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The Wisdom of a Broken Heart: An Uncommon Guide to Healing, Insight, and Love Hardcover – December 29, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416593152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416593157
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Wisdom of a Broken Heart is an achingly beautiful window into the softest part of us, helping us make friends with the deepest part of our soul. Yet, as always, Piver leads us from brokenness to openness without our hardly noticing. This book is a gift to anyone who knows there is some juicy aliveness at the bottom of pain and wants a way to feel whole again." -- Mark Hyman, M.D., author of UltraMetabolism and The UltraMind Solution

"Susan soothes at the same time she illuminates -- reading this book, my heart grew three sizes bigger. I have never read anything more helpful or wise about heartbreak. You may find yourself laughing out loud; you will certainly find yourself feeling hope again." -- Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman's Comfort Book and The Life Organizer

"Susan Piver's new book helps turn the pain of a breakup into a deeper understanding of intimacy. She shows you how to relate to your broken heart with consciousness and acceptance to find comfort, clarity, and balance, even when they seem impossible. After reading this book, you'll know beyond a doubt that you can love again, bigger and better than ever before." -- Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., author of The Big Leap and coauthor, with Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, of Conscious Loving

"The body has an innate ability to recover from injury, and so does the heart. Through spiritual insights and practices, Susan Piver's new book walks you through the healing process." -- Andrew Weil, M.D.

"Piver has managed to perform an extraordinary task, namely, inspire a person to want to love again. She knows how to repair the shattered soul, using her personal experience as well as the wisdom of great saints, poets, and cultural elders." -- Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Entering the Castle

"This is a wonderful book. Full of wisdom, humanity, and humor. And it abounds with helpful exercises to turn pain into wisdom. It is helpful even if you are not (right now) sick with disappointment, betrayal, or heartache." -- Natalie Goldberg, author of Old Friend from Far Away and Writing Down the Bones

About the Author


Susan Piver
’s bestselling books include The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say ‘I Do,’ and How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life. A graduate of a Buddhist seminary, she writes the relationships column for Body & Soul magazine and is a frequent guest on network television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and The Tyra Banks Show. She lives in Boston.

More About the Author

Susan Piver is the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say "I Do" and the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life. Her latest book is The Wisdom of a Broken Heart.

Piver teaches internationally on love, creativity, meditation, and spirituality for actual humans with relationships, jobs, deep yearnings, depressions, triumphs, bad hair days, and a multitude of ridiculously petty grievances. She teaches from personal experience.

Piver has been a practicing Buddhist since 1995 and graduated from a Buddhist seminary in 2004.

In 2011, she launched the Open Heart Project at susanpiver.com. Subscribers receive meditation instruction via video twice a week. It is free. Currently, close to 10000 people practice meditation together via the OHP.

Piver has written for Body and Soul, SELF, Oprah magazine, Buddhadharma, and the Shambhala Sun and is regularly featured in the media, including appearances on Oprah, Today, The Tyra Banks show, CNN, and in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Money, and others.

For more information, visit susanpiver.com.


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I recommend this book for anyone who has suffered a loss.
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The Wisdom of a Broken Heart goes above and beyond just romantic heartbreak, but really any heart in need of healing will benefit from this book.
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An amazing book - gateway to transforming the depths of heartbreak into a truly "luminous journey."
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68 of 80 people found the following review helpful By canali on January 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
poignantly written, has some helpful exercises, but is limited in scope towards heartbreak resolution...ultimately it's about honouring one's grief, accepting it, in the body and working with it to release it... but not much else in terms of a more proactive comprehensive package.

despite the author's good intentions this approach to heartache resolution only succeeds so far.. you'll continue to get caught up in prolonged heartache and carry your baggage (which we all have)into your next relationship unless you also question your belief systems/experiences of closure from the past...ie what of codependency, or lack of closure, or addiction, or abandonment, or abuse, or 'victim' mentality?...using mindfulness only goes so far to resolving these greater themes of baggage and hurt that can be mixed in with heartache...'feel the feelings and drop the story' to quote pema chodron, is fine to allow us to process the feelings, get out of the mind chatter and ultimately to help with the healing, to be sure, but there IS a story to be confronted and worked upon, too....sure piver suggests journalling (as most breakup recovery books do also) but there must be more.

where is the 'wisdom' of a broken heart, for example, if you haven't ''completed'' your previous relationships properly, thus mixing so much current grief with old grief, thereby lengthening your emotional heartache? (russell & friedman's 'Moving on..' book at bottom discusses this at great length with many practical & useful exercises)...their take, and I agree is: if you haven't healed and understood better your heart's baggage you'll only revisit these themes onto your next romantic relationship, most likely once more encountering disappointment.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Suburban Housewife on December 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read this as soon as I could because I've been a fan of Susan Piver's work for years. I'm glad I did. The Wisdom of a Broken Heart doesn't just offer solace and guidance to those whose hearts have been broken because of a romantic relationship, but also to those of us whose hearts have just been broken by Life. As usual her writing is engaging, clear, empathic and real, not to mention, warm and funny. I'll be keeping an extra copy on hand to loan out. I want mine to stay in my house, where it belongs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn J. Morgan on March 30, 2010
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This is an excellent book for those whose hearts are newly broken or still suffering from old wounds. It is soundly written with loving, practical ways to recognize signs of a broken heart and how to gently but effectively begin to heal. Well worth reading!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Huber on December 29, 2009
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I'm not usually at a loss for words when moved, I usually have something to say but I've been struggling over what to say about Susan Piver's new book. I am a long time fan and have been waiting anxiously for this book to come out. The Wisdom of a Broken Heart goes above and beyond just romantic heartbreak, but really any heart in need of healing will benefit from this book. Having struggled with several heartbreaks, romantic and otherwise, this book was a timely guide for how to be open to what my own heart can teach me, it's an excellent guide for how to keep the scarring to a minimum and still retain your dignity, openness and your very self.
I can't even begin to put into words what a helpful guide this book is, and will continue to be. I can't explain how it cracked some tiny part of me to allow the sun to shine in again, even if it's just for a moment, I know that there will be other moments as I continue to heal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ming on January 13, 2010
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I was immediately hooked by the author's personal story of heartbreak. It is told in such a thoughtful and funny manner that I had the sense she is truly writing this book out of her own hard won experience. That tone of insight and humor characterizes the feel of the entire book particularly the exercises which make this more than just an enjoyable read, but a source book to return to whenever I am experiencing sadness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charming_Lucy on April 6, 2012
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I bought this book the LAST time I was heartbroken, and found it incredibly helpful, and now, once again, I'm reading it while in the throes of a broken heart. The thing I like about this book is that the author is one of the only ones (besides Pema Chodron) I've read who writes about heartbreak the way it really IS, without implying that you shouldn't be in so much pain. Most self-help writers say "Yeah, it hurts, but you'll get over it." In this book, the author has humor and compassion for the pain, shares her own experience of heartbreak, doesn't tell us we shouldn't be feeling it, but also makes sure we see the options for walking out of it. That's a pretty fine line to walk: not too coddling, not too stern, not to blaming, and not too sentimental. I also like that the author shares her own stories and others' stories about how it actually FEELS and how we THINK when we're heartbroken, which makes the reader feel not so alone, not so crazy or out of whack. I loved the cornbread example, about how minor things can seem to trigger intense pain after loss. The exercises are profound, usually pretty simple, and unique, getting us to the somatic and soul levels rather than staying in the head, the way many self-help and therapeutic techniques often do. I'm very grateful for this book right now!
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