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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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
HEART RENCHING !!!
yes, Iyanla Vanzant speaks the truth. It takes a down to earth person to give of her true experinces of such real parts of the deep hurts and struggles of her growing up and walk through life...
There are not many books I can really compare with that has been as real as hers that I have personally read other than the one and only great poet Maya Angalo herself.
I really enjoyed the entire book! every scene was written so real. but if I had to pick a part, it would be the part at the end of the book where she breaks the generational curse of the line of females from the generations before her when she supports her fourteen year old granddaughter to stand up to her father and ask for something she wanted with courage and faith.
No it was the type of book that one would want to savior and digust a little at a time, to have listend to it in one sitting would have been like running through Iyanla's life, it would have been almost disrespectful to have listend to in one session.
I reccomend this book to all types of people especially women who are going through crises of losing someone close, or a single mother struggling to make it through school or trying to create their own business or write a book just to name a few. It will give one strength and courage they didn't know they had. It will also give one the strength to stand up inside ones self...