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

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

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by Iyanla Vanzant

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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…  See more details below


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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Peace from Broken Pieces 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 251 reviews.
Literary_Wonders More than 1 year ago
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.
Prosperity9_1 More than 1 year ago
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.
RichardWellner More than 1 year ago
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.
JacquiCali More than 1 year ago
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!
Carter_Proofreads More than 1 year ago
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.
DLC-S More than 1 year ago
Excellent, easy read. Full of heartache and heartbreak. I couldn't put it down!!!
Jay Griffin More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very quick read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
allismom More than 1 year ago
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.
Halema Tyler More than 1 year ago
Inspiring book of triumph in the face of
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
A beautiful stream of refreshingly healing waters. God bless. - MsBrazill new nookcolor owner
eyzofbrown More than 1 year ago
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!
sneps More than 1 year ago
This book is raw and gives a very intimate look inside Iyanla's personal thoughts and struggles. Her story begins with the largest broken piece in her life-the death of her daughter. While Iyanla does write about the relationship between her and Oprah and the rise and fall of her career, she also spends a great deal sharing about her childhood and how it shaped her life. Her story provides personal reflection and understanding, while also uncovering the pathology to her behaviors and thoughts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is details Iyanla Vanzant's emotional journey through her life and the path to her awakening and resolution of emotional, physical, and mental scars that have adversely affected her throughout her life. Her story is a painfully familiar one for those of us who have lived through unwarranted abuse that continues on through a visicius cycle into adulthood. The death of her daughter and the issues surrounding it are heartbreaking and,yet, also joyously affirming with the realization that this is a new beginning for the author. The subtitle of the book, "How to Get Through What You're Going Through", is a little misleading. This is not a book that offers clear and methodical steps through the healing process for those looking for that kind of literature. Rather, it is the telling of one woman's journey to her whole self through a series of approaches/revelations that when read might offer up areas for further exploration using other supplementary materials. The subtitle: "The Journey to Rebirth" might have have been more appropriate. Regardless of this subtitle issue, though, the book is still a very good read and I highly recommend it.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Such a heart-felt loving self-reflective story. I wept and loved all at once. Great read
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This book is changing my life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book help me to under stand life. Thank you Iyanla Vanzant.
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This was a great read. I admire her strength and her desire to share her experiences for the benefit of others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was sorry it ended; I wanted to read more! A fountain of knowledge and a perfect complement to Iyanla's television shows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book and easy read!