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One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: Working Toward Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth

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One Day My Soul Just Opened Up is a program of inspiration and motivation that will help you work through problems and improve your emotional and spiritual health. Through her words, Iyanla provides you with the tools to tap into your strengths and make your dreams come true.
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Published March 1st 1999 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published January 1st 1998)
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Feb 12, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In Nov 1998 and through to March 9, 1999 – I read and worked with a book by Iyanla Vanzant, called:
One Day my Soul Just Opened Up. It was recommended to me by a dear friend, MaryAnn Kluga, and it was SO helpful. Here is a piece of the poem she read to me over the phone that convinced me to go find it, buy it, and do it. "You are now put on notice that... YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED!"

"One day, my soul just opened up
and out poured all the things
I'd been hiding
and denying
and living through
that had just
Marilyn Diamond
Oct 22, 2009 Marilyn Diamond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book got me through a rough divorce.
Shalonda Williams
Nov 11, 2009 Shalonda Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those seeking their personal, spiritual TRUTH
Everyday is a new experience with mind renewal. Thinking that we know ourselves and actually knowing ourselves are two different things. I believe that reading this book brings that reality into focus.
Elynur Gambet
Jan 11, 2012 Elynur Gambet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
got a copy of this when i turned 18.. a gift from a childhood friend.. truly an inspiring book that opened my soul to possibilities of LIFE and to grow in spirit with HIM..
Aug 23, 2008 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE guide to being a decent human being co- exisiting in a society of other people (not my strength). skills that I find amazingly difficult to do on a daily basis. This book also comes on CD/tape. And that is particularly helpful when trying to really "get it". The author does a great job of breaking down the difficult areas and providing examples of when she had issues, and how to connect spiritually to find the strength to re think how you can be in the world. A book that you can come back to ...more
I struggle to do this book daily because I have a hard time trying to do something in the morning and at night. I do find that I agree with what it says a lot, I just tend to do most of my daily meditations once a day and not twice a day. It also makes you think a lot because of all the questions it asks.
Mar 27, 2012 Pg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. It's a must for anyone who has questions that can only be answered by looking within. I give this book to anyone who is having any kind of emotional, spiritual, personal, and financial problems.

It makes a great gift, anytime of the year.
Sep 02, 2009 Suzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is also a yummy read. Allows one to keep focused on changing old/outdated/toxic patterns and forging ahead toward the life you want to lead. Excellent read.
Dec 22, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was a really good book and I am sure I will be referencing back to many of the chapters again and again.
Laquarn Michaels
Jan 05, 2017 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book truly changed my life! I didn't think it would but it forced me to ask myself some pretty tough questions which lead to some life-altering decisions. She warns you at the beginning and Iyanla isn't joking. Great book!
This book has so much good stuff in it, I could never keep all of it in my head all at once. This is a book that I will keep close by me to refer back to often. I love the journaling aspect and I marked and wrote a ton of stuff in my copy.
Gregg Bell
One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days and 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth is mostly filler. Like the author had a book due her publisher and had to pump it out for deadline.

It's full of worksheets and questions and affirmations like:


(Well, that'll change your life right there.)

But anyway, although the negatives are strong, there are some absolute gems in this book.

Are you working hard and feeling like you're not get
Jan 16, 2016 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second or third time through this book. It is uplifting, but in a very down-to-earth way. Iyanla has been married and divorced, remarried, has adult children, practiced law and then chose not to, became a writer and even a minister.

The book is divided into two-or-three page chapters, with space for written reflection. You can read one section per day, or choose your own pace. She summarizes the main concepts at the end, and says she could have written the entire book in five pages. (
Apr 13, 2016 Lareynolds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal read for anyone in the process of soul work! This book is for anyone who enjoys maintaining a positive outlook on life and knows that gratitude and day-to-day joy can only come from healing old wounds from the past (that we may not even realize are there). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and, quite frankly, I finished it way before the 40 days. Iyanla Vanzant demonstrates how very important it is to take a very close and REAL look at who we are, why we are the way we are, and how to fe ...more
So, for some reason I had gotten the impression that this book was something completely different than it was. Must have gotten it mixed up with some other author.
And that's not the book's fault of course, but the first pangs of disappointment stemmed from that.
And then, it just didn't bring me any new insight or clarity or intrigue. I felt like this was something I read a long time ago, but that I've sort of passed that point by now. Like this was somewhat Basic stuff, which is important too, b
Feb 01, 2015 Adriana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Adriana by:
A friend of mine gave this book to me. I had it on my shelf for some time. Then one evening, not knowing what to read, my eyes stopped at the brighness of the cover and I realized I needed some light in my life. I had unfortunately, been experiencing some turmoil in my life. I did not expect to enjoy, learn, or get as much out of it as I did. But I was greatly greatful for it's accompaniment and lectures during this tough time. It is a powerful book.
Jan 05, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Iyanla's since the The Oprah Winfrey Show was in full swing. I've referred to this book during several times of transition over the course of my life and each time, I learn something new about myself. The book has great passages on a variety of topics (Faith, Balance, Discipline, etc.)as well as exercises for reflection. It's inspiring to chart one's progress without it feeling like "work." Would love to read something new of hers.
Jan 19, 2015 Hanaan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is literally a treasure , from page 1 u'll find urself indulging in it And it will talk about u at some phase of your life not only , but also it gives u the steps how to move on from it.
i so much recommend it to anyone who is willing to change for better or whatever kind you are it 'll suit u perfectly(Y)
Dawn Johnson
I received this book to read from my sister and I did go through it! While I have some respect for her due to her experiences and suggestions I found this book a bit cumbersome. It almost seemed that there was a page requirement for her publisher. I am also a different spiritual seeker, so I found this book a bit off the mark for me.
Jun 21, 2014 Elise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First book of hers I had read and fell in love with her style and honesty. Oh yes, you need to be brutally honest with yourself if you hope to get anything out of this book. You also need to allow yourself to stop, look, and wake up, which I desperately needed to do at the time I discovered this book. Thanks Iyanla...
Apr 15, 2008 Alice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think that I benefited by just learning to reflect on situations and meditate about how I am in control of the good & challenging things that happen to me. In fact ‘things’ don’t happen ‘to’ me but rather, I am part of events that happen! This is all said in hindsight as I'm writing this review years after I read part of this book, & admit I did not finish the book.
Aug 27, 2007 Carla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book. If you are feeling a bit stale or a little spiritually deprived, it can stir up some beautiful emotions. I read this when I had just graduated college and was looking for something deeper. This book truly opened me up and I still look back and some of the passages I read and highlighted.
Amanda Hains
Apr 06, 2016 Amanda Hains rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysticism
I really loved this book. I read it at the beginning of my spiritual journey and it has been with me ever since. It is like reading a letter from a best friend. Kind, warm, deep, great advice that is easy to understand and implement in your own life. It made a big positive impact on the way that I viewed my thought patterns and the way that I was treating myself.
Vickie Ventura
Jul 27, 2013 Vickie Ventura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate the way Vanzant offers perspective in this book. I have read each page but am by no means finished with it. As she promotes several principles I know that I will find myself reviewing different chapters in the future. I would recommend this book to anyone finding themselves lost or apprehensive about their future. There is a calming effect in the reflection exercises.
Jabulile Khumalo
Ooohhh... After I finished reading this book my Soul Had opened up on another level. I just love the care and the simplicity in which she wrote this book. Really made me feel like she knew what I needed to hear when I needed to hear it. I Loved it!
Kim Morelli
Aug 17, 2013 Kim Morelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, it took more than 40 days, but it was such a good one that I wanted to chew it up and digest it slowly. Really some thought-provoking stuff that made you understand and believe that you are doing the right thing / at the right time in your life... no matter what! Have faith and believe!
Aug 17, 2010 Orishaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I can never say I've finished reading it because through the course of time I find myself picking it up again and re-reading certain passages. Learning something different that I didn't relate to the first time I read it.
This book has really helped me in a difficult time. I took more than 40 days to do this book. I took my time to really read and write my feelings. I will be starting it back again in the next month. And then compare both of my journal entries to see if I wrote the same or not.
Jul 09, 2012 Dayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of women know about this book, especially in the African American community. I heard Ms. Vanzant on the radio, and I really wanted this book. I bought the CDs, and I wasn't sorry. A woman from work, TW and I would often discuss this book. Very inspirational!
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