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Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self by [Breathnach, Sarah Ban]
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From the author of Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy comes a guided excavation for women who suspect that there's something more to life than the top layer pursuits of money, sex, and love. In service to these restless souls who want to scratch beneath the surface, Ban Breathnach offers tidbit-sized essays that help women unearth pay dirt--their reason for being. Using archaeology as her frame of reference, Ban Breathnach suggests imaginative exercises at the end of each chapter, which she refers to as "Field Work." Although it occasionally feels overdone, the archaeology metaphor works well--helping readers unearth their past choices and circumstances to better understand the soul's current mission. Early in the book, Ban Breathnach offers this enticing invitation to go on a spiritual dig: "Besides the fact that your soul is one of the last unlooted sources of the miraculous, with discoveries as spectacular as any found in the Delta of Venus or Egypt's Valley of the Kings, you can embark on a soul trip and be back before anyone even notices you're missing. They might be curious about that gleam in your eye and that flush on your cheek, but I'll never tell if you won't. Are you game? We're heading to the sacred site of your soul." --Gail Hudson

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"Passion is truth's soul mate," writes Ban Breathnach in this follow-up to her stupendously successful Simple Abundance (1995). The author who helped millions discover the overlooked richness of everyday life by practicing gratitude now appends that message by urging us to heed our yearning for "something more." Understanding that most women are better at sacrificing themselves than at discovering and honoring their own passions, Ban Breathnach urges them to see the spiritual wisdom of "reembodiment," excavating from under layers of fear and disappointment their own moments of connection with a deeper, more authentic self. Offering a collection of teaching stories drawn from her own honestly rendered experience, as well as stories and pithy quotes from her friends and a host of notables (Rumi, Virginia Woolf, Madonna et al.), Ban Breathnach nudges readers beyond "settling and stumbling and surviving." Although she aims to help readers explore the depths of their own hearts by using an "illustrated discovery journal" (a collage of images and text meant to express the tastes and strivings of readers' authentic selves), the real power of this work, despite some workaday writing and concepts, lies in the unpretentious sincerity and raw immediacy of Ban Breathnach's many variations on the assertion that "At the end of the day, or at the end of a life, all we have is ourselves and love. And if we love ourselves, truly, madly, deeply, all we have is all we need." Writing not as a guru but as a friend who has learned to cherish her past, Ban Breathnach will galvanize her wide readership to believe we were all put on earth for something more than indifferent marriages and discarded dreams. Serving up self-worth and "repose of the soul" as the most priceless of attainments, she is a friend indeed. 750,000 first printing; One Spirit Book Club main selection; first serial to Good Housekeeping; Time Warner audio; author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1297 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Nov. 11 2009)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WAUVC8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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make a huge difference Exactly as advertised, speedy delivery, great price, excellent warranty I received the goods in accordance with what was presented on the site. Recommend!Amazing product for the price and how well it works You can't go wrong with these items............ Excellent product, well packaged, everything is superior. Rare for these items.
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I liked "Simple Abundance" so much that I suppose I was bound to find this one somewhat disappointing. But I didn't expect it to be SO completely different in tone and timbre from "Simple Abundance." In fact, "Something More" seemed to contradict the comforting message of the first -- which was to find peace and contentment in the things you have. Like many women, I looked to Ban Breathnach as a role model -- as a woman who put the "art" back into the domestic arts. She gave both the career woman and stay-at-home mother permission to enjoy creating home and family ties; to take pride in building a family life of beauty and grace.
Then along comes "Something More," and the sad and rather surprising stories of the author's divorce and new life as a now-free-to-go-her-own-way single parent. For some reason, this hit me as a slam to the warmth and coziness she artfully created in the first book -- and I felt disturbed, maybe even cheated. Worse yet, the second book tarnished the shine of the first for me, or rather, showed me that the author's "Simple Abundance" wasn't quite so simple or so abundant.
I hate to add my own to the other voices expressing such disappointment -- as the author is a fine writer -- but there you have it.
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I LOVED Simple Abundance! But- this new book was a heavy sigh. Many pages that made me feel bummed, but not enlightend. This author needs to read Stephen R. Covey! (or re-read Simple Abundance!) No marriage is perfect, and yes many women need to go find "Something More," especially the abused ones. But otherwise, I feel the common message made behind this book is that if you're married with children and need "Something More," then dump your family if you have to in order to find it. Not advice a woman with two small kids and a great marriage wants to hear. I feel that she is suggesting that if you don't get "to drive then get out of the car." I just feel she makes a valid point that there often needs to be Something More, all of us women want to find that; but I don't feel she gave me any ideas I can use on how to get it. I too had a problem with her not going to even one game for her daughter. That sort of set the flavor of the book. "The way to fulfill yourself is to only serve yourself." Couldn't get behind it...
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I think this book will do good for women with really no self esteem. But for those of you who feel good about yourselves already, it's a book you could do without!
I found this book inspiring in the beginning. (That's why I gave it 1 star.) I really think excavating your authentic self is a noble and worthy endeavor for everyone, regardless of sex.
However, when it got to the part about marriage and relationships, there was no hiding it! She couldn't be helped! She just had to bash marriage and sacrifice as if they were the devil in disguise! She was reeking with bitterness as if there is no such thing as marital bliss, despite the trials and tribulations normal in any relationship. There wasn't one good marriage in her book. And children? I don't really know what role they play in a mother's excavation project. She sounded though like they were a hindrance to achieving the true self. Especially if you have a lot of them.
I found her selection of authors very selective, to prove the premise that probably is the story of her life. Her premise being: Most(if not all) men are hopeless and if you do find one that might be worth your while, in time he'll prove to be a jerk, and at the first sign of trouble, leave him, he's not worth it, there is no such thing as working things out, find another one, or if you've given up and believe what I had been saying all along (which is that most- if not all- men are hopeless) then buy this book to spend the rest of your days in isolation, cutting up pictures, filling your journal, and 'excavating your "authentic" self.'
It bothered me that this was a self-help book but was so against self-sacrifice and other exemplary virtues while it spoke about giving and unconditional love and God. It might as well be a self-help book to excavate your authentic two-faced self.
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This book is a waste of time! Good old Sarah, who did a fabulous job with Simple Abundance, really blew it with this one. She comes off sounding bitter at the break-up of her marriage (which she spent so much time lauding in SA)--she really goes off the deep end with the examples of "Soul-mates". Celebrities who want women they can't have (duh!) and men who after 20 years of marriage want to have a new face rather than to face their own issues). This book was a vehicle for her own healing and should have been kept as a journal--not published! Get a grip Sarah--your "soul-mate" is NOT going to save you from yourself and your bitterness and your life disappointments. Irresponsible writing if you consider the more gullible women out there. She basically says "dump that guy you've got for Prince Charming awaits!" She's been watching too many movies. If you have to read it--get it at the library. This one's going in the 25 cent pile at my next yard sale.
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