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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner International (1 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446677086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446677080
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 titbit-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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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You may have a beautiful home, a family you adore, and work that you enjoy. But why do you secretly sense that you need something more to be truly happy? Because it's true.

The wisdom, warmth, compassion and disarming candour of Simple Abundance have made Sarah Ban Breathnach a trusted voice to millions of women. Now, Sarah invites you on a bold, brave and beautiful continuation of the journey to authenticity, the search for...

SOMETHING MORE

In this eloquent and evocative book, Sarah Ban Breathnach encourages you to become an archaeologist of your Self: to plumb your past with its unfulfilled longings, forgotten pleasures, and abandoned dreams, to 'excavate' the authentic woman buried inside.

Uncovering your authentic self will be challenging - but exhilarating. Assisting your personal 'dig' will be hints and prompts from the lives of both celebrated and unknown women. These, in tandem with Sarah's own insights, will help you unravel your own mystery and recover the joy that has been missing from your life. Along the way, you will experience small but exquisite epiphanies that will help you come to terms with your past choices and reveal exciting new opportunities that lead to your destiny.

Dare to begin the journey. Within these pages lie powerful truths that can change your life...and inspire you to settle for nothing less than Something More. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I agree with most of the five-star reviews. There are less than five books I have read that changed my life. Each book was read when I was ready to see a new way of looking. Ms. Ban Breathnach confirms what I have experienced during my lifetime. We are here to learn not hide, not complain, nor blame others for the choices we make. The hard road is always narrow and with space enough for one set of footprints. Thank you, Ms. Ban Breathnach.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By benters@btinternet.com on 18 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
Honesty is often the most complex phenomenon to describe and even harder to live by. It is far too easy to let cynicism, weariness and pride get in the way of speaking from the heart. By inviting us to search inside for the memories and feelings that we so often forget and dismiss as the years progress, Sarah Ban Breathnach allows us to awaken our own truth and to embrace it without fear. My trigger to this path of discovery? Remembering the moments in my life when I felt such pure joy that it was as if someone had taken hold of my sweetest dreams and transported them into my unsuspecting reality. It is exactly these moments that Sarah wants us to recreate because it is at these times that we feel the greatest gift of all - self-worth. Forget the pay rise, the large house, even being surrounded by those you love. True self-worth will exist long beyond all of these. What a blessing that Sarah has written this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I recently finished this book, which I had purchased strictly through coincidence as I had just read a small blurb about it in a magazine I was leafing through. Talk about synchronicity! I am so glad I found it and read it...slowly...just to go over it in my mind, and savor that feeling of "rightness" about what I had just read.
There were certain section that didn't apply strictly to what I was experiencing at that moment in time, but it doesn't take much imagination or intelligence to take the true important message and apply it to another similar situation you might be experiencing, or store it away for possible, future use.
The reason I think this book is for courageous women, is that I think that many women will read this book and acutally be SCARED...why? Because they will be reading about themselves and their lives, and they're just not ready to face that yet, and make the changes it would take to face their Authentic Self. To some it would mean relooking at their personal lives, their families, their jobs, their husbands, and even what they're taught at their churches or temples. Change of this type requires courage, much more than it takes to be apathetic about your life, and convince yourself you're content and this is the way your life "has to be".
I hadn't read her prior book, but I am in the process of purchasing it now, and plan to keep Something More, close by for future reference.
Thank you Sarah Ban Breathnach for your book, and promoting the most important love of all...SELF LOVE.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
Having followed the "Simple Abundance" path for many years, I was excited to see a new book. Unfortunately, there was little additional information presented. I would only recommend this for those caught in a traumatic life change. Otherwise, read her first book, and stop there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
Women who have found the meaning of life and those who haven't. Of the latter, one set haven't but think they have: don't READ this book. Others, like me, haven't and KNOW we haven't: this book was a blessing. For so long I never really knew where I ended and others began: I was so buried under societys structure: and most importantly, I KNEW there was something more: ME. It is so true that we are born to go on a journey for an amount of time: facing challenges on the way, but many of us never get up. This book made me know its O.K to fall, to fail, to be different: that just life. She doesn't give quick fix changes, it isn't therapy: its just a way to reflect upon your self ; like a mirror. It makes you realise there is something better, something pure, something bigger, SOMETHING MORE. Thanks SARAH
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
I recently read Something More, and I still find myself wondering if I misunderstood the author's message. I came away feeling that in order to receive something more in your life you must expect nothing less than perfection from others. Obviously, this will never happen. I think it's crucial that you expect those in your life to give you their best, but they'll never be perfect. I also felt that she spent a lot of time conveying this message to women in particular. I understand that there are many women who don't have high standards when it comes to the men in their lives, but I think the author went overboard telling women to just sit back and let the man do all the giving. I personally think it should work both ways. There were a few parts in the book that struck a chord with me, so I can't say that the book was a waste of my time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I purchased "Something More" in December of 1998, as a special Christmas gift for my mother. On November 20th, 1998, one week before the first anniversary of my mom's mother's death, my father abandoned his wife of 36 years, and his three adult children. He shocked us all by leaving my mother for a woman who is 16 years younger. I spent almost half an hour in a bookstore, searching for a book that would help my mother deal with the pain and low self-esteem she was struggling with. I had 2 "Chicken Soup" books in my hand when I found "Something More". I was drawn to the promise in the title alone, and then, as I flipped through the pages, to the personal insight of the author. Ms. Breathnach gives hope to the hopeless, faith to the faithless, and love to the unloved. I read the book in one sitting, and, alternately, cried and laughed through most of it. This book is for anyone who is searching for their "authentic self", hoping to better themselves and reaching for higher inspiration. My mother was blessed by this book, and counts it as one of her unexpected blessings; it will enrich the lives of anyone who dares to open its pages. There are stories in this book that will touch the hearts of women, especially those who may be going through challenges in their lives, such as divorce, separation, illness, death of a loved one, or any of life's struggles. "Something More" is simply just that! And more! Thank you Ms. Breathnach for the "Something More" that you have given to my mother.
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