Transforming Pain to Power

Transforming Pain to Power

Unlock Your Unlimited Potential

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Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101621677
  • 240 Pages
  • Berkley
  • Adult


Pain doesn’t last always
Sometimes only for a night
Try not to resist
It hurts the more we fight

Overcoming life’s difficulties is daunting. At times, it seems the burdens that we bear are too painful to overcome. They keep us from even trying to accomplish the things we want most. It seems the only way to outlast the pain is to ignore it, when, in truth, the only way to discover the unlimited potential inside of us all is to embrace the pain, face the Authentic Self at our core, and use the strength therein to triumph over any obstruction in our way.

Based on his powerful, true journey from a childhood rife with poverty, incarceration, addiction and rage to the successful adult life he achieved, award-winning performer, writer, and motivational speaker Daniel Beaty presents the tools that readers need to overcome any obstacle and tap into their full capabilities. By outlining an alternative mode of thinking, especially for the modern African-American man bombarded by negative stereotypes in the media, Beaty empowers the individual and encourages readers of all backgrounds to learn from their cultural and family heritage while forgiving and letting go of the negative so that only the positive remains.

Beaty’s story, supported by deeply personal advice from notable mentors such as Bill Cosby, Leontyne Price, Sydney Poitier, Ossie Davis, and Ruby Dee, serves as a strong reminder that success is ultimately possible, not in spite of struggles but as a result of lessons learned and power drawn from those lessons.


“Cherish this book, share it with your children, with your grandchildren so they can experience this powerful, inspiring work.”—Bill Cosby

“A wise and passionate book that lovingly guides us through steps to heal our souls and harness the power of joy.”—Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient

“Daniel Beaty has chosen to share his own compelling story to send a message of hope and healing to others working to overcome painful obstacles, including very difficult childhoods like his own. He reminds readers never to give up on themselves and of their own power to transform their futures.”—Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of Children’s Defense Fund

“Daniel Beaty’s beautifully rendered book takes us on a hero’s journey home to the self. Soul-searching and illuminating, there is a real potential for Transforming Pain to Power to help us create a needed new world. There is profound wisdom about life and healing deeply embedded in these pages. This is a gift to cherish and to give.”—Susan L. Taylor, bestselling author, former editor of Essence, and founder of CARES Mentoring