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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (October 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743200616
  • ASIN: B0000VYJGA
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Sarah Ban Breathnach wanted to offer men the same reflective book that she offered women in Simple Abundance. Yet, she also knew that she needed a man to help her represent an authentic male experience, a book that mined beneath the "Men Are from Mars" stereotypes and "Iron John" expectations. So she joined forces with Michael Segell, former "Men's Mind" columnist for Esquire and author of Standup Guy. From there, the duo gathered these contemplative, humorous, and mature essays written by a diverse sampling of men, including a backwoods hermit, mystical rabbi, and world renowned rock star.

Segell writes the poignant introductions to the essays while Ban Breathnach inserts her personal responses at the end of particularly provocative essays. At times she sounds like an interloper in a "boy's only" tree fort club, her comments sounding out of place within these private moments of male bonding. Yet she forces readers, men and women alike, to acknowledge the feminine within the male experience, a lofty goal that we tend to resist. Contributors include Sting, who talks about the difference between thrill seeking and risk taking in "Let Your Soul Be Your Rookie." Adventure writer Tim Cahill writes about "The Bravest Thing I Ever Did"--face his panic disorder as his vomited his way through an un-aired television interview. And Thomas Moore speaks to the ecstasy of melding spirituality and sexuality. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

The creator of the mega-selling series aims to expand the simplicity movement's magic to the male market. With no less an ideal than bringing men and women closer together, Breathnach and collaborator Segell, an MSNBC and New York Daily News columnist, have assembled 52 original essays that succeed remarkably well in depicting men's feelings and complexity. The stellar contributors include novelists Rick Bass, Jim Harrison, Larry Brown, Richard Bausch and musician/activist Sting as well as a champion surfer, an army general, a rabbi (bestselling author Shmuley Boteach) and a hermit who writes amusingly on solitude. Distinguished across the board by their honesty, a number of the pieces are moving, such as Christopher Dickey's account of finally coming to terms with his father, poet James Dickey, or a businessman's empathetic account of his wife's battle with breast cancer. Others are funny (such as Roy Blount Jr.'s suggestion that weddings be centered around the groom in "The Great Groomal Expo"), enlightening (Benjamin Cheever on what he thinks makes a woman beautiful) and shocking (a photographer tells of brutal killings he witnessed in Soweto, South Africa). At times, however, the commentary linking the essays to Simple Abundance precepts of gratitude, simplicity, order, harmony, beauty and joy feels imposed and unnecessary given the caliber of the writing and contributors' depth of feeling. (Nov.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

A writer of remarkable wisdom, warmth and compassion, Sarah Ban Breathnach's (pronounced "Bon Brannock") has become a trusted voice to women around the world. Sarah is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy and the creator of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. Sarah's work celebrates quiet joys, simple pleasures, and well-spent moments. By reminding us to search for the small and the sweet in our daily round with appreciation and awe, we find the beauty in the everyday. Millions of women, including Oprah Winfrey agreed and discovered unexpected contentment and solace in their own lives. Now Sarah introduces the magic of gratitude to little children and their families in her debut children's book, The Best Part of The Day, a delightful and reassuring journey through the seasons. Sarah lives in Southern California near her daughter, Kate, and their beloved animals.

About Sarah Ban Breathnach

* Featured on Oprah.com for 10 Ways to Rediscover Everything You've Got. "Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance, inspired Oprah to start a gratitude journal. Here, she reminds us of all that we have to be grateful for."
* With over 14 visits to the Oprah Winfrey network, most recently in 2012 on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday series.
* Deepak Chopra proclaimed Sarah Ban Breathnach "a one-woman women's movement...just the subversively cosmic voice society needs" to help America "re-evaluate our values..."
* MORE Magazine named Sarah Ban Breathnach as one of the 50"extraordinary" women redefining what it means to be fifty today
* Because the editors of People Magazine believed Sarah Ban Breathnach had her finger on the pulse of the American people she was asked to be a special correspondent at the funeral of Princess Diana in September 1997
* Sarah Ban Breathnach has been a contributing editor of Good Housekeeping and wrote a regular column on "everyday spirituality", the first for a mainstream woman's magazine.
* USA Today described Sarah's body of work "Simply Irresistible."
* TV Guide has turned to Sarah Ban Breathnach twice to write on the role of spirituality and television, for solace after 9/11
* The critically acclaimed George Magazine named Sarah Ban Breathnach as one of America's "most fascinating women of power and influence" (October 1998).
* The American Benefactor magazine noted when discussing the Simple Abundance Charitable Fund, founded by Sarah Ban Breathnach, that while "it's not necessary to reconcile your public personal with your personal life these days, it's refreshing when someone does like Sarah Ban Breathnach..." Since 1995 the SACF has supported the vision of more than 100 non-profit organizations by awarding over $1 million in financial support from Sarah's royalties, product sales and speaking fees.

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A.B. Blake on November 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I normally don't purchase "self help" books, but reading the reviews of this book made me interested. Each essay is unique and with a different point of view, but they all tap into the unique joys and sorrows of being a man. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interesting in learning more about themselves and getting in touch with their inner person.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. M Tudor on December 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The table of contents to this book is very intriguing--Mothers, Fathers, Daughters, Sons, essays presumably about what it means to be a man in today's world. This is a topic seemingly of introspective interest to all males, yet the actual writing struck me as either completely off topic, or so obvious and sentimental that it offered no quiet, contemplative wisdom worthy of the time it takes to read. These are all brief stories from a variety of authors. In reading prior reviews of this book above, I tried to see if those who liked the book were male or female. From a female perspective, perhaps there is an easier acceptance of the stories presented, that they really do have relevance somehow. There are some sentimental values expressed in "A Man's Journey," and perhaps that appeals to some, but for me, I think it utterly fails in the premise expressed in the title and offered me nothing of probitive value. This is not meant to diminish those who liked it, but I'm scratching my head trying to see the value to me, a male very interested in the topics listed in the table of contents. There are six "Top Ten Things" listed at the end of every section. Things like, "I wish we'd had a few more laughs and a few less arguments" (10 things I wish I'd told my father), or "Change a tire"(10 things every man should know), or "How much of an effort do I make, really?" (10 things every man should know the answer to). If you want a quick litmus test of whether this book offers you anything, just pick one of those lists for a quick review. If you like what's listed, you'll probably like the book, if not, it's a waste of time.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a women born in 1961, I have been aware that roles of men and women in the world have changed very quickly and drasticaly over the last few generations. Which, i believe has effected the way men and women are able to understand and relate to each other.
I found the format of this book extreamly enjoyable, each writer's honesty refreshing, and the resulting insites into the male condition in our socielty inspiring.
I am the mother of three small boys, and I desire greatly to help them develope both charater and spirtuality as they grow into men. This book is living proof that these charateristics are not only possible in the modern man, but a "main ingreadiant" of the male personality and thought process. I plan to ask all of my sons to read this book when they come of age.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A Man's Journey is a trip that welcomes women along, too. It's a collection of essays by a noteworthy group of men: a hermit, a four-star general, a former fighter pilot, and a rock star, as well as works by writers, professors, therapists and entrepreneurs, 55 in all. The authors reflect on different aspects of their lives, and, in the process, offer the reader insights into their hearts as well. Several striking pieces stand out: a remarkable essay on the rewards of serving as a mentor to young people ("In Loco Parentis"); a wry tale about money ("You Can Never Lose Too Much"); and an elegy for the Minnesota Vikings, which provides a hint at what's inside the soul of a true fanatic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Despite professing a desire to get away from stereotypes, the book reaffirmed the idea that men and women can't understand each other without the aid of trite touchy-feely books like this one. I felt that this book didn't cohesively address ANY of the issues of manhood. Some of the essays were genuinely touching, but most of the ones I really liked didn't illuminate manhood but personhood. Breathnach's introductions and comments were by far the worst parts. They framed the simple musings of the essays awkwardly, imposing structure and themes where they didn't belong.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "firerizing" on February 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you visit Ms. Breathnac's site, you will find helpful advice for meditating and a new outlook on incidents in your life. The book did not offer that, though it proposed to. Her charity work is tremendous and the woman seems to have an endless amount of love and energy. The book seemed more like Chicken Soup for the Soul with a test at the end than anything that offered daily guidance and affirmations. But like I said, maybe it just wasn't for me.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
WOW! I never thought much about my masculinity before I read this book. This is about recognizing that macho is not a musto. There is a lot of room to accept the multiplicity that can be masculinity. The laying-bare of our cultural male sensibilty has always been something lingering at the limit of my consciousness. The bravery of these male voices will serve to evolve our faltering gender before it's too late.
-Recovering Frat Boy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gayequalrights on September 12, 2009
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I will admit the bias that defines a MAN is that it he is a strait man,and that gay men are a sub division ,So I resist the broad assumed strokes that lack that awareness,even with this book I got that impression when I began reading it ,and no it was not due to internalized homophobia,just awareness.
I got so much out of it that the bias did not matter,A few stories at the end i just passed over ,even though it seemed like listening to someone's own experience ,there was nothing in reading it that hit home for this reader.Try it for yourself,The book put me in a good place and opened me up to deeper insights.A great book for the journey .
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