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3.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 5 3.78 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Lesser Narrator: Susan Denake Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Never again will a painful experience break me down. Instead, I’ll use Elizabeth’s book to help me bread open into greater strength, acceptance, and awakening.”

    Jane Fonda, actress, activist, and author of My Life So Far

  • “Elizabeth Lesser bravely and beautifully explores one of the most compelling questions of life: How do we emerge from suffering and challenge with real, encompassing wisdom and love? Broken Open is personal, pragmatic, and enlightening.”

    Sharon Salzberg, New York Times bestselling author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience

  • “Insightful reflections…the book is gentle in tone without falling into sentimentality and clear without being dogmatic or simplistic.”

    Library Journal

  • “A most extraordinary book…Lesser is a brilliantly gifted writer.”

    Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts and Anatomy of the Spirit

  • “Rich in food for philosophical mastication, and sparkling in their stylistic clarity, the true-life stories in Broken Open are both entertaining and enlightening.”

    Tom Robbins, author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Natasha | 5/17/2011

    " This book found me when I most needed it and what a journey it has inspired! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 5/2/2011

    " I though this book was amazing. It was so uplifting, and so beautifully written. The stories were short, but oh so sweet. This book really spoke into my life at a time where much inpiration was needed. It refreshed my soul. Definitely a keeper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danielle | 2/12/2011

    " Lisa, thank you for this wonderful gift! One of those special books that I will return to for wisdom at various times in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy | 2/1/2011

    " I have gone back to this book several times to reference. If there was any book I would recommend to friends going through challenging times this book would be "IT". "

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