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Peace from Broken Pieces

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,552 ratings  ·  295 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

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Published September 15th 2010 by Hay House, Inc.
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Aug 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*I get a lot of comments regarding this review. I delete them all, so don't bother writing one and trying to debate me about Iyanla Vanzant. I find her entertaining and probably even well-meaning, but I stand by what I wrote 8 years ago. She wants a check. Who doesn't?! I just prefer when people are honest about it. I deleted one line of the original review regarding Vanzant's childhood rape. I rather not comment on it at all. If you love Iyanla Vanzant and aren't open to any criticism of your ...more
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Kathleen Smith
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
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
Jun 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vanessa Peterson
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
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
Sep 17, 2013 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 ...more
Paromita Bardoloi
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
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
David Jay
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.

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Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
K.S. Thompson
Apr 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The subtitle of this book is "How to get through what you're going through", so naturally I assumed that this would be a self-help book on dealing with your own struggle. Instead I found a story about the author's life and what I understand to be how she was processing her own struggles.

I recently lost a very dear friend, but unlike the author I do not have the luxury of retreating to my bed for months in order to heal. I found it rather puzzling that anyone who struggled so much financially
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2013 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.
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
May 10, 2012 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.
Melissa Declet
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ms. Alford
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book so far! It tells the story of how a woman went from being poor and a teen mother, to being a famous and inspirational speaker. She is truly a great writer!
just ordered from Amazon - so excited!
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.
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-kindle, 2011
Iyanla Vanzant is one of those people who inspire me. Really looking forward to this book.
Andrea Ward
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Happy Friday!!!
This good was a very good read for me. It explained why Iyanla had been out of the limelight. I had seen her a few years ago during a town hall seminar that Tavis Smiley used to host. Iyanla mentioned some of these challenges & experiences in her life, however, I was disconnected to her experience because I had not heard or read about them.
The author's perspective in this book read like a *cause & effect* principle. If I would do this, then that would happen, but can
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