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Peace from Broken Pieces

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,839 Ratings  ·  251 Reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published (first published September 15th 2010)
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Aug 23, 2011 Latiffany rated it did not like it
Perhaps I am in the wrong mental state to fully appreciate this book, but I thought it was awful. I appreciate how honest Vanzant is about her life and the scenes surrounding her daughter's death brought me to tears. The rest of the book just seemed like a never ending saga of drama and Vanzant playing the victim. We all have flaws and the bible is filled with flawed characters that God used to teach and lead his people, but some of Vanzant's flaws are quite scary considering her age and experie ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Helena rated it it was amazing
I remember reading Ayelet Waldman's GOOD-BAD MOTHER and being in complete and utter awe of her honesty. In my view, she made a slow, naked walk in public look easy. I had a similar experience while (listening) to PEACE FROM BROKEN PIECES in the sense that Vanzant also translates harrowing life experiences into achingly honest and beautiful prose but she takes it further. Vanzant has clearly spent the time to distill the lessons of her life and how to consciously try to make different choices, or ...more
Kind of like a follow-up to "Yesterday, I Cried," where the author uses her personal experiences to impart wisdom to her readers. 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 ...more
Kathleen Smith
Mar 07, 2011 Kathleen Smith rated it liked it
Oh, how I wanted to love this book!!!! Because ever since Starting Over, I have loved Iyanla Vanzant. 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 ...more
Jun 23, 2011 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!" all over the place. 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 ...more
Jan 20, 2014 Sontue rated it it was ok
I tried to give this book a chance but I didn't find much interesting or useful in it. I was also disappointed because the title seemed like it was going to be a self-help book with some guidance for the reading. This was not the case, it was just a recollection of Iyanla's life. I'm not quite sure if I'm convinced she found out how to get peace from broken pieces. I was surprised at how Iyanla continued to make major life mistakes and blamed everyone except herself. I understand circumstances g ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Roxanne rated it liked it
The first time I saw Iyanla Vanzant she appeared on Oprah during the Farewell Season. 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 lo
Vanessa Peterson
Mar 12, 2011 Vanessa Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 12. 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 ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Valerie rated it liked it
Ms. 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
David Jay
Mar 25, 2011 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
Tiffany Cooke
Jun 02, 2012 Tiffany Cooke rated it really liked it
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
Nov 08, 2011 Terri rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-books-read
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...than you will enjoy this book. 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 ...more
Mar 10, 2011 Joe rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book. After seeing Ms. Vanzant on Oprah (twice!) last month I tore through this book. For me, it's too repetitive and frustrating. I found myself saying, "Ok, I get it, I get it" more than a few times.
Paromita Bardoloi
Feb 04, 2014 Paromita Bardoloi rated it it was amazing
If you have ever watched Oprah Winfrey Network’s Super Soul Sundays, there is one woman you just cannot miss out. She is Iyanla Vanzant. Apart from Iyanla: Fix my life, two of her most poignant episodes were: Daddyless daughters and Fatherless sons. In the episodes she poignantly helps men and women without a father figure in their life and to deal with the empty space a parent leaves behind. However behind the wise stories that she has today which helped and transformed thousands of lives, lie ...more
Mar 19, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all women
Recommended to Mary by: I saw in on Oprah Show
I see Iyanla Vanzant pouring her heart out in this book. She shares with her readers the agony and pain suffered has she tried to hold on to her relationship. Although she knew somethings were going on behind her back, she yet tried to survive the relationship.
In chapter 2 "Walking Wounded". I see how hurts from her childhood has now followed her into adulthood. Now she sees herself doing some of the same things she saw or heard that her mother did.
Talking about the need to break generational
Oct 02, 2013 Shelley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. Phony! Why follow a supposedly expert's advice when they don't even walk that way in their own life? Phony! I personally don't want to take adv ...more
May 17, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I had no expectations when I started this...just started reading and couldn't stop. Peace from Broken Pieces came into my life at the perfect time and helped me to process parts of my history that needed attention and healing. Grateful to Iyanla for being so open and honest with her life and sharing her wisdom.
Oct 10, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Iyanla is one of those women who puts my life into perspective. We have had very similar paths; I've had multiple marriages, lost my entire life savings,my home, BUT I have never sat with my adult child and watched him die! Kuddos to her for the strength she gives to us in her ability to write about this and rebound with such courage and hope. Blessings to Iyanla and those who supported her during that gut wrenching, life altering time! God will NOT put more on our plates than we can handle even ...more
Nov 02, 2011 Msladydeborah rated it it was amazing
Peace from Broken Pieces is a book that I needed to read at this particular point in my life. Iyanla Vanzant shares a very personal story about her life in this book. She uses her skill as a spiritual teacher to help the reader navigate through difficult times in a positive manner.

Iyanla shares some very life shattering events in this book. Her daughter's death, her divorce from her husband, the details around relationship with Oprah, her television show and the forclosure on her home. As you ma
May 30, 2011 veganjilly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, favorites
Iyanla is an amazing and inspiring woman. I had always wondered what had happened to her. I loved her books in the late 90s/ early 2000s, and had always hoped she would start writing again. This book did not disappoint! Iyanla reveals her story in an incredibly raw, honest, authentic fashion. She really shares her journey with readers; even the painful and very difficult aspects of it. I found myself crying at several points in this book, and feeling a lot of compassion and respect for Iyanla. T ...more
Melissa Declet
Nov 21, 2014 Melissa Declet rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It brought me tears in my eyes multiple times. Iyanla is a powerful strong woman. I am in awe after reading her story. Please read this book, it will change your life.
Jan 11, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
After becoming a multimillionaire, having her own television talk show, and writing a number of best sellers, Iyanla One day, as I sat helplessly surveying the broken pieces of my mind, heart, and life, I recognized that a broken life is a test of faith of the highest order."

I like the book, but it was heartbreaking to read about the avoidable and unavoidable tragedies that Iyanla endured simultaneously. Her healing journey--financially, psychologically, and spiritually--was not easy but is insp
Shelley Jones
Jul 19, 2015 Shelley Jones rated it it was ok
***review contains SPOILERS***
Ok....Soooo...many many moons ago I was given a copy of Iyanla's amazing book "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up". I was going through a rough patch and so a friend graciously thought I would like the book. I devoured it. I'm not at all a self help book kind of girl, but I felt like this book was special. Iyanla definitely has a gift with words and offered such realistic and down to earth advice that you could use in your every day life, that I read it over and over, p
Alretha Thomas
Apr 24, 2014 Alretha Thomas rated it it was amazing
It amazes me how resilient the human spirit is especially when one is connected to that Great Spirit—I choose to call God. Iyanla Vanzant is truly her Father’s (God’s) daughter. He has gifted her beyond measure, with not only an ability to write, but an ability to share with the world her life lessons so that we can avoid and in some cases not avoid the pitfalls that she has dealt with for the majority of her life. This book chronicles her fall from fame and fortune after her relationship with O ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it
I did not go into reading this book because I was a fan of Iyanla Vanzant. I knew that she had become popular and I wondered why she all of a sudden disappeared from the media. Years had gone by and I wanted to know what had happened to her success.

When I heard that she had come out with this book, I had to read it! What made this a good read for me was the fact that she was stark honest about what had happened to her over the course of all those years she was out of the public's eye.

The story o
Apr 13, 2011 Lucas rated it liked it
This book is a solid read if you're an Iyanla fan, but the book drags in the last third. "Yesterday, I Cried" made an impression on me in the 90s, and this feels like a Where Are They Now? update to that book that runs a bit long. That said, there's inspiration, revelation, and lots to learn from Iyanla's journey. I think there's something powerful about getting to the "top" and realizing there's nothing there...
Aug 17, 2013 Romana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this book. I wanted this book to teach me how to get through what you're going through (as the title suggests). I wanted to get lessons. I got nothing of what I wanted. So the question is, did I want the right things? How can I learn from someone who constantly bemoans her status in life? How can I learn from her own broken pieces when she doesn't mend her own? Thoroughly disappointed.
May 23, 2012 Linnet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. I have a whole new respect for Iyanla Vanzant. So happy she shared her story and explains why she's so good at what she does. Anyone who's going through a valley in their life can relate to this book and see just how people we revere have moments of doubt, sincerity and how they work through those valleys trusting and believing in God that He will bring you through.
Aug 05, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not a book you can't put down. I find it difficult to recommend a book that appears to be mainly about her healing through writing this book rather than what the title implies: how to get through what your going through.
Jun 27, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
Wow Iyanla has gone through a lot, both before and after her fame. This is an introspective biography. The moral is you keep on keeping and and learn all you can from all that life brings you.
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In Peace From Broken Pieces New York Times best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant she recounts the last decade of her life and the spiritual lessons learnedfrom 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 daughters 15 months of illness and death on Christmas day. Like a phoenix ri ...more
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