I stumbled upon some YouTube videos of Tyler Perry talking about his life. It's staggering the abuse and poverty he had to overcome to be where he is in his life today.
I looked further and discovered he wrote a book called Higher is Waiting and have been reading it. What an amazingly inspirational book.
It is hard to believe the sheer quantity of abuse he suffered, yet retained hope and faith. His mother taught him about God. She had unshakable faith, in spite of the horrific abuse she had to endure. And she loved Tyler unconditionally.
In reading Perry's book I felt sheer power of belief -- it lifts you right up reading it. He consistently said, if it wasn't for the grace of God he wouldn't be where he is now. Because he believes so unquestionably, he gives hope; his energy and trust is behind you, propelling you forward.
A beautifully written book that addresses circumstances in life we all face. Makes you feel good. Makes you have hope.
Highly recommended as a book that will inspire you and give you peace.