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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 --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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: SmileyBooks; 1 edition (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401928226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401928223
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (725 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I just finished reading "Peace from Broken Pieces" on my Kindle a few minutes ago and a variety of emotions and thoughts are rumbling around inside of me. I could write many pages about them right now, but I'll reserve them for my journal. It is difficult for me to even express myself coherently right now, as my sister saw when I tried to tell her about the book. She just gave up on me and decided to go to the bookstore right now to get the book for herself. Bottom line is - this is a mind altering book that every woman, mother, aunt, grandmother and man should read.
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... I am rating three stars. It was hard to decide 3 or 4 because, while I liked the book, in my opinion it is not a 5-star example of a book in this genre and most people so far have been very liberal with the 5-star ratings. I think that does a disservice to the author and potential readers to set people up to expect something a book is not. Even a seminal work in the self-help genre like M. Scott Peck's "The Road Less Traveled" has less than a 5-star average. Here is my main criticism: with a sub-title like "How to Get Through What You're Going Through" I expected the book to be a lot more instructional. In other words, to offer concrete steps to get through troubling times whilst going through them. Yes, there are words of comfort and inspiration, but do not expect any sort of workbook, gameplan or framework for overcoming a crisis while you are in it. What I feel would have been a more appropriate sub-title is: "How Iyanla Vanzant made sense out of what she went through after she went through it."

Do not get me wrong. Vanzant's insights are valuable and appreciated, but the format and intent of the book are not at all what I expected. That said, I like a lot about the book. It is compelling, there is no doubt about that. Vanzant is an insightful, charismatic and relate-able story teller. From the inscription; "I found Jesus. He was behind the sofa. He said; 'Come near; get down and stay down. I'll take care of everything.' So, I did. And then, he did." I was hooked. Anyone who has suffered a setback so painful that you had to just withdraw and lick your wounds can understand and appreciate this sentiment.
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