I’m reviewing my favorite summer reads over the next five weeks; I hope you’ll join me!
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I was at my favorite thrift store a few weeks ago when I came across Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through on the shelf. I immediately picked it up, took it home, dug in, and didn’t stop until I was finished two days later. (It was that good!)
Getting to know Iyanla
I first remember seeing Iyanla Vanzant on the last season of the Oprah show a few years ago. Evidently, there was rumor that Iyanla and Oprah had a falling out several years earlier, causing the two to go their separate ways. Iyanla was back on the show to “make up” with Oprah when I first saw her.
During the show, the two ladies discussed some of the events that had happened to Iyanla since she had parted ways with Oprah. This woman’s story was so intriguing…she had lost a daughter, went through a divorce, lost all of her money, and was just beginning to feel whole again. I immediately felt a great deal of respect and sympathy for her.
Several months later, I discovered that Iyanla had begun a new show on the Oprah network, in which she counsels people who are broken and hurting. After one episode, both my husband and I were hooked.
Iyanla had this way about her that drew a person in: she was God-fearing, gentle, caring, motherly, compassionate. She was willing to tell someone the absolute truth, no matter if it was politically correct or not, and then take them into her arms and love them a few moments later. What a wonderful person!
Good Summer Read
Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through is really Iyanla’s autobiography. Although her story is fascinating, she doesn’t really give her reader any steps to follow to get through their own tough times.
Getting through the first few pages, I needed some tissues–she begins her story talking about the day her daughter passed away from cancer. It is a moving scene; I could feel her great pain.
As the book moves forward, Iyanla describes her childhood, beatings by her father, uncle and boyfriends, her early marriage and divorce, and how she started her multi-million dollar business, only to see it crumble a few years later. Somehow, she endured all this tragedy and hardship and came out a better person in the end.
It was hard to read about a woman subjecting herself to abusive boyfriends and making wrong choices again and again…half the time I was screaming in my head, “Don’t do it! Don’t do it!” She expresses a desire early on to prevent her children from going through what she went through, but in the end, the cycle of infidelity and violence continues on, which is sad to see.
In the end, I thought Peace was a very moving story of a wonderful person that just might inspire a woman in a tough situation to find the strength to take her broken pieces and make a new life for herself.
Get your own copy of Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through at Amazon–it’s available in paperback, Kindle or audio book.
Have you seen any of Iyanla’s shows? What do you think of her?