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.
Writer, actor, filmmaker, playwright, songwriter, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Tyler Perry is the mastermind behind nineteen theatrically released feature films, twenty stage plays, nine television shows, and a #1 New York Times bestselling book. His creative empire has won over audiences and built communities from the Tyler Perry Studios home base in Atlanta, Georgia, throughout the world. His unique blend of spiritual hope and down-home humor continues to shape his inspiring life story, connecting with fans across the globe and always leaving space to dream. Since 2006, the Perry Foundation’s aim has been to transform tragedy into triumph by seeding individual potential, supporting communities, and harvesting real change. The foundation supports education, clean water, health, agriculture, girls’ and women’s rights, technology, arts, culture, and globally sustainable economic development, both in the United States and around the world.
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Part 1 Planting the Seeds 1
1 Learning God Is in Control 3
2 Talking to Jesus 8
3 Asking 13
4 Hearing the Answer 18
5 Standing 21
Part 2 Nourishing the Roots 27
6 Honoring 29
7 Protecting Your Dreams 34
8 Releasing the Past 39
9 Feeling Worthy 45
10 Filling the House 53
11 Taking One Step at a Time 58
12 Learning in Reverse 64
13 Discovering the Gift 68
14 Planting What You Want to Grow 71
15 Separating Wheat from the Tares: The Parable of the Weeds 75
16 Clipping Wings 79
17 Finding Faith Without a Road Map 82
18 Tuning In 86
19 Unlocking the Secret of a Closed Door 89
Part 3 Branching Out 93
20 Looking in the Right Place 95
21 Seeing Through Time 99
22 Releasing Filters 105
23 Guarding Your Heart 109
24 Trusting Your Soul GPS 112
25 Answering God's Questions 116
26 Showing Love 119
27 Lighting the Way 121
28 Flying Through Rough Air 123
29 Leaving the Nest 126
30 Breaking Patterns 130
31 Reacting to Damage 134
32 Reading My Book of Revelation 137
Part 4 Harvesting the Fruit 141
33 Giving Back 143
34 Embracing Life 147
35 Paying Attention 150
36 Picturing No Regrets 153
37 Finding Treasure 157
38 Cherishing the True Gift 162
39 Seeding for Growth 166
40 Digging Deeper 170
41 Writing to a Friend 174
42 Looking Ahead 177
43 Belonging in the Room 180
44 Finding Your Feet Off the Ground 184
45 Remembering Mamma 188
46 Lighting Up the World 191
47 Working with Intention 194
48 Staying in the Climb 198