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Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow


And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom' Anais Nin. Elizabeth Lesser shows how it is possible to deal with fearful change or a painful loss and be reborn, like the Phoenix, to a more vibrant and enlightened self. In Broken Open she shares penetrating tales from her own life, the lives of those she has taught and counselled and the lives of friends and family, tales that explore the big challenges of death, illness and divorce, as well as the daily roller coaster rides of relationships, parenting and work. Woven into these stories are quotations from great poets and philosophers. And following them is a toolbox of valuable aids, including meditation, psychological enquiry and spiritual practice. The result is a book that runs the gamut of the human experience, and in a style that is genuine, funny, often heartbreaking, but always inspiring, she shows us how we, too, can allow the pain of adversity to break us open instead of breaking us down, making us bitter or closing our hearts. Hide synopsis

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Reviews of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

Overall customer rating: 4.201

great read

by whrswaldo on Apr 8, 2010

i would recommend this book to anyone who is going through difficult times of any kind.


Helpful and encouraging

by PammieLee on Jan 1, 2010

A beautiful book that encourages the reader to look beyond the travails of difficult situations to the growth that occurs in these pivotal moments. I read this book while suffering through a death of a dear friend and the loss of another important relationship. I found the book encouraging and thankfully devoid of moralizing and platitudes. I recommend this book for anyone facing a challenging life situation.


difficult times

by Luckygirl on Aug 27, 2009

Didn't read all of the book because after the first few chapters I didn't seem to be on the same thinking as the author and didn't want to continue. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be.


A Must Read!

by Perezr1 on Jun 29, 2009

A must read for anyone who is going through a difficult period in their life. The book is enlightening, refreshing and gives you a postiive perspective on today and a happier tomorrow. You won't be disappointed!


A good read

by Milly52 on May 4, 2009

A favorite book. I have already given it away to a younger woman. Lesser is a thoughtful writer. She is not afraid to share. Her book rings with the truth.

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