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Publisher's Summary

In the more than 25 years since she co-founded Omega Institute - now the world's largest center for spiritual retreat and personal growth - Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which people weather change and transition. In a beautifully crafted blend of moving stories, humorous insights, practical guidance, and personal memoir, she offers tools to help us make the choice we all face in times of challenge: Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed? Lesser shares tales of ordinary people who have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce, loss of a job or a loved one - stronger, wiser, and more in touch with their purpose and passion. And she draws on the world's great spiritual and psychological traditions to support us as we too learn to break open and blossom into who we were meant to be.
©2004 Villard (P)2008 Random House
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 01-13-09

Fabulous Stories...Truly Deep and Moving

Having seen Elizabeth on Oprah I was drawn to her. This book is a jewel. It is beautifully read too. This went on my Ipod and has been my constant companion for 2 days. What gorgeous stories she shares.
I have wept copious tears of joy and sorrow, and feel that she has captured with such beauty...the rich and complex experiences of life.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Allya on 02-01-10

Disappointing

The voice of the narrator did not match the subject matter. I found her voice pretentious and disconnected from the text.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nell on 03-09-18

A guiding lamp along life’s path

This book has to be my new favourite. Susan’s voice is so soothing in reading Elizabeth Lesser’s incredible book. It is a mixture of personal experiences, stories that will stir a smile or a tear and valuable guidance to help us find our way through the dark into the light of clarity. 10/10...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joanna on 05-31-16

A must read

A book that I identified with a lot. It gave ne hope and made me look at my life in a positive light.

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By Sleep Tech on 12-06-16

How difficult times help you grow

Where does Broken Open rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Beautiful story & narrator -- thank you. Highly recommended --- even if you are NOT Broken

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Defintiley!!!!!

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