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Even the rich and famous suffer and need solace, as Tyler Perry shows in Higher Is Waiting (Random/Spiegel & Grau, Nov.). The actor, author, producer, director, playwright, and songwriter grew up in New Orleans and was regularly beaten by his father and sexually abused by a neighbor. His Christian faith sustained and motivated him:

“Ever since I was a little boy I’ve always known there was something greater than myself,” he writes. “This holy force was protecting, loving, and keeping me close. It was helping me live through physical pain and emotional heartache and guiding me to envision and believe in extraordinary possibilities.

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