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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 listeners to climb higher in their own lives and pull themselves up to a better, more fulfilling place. In this gem of a 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.

Β©2017 Tyler Perry (P)2017 Random House Audio

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LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE in a book.

I LOVE THIS BOOK . LISTENED TO IT DAY AND NIGHT WITH TIMER. I ONLY WISH IT WAS TYLER'S VOICE READING IT. I REALIZE THAT IS SELFISH OF ME. I JUST LOVE HIS VOICE. LIKE JAMES EARL JONES, DENZEL WASHINGTON, OPRAH, MAYA ANGELOU AND WILL SMITH WHEN THEY SPEAK IT IGNITES SOMETHING IN YOU! BE BLESSED!! JOHN 3:16 ENJOY IN JESUS!! LOIS GREGG.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Wish it were narrated by Tyler...rings inauthentic

I listened to Trevor Noah, Born a Crime, and the best thing about it is that it is narrated in his own voice. Tyler Perry should have narrated this himself. It has the effect of someone else telling his story and it rings inauthentic. The person who is narrating doesn't seem like Tyler. He should have waited to release it until he could narrate it himself. With that said I'm still a Tyler Perry fan.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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So authentic and inspiring!!!

I enjoyed this book so much!!! I pre-ordered the book and almost fainted when I saw that Tyler was releasing a nonfictional book pertaining to his life-- what took so long πŸ™„!!!

The narrator is fine...but, Tyler should have read his own book! I understand that he is busy but you are robbing your product to not read it yourself! Tyler represents excellence to me and I doubt the profit from this book is important to him but we need you to read your own book, Tyler. Please and thank you! I’m not ungrateful and so glad he published this book for us but please give us the full experience.

The story is so raw and authentic. I no longer see Tyler as Madea but as the man he is! I πŸ’— this audiobook!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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<br />Bringing me closer to my mom

This book allows me to close out on my 4 years sorrows. I am made peace with myself and I know that my mom will be proud in the heaven

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Excellent

Very uplifting loved it as a personal bible study. Proof hard work in faith can bring peace.

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Very encouraging

I liked how he keep referencing Bible verses which relates to his story. Im definitely gonna read this again.

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Beautiful and moving

I didn't know Tyler Perry before listening to this audiobook and really enjoyed every bits of his story and reflections. All felt like I was wrapped in one of those big quilts he talks about. Specially loved this metaphor. :)

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breathtaking

Tyler Perry moved me with his emotional journey through is early life and his strength to keep moving forward. Tyler pure beautiful bond with his mother was inspirational.

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Growing, Growing, and Growing

Just keep getting higher. Climb, Climb, Climb. No matter how hard it's been. No matter how far you've come. You can get higher. I loved this Tyler. just loved it.

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Greatness!

Loved the story and the presentation. Tyler has had an amazing life. Worth the time to listen!