Don't Give It Away!: A Workbook of Self-Awareness and Self-Affirmations for Young Women

Don't Give It Away!: A Workbook of Self-Awareness and Self-Affirmations for Young Women

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by Iyanla Vanzant, Almasi Wilcots
     
 

From New York Times bestselling author and star of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s hit show Iyanla: Fix My Life, an illustrated workbook of affirmations for self-healing and exercises for personal exploration, perfect for teenagers and young women.

You are special. You are precious. You are It!

Today, Iyanla Vanzant is a

Overview

From New York Times bestselling author and star of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s hit show Iyanla: Fix My Life, an illustrated workbook of affirmations for self-healing and exercises for personal exploration, perfect for teenagers and young women.

You are special. You are precious. You are It!

Today, Iyanla Vanzant is a bestselling author with her own business and a loving family. But it wasn't so long ago that she was a teenager—a sixteen-year-old mother and high school dropout on welfare. Iyanla knows that a young woman's journey can be lonely and hard. She remembers how difficult it is to put into words the way you feel, how it feels to want to be loved.

In Don't Give It Away!, Iyanla presents a workbook in which you can write your feelings and express your thoughts about the things that matter to you—your family, your friends, your body, and your love life. Problems at home and at school are a natural part of every young woman's life, but understanding what to do with how you feel about your problems is the key to growing up. Iyanla Vanzant shows you that the love you seek is the love that you are.

Editorial Reviews

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Tailoring her self-help advice to younger women (including adolescents), Vanzant creates a programmatic guide for developing a healthy, positive framework for life. The first (and most meaningful) step toward actualization is self-awareness, closely followed by self-respect. Vanzant helps young women navigate this often difficult road to fulfillment.
Khafre K. Abif
It wasn't so long ago Iyanla Vanzant was a teenager, a sixteen-year-old mother and high school dropout on welfare. Iyanla knows a young woman's journey can be lonely and recalls how difficult it is to describe the way you feel or want to be loved. In Don't Give It Away!
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684869834
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
07/06/1999
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
83,175
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
510L (what's this?)

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Introduction

Dear One:

You are it! There is nothing in this world more important, more precious, more perfect than you. You are all that you will ever need. You have within you the ability to create all that you desire to be, to have, and to experience. You are the power! You have the power! You are powerful! (GV)

Your parents, your friends, lovers, and loved ones may not be with you forever, but God is always there with you, for you. Others may not be able to answer your questions, soothe your pain, put a smile on your face, or bring peace to your heart, but God can and will. (AW)

Since you will always be with you, because you are so very important to you, you must know how to take care of yourself, how to honor yourself, and how to affirm yourself. My prayer for you is that you know how brilliant and special you are. My prayer is that you realize the world is waiting for you to bring forth all that you are, in the way only you can. (MBD)

Never feel that you have to explain who you are, or defend who you are, or act in ways that please other people if you must dishonor your Self to do so. Just be who you are. You lack nothing. You connect the heavens to the earth in a most sacred way. Your body is the temple. Your heart is the key. Always celebrate the joy that lies within the temple of your heart. (EA)

There will be days, sometimes months or years, when life does not make sense to you. There may be times when you feel terribly afraid, awfully confused, or downright disgusted with yourself and/or your life. This is perfectly normal! All of us who are now "big girls" have been there and done that! (IV) There will also be times when you feel misunderstood and alone. Never dwell on these things. Take time to listen to your heart, spend time with your Self. Avoid at all costs the temptation to place yourself in unhealthy, unproductive, and dishonorable situations just to avoid being alone with the depth of what you feel. (YS) The key is to know that no matter what else is going on in your life, you come first. You know what you need. If you have a good relationship with yourself, you will have all that you need to rise to any and every occasion. (IV)

As the days unfold on your life's journey, people, situations, and obstacles may stand in your way. Let your faith be your landmark. At each corner, in every alley, on every path of life, there will be a lamplight, a house light, or a headlight to illuminate your path. Don't try to figure out where the light is leading you, just follow the light! (DS)

No matter what the world or people tell you about yourself, always remember that you are a delicate yet hardy flower. Your true essence will grow, develop, and unfold as the bright blue petals open on a sun-drenched morning glory. Always know that the best is yet to come and that your satisfaction is guaranteed. (JH)

You are God's special gift to the world. You are a bright and shining star. When you look into your eyes in the mirror each morning, tell yourself, "I am hope! I am joy! I am free! I am happy! I am love! More important, I am me!" (LG)

You have been loved from the very beginning of your existence. That love is within you. Allow the divine presence of the love within you to shape you, mold you, and direct your life. Listen to your inner voice. Think, act, and speak the truth of who you are, for that truth is always in alignment with the love that is imbedded in your soul. This is the truth that will guide you to abundant fulfillment.

Have fun with life. Keep your life simple. Remember that the little girl in you loves to play. Play, laugh, and always have at least one good friend you can take to lunch. (VB) Work for the joy of it, not just for the money. Always love for the sake of it, not fearing the pain. Give your best! Do your best! Be your best! And, if there is ever a day or time when you cannot figure out what to do, throw your hands in the air and dance! God's angels are your partners. (IV)

Be Blessed, Dear One!

Iyanla Vanzant and the

Inner Visions Mothers

GV — Gemmia Vanzant

DS — Danni Stillwell

AW — Almasi Wilcots

MBD — Muhsinah Berry Dawan

JH — Judith Hakima

LG — Lucille Gambrell

EA — Ebun Adelona

YS — Yawfah Shakor

VB — Viviana Brown

Copyright © 1999 by Iyanla Vanzant

Meet the Author

With more than 8 million books in print, Iyanla Vanzant has truly established a dedicated fan base.
Iyanla's path to success took her through a multitude of life-changing experiences that shaped the profound insights she eagerly shares with others. A neglected, overweight, sexually abused child who was shuttled from one family to another, she became a teenage mother on welfare living in the projects of a major urban city. Vanzant took control of her life when she walked out of her second abusive marriage and entered Medgar Evers College in New York and then the City University of New York Law School. She moved to Philadelphia with her children and became a public defender for three years. Then she eventually became an ordained minister, who was committed to a message based on the principles of divine power and self-determination.

Iyanla combined her professional skills with her life's lessons and embarked on a writing and speaking career. Her mass appeal is evident in her overwhelming success as an author. In the Meantime was a #1 New York Times bestseller, where it spent 20 weeks on the list, and she has had numerous other major bestsellers. As a nationally recognized speaker she has sold out such prestigious venues as New York's Jacob Javits Convention Center, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, Atlanta's Civic Center, and the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Vanzant is also familiar to the daytime TV audience from her role as a regular contributor on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Acclaimed journalist and producer Barbara Walters recognized Vanzant's extraordinary appeal, seeing in her a "breakaway talent" with the potential for huge success in daytime television. With Walters and partner Bill Geddie on board to executive produce, Buena Vista Productions to develop the show, and Buena Vista Television as distributor, the road to Iyanla was forged.

Vanzant has received numerous accolades for her work. In 1992 Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley named October 21st "Tapping the Power Within Day" in honor of a workshop she presented in that city for African-American women. In 1994, the National Association of Equal Opportunity in Education, an organization comprised of the presidents and administrators of the 117 predominantly Black colleges in the United States named her Alumni of the Year. She also was awarded an "Oni" by the International Congress of Black Women as one of the nation's unsung heroes, and she served as the national spokesperson for Literacy Volunteers of America in 1998.

In 1999 she was listed among the 100 Most Influential African-Americans by Ebony magazine. Later that year, she was awarded the 31st NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Literary Work, Non-Fiction" for Yesterday I Cried. She also earned her first Honorary Doctorate degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from the City University of New York, Medgar Evars College. In 2000, she earned her second honorary degree, Doctor of Divinity, from the Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, Ebony has named her one of their "55 Most Intriguing People," Vibe magazine tabbed her one of "100 Leaders of the New Millennium" and Newsweek recently included her as one of the "Women of the New Century."

The mother of three and grandmother of four, Vanzant lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband Adeyemi and Mr. Coco, their cat.

To learn how Iyanla can help you get started on your journey toward spiritual enlightenment, visit Inner Visions Worldwide, Inc., at
www.innervisionsworldwide.com.

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Don't Give It Away!: A Workbook of Self-Awareness and Self-Affirmations for Young Women 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I FEEL THAT THIS BOOK WAS A EXTREMELY OUSTANDING ,MAGNIFICENT WORK OF GOD. SHE IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN ON THE CREATIONS OF THIS EARTH .I PRAISE HER FOR WHAT SHE IS DOING FOR YOUNG WOMEN. I TERRIBLY DISAGREE WITH WHAT ONE OF THE COMMENTS THAT WAS MADE ABOUT HER BOOK AND ONLY GIVING HER A ONE. WHAT I TRUELY FEEL IS THAT PERSON COULD NOT RELATE TO THIS BOOK OR ANY OTHERS IS BECAUSE SHE HAS NOT OPENED HER SOUL TO THE UNDERSTANDINS OF PURE NURTURING. I THANK GOD FOR PEOPLE LIKE IYANLA AND PRAISE HIM FOR LETTING ME BE ABLE TO READ MAJORITY OF HER BOOKS I HAVE 6 OF THEM ALREADY AND A FEW TO GO . THANK YOU AND KEEP DOING YOUR THANG GIRL BUT CRITICIZM LIKE THAT IS WHAT MAKES A STRONGER AS YOUNG WOMEN.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good if you like getting involved in your daily affirmations. Instead of just reading them you also are active in writing down your thoughts. It's great not only to read the wonderful words but to also write down how you feel about yourself as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was reading the reviews in anticipation of ordering the book. Based on the reviews, it seems that the book will be helpful as a resource for my clients. The person who gave a rating of one seems to be a very discouraged person, who is looking for happiness in the wrong places. Reading a book, in itself, will not directly improve the overall quality of your life, however it can give you some ideas to use to make your life better. "Take things with a grain of salt." Sometimes a little inspiration can go a long way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my birthday a couple years back. It was a time in my life when nothing went right and I was ready to throw the towel in and quit. Then I got this book. It totally saved me! I now have a girl kit under my bed for when I'm sad, scared, lonely, or angry. It helps! This book is wonderful! A perfect gift for your teen daughters, granddaughters, friends, or sisters.
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