Keeping The Faith

Look inward and renew your sense of self

If you’re seeking relief from the stress. of professional and everyday life, consider the counsel of Acts of Faith: Daily Meditations for People of Color by Iyanla Vanzant. It doesn’t Offer specific career advice, but the book’s lessons on perseverance and self-examination are easily applicable to the business world.

To start, Acts of Faith suggests it’s impossible to form loving, productive bonds with others without first acknowledging and “honoring the Divine within.” When this principle is neglected, focus is lost and artificial things are sought to fill the void, which provide only temporary happiness. Vanzant believes stress results when there is an imbalance in our relationship with ourselves, the world and our finances.
Instead, readers are encouraged to take responsibility for creating their own path to success. Vanzant says we can improve our social condition if we let go of negative forces and stop playing the blame game. Although we should avoid seeking comfort in material things, we should accept prosperity as a gift. Above all, Acts of Faith reminds us we’ll never be satisfied with what we attain until we appreciate what we already have.

Acts of Faith: Daily Meditations for People of Color, by Iyanla Vanzant, Fireside; $11. To order, call Books Now! at 800-BOOKS-NOW or visit www.BooksNow.com/BlackEnterprise

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