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 ...
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.
Good-This Paper Back Book is in good overall condition. The covers are intact with some slight wear. The dust jacket, if applicable, is intact with some slight wear. The spine has creasing. Pages may include notes, folds and highlighting. The "Head", "Tail" and "Fore-Edge" may have markings and/or spots. Thanks for supporting our Mission at Goodwill.
A few pages may be dog-eared. Acceptable: unmarked. Book is in good condition; cover shows signs of wear. Pages are unmarked by pen or highlighter. Book has vertical bend; No creasing. Edges show discoloration/markings but do not bleed into the page. Good: unmarked. Book is in great condition; cover shows minor signs of wear. Pages are unmarked by pen or highlighter. Pages include limited underlining/notes but most of text is unmarked by highlighter or pen. Pages may have discoloration.
Fair. A readable copy only. All pages and the cover are intact, may not include dust jacket. Pages may include considerable notes in pen or have highlighting. Possible ex library copy. May not contain accessories.
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
i would recommend this book to anyone who is going through difficult times of any kind.
Jan 1, 2010
Helpful and encouraging
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.
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.
Jun 29, 2009
A Must Read!
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!
May 4, 2009
A good read
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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