As a grandmother of nine, New York Times best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant knows the role of a doting grandmother.
"I touch them, kiss them, cuddle them. They hate it, and I do it anyway," says the 58-year-old ordained minister and spiritual life coach.
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She savors every moment of it, too — grateful to be sane and still a part of their lives, she says, after an epic rise and fall.
Ever the prolific writer, Vanzant has captured her journey from fame and fortune to obscurity and loss, and her will to survive it all, in her latest of nearly a dozen books, Peace From Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through.
It was a story that took her several years to write.
"It wasn't that I wasn't ready to tell it, but I struggled with how to tell it. How could I tell the story to honor me and everyone involved?" Vanzant wondered. "We all have a story and all want to share that story in a way just to relieve ourselves of the trauma and other ties. We can share victory on the other end."
One thing after another
Vanzant's name may be familiar to many. In 1998 she became a regular contributor to The Oprah Winfrey Show before crafting her own syndicated daytime TV talk show Iyanla. It seemed with her Oprah connections, book sales in the millions, popularity on the speaker circuit and her own spiritual center — the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development — she was living what she wanted others to be: an overcomer.