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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: SmileyBooks (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401928226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401928223
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (496 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eye opening, touching and insightful...Iyanla's story is a must-read for anyone who truly seeks growth and healing. Pride Magazine 20110801 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About 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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With more than 8 million books in print, Iyanla Vanzant has truly established a dedicated fan base.
Iyanla's path to success took her through a multitude of life-changing experiences that shaped the profound insights she eagerly shares with others. A neglected, overweight, sexually abused child who was shuttled from one family to another, she became a teenage mother on welfare living in the projects of a major urban city. Vanzant took control of her life when she walked out of her second abusive marriage and entered Medgar Evers College in New York and then the City University of New York Law School. She moved to Philadelphia with her children and became a public defender for three years. Then she eventually became an ordained minister, who was committed to a message based on the principles of divine power and self-determination.

Iyanla combined her professional skills with her life's lessons and embarked on a writing and speaking career. Her mass appeal is evident in her overwhelming success as an author. In the Meantime was a #1 New York Times bestseller, where it spent 20 weeks on the list, and she has had numerous other major bestsellers. As a nationally recognized speaker she has sold out such prestigious venues as New York's Jacob Javits Convention Center, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, Atlanta's Civic Center, and the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Vanzant is also familiar to the daytime TV audience from her role as a regular contributor on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Acclaimed journalist and producer Barbara Walters recognized Vanzant's extraordinary appeal, seeing in her a "breakaway talent" with the potential for huge success in daytime television. With Walters and partner Bill Geddie on board to executive produce, Buena Vista Productions to develop the show, and Buena Vista Television as distributor, the road to Iyanla was forged.

Vanzant has received numerous accolades for her work. In 1992 Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley named October 21st "Tapping the Power Within Day" in honor of a workshop she presented in that city for African-American women. In 1994, the National Association of Equal Opportunity in Education, an organization comprised of the presidents and administrators of the 117 predominantly Black colleges in the United States named her Alumni of the Year. She also was awarded an "Oni" by the International Congress of Black Women as one of the nation's unsung heroes, and she served as the national spokesperson for Literacy Volunteers of America in 1998.

In 1999 she was listed among the 100 Most Influential African-Americans by Ebony magazine. Later that year, she was awarded the 31st NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Literary Work, Non-Fiction" for Yesterday I Cried. She also earned her first Honorary Doctorate degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from the City University of New York, Medgar Evars College. In 2000, she earned her second honorary degree, Doctor of Divinity, from the Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, Ebony has named her one of their "55 Most Intriguing People," Vibe magazine tabbed her one of "100 Leaders of the New Millennium" and Newsweek recently included her as one of the "Women of the New Century."

The mother of three and grandmother of four, Vanzant lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband Adeyemi and Mr. Coco, their cat.

To learn how Iyanla can help you get started on your journey toward spiritual

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I purchased the book of the title and because I saw it on Oprah.
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It was truly inspirational and helped me to reach certain decisions in my own life and be able to find my own peace from my broken peaces.
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This book can really give you sight on your life and think about way to make it better.
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232 of 238 people found the following review helpful By rmcrae on January 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was familiar with inspirational speaker, author, and spiritual leader Iyanla Vanzant from her Oprah appearances and catching her life coaching on Starting Over from time to time, but I didn't know much about her life story. My mom checked out Peace from Broken Pieces from the library, loved it, and recommended it to me. I must say it's well written and insightful.

Iyanla starts off the book by reflecting on the Christmas morning her daughter died in 2003. She'd succumbed to a year long battle with a rare form of colon cancer and left a young daughter behind. As if burying your own child isn't traumatic enough throw in marital issues, financial problems, and just feeling like your whole world is crashing down on you. Something's gotta give!

It took Iyanla about 3 and a half years to pen this book because of fear. She was a best selling author of a number of self-help books and alot of people looked to her for spiritual guidance. Secretly, she felt like a fraud. Her personal life was barely holding up and she was afraid people would turn on her if she opened up about what was really going down. After much prayer and self-reflection, she took a good look at her life and the patterns and behaviors she'd been taught since childhood.

Although she lost her mother to breast cancer at the age of 2, Iyanla had made many of the same mistakes her mom did. She talks openly about her downright mean grandmother who subjected her to brutal beatings, but treated her older brother with only love and kindness. The father who abandoned her emotionally and one time nearly killed her after a savage beating. The uncle who raped her and the aunt who looked the other way. The husband who would disappear for days at a time and physically abuse her when he felt like it.
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161 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Liz P on November 10, 2010
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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.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Saunders Biddle on November 15, 2010
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Masterful, compassionate, heart-wrenching, hilarious, compelling, transformative, healing . . . . I could go on with adjectives to describe this wonderful offering by "The Great Mother" (the meaning of Rev. Iyanla's name). Yet, they all seem inadequate to capture the gift that this book is. I could not put it down (well almost, only because I chose to go to sleep at 4 am and finish it the next day). This is one of the most authentically powerful books I have ever read. I was drawn in from the very first page. Knowing of her commitment to healing and transformation, I know what she personally endured just to write this book. And, I know that readers will be grateful, as I am, that she did. Dr. Vanzant is a treasure and a gift to the world. And, Peace from Broken Pieces is a must read. Thank you! Rev. Beverly Saunders Biddle
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By MahoganyQueen on March 3, 2011
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I will try to make this short and sweet. This book is about Vanzant's self-awareness and spiritual growth. If anyone is upset that it does not give "specific" instructions on how they can find the same enlightenment, then they need more than this book. This book IS an instruction manual. It teaches by example. If you don't understand that, then you are just incapable of learning any lesson from example. Anyone, I mean, everyone, should be able to find a remnant of themselves within these pages. I saw myself, I saw my mother, I saw my aunts, my grandmothers, my friends....I saw generations of women who have been torn down by self-loathing (no matter what their race is). This book is a sort of "de-clothing" of the ego, thereby revealing the lies and deceit that people, including men, tell themselves for the survival of said "ego". In other words, we don't want people to know the TRUTH of who we really are; hurt little children in adult bodies.

If your ego is stronger than your spirit, then you will NOT understand this book. If your spirit is stronger than your ego.....or is at least fed up with your ego.....you WILL fully embrace this book, its spirit, and its teachings. You will cry, you will reflect, you will remember your own example and how it compares to the authors. You will then understand that this IS a book of help and healing. You will be thankful that God saw fit to sit you down to read it, as I am. We can all learn from Vanzant's example of birth, life, living, death, and rebirth. I know that, for me, it is just a confirmation that I am heading in the right direction. I hope that it can help you find your God-given path and stay on it.
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