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The Singing Warrior - Finding Happiness After a Life Filled with Pain and Abuse Paperback – Dec 17 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Springtime Books (Jan. 31 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904881319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904881315
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
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About the Author

Niamh was born in Dublin and was convent-educated. Her physical abuse by the nuns and sexual abuse by a friend of the family (as a young child), had consequences right up through to her adult life. Her absent seagoing father and over-controlling mother also made her seem vulnerable all her life. However, when she travelled to London, then Greece, her life started to change, or so she thought. Unfortunately, the same patterns kept on cropping up. She married a controlling husband and spent many years in a life that was ruled by others. Her stay in the Netherlands was difficult and trying. Her breakthrough came when she went to Africa for her 50th birthday and met a Masai warrior. She knew that her life had to radically change when he confronted her with the truths of her journey and it did. Within 3 months, she left a life, lifestyle and marriage and started a new life with her young daughter and two Ikea bags and a dog called Mozart. She went on a shamanic healing weekend in Scotland and came back the woman that she knew she truly was. Since then, she has written her memoir, recorded a cd, is giving workshops on 'Spear your Fears' and spreading the message of 'Empowerment' in secondary schools. Her journey is ongoing and feels that 2012 will be a special year for her. Her healing with her words and performances give a powerful message to those who choose to listen.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brave woman in a world full of cruelty June 16 2011
By Jacqueline van Gent - Published on
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Are you in for an autobiographic story of a very special woman? Niamh Ni Bhroin, Irish from origin and now living in the Hague (the Netherlands)takes you with her in a moving, sometimes breathtaking story of her life. Born as an optimistic and highly sensitive child she faces issues around attachment and loss, with a father she dearly loves, but who is at sea during most of the year. Her mother does not seem to be able to defend her little daughter against the many occasions of bullying, beating up and humilation by the nuns and children in elementary school. Sexual abuse is also part of her childhood life. Through reading and singing and telling herself that all this is just a bad dream, she creates her own world, and builds her defending wall against the harshness of her life.
Niamh tells you the thrilling story of her life in different voices. Sometimes she seems a little girl with quite an innocent and open attitude towards the world around her. At other instances her story seems to be told by a battle-weary woman. The ending is a happy one. Niamh heals the wounds that her life brought to her and continues living as mature, wise and still highly sensitive woman.
I am reluctant in offering too many details of this book. It might spoil your reading experience. Please read Niamh's story and walk with her along the peaks and valleys of her life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and unputdownable March 21 2011
By Amy Stack - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have had the fortune of meeting Niamh a few times and actually the first time we met she was singing! Niamh is an extremely warm and vivacious individual and I knew I was going to enjoy reading her book, recognising a born storyteller instantly. However I was not expecting to be gripped by her story so much that I stayed up late into the night voraciously reading it, finishing it in one sitting. This book does detail terrible things but that isn't really what I took from it. There are so many simple issues dealt with so beautifully in this book, like the relationship between mother and daughter, both Niamh's relationship with her own mother and her role as mother and her relationship with her daughter. This book gives great insight into human nature and relationships in general, with a particular Irish context, though such insights are universal, that I could greatly related to. Also from the point of view of a young woman embarking on her journey into the world, her experiences resonate with you. There is a distinct positivity flowing from this book that undoubtedly reflects the author's attitude to life and her strength of character.This is a story about rising above all adversity and succeeding in being happy. The first thing I did after reading this book was buy a copy for my mother and sister and post it home to them. I couldn't recommend this book highly enough and I wish Niamh all the success in the world.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Singing Warrior March 20 2011
By S O - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Singing Warrior is a personal memoir and journey of self-discovery that is often shocking but never hopeless.

Author Niamh Ni Bhroin documents her life growing up in an Irish Catholic family in Dublin as the daughter of a doting but largely absent father, and her loving but ever-present and controlling mother.

She candidly recounts being sexually assaulted at nine years old by the father of a young friend and the ongoing physical and emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of sadistic nuns in her convent school.

Everything is described with great clarity and you can't help but imagine the anguish and pain she must have endured for years on end before moving to Europe and finally settling in Holland.

Sadly these kinds of abuse stories are all too familiar out of Ireland, but Ni Bhroin's writing has such an upbeat feel to it that despite the depressing chain of events, you just know she's going to triumph in the end.

Her positive thinking and emerging self-belief combined with her gift for story telling make The Singing Warrior a compelling read.

It's more than just a memoir. It's a message for anyone struggling to conquer life's hurdles, that looking forward and not giving up will reward you in the end.

Niamh Ni Bhroin was clearly destined for great things and the obstacles she's overcome make her subsequent hard-won happiness and success richly deserved.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Singing warrior July 14 2011
By Pam - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought The Singing Warrior for a relaxing trip I was making. I thought I would take a peak beforehand so I opened the book and could not put it down. It is a compelling read. I guess I will have to sort another book for my trip!

Previous reviews adequately explain the story line so I won't go into that.

Words fail me in describing the true extent of this book. As I read I could feel Niamh's pain right down into the very pit of my stomach. This book is very powerful. It is inspirational. It is a beacon of light to those who feel they are lost or abandoned. Niamh's strength to keep going and to eventually come into her power is remarkable.

It is a must read especially if you feel your world is not a happy place because it shows that if you truly seek happiness you will find it.

Thank you Niamh for sharing some of your life's experiences so that others may learn - that's of course if they choose to.
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing but authentic Jan. 29 2011
By Carolyn Vines - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Singing Warrior is a tough book to read. It's not going to make you laugh, nor will it leave you with warm fuzzies. You will become an eyewitness to the sexual, emotional and physical abuse that this warrior author endured at the hands of every institution that should have protected her: family, the educational system, the church, the immediate community. You will be confronted with situations that, as a reader, leave you asking how a beautiful little angel girl could have withstood. Yet she did, and this memoir stands as testimony to the unbreakable female spirit. As hard as it is to read, it's even harder to put down.

Carolyn Vines, author
black and abroad: traveling beyond the limitations of identity