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Acts of Faith: Meditations For People of Color

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In the Meantime, and with nearly a million copies in print, Acts of Faith is an internationally acclaimed resource for spiritual guidance and balance, specially written for people of color.

Acts of Faith is a thoughtful and inspirational book that explores the unique pressures on people of color today with great insight and s
ebook, 400 pages
Published November 28th 2001 by Touchstone (first published November 12th 1993)
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If I remember correctly, I purchased this book because I saw the author, Iyanla Vanzant, on The Oprah Winfey show in a very moving interview. She described her life circumstances not too long before she started to get some attention for the initial copies of this book. She was at rock-bottom, no place to live, no income to pay bills, and a growing concern for how to feed her children. She was calling friends from a pay phone booth asking for help. Not getting very much of a response. She finally ...more
May 17, 2009 Faith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for people who reflect on life, its experiences, and all that it brings. Great for letting your reflections impact your life.
Crystal Belle
Feb 01, 2009 Crystal Belle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this keeps me going every day. great meditations and prayers.
I got this from a friend. I love how every 4 months signifies something. I love the word for every single day. Sets my day perfect.
Apr 25, 2010 Lesley-gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely and inspirational book, with a year long of antidotes that can help you weather any storm.
Isis Nakia
Aug 01, 2009 Isis Nakia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This inspiring book showed me how to change negative thinking and actions in order to enhance the power within.
Dee  Reader :-)
Dec 08, 2008 Dee Reader :-) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful daily mediation/reflection resource.
Nov 29, 2007 Penelope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a day to day quote to inspire you, I love Iyanla Vanzant.
Jan 12, 2010 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it every day!
Jani Akilah
Jun 12, 2008 Jani Akilah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my sistas
A nice lil travel book with daily inspirational words! A continual read!
Nov 10, 2007 Tanti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second bible. And even easier to understand than the Book itself.
Nov 13, 2016 Dipa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iyanla Vanzant. She's taught me so much. Funny, frank and full of heart - her books always give me so much.
Why I read this book:
Although the misleading title ticked me off a great deal, Iyanla Vanzant is still one of my favorite inspirational people. I have read most of her books. I liked the idea of daily meditations as it is one of my ongoing goals to create peace and joy at the start of my days. I picked up this book with hopes that the book would help foster this goal.

Content: 1/1
The book contained daily meditations that, for the most part, were motivational and encouraging. It also contained quo
Kristina Moss
"Acts of Faith: Daily Mediations for People of Color" by Iyanla Vanzant is a very powerful book for all but great especially for individuals of African American descent in particular. This devotional reading shares daily inspirational and spiritual affirmations for everyday of the year. I absolutely love this book for so many reasons: 1.) Helps to increase positivity in my life when I'm feeling down 2.) Encourages and motivates me as a woman and an individual of color and 3.) The positive remind ...more
Feb 03, 2011 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: still-read
I bought this in 2002 at Rileys Childrens Hospital where my baby (now 19) was healed of a reflux kidney. God bless Dr RInk and everyone who cared for her over the years and assisted in her surgery and recovery. Iyanla Vanzant has much wisdom to share from both personal experience as well as dedicated research and study.
Don't let the sub title fool you. It is a great read for all races.
My ex who is african american/Portuguese used to abuse me with negative attacks on things that were actually po
Aug 06, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book fall of 1998. It was the best thing I could I bought that year. This book changed my life. I was in a loveless marriage. I was cheated on,lied to and told that no man could ever put up with me the way he could(my ex). I read this book every day every chance I could. I carried it to work,doctor's office,dentist,and all through the house. I still have it. It is beat up and taped to keep the cover attached but I will never throw it away or replace it. It was apart of my journe ...more
Patricia J. Anderson, MSN-ED RN
Acts of faith is an excellent teaching and self evaluation, reflective tool. I have been reading the book and sharing the wisdom for years. It has daily meditative words that explicdly get right to the point of human self defeating mind sets. She provides insight into our human ego and how to override ourselves and take control of any situation. Her words have saved the lives of many people. I read those words in substance abuse health education on a daily basis as a registered nurse to veterans ...more
Apr 26, 2015 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
2.5 stars (I wish goodreads had half stars).

I've been reading this book for a few years (it's a daybook, so it's not meant to be read in one go). A lot of mumbo-jumbo mixed with interesting bits. A few I particularly liked and page-marked:

9 August "I doesn't matter what road you take, hill you climb, or path you're on, you'll always end up in the same place, learning." Ralph Stevenson

26 January It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow Ralph Ellison

22 Septe
Mar 20, 2011 Eyvette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I remember the tiny African-American bookstore I bought book from many years ago. Purple is my favorite color. I do not know if it was the color of the cover that attracted me to the book, but I was absolutely drawn to it. So vibrant! And then I opened it and read a few pages right there in the bookstore! I could not put it down. So I bought this and Faith in the Valley. I read in the car on the way home, I cracked it open once again once I got settled in and I called my bestfriend! A few d ...more
Dec 28, 2012 Ladonna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very positive and inspirational messages on forgiving yourself and everyone, how it is important to forgive to move on with your life, letting go of guilt, learning from the past, stopping blame, whether it's blaming others or yourself, and most important, loving and accepting yourself for who you are.
LaShana Claude
Apr 28, 2016 LaShana Claude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My father gave this two me for Valentine's Day in 1997 and I still have it. I've used it a few days this year and I'm grateful that I still have it because I cherish it more than I did when I was seventeen. The daily affirmations often are just what I need to hear. I need to go pick it up because I wish I had it with me right now.
Dec 30, 2013 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is like my bible. It's an inspiration and is filled with powerful reminders and guidance to help send you through life beautifully, with gratitude and love. July 11th is one of my absolute favorites.
Jan 07, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading a page a day of this same book every year since 2011. It grounds me every morning following my meditation. I like the quarterly divisions: Self, World, Others, Money and Abundance.
Aug 11, 2013 Juanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read on days when I didn't quite seem myself. It helped me through some rough patches. It also gave me confirmation when needed it too. I've added this book to my keep shelf as a go to book for when I need it. :-)
Diane Rosales
this is a book you dont ever stop because its a daily intentions book. it sets the mood for your day and i just love it!
Dania Standifer
Sep 26, 2012 Dania Standifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great daily inspiration! I would recommend to everyone. Helps keep you focused. Don't know when I finished it, but it was some years ago. I'm rereading and sharing it now.
Nichole English
Dec 27, 2013 Nichole English rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book daily! Very positive and motivational. I'm always inspired and I've read it over and over for years.
Patrina Jones
Sep 17, 2012 Patrina Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help-books
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Denise Billings
May 16, 2013 Denise Billings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading this book everyday for 20+ years. It has helped me in so many ways. I will continue to read it each day along with my other meditation books.
Jan 24, 2013 Nichole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daily affirmations that are timeless. Great for daily meditation no matter what your faith or creed.
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“The road of life is strewn with the bodies of promising people. People who show promise, yet lack the confidence to act. People who make promises they are unable to keep. People who promise to do tomorrow what they could do today. Promising young stars, athletes, entrepreneurs who wait for promises to come true. Promise without a goal and a plan is like a barren cow. You know what she could do if she could do it, but she can't. Turn your promise into a plan. Make no promise for tomorrow if you are able to keep it today. And if someone calls you promising, know that you are not doing enough today.” 114 likes
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