First of all, I must say, The Butterfly Book Club has been a blessing in disguise for me.  I was very excited when we first started it, but I had no idea the positive and lasting impact it would have on me personally.

The fact that we discuss and document the important lessons while we are reading truly keeps the concepts alive for me, allowing me to retain the information in a way that it becomes a part of me.  I am truly a better person because of this book club, not to mention our first pick “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert.

“Eat, Pray, Love” has quickly become my all-time favorite book.  I am so incredibly inspired by the determination of a woman to find her own peace and happiness.  The lessons she learned and shared in that book are priceless, and for me life changing.  That coupled with her hilarious, witty, intimate, detailed, easy-to-read writing style had me captivated the entire time.  “Eat, Pray, Love” is an excellent read and I highly recommend it.

As you can see, the bar was raised pretty high with our first pick, so I am very excited to introduce our next one:

“Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through” by Iyanla Vanzant

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“One of the nation’s ten best orators, Iyanla Vanzant has the power to move masses to cry unshed tears or explode in liberating laughter.  Almost overnight she became America’s “guru from the ‘hood,” appearing on major national television and radio, including Oprah and The Tom Joyner Morning Show.  But at home, everything was crumbling around her.  Few new that she felt broken, damaged, and desperate.  Her husband wanted out of their fairy-tale marriage.  Her meteoric rise as a celebrity uncovered a debilitating personal lie.  Her daughter was diagnosed with colon cancer.  The only thing that sustained her was her commitment to know and serve God.

How do you find your way through the broken pieces and the pain to the peace?  In this searingly honest and searching book, The New York Times best-selling author recounts the last decade of her profoundly human journey.  Part metaphorical teaching story, part wrenching personal chronicle, this phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes tale is about men and money, love and work, mothers and daughters, and life and death.

Discover why everything you need to learn is reflected in your relationships.  Gain a new understanding of the patterns and pathologies that families unconsciously pass down through the generations – until someone finally breaks through.  Learn how to put your personal puzzle together, and dare to claim the peace that you truly deserve.”

When I read the excerpt above, I knew I had to read this book.  If she could go through all of that and come out on top, I’m sure there is plenty to learn from it.  I am so attracted to the stories of people who make it out of seemingly impossible situations and find their way to peace and happiness.  It always shows that no matter what, there’s always hope and a brighter future to look forward to.

If this book choice speaks to you as well, please join us! We begin reading the weekend of January 15th and our first discussion will be on February 5th.

To get all of the details and to sign up for our book club, click here:  The Butterfly Book Club


Share your thoughts in the comments: Did you read “Eat, Pray, Love”?  What did you think of it?  How about “Peace from Broken Pieces”?  What’s your opinion?

Peace, Love & Books!


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