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The Singing Warrior - Finding Happiness After a Life Filled with Pain and Abuse [Paperback]

Niamh Ni Bhroin
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31 Jan 2011
This is a story of survival. It is a story of hope. Niamh was raped inside a wardrobe by the father of a school friend when she was just nine-years-old. An Irish catholic, growing up in Dublin, the nuns called her a Whore of Babylon because she was left-handed. And so began a life of abuse. Niamh is a woman who copes, who gets on with things and who knows how to rise above her past - that is until it resurfaces and becomes an obstacle to the happiness she knows she deserves. Singing saved her life and her sanity. It was her escape from hurt and travesty. Running from her past, Niamh travelled to London, Greece and to the Netherlands, where she found love and a Dutch husband. But it was not until she hit her fiftieth birthday, divorced and living alone with her daughter, that she took her first steps on the road to freedom. This memoir shows how a remarkable woman learned to search for the hero inside herself and began to sing from the rooftops about the joy that can be found in the darkest of times. The author lives in The Hague and is actively involved in both local and expatriate communities. "Courageous in the extreme, Niamh Ni Bhroin takes us on a personal journey that traverses the horrors of the past and the loving embrace of today. Magnificent." Kieron Connolly, novelist

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Summertime (31 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904881319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904881315
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,600,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Singing Warrior by Niamh Ni Bhroin 12 Jan 2011
A surprise 50th birthday present from her husband led her to a chance meeting with a Masai warrior, while on a safari in Africa, which changed Niamh's life forever. His words, "..a new life will await you. You cannot go back to the old life", echoed the deepest longings and also the fears of her soul. After fifty years of running away from herself and the bottled up pain inside, this unexpected oracle set her on a journey to self discovery. "It was time to grow up" and be free. She had to abandon the false identity of her tender years, "Niamh is stupid and a whore," and confront her life. This is the story of her journey and the path that she chose with the help of her remaining family and strong friends to purge herself of the past. She found a way to feel pure and whole again and the confidence that she could be what she wanted to be and to realize her own dreams and ambitions.

In her quest for answers and healing, Niamh is led to "go back to the beginning" and shares the earliest memories of her Irish roots, in a family comprising of her mother, sea-faring father, who was mostly away and two older brothers. Starting from the age of two, with memories of her earliest moulding by a dominating and controlling mother, she takes her readers progressively through the years and milestones of her tragic experiences from her first day at school onwards. In a simple, straight-forward and open style she takes a good look at herself at each stage and phase of life where she was "stuck in a bubble of fear and powerlessness" because she did not have the "tools to empower" herself, right through to the mature and confident woman she has now emerged.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Singing Warrior = an excellent read 4 Feb 2011
The Singing Warrior is an incredibly well-written book that is ever-so-difficult to put down. The story sucks you in and takes you places you don't always want to be, while still creating a feeling of strength and hope. It just goes to show that though we go through trials and nightmares in our lives, we can get through them and come out on top with so much more than when we started. Throughout her entire life, Niamh continues to sing and her song ends up being her saving grace. For a debut novel, The Singing Warrior is simply excellent.
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This is a brilliantly written book and very hard to put down even though it is upsetting in places. Niamh writes as if in conversation with you and you really feel for her. The book also highlights the amount of abuse that went on within the catholic church and the damage and pain the nuns caused. The thought of a young child having to endure the daily torment that Niamh did is heartbreaking.
This book will stay with you after you have read it. I commend Niamh for her honesty and the fact that she came out smiling at the end. It goes to prove how strong the human spirit can be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brave woman in a world full of cruelty 9 Jun 2011
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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.
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