Peace from broken pieces by Iyanla Vanzant is a book which is categorised as ‘non fiction’ but has almost all the ingredients of a fiction. This is actually true of life as well. If any one us looks back on the years that have gone by, we will be amazed at what a story life has woven for us. All of us are capable of weathering rough weather and what we are today is a result of that. This book presents the result of the ‘fight against all odds’ by the protagonist.
The book is written in the first person and from the opening lines it has the power of making the reader a part of the story line. One is able to connect immediately, and lives life with the protagonist feeling the pain and then the delights of a fight back by her.
The book is of a long struggle but reaffirms the hope and faith in the ability of a woman to be there – strong and hopeful – to never ever give up. Relationships form an integral part of the storyline and however complex they seem as the story progresses, they give the readers a reason to understand the real her and appreciate the fight – in fact, they want her to come out a winner.
Peace from broken pieces is about hope, about self realisation in spite of the sad, depressing and difficult phases of life. The importance of deriving peace no matter what by a woman who is very strong just being there, and being her is what the book conveys…and conveys very positively.