Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get through What You're Going Through

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New York Times best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant recounts the last decade of her life and the spiritual lessons learned-from the price of success during her meteoric rise as a TV celebrity on Oprah, the Iyanla TV show (produced by Barbara Walters), to the dissolution of her marriage and her daughter's 15 months of illness and death on Christmas day. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Iyanla shares why everything we need to learn is reflected in our relationships and the strength and wisdom she has gained by ...

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Overview

New York Times best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant recounts the last decade of her life and the spiritual lessons learned-from the price of success during her meteoric rise as a TV celebrity on Oprah, the Iyanla TV show (produced by Barbara Walters), to the dissolution of her marriage and her daughter's 15 months of illness and death on Christmas day. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Iyanla shares why everything we need to learn is reflected in our relationships and the strength and wisdom she has gained by supporting others in their journeys to make sense out of the puzzle pieces of their lives.

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Iyanla Vanzant is a bestselling author (In The Meantime; Yesterday I Cried), but this is one book that she never planned to write. To recount the most recent ten years of her life, the television star and Oprah favorite had to wrestle with heart-rending details of the painful destruction of her marriage and the fifteen-month physical decline of her young daughter, who died on Christmas Day. This back-from-the-brink memoir shows how a beloved spiritual teacher drew on her strengths to recover from devastating losses. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781401928230
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 70,669
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Iyanla Vanzant is the founder and executive director of Inner Visions International and the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development. The author of five New York Times bestsellers and the Inner Visions CD Series—and the former host of the television series Iyanla and co-host of the NBC daytime reality show Starting Over.

In 2010, the award-winning author and spiritual life coach will host BET’s Daddy’s Home, a new groundbreaking television program designed to heal the broken relationships between fathers and their children—in real time.

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

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    Self-Discovery in Progress

    REVIEW



    Date: 12-16-10
    Title: Peace from Broken Pieces
    Author: Iyanla Vanzant
    ISBN 10: 1401928226
    ISBN 13: 978-1401928223
    Pages: 280
    Publisher: Smiley Books
    Cover: Kindle Edition - E-book
    Reviewer: Yolanda M, Johnson-Bryant- Literary Wonders! (literarywonders dot com)
    Rating: 4 Stars


    It has been a while since we've heard from best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant. In her recent release, Peace from Broken Pieces, Ms. Vanzant gets real and personal. Piece from Broken Pieces is Iyanla Vanzant's most intimate book that I have read, to date.
    In Piece from Broken Pieces, the author takes her readers on a decade journey of her life, from Oprah to the death of her dear daughter Gemmia. During this time, Ms. Vanzant reveals many heart aches, obstacle and triumphs as she, an adult woman, trying to find herself and rid herself of her childhood haunts.
    I was immediately drawn into the book as I always am. Each book that I've read from the author has helped me to get through certain bad periods of my life and encouraged me to continue to fight.
    In Peace from Broken Pieces, the reader is able to understand in simple terms the generational curses that men and women continue to fuel and pass on to their children and grandchildren, thus making the cycle difficult to dissolve.
    This book will cause many of its readers to re-evaluate the choices they make in their lives, especially those they choose for life mates.
    I did, at some point, find myself comparing Ms. Vanzant to Minister Juanita Bynum's struggle with herself and God to receive the lesson that the building of her empire was not for her glory or self-gratification but for the building of the kingdom and to help others. I was eventually pleased with Gemmia's message to her mother that the physical does not matter.
    I was deeply saddened by the humility that this author had to endure between Oprah and The Iyanla Show as well as the guilt the she endured when her daughter Gemmia was diagnosed with cancer.
    I know without a doubt that my heart would be broken if something were to happen to one of my children but I cannot even begin to pretend to know what Ms. Vanzant went through during her daughter's illness.
    I feel that although Ms. Vanzant may have experienced a sense of relief once her daughter transitioned and no longer had to suffer, with the realizations and "aha moments" that Ms. Iyanla experienced, coming a long way in her journey, she does have a long road ahead of her to receive complete healing and self-discovery.
    I look forward to the next title from this author, as I feel all the work I have read by her has some kind of life lesson for everyone, including men. This is not just a book for women. Perhaps if men were to read this book, they, too, would realiz some of the generational curses that they carry forth and/or understand the curses that women carry forth, causing them to grow into broken vessels as they search for love, self and self-love.
    As people, we tend to put those of a higher stature, income or public figure on pedestals or hold them to a higher standard, but Ms. Vanzant shows and proves that they too, are human. They are people who are just like you and I, with problems and insecurities just like you and I.
    Although, in my opinion, Ms. Vanzant's best work to date is "In The Meantime", Peace from Broken Pieces is just as powerful.

    22 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

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    This book is mad motivational.

    This book is mad motivational. I had it rough coming up and I mean real rough. Living in cars, eating out of the dumpster behind Wendy's, I been there. I found Scientology and ever since then my life has been great. I now work at the same Wendy's I used to eat trash from. I have a loving family of cats who I come home to every night and thank science for that. I found peace from many broken pieces. Between Vanzant and L. Ron Hubbard I need nothing else. Maybe one day I'll make assistant manager but until then I will reign supreme over the fries.

    21 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    Truly, this gifted woman did not receive the moniker "Motivational Speaker" by accident. Ms. Vanzant is a Master Teacher that has endured and triumphed in her life experience to teach us how to overcome any and every challenge that we may face in our lifetime."Peace from Broken Pieces" is an emotionally gut wrenching personal triumph from the personal and brutally honest life experience of Ms. Vanzant. At times this book was emotionally compelling, empowering and inspirational. Ms. Vanzant paints vivid imagery as the beautiful phoenix rising from the ashes of broken pieces to convince us all that challenges and tragedies can be overcome when you draw from your internal power. Intertwined with teachings of universal laws and principles, Ms. Vanzant was able to show how cultural pathological patterns could show up in our lives as physical manifestatioins and how we can become aware of these repetitive cycles to overcome the dis-ease of this damaging pathology. Having read "Peace from Broken Pieces", I felt connected with Ms. Vanzant from the first page. I recognized the common thread of the cultural pathology and felt as if she had written this book just for me. "Peace from Broken Pieces," is by far one of the most poignant pieces of literature written by Ms. Vanzant to date.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    I'm buying the book today! I've read exerpts.

    I saw her on Oprah - parts 1 & 2. I've also read exerpts from the book. The lessons she learned from her experiences are educational for all of us in some form. We become educated in various ways. Just because she went thru challenges doesn't indicate that you can't learn from her. I loved her honesty and quite frankly I had several "ah ha" moments listening to her and Oprah. Instead of criticizing ask yourself the question, why is this information in my life at this point and time. Maybe it's not for you maybe its for you to share with someone you know. I knew it was for me and I also shared it with others and found out it was for them as well. Thank you Iyanla for being so honest in the midst of your pain. Thank you Oprah for giving her the vehicle once again to help others!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Spoke to my soul

    I have had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Iyanla and her spirit fills the room. No one would ever know that all of this had gone on because she is so strong of a woman amd it was a blessing to meet her. It spoke to my soul and came so cloae to me that she even mentions my colon therapist! I learned a lot and will continue to heal myself and my pathology thanks to this book. You MUST read this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    NOT FOR THE TENDER HEARTED

    I thought this book was a total waste of money. I bought it because a friend recommended it and referenced herself to it in our discussions.

    I knew it was about breaking old patterns, in general.

    I was disappointed with the reading of this book. It struck me as tragic, for sure, she as an egotistical control freak, and quite downright crazy near the end.

    But most of all, it's not a book to read if your lonely, and hurting, and feeling your brokeness and looking for healing. There are lots of kinder and gentler things you can read or do for yourself, with the $25. you will spend on this book. Go there instead.

    4 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    It's Ok

    Love Iyanla but did not find the answers that I was searching for in this book - I truthfully was somewhat disappointed. It IS a great book on a personal triumph over adversity but not much other than an autobiography.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    Highly Reccommend!!

    Excellent, easy read. Full of heartache and heartbreak. I couldn't put it down!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Emotionally charged, enlightening and heartfelt

    In reading this book, I left feeling as though i have alot of knowledge of her lifes story. Honestly, i also felt drawn into the pain and hurt of her past. It was at that point, i placed the book down for a while. I was also inspired to see that GOD was bringing her through her valley experiences. I am sure many of us can relate to some of the disappointments, hurt, pain, mistrust etc. Lastly, there were parts where i was left confused. Some had to do with the meditations and rituals. I would love to get an update as to what she is doing now.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    An autobiography of sorts

    If you are familiar with the author this book will give you an insight into what happened to her career and personal life. However this is the first and last book I will read of hers. I found it to be made up of a lot of exuces for her mishaps and mistakes. The book did not tell me how to pick up my broken pieces nor was it very inspirational. If you are a fan of her work this may be worth the read otherwise skip it.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2011

    Started reading.....

    But after seeing her on Oprah, realized she's certainly not one that is even close to being administering advice to anyone. She still has many 'broken pieces' herself, so don't think she's in a position to help others on their journey to peace.

    3 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Very moving!

    Very quick read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Kathrine

    Lies down and falls asleep

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Gianna

    Boring

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Ok- But not what expected

    First off - I ABSOLUTELY ADORE Iyanla but after losing my job, I purchased this book to help get through a difficult time. Only the last 2 or 3 chapters were of any assistance. This is more HER journey, which I appreciate her sharing and its not like I couldnt learn something from her hardships but it just was a bit disappointing. Many times, I wanted to pick up the telephone and call her (like she is a friend of mine-yea right) but I appreciate how she perservered through some of the challenges and how she got to the heart of the issues she was addressing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2011

    Very uplifting!

    This is a must read!! It's is uplifting and spiritual and helped me to look at my life and family as a blessing. we take small things for granted but we learn through the tough times as well. I cried so many tears reading this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    AMAZING!

    This story will touch a chord with everyone in some manner. Iyanla is brutally honest about her life and this leads to her healing. A beautifully and honestly written book to empower women to be who they are and break the unhealthy in their lives; whether that may be relationships past, present, or both.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2011

    Awesome

    Inspiring book of triumph in the face of pain...wow

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2011

    Thank you for sharing :)

    A beautiful stream of refreshingly healing waters. God bless. - MsBrazill new nookcolor owner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    Awesome Book

    Iyanla pours her soul out in this book. She keeps it real and deals with real situations that most of us try to keep hidden from fear of only God knows what.Her story is moving touching and can be life changing. Thanks Iyanla!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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