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Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self

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From the author of the bestselling "Simple Abundance" comes a provocative and powerful life "bible" for women around the world. In this insightful and eloquent book, Sarah Ban Breathnach explores the nine stages necessary to living authentically: Sensing, Surviving, Settling, Stumbling, Selling Out, Starting Over, Searching, Striving, and finally, Something More.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1998)
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Diana Bogan
I never read "Simple Abundance" which preceded this book, so I have nothing to compare "Something More" against. I picked up this book at a swap several years ago, not even sure why I was drawn to it. Over the past month, I finally took the time to slowly read through it nightly before bed. This book deeply resonated with me. Sometimes a simple quote is all it took to unhinge my soul and bring to the surface issues that my mind seemed to wrestle with in my sleep. Sometimes it was the examples an ...more
Nov 27, 2009 Jana rated it it was amazing
I found this book while I was in the middle (or end) of a very bad relationship with someone I worshiped. That was the problem, I wasn't worshiping or even respecting myself.
This book opened my eyes and heart and helped me work not only out of and through that poisonous situation but also helped me to understand the meaning of the words loving yourself, respecting yourself, honoring yourself and boundaries: How to have them and stand by them.

My favorite part of the book: "Bad men come into our
Mar 09, 2012 Maryellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never did get into Sarah Ban Breathnach's popular "Simple Abundance," although I am re-reading it now, but this book was my daily rocket launcher into a vital and authentic life. It is unashamedly for women only.

Her writing style is quite full of feelings and she does get a bit carried away with enthusiasm at times, but that may be a good thing. The book started me on excavating my authentic self, and I'm 62 years old and thought I knew myself pretty well. With prompting from this book I got t
Diana Lowrie
Jul 08, 2007 Diana Lowrie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: someone wanting to explore themselves and embark on a journey of deep self-discovery
This book is a source to finding that voice of an authentic self. Written especially for women by a woman herself I think it depicts a lot of challenges we face going throughout life. Especially facing the challenge of finding our own identity not just an extention of an entity (be it family, wife, mother..). This book is a challenge and stirs up a lot of questions within a woman's soul that is both perplexing at time and full of joyful moments of ah ha's and wow I knew that but now I get it mom ...more
Amy Leigh
Jan 02, 2008 Amy Leigh rated it really liked it
on the surface, this is the sort of cheesy book that i buy in secret and read behind everyone's back. there are flowers on the cover. its subtitle is 'excavating your authentic self.' the only way it could be more embarrassing is if it came with a tea cozy and a purple t-shirt all packaged up in a floral gift box.

however. it's written by a smart, sensitive, and inspiring woman who's dealt with death and divorce and depression. it's about the ways women tend to give ourselves away to the other pe
Aug 04, 2009 Helynne rated it really liked it
There are two subspecies of humans, Breathnach notes at the beginning of her 1998 Something More: Excating Your Authentic Self--the resigned, who live in quiet desperation, and the exhausted, who live in restless agitation. Her goal in this book, a followup to her popular Simple Abundance, is to lead readers beyond these discomforting categories by helping each of us to discover the person we were really meant to be and thereby, to find our maximum level of satisfaction and joy. She does this v ...more
TW Yeung
Nov 25, 2012 TW Yeung rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the book starts out as Sarah's routine run-of-the-mill details about Victorian living and stories of different women that have inspired her, but ends with one of the most brilliant anecdotal evidence through her experiences to inspire women of what "our" life is meant to live as and for. her words strike the innermost chord and the effect is both earth-shattering and enlightening.
i can't thank Sarah enough for her candidness and her bold authenticity, which continue to inspire myself to live an
Ayana Mishelle
This is a great book for critical thinking. Great for teachers. I own a very worn copy it is a book you can read again and again I have two books by breathnach and I will own everything she writes . she also wrote simple abundance which is a daily reader that i read just about everyday. this book was written for women but men can read it too !! We won't mind !!1
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
I read this book when it was first published. It was life changing for me. I was becoming an empty nester with many challenges which had put me in situations that made me realize I was no longer in control of my kids lives. It was killing me inside with worry. This book taught me how to lovingly give my advice then let go of the situation and pray the kids would come to a good decision. So much anguish and stress was lifted from me. I am not saying i don't go too far sometimes with running off a ...more
Jul 19, 2016 Elisabeth rated it liked it
Another reviewer said that this is the sort of book she would read under wraps because its skin screams self-help. Authentic self. It does sound cheesy!

I found so many beautiful quotes from this book.

Plenty of reviewers say Breathnach is bitter. I noted the bitterness myself once and laughed, because I have been there. It comes from letting others decide your boundaries for you. Make decisions for you. Reading this book has not helped me decipher who my Authentic Self is, but it has reminded m
Danesha Burrows
The author's writing style is interesting. It took me a few pages to adapt and not categorize the book as "fluff". The essay format and the conversational tone made the book easy to follow. It outlines some of the challenges and questions that many women face throughout their lifetime and instead of attempting to be a "saver", it prompted the reader to spend some time searching through their own lives to figure out how to apply the information being provided. The field work and site reports are ...more
Julie Franks-Murray
Feb 09, 2014 Julie Franks-Murray rated it really liked it
I sailed through this book in no time, which, for me, means it was the right read at the right time. The essence is on finding the courage to give ourselves permission to live lives of joy and passion, instead of settling for what our society, religion, and culture tells us is right for us.

It is a comforting read, like the writer is there drinking coffee with you, but uncertain parts disturbed me because they hit too close to home. I saw the murky ways, even after all the inner work I've done,
Teri Beckelheimer
I think that Sarah Ban Breathnach wrote this book during a darker time in her life when she was still possibly bitter from her divorce. Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self is a follow up to her first book Simple Abundance, a book about finding your authentic self and what truly makes you happy. This is a daily (or almost daily) secular devotional on self-awareness. Something More tells us that this authentic self, i.e. our true happiness, lies beyond something more. So, wait....we're ...more
May 08, 2014 Estella rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this book. I didn't come away from it feeling energized and uplifted, as I did from Simple Abundance. The thoughts shared by the author seemed a little...jaded, somehow. This could be attributed to the fact that she had gone through a very difficult time in her life--the ending of her marriage, etc., just before she penned it. Whatever the reason, the book left me wishing for...something more.
From this book I learned that there's a use for all those magazines the spiders watch over under my day bed. For the exercises in this book, I cut out images and ad copy from those magazines to paste into the sketch book that the author recommends her readers keep while reading. Also learned that there is such a thing as a watercolor pencil and that they are tres cher!

This was my first foray into Sarah Ban Breathnach and I would say that she is an easy deep read (which is not easy to write). I'm
SharonRene Hutchinson
Oct 13, 2016 SharonRene Hutchinson rated it it was amazing
I think this along with Simple Abundance helped me to see myself through different eyes. She writes for women to help them see the best in themselves and in those around her. Her messages just resonate like that of a great friend giving really useful advice. Have been staples on my bookshelf.
Gwendoline Van
Nov 12, 2013 Gwendoline Van rated it really liked it
Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self is a great read for looking at life through a different lens. Clearly targeted towards women who currently feel like "is this really it?" in respect to their lives, their relationships, themselves, Sarah Ban Breathnach provides us with the tools and insights to really dig and rediscover our inner goddess, our inner truths. She reminds us that the power lies within, both to change our physical realities but also to know that happiness happens from th ...more
Mar 28, 2014 Miranda rated it liked it
This was quite interesting -- focusing on developing oneself by looking within instead of outward. I don't fully agree with Ms. Breathnach's worldview; however, I did glean pieces of wisdom from all that she wrote here. It was apparent how eclectic her understanding of the world is. I enjoyed all of the small doses of trivia she compiled here as leverage for her points.
Marianne Mullen
May 13, 2016 Marianne Mullen rated it it was amazing
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Truly enjoyed this book on so many levels. From wanting to get unstuck to realizing just what direction I need to go to achieve something more...this will be a book I read over and over.
Julie M
Mar 11, 2008 Julie M rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lisa
Recommended to Julie by: no one
I picked up this book in January after yet another layoff. Following through on the self/soul scrutiny is a little intimidating! I wonder if other people who read this felt the same about venturing down the path of change, because it requires so much work. But the exercises and examples can definitely help you find a way to greater fulfillment in life and in relationships. It reminded me of maxims I already knew, but don't necessarily remember in the day-to-day. Especially that asking for what y ...more
JoAnn Melton
Sep 01, 2014 JoAnn Melton rated it it was amazing
Something more came at the perfect time for me to delve deeper into what I needed in order to be my better self and savor those peaceful moments when possible.
Cindy May
I liked her first book better, but this one was okay. It might be more meaningful to other people, so I hesitate to criticize it too harshly.
May 31, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Want to keep to use as a foundation for creating a scrapbook of my life's memories along with photos and journals. Great read!
Sep 12, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
This was an AMAZING book! My life is changing internally and will change externally as well because of this book. I can't speak enough of the thought processes it has awakened in me.
Marilyn Saretsky
Apr 16, 2016 Marilyn Saretsky rated it really liked it
Love listening to SBB books Would love to know where she is and what she is doing.
Carrie Killough
May 25, 2016 Carrie Killough rated it it was amazing
One of the books responsible for me returning to me.
Oct 12, 2015 Mary rated it liked it
author had divorced - realizing your own self worth
Oct 01, 2014 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gave it 50 pages and couldn't get into it.
Vicki Westbrook
May 29, 2014 Vicki Westbrook rated it really liked it
it always seems easier for others
Jun 03, 2016 Serap rated it it was amazing
Excellent motivation!
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In addition to SIMPLE ABUNDANCE, Sarah Ban Breathnach is the author of THE SIMPLE ABUNDANCE JOURNAL OF GRATITUDE, SOMETHING MORE, and MRS. SHARP'S TRADITIONS. She currently resides in California. Please visit her website at
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