In Broken: A Love Story, Lisa Jones tells the incredible life story of a man named Stanford Addison, a quadriplegic Arapahoe who breaks-or rather gentles-wild horses. But Broken is as much about this author's journey through brokenness and healing as it is about Stanford Addison, the man who prompts it all.
Although Lisa is committed to a long-term relationship with her boyfriend who's exploring whether or not he wants to become a Buddhist monk, she's drawn to Stanford and curious about his supernatural gifts. Sitting in his electric wheelchair, he talks city folk and farm hands alike through the process of taming horses without using physical force. And he's credited with curing people of afflictions ranging from bipolar disorder to cancer.
Stanford's transformation from a "rageful, suicidal young quadriplegic to someone who healed people, physically and spiritually" didn't occur over night. It took about twelve years from the time he first experienced the presence of a spirit in his hospital room to the time that he had honed his gifts enough to help others. Through the help of mentors and other spiritual guides such as his medicine-man uncle, Addison learned to lead others in spiritual practices such as sweat lodges and smudgings.
Stanford Addison is the primary catalyst in Lisa's spiritual renewal, but the Wyoming landscape and a host of other characters also set the backdrop for this powerful process. Moses, a cowboy with a badly scarred face, and Stanford's extended family accept Lisa into their inner circle and show her "the rock-bottom truth so often obscured from the white middle class: Life doesn't do a damn thing you think it will do."
Lisa Jones expertly weaves personal insights into her story of Stanford's life, and she tells startling-often heartbreaking-stories to explore difficult themes such as racism, poverty, and death. In this way, Broken becomes much more than the story of one man's life. It's the story of how people connect to-or break from-each other, how through our relationships with others we may experience healing and, ultimately, love.