Peace from Broken Pieces
How to Get Through What You’re Going Through
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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 the strength and wisdom she has gained by supporting others in their journeys to make sense out of the puzzle pieces of their lives.
I Heard Your Voice!
I am one of the women who attended African American Women on Tour at one of the lowest points in my life. I was caught between should I keep on going and why should I? At that time, for me, it was an uphill climb to the bottom. I don't know what I expected. I just knew I was miserable and I needed to get away from a job where I was devalued, with a boss who thought he was a modern day plantation owner. My mind was weary. My body was weary. My life was weary.
I was going through the motions of paying attention to the workshops and the speakers until I heard one of the main speakers at dinner. This beautiful brown sister with natural hair and a calm demeanor, just being in her presence was calming to my restless spirit. Her name was Iyanla Vanzant.
I can not remember exactly what she said that night; but my mind heard her, my heart heard her and my spirit heard her! I returned from that conference with my spirit renewed and my life worth living. I realized how close to the edge I had come and how, unknowingly, she had pulled me back! I tell this story because after reading "Peace from Broken Pieces", I realize this woman who gave me so much confidence, did not truly believe in herself at that time. She did not yet know how she touched the lives of those she spoke to with so much understanding and healing. She did not understand her gift.
I had the opportunity to thank Ms. Vanzant at another AAWOT conference. I told her how she saved my life. In a quiet voice she told me that I might have heard something she said, but I saved my own life. I beg to differ. She saved me!
"Peace from Broken Pieces" is a work about Iyanla Vanzant becoming her authentic self. We are always three people at one time: Who we were, who we are and who we are becoming. This is the story of Iyanla's journey to becoming. It will make you laugh, cry; but most of all, it will make you aware of being human. It will teach you lessons that you may be unaware you need to learn. Read it with an open mind and an open heart. It will help you find your peace within your broken pieces.
Thank you, Iyanla Vanzant, thank you.
Beverlee A. Browning
Peace from broken pieces
Ms. Vazant's willingness to share her gut-wrenching journey from her abusive childhood, to her conflicted relationships with men, to her struggles with motherhood, to national recognition and finally, to her heartbreaking losses, is nothing short of courageous. Her raw honesty reaches a familiar chord in all of us who have ever doubted our worthiness and who carry generational traditions of self-abuse. She reminds us that we also carry the ability to find peace, love and self acceptance. During this period of economic stress, unemployment, foreclosure, and as the American public tries to find Peace From Broken Pieces, Ms. Vanzant's book is timely!
Help is here.
If your searching for answers as to why you are suffering, why it feels as if your heart is breaking, read this book. You find the answers you are needing. I did. Now I hope to continue this life with the knowledge I needed to find peace.