Peace from Broken Pieces

How to Get Through What You’re Going Through
by Iyanla Vanzant

I bought this book last fall when it was first published because I am a fan of Iyanla Vanzant and have read all of her books. I even read the autobiography that she wrote and then decided that she didn’t want published, but her publisher at the time put it out anyway and she sued and won and now the book just seems like an urban myth because you can’t find it anywhere. Whew!

Anyway, I’ve had the book all this time and tried to pick it up here and there but I never stuck with it. It wasn’t until she appeared on the infamous two part episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show that I went back to it and dived in full force. While the adage, “those who can’t do, teach” is an often overused cliché, when you read this book you will realize the truth in it. Dealing with the illness and subsequent death of her middle child and the erosion of her career, Vanzant begins a journey where she searches through the events of her life that brought her to this point. It is the most honest we’ve ever seen her and therefore the most courageous. This book will be eye-opening for people who think that successful celebrities have it all together, especially those who make their living as spiritual life coaches.


I will say that I have had the fortune to have met her and her daughter Gemmia a few times, and while she was always professional and charming, I felt an aloofness there that I didn’t expect from someone in her position. That also happened to me when I met Deepak Chopra. Maybe it’s me…

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