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Publisher's Summary

In the more than 25 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.

©2004 Villard; (P)2008 Random House

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Horrible narrator

I love this book and print, and referred it to several people who are going through difficult time. I thought I'd relisten to it on audible, to pass my driving time. And the narration is completely awful I can't even sit through it. She sounds so forced fake, I find myself getting distracted by how horrible her narration is.

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Hoakie

Just a bunch of made up mumbo-jumbo. Not worth the time. My friend said that and ex Pastor recommended this book to him. Unbelievable!

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The most inspiring book

This book can really really change your spiritual path . Well done
So inspiring
I am forever grateful .

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Wisdom in every page

Lesser has a remarkable background and a wealth of stories to illustrate it. Very accessible and fun to read.

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  • Elizabeth
  • Meridian, ID, United States
  • 10-14-15

Ugggg

This book was full of sappy sweet and pathetic analogies. The narrator's voice was also so lovey dovey annoying that it was impossible for me to finish the book.

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It's a memoir

Would you try another book from Elizabeth Lesser and/or Susan Denaker?

I am a fan of Lesser's work and the Omega Institute, but this book is not a self-help, it's a memoir. If you like memoirs, I think this is a great book for you. But personally, I'm not interested in memoirs, so this was not for me.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Susan Denaker?

The narration is wonderful. She has warmth and depth.

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Life changing

Words can't express what this book has done for me and how it has changed my perspective on life and change.

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  • Carol
  • United States
  • 10-29-12

Superb.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Open?

It hits the right note at the right time

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening passage about children in part two.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Bon Courage ~ Stay strong

Any additional comments?

Loved it!

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  • Sybila
  • Woodinville, WA, USA
  • 04-03-09

A beautiful book..

I found this book very helpful and conforting

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Enlightenting

Entertaining, hard to stop listening.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful