Higher is Waiting
:An intimate book of inspiration by the one and only Tyler Perry-actor, producer, director, philanthropist, and the creator of Madea Higher Is Waiting is a spiritual guidebook, a collection of teachings culled from the experiences of a...
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:An intimate book of inspiration by the one and only Tyler Perry-actor, producer, director, philanthropist, and the creator of Madea
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.
Tyler Perry is the writer, producer, and star of the #1 hit movies "Madea's Family Reunion" (which he also directed) and "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," He is also a playwright, director, producer, composer, and actor-the entrepreneur and creative force behind ten coast-to-coast, sold-out theatrical productions.
Planting the Seeds
My childhood was a story of discouragement, belittlement, and unthinkable abuse, and yet I rose above. There was no way I could have found any kind of happiness, hope, or vision if my mother, Maxine, and my aunt Mae hadn&'t shown me the grace of God. They, as well as other powerful souls, were my spiritual role models. They didn&'t have great mansions or millions of dollars to leave me when they passed, but they planted the seeds of grace, the invaluable gift of knowing God.
As I look back over my early years and as I walk along my path today, I am grateful for those seeds planted in my childhood. From their powerful inspiration grew my unshakable desire to keep reaching higher and my devotion to help all people do the same.
Learning God Is in Control
By the time Fridays rolled around I was itching like poison ivy to get as far away as I could from Edgar P. Harney Elementary School. It was especially agonizing knowing Mamma was parked right outside waiting to drive us straight to heaven on earth&-Aunt Mae&'s house in Greensburg, Louisiana.
Sometimes life travels a complicated route, as it did with Aunt Mae and our family. Mae was