Church of the Good Shepherd

The Anglo-Catholic Parish of the Episcopal Diocese Of Upper South Carolina

ECW’s Book Club

You’re invited to join the ECW Book Club
for a discussion of Higher Is Waiting by Tyler Perry

Please join the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Book Club on Sunday, February 11 at 9 am, for a discussion of the first half of Higher Is Waiting by Tyler Perry. No need to RSVP. No need to read the book. Come join us!

Higher Is Waiting book cover.

An intimate book of inspiration by 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.

Copies of Higher Is Waiting are available for sale in the parish hall or can be ordered from Amazon.

Discussion Schedule (9am – 10:30 am in the education building)

February 11, 2018Chapters 1 to 19
March 11, 2018Chapters 20 to 48

Upcoming books:

America’s Prophet: How the Story of Moses Shaped America by Bruce Feiler
Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk by Michelle DeRusha
Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
Love Amid the Ashes [Job’s story brought to life] by Mesu Andrews

Contact  Yvonne Danford at 608-7653(c), 936-4453(w) or email to for more information.