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What is the meantime? According to author and inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant, being in the "meantime" means being in a state of limbo. "When you are not happy where you are and you are not quite sure if you want to leave or how to leave, you are in the meantime," she explains. Rather than wallow in confusion, Vanzant encourages you to use the meantime as an opportunity to prepare yourself for true love. The first order of business is to clean house, starting with the basement, the place in the psyche where you store your most destructive thoughts. Room by room, Vanzant takes you through a metaphorical cleaning of the soul. This way, when your meantime days are over and love finally comes knocking on the front door, you'll have a clean house to welcome love into.
©1998 Iyanla Vanzant (P)1998 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Wasn’t what I was expecting

A podcast I listen to suggested this book, well the book is great but it isn’t what I was expecting from how it was described.

Still learnt a lot from it though

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  • Dee
  • 02-12-2015

house cleaning like never before!

Great read. I loved the house metaphor of the parts of a house being parts of our lives. Easily applicable and easy to understand.

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  • Alishyante Chavis
  • 14-10-2015

I am enlightened

The narrator was great, and so was the writer.... it spoke to my mind body, and soul

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  • Jenese L Jones
  • 13-07-2016

excellent!

loved it immensely! I listened to this for 3 weeks until I felt like it was sinking in. Don't rush your healing!

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  • Blue Jazmine
  • 28-05-2018

Incomplete Audio book

This audio is not the book in its entirety. its chopped up sections. very dissapointing. i have the actual book and have read it twice, so i thought id purchase the audio version as well. the whole book couldnt be read in under 2 hours.

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  • christopher wilson
  • 28-08-2015

Another blueprint the an amazing life

Such an easy listen and engaging topic, will recommend to everyone I know who struggles or has struggled in relationships but truly wants to reach their highest potential.

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  • Julie Godwin
  • 19-05-2014

A whole new understanding of relationships

If you could sum up In The Meantime in three words, what would they be?

Crucial relationship knowledge.

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

I love Iyanla and I loved hearing her narrate her own book. She makes you feel like she's your best friend sitting beside you, holding your hand and loving you through your "stuff".

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

That relationships need to be recognized for what they are and that there is nothing wrong with a "meantime" relationship.

Any additional comments?

This woman speaks directly to my heart and I am always enlightened and profoundly changed by her work.

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  • Meg
  • 25-02-2018

Short and Sweet

I finished this in one evening and one morning of listening. I love Iyanla's show, and the way she gets through to people. She does a fantastic read, but I then again I think I could listen to her read a phonebook and still enjoy it! There are some good bits in here, but it is less direct and more metaphorical. If you are looking for a distinct "how-to" type book, I wouldn't say this is it. She stresses the importance of acting out of love over fear, realizing that some things are "just for now" and that's ok, and that loving yourself is most essential of all, but she doesn't necessarily walk you through how to get there.

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  • LaMi Mo
  • 04-10-2016

Best reality check ever

I needed this book to help realized how to get out of the second floor and out my own way. such a great book!

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  • Leon
  • 05-07-2016

Learning to love

I have struggled in my relationship with the women of my dreams, my soul mate, the one person that has truly loved me in my life. I feel that I am in a good place in my life except one simple area, and that is when I will react to a feeling in an inappropriate way.

I believe that this book has changed my life before I even finished it. In the meantime...I am looking forward to working on the principles outlined in this book, and hone my loving skills to be the best man that I can be.

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  • Berilynn
  • 27-10-2016

AWESOME BOOK!!!

This book is AWESOME. Thanks for the steps of life and love with great understanding. This is a must read book!!!!

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  • P
  • 29-01-2018

fabulous

loved the audio..so many different issues to think about. it gave me so many ways ti view how i have relationshipa and how to set boundries from the begining. thank you Iylana.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-2017

A must have book for life's test in relationships

This book puts your spiritual life in to prospective, as well as bringing you to the reality of relationship in a comprehending natural way. it opens up the need for self evaluation, and centers that unstable side of you that sometimes thinks " is it me thats- the problem ".

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  • C A Bryan
  • 24-07-2017

Really enjoyed listening to this book

loved every single moment and felt inspired. In the meantime highly recommended. blessing to the Author Lyanla Vanzant

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  • Dawn
  • 20-08-2016

Great book for self Esteem and analysis

great book for self esteem and self analysis. Read it years ago and still just as powerful today.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-2016

great book

Very insightful. Tells stories that anyone can relate to and gives plenty of questions the hungry reader can work on to improve their love life.

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  • Jenny
  • 04-10-2015

Just what I need

It's like listening to timely advice and encouragement from my Grandma. Just what I need.

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  • J Dee
  • 03-05-2020

Brilliant!

I have read and listened to this book 3 times over the past 15 year and it never fails to enlighten and inspire.

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  • Brandi
  • 01-12-2019

AMAZING

Amazing book, loved it from start to finish. I learnt so much. A Must Listen

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  • Perfect Perfect
  • 14-03-2019

Fantastic book, very enlightening and directional

This book is definitely a life tool and her voice is so soothing. I would definitely listen again and again.

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