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Yesterday, I Cried

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,834 ratings  ·  113 reviews
What is the lesson in abuse, neglect, abandonment, rejection?
What is the lesson when you lose someone you really love?
Just what are the lessons of life's hard times?
Bestselling author Iyanla Vanzant has had an amazing and difficult life -- one of great challenges that unmasked her wonderful gifts and led to wisdom gained. In this simple book, she uses her own persona
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Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published (first published 1998)
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David Jay
I saw Iyanla speak at the Javits Center in 1999. It was truly a life changing experience, just incredible. I think I started this book the next day and adored it. Re-reading it now nine years later, I realize that Iyanla's lecture was amazing and I think the book, which is good but not amazing, got lumped into the whole experience for me.
This book taught me many things I needed to learn. The lessons are profound. But the book meanders and much of the writing is weak. The whole conceit of Iyanla
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Kendall
This book is very real. And Iyanla Vanzant is like the mama every girl needs to tell her what to and what not to do, because she has been there! Yesterday I cried while reading Yesterday I Cried. If you've ever made mistakes in your life, add this to your reading list!
Jessica
I love everything by Iyanla. This book is about her life lessons and how she came to be the amazing woman she is.
Author-suchalady Blackheart
I loved the original and learned alot from it she told some of my story in this book but she also gave me the courage to write my own story and live my on life and be myself. I pillared off the back of Iyanla Vanzant

I will be re reading the orginal book when i get a hold of it
Baratang
Only GOD could have made Rhonda survive her grandmother's brutality and cruelty. I read details of her abose with difficulty and when I finally learned how old she was when her skin was ripped off her back, I sobbed.
Her step mother was wonderful and I couldn't help but wonder why men would abuse such good women, and why women gave into the emotional and sometimes physical abuse. The characters may have been born and bred in the US, but Africa was still in them. As an African, grandma's religious
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Lana
This is one of the most heart-felt, soul-cleansing, inspiring books I've ever read. I love anything Iyanla writes, but this book is so honest and vulnerable that there aren't enough words to describe the emotions it brought out in me.
Hadesah
Oct 03, 2007 Hadesah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Shelves: favs
You can undersand a person better once you know their whole story
Crystal
I like watching Iyanla's talks about life lessons so naturally, I thought I would enjoy her books as well. Not so for this particular one...

First of all, the chapters are all titled "What's the lesson when..." so I assumed this would be more of a self-help book similar to the "life lessons" talks she gives. I soon found that it was more a collection of her life stories that, in the end, didn't seem to answer the chapter-heading question of what the take-away lesson was supposed to be, (other tha
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Riya
This was an amazing book. AMAZING!

I picked it up on a whim while I was browsing around in my local town library.

I saw the name Vanzant on the cover and remembered seeing a lady with this name on one of the Oprah show episodes a year ago. I was curious about this lady so when I found out she was the author of this colorful book, I had to pick it up and read it.

It was good! It was raw and truthful and in your face. The messages in this book are LOUD and you have to be receptive to the lessons ta
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Jennifer
This is a book that has numerous poems in it. I am reviewing the poem, Yesterday, I Cried.

This poem tells about a woman who upon arriving home goes into her bedroom and sits down to have a good cry. It then lists all the reasons that a woman may do this. We cry for things that have happened, for things that have not happened, for people who bring us joy, for people who bring us heartache. It is important to understand that woman cry as a form of therapy. We do not cry because we are sad or hurt.
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Heather
I am a huge fan of Iyanla Vanzant and so I knew a part of her story. In this book she remembers and grieves, feels, and forgives abuses and self abuse she went through before changing her life. I started reading this book with the audiotape version and her childhood stories were so painful I had to turn it off. Child abuse sickens me no matter how necessary it is to the story. I picked up this summer where I left off as she became an adult and really began to love this book. Its inspiring to see ...more
Michelle
This is truly one of THE most important books Ive ever read...it opened me up, shook me out and put me back together again! Its my story, its your story, its her story....everyone can connect with this riveting account of Iyanla's processing of her life. She gets in the tub, cries and remembers...looking to uncover her patterns and to finally break them once and for all! Simply amazing and so very helpful. Please do yourself a favor and read this book. :-)
Senele
Apr 18, 2008 Senele rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Women
Recommended to Senele by: Myself!

Oh, I learnt so much! So much that it brought tears to my eyes, joy to my spirit, and faith that life can only get better, and that God indeed loves me. I saw so much of the struggles that I go through, its what is universal. The question is what do you choose to learn? How do you make the most with what has been served to you?
Life changing. I really believe I needed that book at the point I was in my life then. i still read it up today!
Tiffany Cooke
Jun 02, 2012 Tiffany Cooke rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Iyanla Vanzant
Shelves: 2011
I love Iyanla Vanzant, but I did not like this book. It is basically an autobiography, and Iyanla has a very depressing life. Not only is it a depressing read, it is also boring. She is honest with her story, but she tells it in a clinical way. It is strange to read about some horrific events and feel no emotions from Iyanla. If you don't already love her, I don't think you will enjoy this book.
Danielle
This book made me cry, i love Iyanla, fell in love with this book because it was raw and gritty. I couldn't put it down. I tried reading some of her other books after this, but always came back to this one. Because i think it was hugely biographical. this is a must read just for the sheer fact that Iyanla spits words at you which you cant help but react with.
Shalonda Williams
Nov 11, 2009 Shalonda Williams rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that needs to understand that life has a process
Shelves: inspirations
Reading this book was such a blessed experience. I find that sharing in the process of someones journey is something special indeed. I had moments of reflection. I had moments of inspiration. I had moments of sadness. I had moments of enlightenment. I love this read and would encourage others to share in the experience of reading it.
Karen
I first heard the poem Yesterday, I Cried, on the Oprah show which lead me to the book. Iyanla's story captured my attention. I found myself identifying with so much of what she went through in the book. To this day it is still one of the first books that come to mind, when someone ask me what is my favorite book.
Darcy Ries
Very courageous autobiography detailing one woman's struggle through some of life's cruelest assaults. But make no mistake, it's not a downer-- the hope, faith and forgiveness this woman wields is mind-blowing and heart-warming.
Andrea
Inspiring. This book is about one woman overcoming her experiences as a young person. I admire her capacity for strength and forgiveness. We all could take a lesson from her experience
Kellie
autobiographical, done for authors own personal closure – about empowerment, motivational – a little strange, filled with double standards and admittedly so by author
Diana
Nov 20, 2008 Diana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: An Adventurous Reader
WOW!!! This is a heavy book. I haven't read it in a long time, but I liked it when I was in high school. I don't know if I would like it now.
Shockmesane212
Autobiographical story about the authors horrible childhood. I loved reading it to the end, she always pulled through, and I admire her strength.
Tishawn Seaton
I really enjoyed reading Iyanla's book because I could relate to her and some of her story. I liked how she told it from two different persons wrapped up into one. I definitely can relate between my old self and new self which inspired me to start writing more. Sometimes you may feel like your all alone or something is wrong with you. Why can others breakthrough, but you can't? I was truely blessed by, "Yesterday I Cried."Her lessons were right on point with the chapter titles. I'm a mother with ...more
Susan
Dec 16, 2013 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone going through a breakup
Recommended to Susan by: Oprah
Shelves: self-help
This book put a lot of things into prespective when my prespective was skewed by heart-break.
Suzanne
Loved this book - lots of quotes that I marked.

p. 19 "Each tear, regardless of its origin, or its effects, contains a seed of healing."
"Angry tears spill forth from the outside corner of the eye, making them easier to wipe away as they come at unexpected moments and inappropriate times. They create heat and stiffness in the body, because when we are angry, we usually don't know how to express what we fee. We definitely don't want anyone to know when we are angry, because anger is not acceptable
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Emma
I read this book when I was a truant who watched a lot of Oprah and Iyanla had her guest appearances ('save yourself!', grabs forehead) and thought it was alright. Ultimately, though, who would choose Barbara Walters for a mentor/business partner over Oprah?! It throws shade on someone's credentials to act as a life coach. But it does make for awesomely awkward catch up interviews and for that we're all grateful.
Candace Kinas
A lot like other self-help books I've read, though this particular story really moved me. Iyanla Vanzant has a unique story to share and her lessons learned through some pretty incredible trials, can be applied to anyone's life. I enjoyed this read. :)
Gina
Iyanla Vanzant has written from her heart of her personal and difficult journey in life. I learned a great deal from her style, a "What's the lesson when..." heading for each chapter. All of those lessons are life lessons and she let's us peek into areas and emotions of her life that many would try to hide. Even pushing 68 years, I learned new things and ordered copies for all of my children dealing with similar or the same issues. Sometimes, I wanted to say, "Oh, no. You're in the same old situ ...more
Tanya Jackson
This woman is a true inspiration. After reading everything she experienced I feel like I can do anything. Women need more role models that exhibit such strength and character. Her books have been getting me through for a while now.
Petunia Thulo
Oh, how I loved reading Iyanla's book - Yesterday, I cried.

For the last two years I've been meaning to dig in this book and start reading.

The book left me with such hope and courage to face my fears...I cried, laughed and cried some more with every page. It is a deep story and I wanted to stop reading few times...intense pain that one person had to go through. I guess we each have things from our past but that is not where we are going. Maybe you had no choice of your yesterdays and today you d
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“You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them” 463 likes
“Yesterday, I cried.

I came home, went straight to my room,

sat on the edge of my bed,

kicked off my shoes, unhooked my bra,

and I had myself a good cry.”
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