Broken Open

How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

Lesser, Elizabeth

Book - 2005
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Broken Open
In the more than twenty-five years since she co-founded Omega Institute - now the world's largest center for spiritual retreat and personal growth -Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which people weather change and transition. In a beautifully crafted blend of moving stories, humorous insights, practical guidance, and personal memoir, she offers tools to help us make the choice we all face in times of challenge: Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed? Lesser shares tales of ordinary people who have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce, loss of a job or a loved one - stronger, wiser, and more in touch with their purpose and passion. And she draws on the world's great spiritual and psychological traditions to support us as we too learn to break open and blossom into who we were meant to be.

Publisher: New York : Villard, 2005
Edition: Villard Books trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 0375759913
Branch Call Number: 204.42 L638b 2005
Characteristics: xxv, 311 p. ;,21 cm


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Other people's stories off some solace. They tell you that you're not alone in the craziness. This memoir poses the question: "Will we be broken down and defeated or broken open and transformed?"

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Mar 24, 2012
  • SunKing2 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was expecting an overly sentimal self-introspective look, but it's not, even though she says it's going to be. There is much more emphasis on what she's learned from her brilliant teachers, and from others who've gone through difficult times. It's worth the read to the end, and there's a nice gem in the appendix on some meditation tips.

Apr 29, 2011
  • itstartswithano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The best "self-help" book I've read so far. Lesser offers another way to look at and deal with the painful stuff in our lives. She's been there, she gets it. If you liked "The Road Less Travelled" by M. Scott Peck, you'll probably enjoy this gem.


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