refer often in a hope to master the changes I want to make in my life. I recommend it!
Aug 22, 2008 Rebecca marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I just saw her on Tavis Smiley last night. I read "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up" about 10 years ago (a gift from a friend -- I finished most of it I think...) and would enjoy reading her again. Or maybe this is just like "The Secret," which was FLYING off the shelves when I worked at a big name chain bookstore in Indy. :)
Valerie Love
Love this book! Written poignantly, with a forthright voice from one of my favorite authors. Honest, bold, well written, it's a beautiful book. (This is the new version...20th year anniversary edition.)
This book didn't teach me how to meditate, but I did find it empowering. I had to try some other methods to feel like I understood meditation. Now, my favorite form is practicing Tai Chi.
Shalonda Williams
So many of us are unaware that we possess power within us. In this book, through her personal views, Iyanla shows us how to know it is there and how to "activate" it.
Katherine Love
i learned about the blessing of the head and so many great things now she as her 20th anniversary edition out on shelves
Evette Holloway
The process of healing and loving ourselves from the painful past experiences we have had as Black women and as hue-man beings.
This book saved my Life is what you make it. At 17 years old set me on fire. Must read.
Zafirah Muhammad
this book is for all women.
Motivational & Inspirational.
I love Iyanla Vanzant...she's another one who is an inspiration!
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