To only find out it was 2 weeks. It takes us through her darkest days, triumphs, downfalls and her road to personal growth and healing. I really felt bad for Iyanla and her entire experience with Buena Vista. We all have stories and the longer we stay in them the worse life seems. Let go you lovely loving wonderful lady.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Iyanla shares why everything we need to learn is reflected in our relationships and the strength and wisdom she has gained by supporting others in their journeys to make sense out of the puzzle pieces of their lives. Lives fall apart, not because God is punishing us for what we have or have not done. 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. I had always wondered what had happened to her. We all have stories and the longer we stay in them the worse life seems.
Please search using the form below:. To be that person who formerly, when you went to a theater's box office, or when you went to Blockbuster, could say this is good, this you'll like if you are into that, or simply don't waste your time. As she realizes later, men who have always refused to honor and respect her were the men she attracted in her life; always. The format of this excerpt has been modified for presentation here. That said, there's inspiration, revelation, and lots to learn from Iyanla's journey.
Iyanla Vanzant shares a very personal story about her life in this book. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Iyanla shares why everything we need to learn is reflected in our relationships and the strength and wisdom she has gained by supporting others in their journeys to make sense out of the puzzle pieces of their lives. With in the pages there are some pearls of wisdom. I now understand that my life fell apart one piece at a time. Piece by piece; one experience, one situation, and one circumstance at a time, until I found myself standing in the midst of a heap of broken promises, splintered relationships, and shattered dreams.
Silence is one of many. So happy she shared her story and explains why she's so good at what she does. I have been told her by friends that she is a wonderful inspirational speaker in helping broken relationships, but how can you give advice when you don't have the same skills in your own relationships with your parents, husbands, or children? I try really hard to not stay in my story. My heart ached within as I read chapter by chapter of her experiences with abuse past down generation after generation. This memoir is interesting, but there are parts that are vague and glossed over. Part metaphorical teaching story, part wrenching personal chronicle, this phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes tale is about men and money, love and work, mothers and daughters, and life and death. Lives fall apart when the foundation upon which they were built needs to be relaid.
At some point you have to pick up the pieces, dust yourself off and keep it moving. Lives fall apart, not because God is punishing us for what we have or have not done. I also was taken aback when she wrote that she spent the first 50 years of her life insane. Overall, this book seemed to have analyzed Iyanla's relationship with her daughter Gemmia. I wanted to love this book.
She uses her skill as a spiritual teacher to help the reader navigate through difficult times in a positive manner. 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. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Iyanla shares why everything we need to learn is reflected in our relationships and the strength and wisdom she has gained by supporting others in their journeys to make sense out of the puzzle pieces of their lives. The only thing I will say that was a bit confusing was although I totally understand that Iyanla is a woman of God, sometimes I felt like her friends near the end anyway kept reassuring her that nothing was her fault. The book is not only about Iyanla Vanzant, it is a universal story of hurts and wounds, of denials and betrayal, lies and truth but above all the light of God that makes us rise all above it and make us shine. I came to this realization one day, after many days, weeks, months, and years of trying to fix the cracks in my foundation.
Iyanla is one of those women who puts my life into perspective. 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 experience. Who you once were is going to dangle old carrots, old wounds and issues, in front of your face. I truly read her book and felt that I had learned something about myself. This book did not disappoint! Regarding her marriage, Iyanla said herself that she did not know the man she was marrying!!! Iyanla is devastated at the loss of her daughter. She is vague about a lot of important things, but maybe that information was included in her prior books. A fighter is trained to forget what they know and who they are outside of the ring.
What I got out of her relationships is that she is a control freak and feels a need to control everyone around her. If I would do this, then that would happen, but can ever Happy Friday!!! Her daughter Gemmia was her best friend through all of the dark days. I had a gaping hole that no amount of achievement, money, or acknowledgment could fill. 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. But as a memior, I felt as if I had been dragged through depression and disfuntion. Even more devastating is that as your life begins to unravel, day by day, piece by piece, there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop it. This woman lost the majority of her money for such a silly reason and at that point she was well in to her 40's I believe.
I commend her for her successes and for sharing such intimate details about her childhood and family. You might not go through all that Iyanla Vanzant has been through but in the book there will be a part of you that just lie somewhere that needs to be healed or uncovered. She got good grades, never got in trouble and helped raise her brother and sister. T Iyanla is an amazing and inspiring woman. I had no real idea about what, who, or where God was.