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Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant
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Please try again later. Vanzant is a very inspirational woman. And now after reading her book, I am getting insight on the woman, she is. When I finish this book, I plan to invest and focus my self with the 21 Days of Forgiveness. I am truly at a point of trying to find my Peace from Broken Pieces.
Vanzant for her courage, her strength and her gift to share and heal others, by first, finding, accepting and healing herself. I wholeheartedly enjoyed reading this book.
Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through
I have to admit that I was reluctant to read it, as I learned of it via someone I don't hold in high regard. However, one day I was in distress and didn't want to read the books I had with me. I looked at the books on my mother-in-law's bookshelf and found Peace From Broken Pieces" at the very top I almost missed it. Out of a wee bit of boredom I began to read it and couldn't put it down. The very next morning, I bought my own copy. Recently, I bought a copy for my sister. I'm eager to hear her review of the book. When she was on Oprah, I switched the channel. I find her to be really good at what she does but this book left me confused.
For starters, it is strictly autobiographical. That's fine because her story IS very interesting but what it does is illustrate how NOT to get through what you are going through. I felt that at every fork in the road, Iylana made very bad decisions I wish Iyanla would have spent way more time on how her life is NOW, having gone through her bad experiences and what she DID to achieve what appears to be a happy life in spite of it all.
I would not dissuade anyone from reading this book because it really is fairly good, but I felt like I needed so much more from Iyanla and I think she has it to give. I subscribe to the daily messages from Inner Visions and they are generally terrific. Definitely worth the read. I became interested in reading Iyanla's book after her appearance on the Oprah show earlier this year. I had never read any of Ms. Vanzant's books but I was interested in her story after that appearance. If you are interested enough to read reviews, I say get the book and read it, whatever your opinion I don't think you will feel you wasted your time.
As I read this book, I began to wonder why anyone would take advice from this woman. I became curious as to what type of teachings did she give to other people. How can a woman who gave her body so freely looking for love tell someone else what they need to do. How can a woman who consistently placed men before her children give someone advice on how to sustain a relationship. I was lost and felt that Ms. Vanzant may have been a good mouth hustler, she made people believe that she was something that she was not. As I continued reading, I recognized that I was being judgmental towards Ms.
Vanzant, because as we all know it's easier to recognize what others should do to clean up their mess than it is for us to implement those same principles to clean up ours. The fact of the matter is whether Iyanla was living what she was preaching or not, it does not take away from her message. Iyanla helped thousands of people with her books, lectures, classes, and television appearances. She researched her topics and delivered advice and spiritual principles that she believed one should live by to make a relationship work.
Her own personal failures do not take away from what she had to give and the lessons she could teach. Now, the book itself did seem to jump all over the place, but I didn't find this too distracting. However, there were many gaps in the story that left me wondering. I'm not sure if she left certain things out to protect the privacy of the people involved, but in any case there were gaps. For instance, she is raising her grandson Oluwa, yet no explanation is given as to why. She mentions her daughter Gemmia on just about every other page, yet her children Damon and Nisa barely get honorable mentions.
I think she should have provided more detail about her relationship or lack thereof with her other children. Damon and Nisa just pop up in the book the day Gemmia died, there was no mention of them for several chapters. I just feel like if you're going to tell the story, tell the story, the gaps were distracting because I found myself wondering about what wasn't said. But the message at the core of the book was about pathologies, and how they are passed down through generations.
She lived a life similar to her mother although her mother died when she was just 3 years old. And her daughters had endured some of the same things she went through. I'm a huge Iyanla fan, and this was a good book -- I'm just really sorry she had to go through so much unpleasantness and upheaval in her personal life. She is searingly honest about it. The book is cleverly structured; it's really an examination of the experience and impact of the death of her daughter to cancer, but the first half is like a prologue laying the found Kind of like a follow-up to "Yesterday, I Cried," where the author uses her personal experiences to impart wisdom to her readers.
The book is cleverly structured; it's really an examination of the experience and impact of the death of her daughter to cancer, but the first half is like a prologue laying the foundation so the reader will understand clearly why she had the reactions she did. Mar 07, Kathleen Smith rated it liked it. Oh, how I wanted to love this book!!!! With in the pages there are some pearls of wisdom. But as a memior, I felt as if I had been dragged through depression and disfuntion. I try really hard to not stay in my story.
We all have stories and the longer we stay in them the worse life seems It happened there is nothing we can do I love the saying ' Let Go or Be Dragged Let go you lovely loving wonderful lady If you were here I Oh, how I wanted to love this book!!!! If you were here I would hug you Jan 08, Roxanne rated it liked it. She was very interesting to me and I immediately placed on my "to read" list her book Peace from Broken Pieces. I have never heard of Iyanla, nor have I read any of her books.
After reading Peace from Broken Pieces I cannot imagine turning to her to read a book about really anything. While I was interested in her life story, I felt she was disorganized in the presentation to the reader. I had to wade through a lot of empty repetitive writing to find my story. I dismissed everything she had to offer in other areas because in my opinion she had little experience in her preachings.
I felt she was a fraud. I am cheering Iyanla on because she had beat herself up enough in her lifetime. It appeared at one point Iyanla did have access to Dr. Phil and I wish she would have turned to him for private help. I think he could have helped her tremendously. I "got" what Vanzants life had been all about; patterns followed that did nothing to meet her needs. I did not appreciate the reference to her being insane for the first 50 years of her life. I think there were much better ways of describing herself to the reader. I appreciated Iyanla's honesty in her writing. Not many people are willing to go to the depths that she did.
I have different thoughts on Bill Geddie. I hope by now he knows he can respect a person without liking them. I really felt bad for Iyanla and her entire experience with Buena Vista. Since I have recently had the experience of sitting with my mother as she suffered from pancreatic cancer, Iyanla's experience hit pretty close to home. I was very down after reading this book. I hope writing the book earned her some cash and helped her to go forward with a new spring in her step. She needs to once and for all break her negative family patterns and enjoy what life does have to offer her.
Jun 23, Lisa rated it liked it. I saw Iyanla on Oprah and immediately ordered her book on my Kindle and basically could not put it down until I was done. She is such a powerful person to listen to, the things she said on Oprah just made me go, "Ah ha! Her book was very good, one of the most candid and absolutely raw memoirs I have ever read. This woman lays it ALL out there, she is so blatantly honest about every single moment in her life, but it's not just about that. This book is so much more. She gives I saw Iyanla on Oprah and immediately ordered her book on my Kindle and basically could not put it down until I was done.
She gives us little lessons along the way, real soul lessons that we can actually take in and use. I truly read her book and felt that I had learned something about myself. It is a compelling read from a woman who once had it all, fame, fortune, a regular appearance on the Oprah Show, and then she lost it all. She was shaken to the very core of her being, and yes she was even angry at God whom she adored above all else.
The only thing I will say that was a bit confusing was although I totally understand that Iyanla is a woman of God, sometimes I felt like her friends near the end anyway kept reassuring her that nothing was her fault. Her marriage ending, her career tanking, etc. That it was the pathology of her DNA that ran through her veins An good book for anyone who is searching for meaning and purpose. I am so Blessed to have found this book, I started crying the first 5 chapters.
I lived in the projects and was on welfare, only for 9 mos but I still felt the pains of a system that showed you rejection at every turn. I have gone through some of the same tragedies as a child. My mother is mentally disabled, my father was murdered when I was I was raised by an abusive grandmother, where my little sister was the welcomed child and I was the child that got punished for everything, beating with I am so Blessed to have found this book, I started crying the first 5 chapters. I was raised by an abusive grandmother, where my little sister was the welcomed child and I was the child that got punished for everything, beating with extension cords and everything else.
I would also hid and be invisible, I would clean the house just so she would leave me alone. I feel her pain when she talks about dealings with men. My father abused my mother before the divorce and I for a while was drawn to the wrong types of men. I had to leave my home town and start fresh in order to be successful. I am back in college now, I am a Supervisor at the Post office and my son is graduating college this year. I have broken the cycle in every way. Sep 14, Valerie rated it liked it.
Vanzant mentions that this is her story. It takes us through her darkest days, triumphs, downfalls and her road to personal growth and healing. It is not a direct self help book. The book offers the reader spiritual encouragement based on her life experiences which she goes into in admirable detail, with prayers and quotes along the way in hopes of bringing awareness to our own spirituality.
My favorite quote from the book is "I've learned we all get exactly what we need, when we need it,i Ms. My favorite quote from the book is "I've learned we all get exactly what we need, when we need it,in order to learn what God intends for us to know so we can be who God intends for us to be".
My favorite prayer from the book is " Dear God: Please untie the nots, All of the can nots, should nots, may nots and have nots. Please erase from my mind the thoughts that I am not good enough". Jun 02, Tiffany rated it really liked it Shelves: Peace from Broken Pieces is Iyanla Vanzant's journey through the darkest days of her life. Her daughter Gemmia was her best friend through all of the dark days. As the middle child Gemmia tried to be the perfect daughter.
She got good grades, never got in trouble and helped raise her brother and sister. As an adult, Gemmia continued to play her role by helping run her mother's business and becoming her best friend. No matter how hard Gemmia tried to be perfect, her mother didn't really notice Peace from Broken Pieces is Iyanla Vanzant's journey through the darkest days of her life. No matter how hard Gemmia tried to be perfect, her mother didn't really notice her. After stuffing her anger for years and trying to be perfect, Gemmia died from cancer. Iyanla is devastated at the loss of her daughter.
After reading Gemmia's journals from the past ten years, Iyanla tries to come to terms with her role in her daughter's illness and in the lessons she passed on to her about love. Iyanla realizes that she has unconsciously passed on the dysfunctional family dynamics that she had vowed to change for her children. After realizing the part she played in Gemmia's death, she begins to start over and change the dynamics for her grandchildren.
I liked this book, although it wasn't what I was expecting. I thought it would start with her story and then move into a self-help book to help others through their broken pieces. She did give bits and pieces of advice, but most of the book was her story. Although I had just finished a book about the early parts of her life, I still enjoyed learning more about her current life. I recommend this book if you like Iyanla or biographies. Oct 05, Nakia rated it liked it.
In this book, Iyanla shares her tremendously tragic childhood, her many mistakes as a teen and single mother, her rise as an inspirational speaker, her fall from grace after losing her contract with the Oprah show, the disastrous day time show of her own produced by Barbara Walters, and losing her closest daughter to cancer.
This memoir is interesting, but there are parts that are vague and glossed over. Iyanla shares about her final failed marriage but doesn't go in depth about her first two. Sh In this book, Iyanla shares her tremendously tragic childhood, her many mistakes as a teen and single mother, her rise as an inspirational speaker, her fall from grace after losing her contract with the Oprah show, the disastrous day time show of her own produced by Barbara Walters, and losing her closest daughter to cancer.
She also spends much of the last part of the book detailing her daughter's heartbreaking illness and death, but barely speaks at all about her other children. By the end of the book, you have no idea what kind of relationship they share. She is vague about a lot of important things, but maybe that information was included in her prior books. I can't help but to feel that her version of events might be denied by the other parties involved. It's also pretty odd to me that she would publish a memoir without including the motivations behind her current career and how she specifically got started in the business.
Despite all of that, this book is extremely sad. Iyanla has lived a very hard life, with one tragic heartbreak after the other one would think she'd be a little more empathetic toward the women on her current show on OWN because of it. I commend her for her successes and for sharing such intimate details about her childhood and family. Those interested in knowing more about this inspirational speaker and mentor should definitely pick this one up.
Nov 08, Terri rated it really liked it. I saw Iyanla on Oprah's Lifeclass on OWN last week and decided to read this book after she referred to one of the concepts in it. If you believe in a spiritual world beyond this earth in which souls choose their life here on earth to learn certain lessons in order to heal themselves I found her to be believable and her spiritual ideas and concepts to be very interesting.
Her life story is heartbreaking. This woman has overcome so much--she's a true warrior of lif I saw Iyanla on Oprah's Lifeclass on OWN last week and decided to read this book after she referred to one of the concepts in it. This woman has overcome so much--she's a true warrior of life. I fell in love with her daughter Gemmia and was amazed at her wisdom. Iyanla bares her soul, her emotions, flaws and mistakes.
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I saw her as a very flawed individual who is striving to grow and become everything she feels God wants her to be. I agreed with a lot of what she had to say--as for the points I didn't fully agree with, she gave me a lot to digest and ponder. Mar 14, David Jay rated it it was ok. Iyanlva Vanzant has written lots of wonderful stuff and I think she is an amazing teacher and speaker, but this book is a disappointing and self-pitying mess.
I was so looking forward to this book and I very much like the memoir-as-self help genre but this book just failed for me. There were also grammatical errors, typos and some erroneous information, like Iyanla thinks aids can be spread in a hot tub and had a big fight with her ex husband over this. That was disturbing to read. Read a differe Iyanlva Vanzant has written lots of wonderful stuff and I think she is an amazing teacher and speaker, but this book is a disappointing and self-pitying mess. Read a different Iyanla book. Or, better yet, watch her on youtube.
Her strength is really as a speaker, not a writer. Mar 10, Joe rated it it was ok. I really wanted to love this book. Vanzant on Oprah twice! For me, it's too repetitive and frustrating. I found myself saying, "Ok, I get it, I get it" more than a few times. I'm in a book club. I did not choose this book. Not one for watching TV, this was my first exposure to Iyanla Vanzant. I was not impressed! Maybe hearing her talk on talk shows is the secret rather than reading about her life in a book, because all I got out of it is that she is a phony! What she preaches to others is not how she even lives her own life.
Why follow a supposedly expert's advice when they don't even walk that way in their own life? I personally don't want to take adv I'm in a book club. I personally don't want to take advice from someone is who messed up in their own personal lives. Did she write this book because she was in desperate need of money yet again? I do commend her for doing so, because it opened up a whole can of worms of her leading a false life.
It could had done nothing to help her with her career because it exposes her to her own bad relationships in her personal life. I also commend her for doing so, because it couldn't had been easy, not all at. I have been told her by friends that she is a wonderful inspirational speaker in helping broken relationships, but how can you give advice when you don't have the same skills in your own relationships with your parents, husbands, or children? What I got out of her relationships is that she is a control freak and feels a need to control everyone around her.
Her life is one tragic episode after another starting from day one in childhood into adulthood. I was in shock, in disbelief that someone could have such tragic story after story and wondered how much can one person endure and suffer? It was heartbreaking and I cried.
But, to be well into adulthood and continually blame her father, her grandmother, her mother is tiring and unfair. There comes a point when you have to say what happened in the past was in the past, it's time to move on and make a change. Yes, she says this many times, but she has a terrible habit of messing up over and over again, making one foolish decision after another, and it's ends up being the same pattern that she doesn't seem to see.
There were a few ahaaa moments, but very few. Her story really frustrated me. I was not a believer in God speaking to her and having actual conversations with her. I thought it was more like it was her voices telling her what to do rather than God's, because it was never the best advice, and it always fell apart. It was more of what was good for Iyanla at the time and then finding out it wasn't good at all. In Chapter 5, when she was talking about the "soul", it came out of nowhere and I thought it was all just crazy talk.
That did it for me. She goes on to say "souls have assignments and lessons". Even her husband tells her "you are not the only that the spirt speaks to, you know? That makes me suspcious". It's because Iyanla, it's your inner voice telling you what to do, because it is what is good for YOU at that moment and yet again it ends up being another bad judgement on your part and not the Holy Spirit's talking to you as you claim.
By Chapter 10, I was really done with the book. I didn't want to pick it up anymore.
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I couldn't take reading more of her foolishness and her pretending to be one with God, while she was messing up her life yet again. She didn't convince me ever that she was a better mother than her own or that she was a dedicated mother. I think she put her children on the back burner while her wants and everyone else's around her were the priority. What exactly happened to her son that he went to jail for?
It was never explained.
There was no talk about her oldest daughter either. This book centered around Iyanla's and Gemma's lives. If I was her other two children and read this book, I would had been a mess. She makes it very clear that she favors her middle child.
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To only find out it was 2 weeks. She has a tendency of contradicting herself a lot. That same time period, she tells Gemma it's about time she moves out on her own since she is 25, an adult and a mother. Even though Iyanla has been unable to find a place for months, Gemma finds a "beautiful apartment" within 4 days, but then to only move in with her daughter and family for 4 months. I thought what the heck?
My mouth gapped open at that! It seems I'm not the only one that felt she is phony because Gemma tells her and this quote is from her husband, "you aren't practicing what you are preaching" to turn around and admit to herself that "the voice I had accepted as Divine Guidance was actually the voice of my ego leading me right into destruction. I just thought she was so self centered because even when her daughter is diagnosed with cancer, Iyanla feels it's God punishing her for all the wrong she has done in her lifetime.
Does this sound like a spiritual leader to you? Do you think God seriously works that way woman? She always needs to interfere and assuming what people are thinking rather than asking them. Time and time again she does this.
I felt towards the end in Chapter 19, she was finally coming to terms with turning her life around, but then blows it in the next paragraph. Chapter 20 when she is praying and all of a sudden she's having a conversation with a woman's voice which I presume is her dead daughter Gemma is just too weird for me to take seriously.
She has this happen conversations numerous times through the book. How many times must the reader be convinced she is going to turn her life around? I stopped believing many chapters before.