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Savage Breast: One Man's Search for the Goddess Paperback – February 27, 2006

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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: #2,055,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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In a world that considers "goddess spirituality" something for women to engage in, but for men to blithely tolerate and conveniently ignore, this book was a treasure for us. We were excited to find this book. We are creating an "EcoSpiritual Way of Living" called "The Gaean Way", which includes, at its heart, Old European Great Goddess Revivalist Spirituality.

The chapters are chock full of great information and knowledge about the various different Great Goddess Cultures from prehistory and into the Bronze and Iron Ages, but one can find a lot of this information anywhere.

What makes this book so precious is the very personal journey the author takes us on as he discovers the various archetypes of the Divine Feminine, wrestling with them, until he experiences his own conversion to the Her, at which point the archetypes and projections fall away, and he surrenders to Her, allowing himself to be transformed. The author courageously takes us with him into the deepest, darkest places of his soul, grappling with the ambivalent feelings of attraction and revulsion, desire and disgust, love and fear.

His partner, Teresa, is a true gem, acting as his sounding board and looking glass, as she helps him discover himself, and hold onto himself throughout this powerful transformation.

Warning: This book is best for men who are truly honest with themselves and not afraid to have their worlds turned upside down. If you enter onto your own journey with the author, prepare to have your soul stripped bare of all that holds you back from being truly, authentically, you. I fear that most will not survive that journey without a strong, self-aware woman in their lives to aid them.
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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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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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