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Part travelogue, part self-congratulatory memoir and mostly insecure ramblings, Ward's journey to discover the goddess principle is a thinly veiled attempt to find himself. Since Western religion eliminated goddess worship from its rituals long ago, he observes, young males lack healthy role models for understanding their feminine side. He reveals how such a lack affected his own life in multiple stories about his difficult and failed relationships with women. Taking a page from Bruce Feiler's walks in the footsteps of biblical figures, Ward travels the globe to trace various goddesses and connect with their primal power. His travels take him to Crete, Greece, Turkey, Romania and Cyprus, where he comes face-to-face with the ancient traditions and rituals surrounding the cults of goddesses as diverse as Ariadne, Hera, Athena, Hekate and Artemis. He weaves the story of his relationship with his wife into the travelogues about goddess sites as a way of demonstrating how successfully he believes he has come to terms with the divine feminine. This book is not so much about goddesses as it is about Ward's sexual insecurities and his need to psychoanalyze himself.
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"'Ward's book is a kind of archaeology of the soul. He digs through the layers of his own male psyche and cultural conditioning, and does not flinch at what he finds buried underneath. He brings ancient rituals to life as he re-imagines what it must have been like to be a man living in the time of the goddess. His vivid account cuts to the heart of man's relationship with the feminine divine - and, even more important, to men's relationships with flesh-and-blood women. Wade Davis, author of One River and The Serpent and the Rainbow 'Few male writers except theologians have dared to interpret the goddess movement but Tim Ward in his frank, intrepid way, has given us a thoughtful, personal account of one man's look at the goddess and why many men have been so angry at women. Susan Swan, author of What Cassanova Told Me 'Powerful...Tim Ward's personal encounters with the statues, frescos, temples and sacred sites of ancient goddesses remind us that these artifacts are not sterile stones but the touchstones to a still living world of human experience.' Richard Rudgley, Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age"

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Changemakers Books (February 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905047584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905047581
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Ward is an author, publisher and teacher. His passion in life is transformation. He has written eight books, most of them exploring philosophical and spiritual dimensions of life in different cultures and then relating them to our modern Western way of life. As publisher of Changemakers Books, Tim seeks promote the works of other writers focused on personal and global transformation. Tim also co-owns Intermedia Communications Training, where he works as a communications expert advisor and teacher for international development and environment organizations worldwide.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jim on May 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
I found Savage Breast to be a meaningful and personal account of the search for the goddess in a man's life. I was right there with Tim, cheering him on, laughing with him and at him (thinking of my own trials) and wondering "is he ever going to get it" and feeling so happy and relieved when he does get it. I am soon to be married myself and found this book more helpful in reaching clarity about it than all of the other "helpful" psychobabble books I've read. I started my own search for the feminine divine after a Christmas Eve Mass in 1998 when I wondered how could we celebrate Jesus birth without the feminine divine, with Mary being so theologically twisted? Tim Ward keeps on topic and stays consistently personal in his moving story of growing into manhood through knowing the goddess within.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Simpson on November 8, 2006
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I enjoyed reading "One Man's Search for the Goddess. In addition to being well written it was a real learning experience as well as entertaining. This book will make the reader think and, incidentally, will create a desire to visit the sites of the Goddesses in Crete, Malta and Greece. However, that this book will have a limited audience as I believe that one would have to have, at the least, a basic knowledge of classical Greece.

When Mr. Ward appeared at the Ottawa Writer's Festival in the spring of 2006 he made the comment that his Mother was in the audience and moreover, had read the book. Parts of it may have given her pause for thought.

All in all, a great read and I think I will have to read the author's other books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marsha Scarbrough on January 2, 2008
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Tim Ward writes about sex the way women talk to each other about sex...with brutal honesty, playful humor and savored sensuality. His search for the Goddess is a brave, deep dive into the mystery of sex...and love...and the masculine soul. Not many men have the courage to write about these scary subjects, and I honor Ward for his willingness to stand naked before the Goddess and everybody. Savage Breast is also a fascinating travelogue, archeological exploration and paradigm-busting romance. This is cutting edge literature that defies categorization...but offers unexpected rewards to the adventurous reader.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kira Jovian on July 4, 2006
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I finished this book a week ago and have actually been a bit daunted to write a review. Where to start? It has so much information, so many emotions contained within its pages. It is definitely one I will have to reread several times but I do know to me it is a five star book.

This book is not so much Tim Ward (the author) researching the goddess in all her forms but rather a journey where he discovers himself. He travels all over Europe (sometimes with his fiancée) exploring ancient ruins and the cultures they defined. He not only addresses how the goddess was part of them in historical context, but goes deeper by trying to connect with the feminine power on a very personal and emotional level. He asks himself the questions many men avoid.

Are we losing a vital part of ourselves when we turned our backs on the goddess, the feminine divine? What would happen if men genuinely let go of patriarchy and accepted woman as equals, as half of the whole?

With raw honesty Tim Ward speaks of his failures and triumphs with woman and in life, which speak volumes to me. Tim Ward is on a quest and I felt I was with him every step of the way. It was so refreshing to read about the goddess from the perspective of a man when most of what I come across is written by women or by men with patriarchal ideals.

What did I learn from this book, it is very simple but very hard for me to put into words but I will try:

The goddess asks nothing of us other then for us the appreciate the beautiful of the world and to share it with each other. Imagine if we did only this how the world would change...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Muse on April 14, 2006
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Berkeley Psychic Reader: "...The suppression, banishment and debasement of the Goddess and women is a key issue of our time. And it's not just about women's rights; it's also about balance. We've lost our balance, both men and women. I applaud authors who are exploring this imbalance through their own life experiences. One of the best books I've recently read on the subject is Savage Breast by Tim Ward. Ward's writing is a combination of goddess-based scholarship and research, and resulting personal revelation and reflection. The reader is invited to join him as he travels the world to reconnect with the feminine-within his psyche and his relationships.

It is unusual for an intelligent, well-educated man to risk exposing his core beliefs and flaws in relation to feminine archetypes and the real women in his life. So the reader gets the fun of sort of spying on Tim's triumphs and failures with women. You get to jump right in and evaluate his actions and reactions along the way. This kind of bravery strikes a chord of truth. You can tell that it really is a quest, not weekend dabbling. He is actually going through a kind of alchemical transformation. Instead of trying to prove himself through separation, like most men seem to do, he proves himself through unification and transformation. Now that's the kind of quest that could change the whole world.

- book review by Kirstin Miller, excerpted from Psychic Reader Newspaper: [...]
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