I was out one day running some errands, when I drove past a Books a million and decided to go in to buy a book. I didn’t have a specific book in mind, but I walked straight to the inspirational/ self help section because I needed to read something that would help me get out of the emotional distress that I was in. I skimmed through a couple of books, but none of them felt like what I was looking for. On my way out of store, I saw this book laying on a coffee table, and the title by itself spoke to my soul. Piece from Broken Pieces: How to get through what you a re going through by Iyanla Vanzant. I knew nothing about the author, but when I read the back of this book I knew that it was the reason why I walked into that store.
…The breaking down into pieces of life is a painful thing to watch and even more painful to endure. 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. You see what is happening. You know what is happening. And you want anything other than what is happening to happen. You see, somewhere deep inside, we all know that lives are not built to fall apart. That is just not what lives are meant to do. The lives we are given by God are meant by God to grow, to blossom, and flourish. The reality is, however, lives do crumble…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. ~ Iyanla Vanzant.
I cannot begin to tell you how much this book helped me. I honestly felt like it was sent to me by God. I am certain that any young woman will find that they can relate to her at a certain level. In fact a friend of mine decided to buy it for herself after she read just one chapter. I wanted to share a couple of quotes that I got from this book with you as well.
When you don’t know who you are, chances are you don’t know what you want. When you don’t know what you want, there is no chance for you to get it.
Dear God, untie the nots. All of the can nots, should nots, may nots, and have nots. Please erase from my mind the thoughts that I am not good enough.
We must learn not to give up when requirements are not met or when commitments are broken. To do so is a refusal to allow mistakes to be corrected and a demonstration of an unwillingness to forgive yourself or anyone else who needs forgiveness.
Sometimes when you fall down you just have to lie still, and hope that no one runs you over. If they don’t and you lay there long enough, taking care to be very still, breathing slowly, refusing to whine, God will lift you and perform a soul surgery.
Who am I? I am whole and complete, with a few cracks, dents, and scratches- nothing a little prayer and faith won’t fix. I am willing, I am open. (my favorite!)
I hope you will do a little research on her as well, because although she has appeared on Oprah a couple of time and had her own television show, I knew nothing about Iyanla Vanzant. Yet, today, she fits on my list of the strong women who did not let life’s circumstances, her past, her failures, define or stop her from achieving her success!