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 explains 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 is Inspirational! A GREAT LISTEN!!!
I have not read the print version.
I LOVED Iyanla's narration, which is full of liveliness and passion. You can hear who she really is and all the emotions she went through. This makes the audiobook SO special!!! I have tried to listen to many other books only to be disappointed by the boring, robotic narrators. This was done by Iyanla herself and it made it so enjoyable to listen to.
I absolutely HATE when good books are ruined in audio version because of boring, snoring, robotic, unhuman sounding narrators. This book definitely is one I did not want to end!!! Iyanla's voice is hypnotic, full of character and charisma. Not a disappointment!
- Theresa "I am a thirty-something Californian who works in the field of human services, particularly focused on empowering children and families."
A Powerful Story... but Neverending
NO, but only because this is an 11 hour audio book. I would listen to portions again, but the length makes a full second listening a challenge.
I LOVE Iyanla Vanzant. I discovered her during her reconciliation with Oprah in her final season and then have watched her faithfully on OWN since and looked her up on YouTube. There is something about her and the way she speaks and delivers her advice that makes me unable to turn away. She has so many words of wisdom I have taken with me. I purchased this so I could get to know her background better as I continue my journey with her as her new TV show starts this summer. However, that said, Iyanla is not known to paraphrasing (neither am I) and at times she goes into a VERY long form relaying of a story that goes on and on and could have been told in a much shorter fashion. I truly believe, while well intentioned, I would have gotten a bit more from Peace from Broken Pieces had she cut back a bit on every single detail in some areas and gotten this down by a few chapters in length.
Iyanla is one of the more powerful and thought provoking speakers I have ever encountered. Her voice, as always, conveys an emotion and faith that simply would not come across in writing. Hearing her tell the story was 1000 times better than my reading her words.
Having lost love ones and had failed relationships, I felt her pain. I would love to meet her. I've made similar mistakes. She is able to admit her career and life mistakes with humor, she is able to make you feel she understands. It is a touching story.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I recommend this book and all the teachings or Iyanla Vanzant. This coming from an almost middle aged (did I admit that?) Irish Catholic man who lost my younger brother decades ago and my mother to cancer (as she lost her daughter) just over a year ago. A woman who was the sun in my sky. It's two parts, it's 11 hours and you need to take in this book a piece at a time. Otherwise, buy now!
- Ryan Healey "Ryan Healey"