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The Illustrated Discovery Journal: Creating a Visual Autobiography of Your Authentic Self Hardcover – Oct 1999

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; Spi edition (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446521442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446521444
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 24.9 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An inspirational and interactive handbook offers a meditative insight tool to help readers discover their own aesthetic, emotional, and intellectual choices and provides space for drawings, collages, or other outlets for readers' creativity. 400,000 first printing.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By on 20 Oct 1999
Format: Hardcover
Sarah Ban Breathnach has created a brilliant resource for those on the path to their Authentic Self in "The Illustrated Discovery Journal, Creating a Visual Autobiography of Your Authentic Self". Those who have read Ban Breathnach's "Simple Abundance" and "Something More" will be familiar with the wonderful concept of the Discovery Journal. Not only does this book take you through the process of creating a Discovery Journal step by step, but it contains many beautiful pages for the creation of the collages that this entails. There are even pockets to hold the images and items one collects to create the collages and pages for notes. Once the process of creation is complete, you will be left with a wonderful heirloom - an "autobiography of your Authentic Self". This is interactive literature at its best!
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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful
The Illustrated Discovery Journal 29 Nov 1999
By Paula - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As an Art student, I have discovered the power of creating through collages. It is an easy way for everyone to be artistic regardless of drawing or painting skill. Your creations can speak to you in a very powerful way and give you insight that would not otherwise be so easily accessed. I highly recommend this book for fun and discovery.
148 of 161 people found the following review helpful
A spellbreaker to lead us to the beauty in the beast. 11 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
At first glance The Illustrated Discovery Journal may appear to be a simple book, and yet it holds a simple truth. We have forgotten as women, how profoundly beautiful we are. As we add the snippets of our lives and dreams to the waiting pages, a fairy tale unfolds before our very eyes. Sarah once again, in her brilliant simplicty is the fairy godmother who breaks the spell. She helps us find our beauty and truth beneath the beast that is reflected by the disappointments of our selves, our loved ones, our weight, our lost loves. We are all a glorious spirit waiting to be brought to life. Thank you Sarah for taking the risks to let us love ourselves for who we are, the glorious children of God.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Very enjoyable 9 Mar 2003
By Elton - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There isn't too much writing in this book actually. It revolves mostly around making series of collages from amgazine clippings, etc around different self discovery themes. This is a refreshing change from the usual "Write, write, write!" I found that I felt MORE creative and very relaxed. It's a fun return to the "paste and scissors" free-for-all of your early school days.
The only frustration I experienced was that you have to wait a while to gather up enough pictures in your theme before you can actually start putting a collage together.
The themes include: Authenic Style, Entertainment, Authenic Sucess, The House of Belonging, Return to Self, Mystery, Sacred connections, Spiritual Journey, and Someday.
I was surprised by what pops up out of your subconcious when you look at your pictures as a collection -something that isn't as likely to happen with just writing where you can tend to over-analyze.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful 9 July 2011
By dannie - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Are you working toward living an authentic life. Do you now or are you interested in doing collages? Then this is the book for you. Sarah takes us through several themes about our live and matches them with instructions for makingyour onw colages. I am half way though this book and throughly enjoying it as well as getting to know myself better. Highly recommend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Love this writer. 17 Dec 2013
By Andrea E Powers - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really love this writer. She lays out a path for anyone to follow to find your real inner self. Well worth the time.
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