Higher is Waiting by Tyler Perry

Have you read Higher is Waiting by Tyler Perry? If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably figured out by now that we are HUGE Tyler Perry fans. You probably recognize the name Tyler Perry from his various Madea movies. Not only is he an actor, comedian, filmmaker, and songwriter, he’s also a writer. While I love his movies and comedy, I had no idea that he was a writer! This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Penguin Random House. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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An intimate book of inspiration by one of the great cultural icons of our time

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.

My thoughts:

I really loved learning more about Tyler Perry and his life. I had no idea that he was a Christian or how profoundly his faith shaped his life. Each chapter in the book is a memory he shares of his life and how his faith played a part in it. Some are happy memories and some are sad. But, I found each one inspiring and thought-provoking.  At the end of the chapter, there are questions about what you read and how you could apply it to your life. Some chapters also contain Bible verses that particularly spoke to Tyler Perry during that time or that will help you grow deeper in your faith.

I really did find this book inspiring. One of my favorite chapters in the book was “Guarding Your Heart” where he talks about how important it is to see how your present circumstances can help you grow even when they are not pleasant. I highly recommend that you read it.

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