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The Search for Omm Sety

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  283 ratings  ·  46 reviews
The story of one woman's search for the previous life she led in ancient Egypt, written by a Rolling Stone and New Yorker journalist. ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 19th 1989 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1987)
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fascinating! letting go of what must be real or the truth, a beautiful story of a woman who lived without fear, and without ego. she just didn't care if anyone accepted her reality, she just lived her own truth. ...more
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a weird tale and therefore interesting. But what really resonated with me, was her conviction. She became my role model for that reason.
Karen Witzler
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bio-memoir, neo-pagan
Read in 1987. I am not a believer in reincarnation - but the book The Search for Omm Sety is a fabulous look at someone living within their own paracosm - and how that rich interior life informed, propelled, and fortified their actual lived life. Highly recommend the book. ...more
Lesley Arrowsmith
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Fascinating woman who put the work in to become a true expert on the Egyptian period and temple she was obsessed with.
Natacha Pavlov
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
The story of Omm Sety was a complete page-turner. It’s an unusual account filled with early childhood trauma, revelatory dreams, polytheism, nighttime astral body travels, out-of-body experiences, and magic amidst significant Egyptian archeological discoveries.

As expected from its treatment of the subject of reincarnation, it’s probably best enjoyed if keeping an open mind (for those who may question the whole thing). While I tend to believe her account, it doesn’t mean that I don’t find some a
Leigh Teale
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
THE SEARCH FOR OMM SETY is a book both biographical and spiritual. It draws upon the diaries, interviews, and works of Dorothy Eady and those that knew her. Dorothy Eady was an Englishwoman who became convinced as a child that she was a reincarnated Egyptian priestess. Eventually she moved to Egypt and pursued a life dedicated to Egyptology and worshiping the old gods. The book explores how many of her claims lined up with discoveries she may not have otherwise known about, but it also is--at it ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: egypt, history, nonfic
What an amazing story. A woman with passion and spunk (to put it lightly) who lived her truth, Dorothy Eady's life story would make a great movie - she was quite the character! I would have loved to have met her. After going over her life story, the book goes into other people's perspectives of Omm Sety and the effect she had in their lives. I enjoyed the epilogue too, where the author discusses the scientific and psychological implications of Dorothy's unique experiences. Whether what she exper ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Remarkable life story of a woman who was so convinced that she was the reincarnated lover of a pharaoh that she built her whole life around it. Terribly romantic with heavy paranormal overtones.
Richard Seltzer
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Read in preparation for trip to Egypt.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book caught my attention the last couple of times I have been to the Iliad Bookshop in North Hollywood, so last month I picked up the copy they had on their shelf. While I had not heard of Omm Sety before, I was familiar with a number of her colleagues whom I had heard of and in a few instances, had read their writing about their progress/discoveries in archaeology in Egypt. I found Omm Sety's story to be riveting and engaging. I wish that Cott had included more of her voice (her writings) ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
The story of Omm Sety is very interesting. However, I was skeptical at some parts. Also, it was hard for me to get through the conversations towards the end that are had about the validity of reincarnation and Omm Sety's story. I understand why those conversations take place in light of her story but I wanted more of her story and thoughts and feelings and not necessarily a discussion on reincarnation itself. ...more
Todd Bender
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Cott does an amazing job here with The Search for Omm Sety. I enjoyed it so much that I finished the entire book in one day. The material was fascinating, the delivery / presentation was excellent. I´ve read other books from this author, and he always delivers. I was familiar with the topic, but the author added new flavors and nuiances that truly made this a worthwhile book!
Lisa Grunwald
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book years ago, and it has never left me. It’s rare to find an extraordinary story story that isn’t told breathlessly. Jonathan Cott relates what is unbelievable in a completely believable manner. Whether you believe what Dorothy Eady believes or not, Jonathan Cott lets you know her in a way that makes her story utterly compelling.
Andrew Howdle
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mysterious biography, the story of Dorothy Louise Eady who after an illness awoke to find she could read ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs perfectly, as well as scholars. She believed that this ability came from a former life in ancient Egypt. A compelling read.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, both the woman & the book!.
Tina Chandler
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lady of the past in the present. She lived her life the way she wanted to
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the weirdest stories of the twentieth century you will ever read. Involves reincarnation, devotion, and clairvoyance. Be prepared to have your mind expanded.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it did not like it
Give me a break. From all the accounts we know about people in ancient Egypt we're supposed to believe that she was blond and blue eyed? That's literally page one. DNF ...more
Courtney Wallace
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mya Fayyaz
“The Search for Omm Sety” is a biography of Dorothy Louise Eady, a woman born out of time with the unique ability to recall past lives, specifically her life as a priestess in ancient Egypt under the reign of Seti I.

While many like to ridicule the concepts of past lives, reincarnation, polytheism, prophetic visions, and the like, this book is honestly a biography of a strong-willed and intelligent woman who wasn’t afraid to be who she knew she was supposed to be. Even during the predetermined,
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Omm Sety was an interesting and inspiring woman. She was also, quite possibly, a few stones short of a pyramid. But leaving aside the discussion of sanity, hers is a love story. It's about connection. About emotions and memory so strong that they can transcend time, distance, and even death.

NB: I would have given the book 3 stars however I really disliked the epilogue. The author had done an admirable job, up until then, of not trying to prove Omm Sety's mental state. Simply to report on her li
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this (for the second time) which I read n 1990. I barely remembered it but very engrossing. Dorothy Eady is born in 1904 in England to middle class parents. At the age of three, after a fall, she began asking to be taken "home". She herself did not know what she was asking for. but as she grew, she became obsessed with ancient Egypt, spending much time at the British museum. At the age of 14 Dorothy has a spectral visitor from Sety I, and over the years, she realizes that she ...more
This is the story of the life of Dorothy Eady, an egyptologist, artist and writer. She claimed to be a reincarnation of an Egyptian temple girl, called Omm Sety, in the temple of Pharaoh Seti I in Abydos, Egypt. Against the wishes of her family, she pursued her life-long desire to return to the location. She succeeded in moving to Egypt, and worked at the Cairo museum until she had the opportunity to move back to Abydos, and lived out most of her long life in a simple native mudbrick dwelling, c ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic, travelogues
A great book and tremendously endearing. Gets into serious mystic shit without ever losing its sense of humor, a weird hybrid of philosophy and airport lobby lit. The cumulative effect is one of wonder and awe, sympathy and wanderlust. This would have gotten five stars but for the author's very passive role; the best parts here are interviews with friends, colleagues, and psychologists, all of whom, by virtue of education or first hand experience, offer more insight than Jonathan Cott attempts. ...more
Aug 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
I read this a year ago and it's something different for me. This is the story of reincarnation and one woman's search to find her 'real' home. The revelation of another life came after a fall she experienced when she was 3 years old. Her family of course didn't believe her but she persisted and in 1953 moved to Egypt to find her ancient true love Sety the First. It's a fascinating journey. The book has actual pictures of this real life woman to make it even more fascinating. Like I said, it was ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite an engaging book. Even though I was incredulous through most of the book about Omm Setys story I was thoroughly entertained while reading it. I do have to say that I wish the author would have left the last chapter out. After such an adventurous and engaging story the bits about psychology and the "science" surrounding reincarnation were just plain boring. If it had ended at the end of Omm Setys life I would have given it a five out of five but with the boring bit at the end it su ...more
Barbara Rose, RoseWellness
Fascinating Read!
1/2012: Finished reading, "The Search for Omm Sety", about a British born woman whose daily life was consumed by her conscious awareness of a time in a previous lifetime in ancient Egypt.
I have had many DeJavu experiences yet nothing like this woman experienced.

I wonder if great actors who seem to embody their character ever sense that an aspect of that character has become part of their persona?
Tom Walsh
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Plotline: a 3 year-old girl falls down the steps, goes into a near-death experience and wakes up to recall, in detail, her life in ancient egypt with Sety I. This sounds like one I want to read. I finished it. It is an amazing book! She led a fantastic life, the envy of any Ancient Egypt fanatic such as I.
Nancy Hartwell
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating look at a British woman who fell down the stairs when she was a child, hit her head, and began having flashbacks to ancient Egypt. She became a temple priestess in Abydos, and Pharoah Seti often came there to worship. They fell in love, and she became pregnant. This was a no-no, and they forced her to commit suicide.

Positively riveting!
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
As I noted at the time, this is the true story of a British woman called Dorothy Eady who felt that her home was in Ancient Egypt (every since she was 3 years old and had a near death experience). The last part of the book was a psychological/philosophical discussion on whether it was relevant whether she actually was reincarnated or merely believed she was.
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. I was on a quest to find this book, too me over a year. A young girl suffers amnesia, visits the British museum, discovers she can read hieroglyphics, and when she grows up, follows her dream to Egypt.
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