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Broken: A Love Story: A Woman's Journey Toward Redemption on the Wind River Indian Reservation [Paperback]

Lisa Jones
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4 April 2011

Writer Lisa Jones went to Wyoming for a four-day magazine assignment. She was committed to a long-term relationship, building a career and searching for something she could not name.

At a dusty corral on the Wind River Indian Reservation, she met Stanford Addison, a Northern Arapaho who seemed to transform everything around him. He gentled horses rather than breaking them. It was said he could heal people of everything from cancer to bipolar disorder. He did all this from a wheelchair; he had been a quadriplegic for more than twenty years.

As Lisa returned to the ranch time and time again, Stanford slowly revealed his story. He'd spent his teenage years busting broncos, seducing girls and dealing drugs. At twenty, he left the house for another night of partying. By morning, a violent accident had robbed him of his physical prowess and in its place left unwelcome spiritual powers - an exchange so shocking that Stanford spent several years trying to kill himself. Eventually he surrendered to his new life and mysterious gifts. Lisa was a frequent visitor to Stanford's place over the years, the reservation and its people worked on her, exposing and healing the places where she too was broken. This is her story, intertwined with Stanford's, and it explores powerful spirits, material poverty, spiritual wealth, friendship, violence, confusion, death, and above all else, love.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (4 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848503326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848503328
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 688,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jones writes beautifully about the natural world, knows how to bring the people she encounters alive on the page, and tells a gutsy, moving story about a significant passage in her own life. (The Washington Post)

Jones has written the most important and beautiful book to come out of the West in a decade. Moving, powerful, humbling, beautifully rendered. (Alexandra Fuller, author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight)

A truly moving account of life's beauty and tragedy. I loved it. (Soul and Spirit magazine)

About the Author

Lisa Jones lives in Colorado with her husband and two cats. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, High Country News and National Public Radio. Broken is her first book.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but flawed 28 April 2011
By isis 1958 VINE VOICE
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A number of reviewers have more than adequately described the story, so I'll not repeat that here.

This book is not particularly well written. In parts, where I as the reader felt I needed more depth and insight, there was none. I was always left feeling I wanted to know more about Stanford, his healing gifts and his overall philosophy. At the outset, I looked forward to reading the book, by the end it had become a case of "I've started so I'll finish".

I too have visited Indian reservations and so that was a draw for me too, but overall, there wasn't any real depth of insight to their daily lives, conflicts and Stanfords philosophy. Certainly, there's a lot of description, but those aspects are pretty much in the public domain anyway. The book is all rather superficial and, for me, rather hollow. There's the main flaw - enough to be interesting, but nowhere near enough to be completely fulfilling.

In essence, it's written in a journalistic style and reads like a magazine article that it started out to be; it should have been left as that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 21 July 2011
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great book - covers spirits, healing, life on a Native American reservation, a bit of horse whispering, life, death, love and great poverty. And it's all true, autobiography intertwined with the biography of a quadriplegic Native American healer. It made me laugh and it made me cry, and it made me squirm at the injustice of the White Man's 'justice'. What more could you ask.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, brutal and honest 27 Jun 2011
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An honest and searing account of life for a Reservation Indian in the 21st Century, spiralling in among a tale of healing and spiritual growth.

Stanford Addison is the archetypal wounded healer, paralysed in his youth by a motor accident and now a wise leader to his family and the surrounding tribe. Broken is an almost mythical rendering of the healing journey we all go through from birth to death, encompassing success, failure, birth, death, loss, redemption and ultimately growth. It is both a memoir of the life of this powerful healer and also his effect on the tale teller Lisa Jones.

Powerful and recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse into native American life 17 Jun 2011
By Alison Petrie VINE VOICE
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I have always been interested in the native Americans, something I put down to being brought up on a constant diet of John Wayne films, even if the native Americans were usually played by Anthony Quinn who was Mexican or Jeff Chandler who was Jewish. I am also interested in spiritual healing which is why I read "Broken".

Lisa Jones is very honest in her writing and, whilst I struggled with the book on occasion, I persevered to the end and found it of great interest. Just getting to "meet" Stanford Addison through the pages is worthwhile, the positivity shining through despite his physical disability and the fact that he overcomes this in order to help other people.

In a world where it is now very much "dog eat dog" and concerned with material things, to escape to a completely different life style, as described in the book, makes you think about things just a little bit more which is no bad thing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't do it for me 9 May 2011
By trishthedish VINE VOICE
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I really tried to like this book, the blurb sounded so good and just my thing; spiritual content and philosophical musings, the big outdoors and animals in the form of wild horses. Unfortunately it failed to engage me at all. I found the narrative style irritating and painful to read. I wasn't convinced that there was any real depth of understanding here at all; it felt very lightweight to me, high on the superficial phrasings of self help books, but far too unquestioning, and sentimental rather than spiritual in content. The sort of thing that you might pick up which is self published in a health food shop. I was left feeling very disappointed, because this book held such promise, and I think may have been a good oppotunity missed - to say something of real insight and worth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one 31 Mar 2011
By Mrs. PJ Taylor VINE VOICE
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a true and painfully honest account of a journalist's fascination with the subject of an initial article. As she gets to know Stanford Addison, Lisa Jones finds herself influenced, changed and ultimately healed by the wisdom and power of this Native American paraplegic shaman.

Life on the Indian reservation is hard and brutal and Lisa does not try to romanticise it. the title 'Broken' refers to Stanford, horribly injured in a car accident and continuing to suffer terrible problems; to herself, struggling with a rocky relationship with the absent Peter; and to many of the inhabitants of the Wind River Reservation.

Lisa's personal growth owes a great deal to the simplicity, dignity and generosity of spirit of the people of the reservation , with whom she spends a huge a mount of time.

I highly recommend this book
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3.0 out of 5 stars started out well, but... 3 Mar 2011
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This was an interesting book, slightly better than others of its' type - the 'I went to live with the N. Americans and they cured me of whatever' book. I was interested to read about Stanford Addison, the Arapaho who, despite being confined to a wheelchair for most of his life, still works with horses and also has a great reputation as a genuine shaman and healer. The closeness of his family, even when it borders on the suffocating, shines through, and the poverty and struggles on the reservation evokes sympathy and just plain amazement at how the Native American has been unfairly and shabbily treated. This is narrated with humour and affection, and it is here that Lisa Jones best her best work. However, the story is hard going because it is just too personal. Yes, okay, she bonded with SA's kin, and learned things that opened her eyes. However, as a journalist, she spends an inordinate amount of time whining about her rocky relationship with a would-be Buddhist monk, and quite frankly, I wasn't interested. It was Stan's story, not hers and the fact that a feisty Scots lass was so needy and attention seeking (which LJ herself admitted) was just so irritating! A good journalist should leave ego at the door and concentrate on the job in front of them. Not a wallbanger by any means, but I couldn't say it's a keeper either. I mean, even its Amazon tag has it listed under 'Lisa Jones/women' - no Stan Addison, Arapaho, nothing. I was under the impression that this was his story above all. Shame on you, Amazon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
This book is so good. From the first page I was hooked and read it in all of 2 days. It's so magical, informative and gives an insight into the author, what she was seeking, what... Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by LyndseyC
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I thought this was a book about a man who could heal horses and people, despite being in a wheelchair himself. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by elsie purdon
3.0 out of 5 stars a native american story
If you are like me and are interested in Native American culture then this could be the perfect novel to add to your wish list. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2011 by Reader, I Read It
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and enlightening
Lisa is a writer who was given the idea to look at the Wind River Indian Reservation where she met Stan Addison, an Arapaho indian healer. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by Free Spirit
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks substance
An interesting story but whilst it talks about the authors time with the arapahos it lacks substance. It was an easily flowing read but needed more depth. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by A. Gothorp
5.0 out of 5 stars Horse Whispering, Healing, Love and Loss in the Wilderness.
I was fully engaged by the end of the first page and knew I was going to love this book. Lisa's style is gentle, rich and very connecting. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2011 by M. Hadfield
4.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing book...
I had mixed impressions of this book. At first I thought it was going to be another spiritual New Age read but as I deepened into the observations of Lisa Jones, it acquired a... Read more
Published on 18 May 2011 by San Diego surfer
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This is an interesting book. Writer Lisa Jones goes to Wyoming to write a magazine article about paraplegic horse whisperer and healer Stanford Addison and finds herself becoming... Read more
Published on 22 April 2011 by Hamstead
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