Literature: Broken: A Love Story, by Lisa Jones

Title: Broken: A Love Story // Author: Lisa Jones // Publisher: Scribner // Pub. Date: May 12, 2010 // 288 p.

Published earlier this week, Broken: A Love Story is one of this month’s must-reads, especially for those who like: nonfiction, biography, Western literature, nature, horses, some good depth and reflection. In this book, author Lisa Jones writes about the life of Stanford Addison, a Northern Arapaho quadriplegic who has a special ability to break horses. From his wheelchair in a dusty corral on the Wind River Indian Reservation, Addison teaches others how to break horses, too, but it’s usually the people who walk away broken as much as the horses under the spell of this man’s spiritual gifts. Besides breaking horses, Addison also has a special way of helping people heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Lisa Jones first met Addison when she went to Wyoming for four days to write a magazine article about him. She was so moved by the experience that she returned repeatedly to Addison’s over the next several years, and in this book her story is intertwined with his. It’s a story of friendship, spiritual renewal, healing, and—above all—love.

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