Nia had been prepared to inherit the wise woman’s book. The old woman was the salvation and the backbone of the entire villiage. She was wise. She was loved. But she had become too old to carry out her duties. In return for twenty-two years of training, Nia was to inherit the old woman’s key to life. The ceremony was long. The people were many. The responsibility was great. nea was prepared. She was eager to get started. She believed the book would reveal the answers to all of life’s questions. It required two strong men to carry the book to her chamber. When they placed it on her table, she quickly waved them away. The book was solid gold, trimmed with emeralds, rubies and sapphires. In the middle of the front cover sat a seven-carat diamond. Nia’s heart was pounding. Her mouth had gone dry. With her eyes closed, she fondled the cover of the book. The time had come to open it. She was about to learn life’s secret. She opened the middle of the book. She looked down at the page. Nia had inherited a book of mirrors.
From, Acts of Faith, Iyanla Vanzant