Breakaway

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Nadia Sahari tells the remarkable, true story of her early life. Ms. Sahari was born in Lebanon to Arab parents who were Shia Muslims. Breakaway, her sensational journey through abuse, lifts the veil on her struggle for freedom. Until her early twenties, she was a victim of many abuses, including molestation, repeated beatings, rape, kidnapping and several attempts on her life. Miraculously she survived. Through it all she clung to her dream to be an actress. She never gave up. Her life story will bring hope and ...
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Overview

Nadia Sahari tells the remarkable, true story of her early life. Ms. Sahari was born in Lebanon to Arab parents who were Shia Muslims. Breakaway, her sensational journey through abuse, lifts the veil on her struggle for freedom. Until her early twenties, she was a victim of many abuses, including molestation, repeated beatings, rape, kidnapping and several attempts on her life. Miraculously she survived. Through it all she clung to her dream to be an actress. She never gave up. Her life story will bring hope and courage to abused women and children everywhere.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780982041307
  • Publisher: Cedar Leaf Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 1,477,039
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

    A Must-Read Story of Horrific Abuse - And Survivial and Triumph!

    This is a book I could not put down. You will be amazed at all that Nadia Sahari endured and you will ask yourself "how did she survive?" Not only did she survive, she triumphed, and has written a beautiful book in the process. Fascinating insight into the Middle Eastern culture and their treatment of women...even in the United States. A MUST-READ!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    This book is the BEST!

    I got this book and could not put it down. From Nadia's childhood until adulthood, she brings readers into her life so much with her words and how she describes the abuse she endured. I could not stop reading it. What an inspiration this book is to anyone and everyone. Her courage, strength, inner and outer beauty is amazing. I woould love to meet her someday and tell her how she opened my eyes and made me realize how fortunate my life has been. It will awaken readers in seeing how anyone can fight hard to survive and become a healthy,happy and successful human again. Bless her and bless this fabulous book that is so obviously told from her heart.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Loved it!

    Please don't think this book is one that is only for abused women. Fortunately I have not suffered abuse in my life, but I found this book truely engrossing. Nadia paints such a vivid picture of her youth. What she has overcome is almost unimaginable. <BR/> I cried with her, but I also laughed with her at her naivete. <BR/> This book should show all women that with faith almost anything can be overcome. It has inspired me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2009

    Breakaway by Nadia Sahari.....A true inspiration to all...

    After reading your book, I am filled with so many mixed emotions. I shed tears, I chuckled aloud and I felt myself playing cheerleader for you to reach your dream!<BR/> <BR/>Thank you for sharing something so personal and painful so that others can see it's possible to reach their dream too! <BR/> <BR/>For someone to go through what you've endured in your life, to overcome so many obstacles and become successful, shows how remarkable of a woman you really are. <BR/> <BR/>You're truly an inspiration to so many women....including me!<BR/> <BR/>Best regards and may God bless you always...<BR/> <BR/>Joyce P.<BR/>New Hampshire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2009

    Very Inspirational

    I just finished reading "Breakaway".......Nadia Sahari is a true inspiration!! I must admit I laughed and cried. As I was reading it, it brought back so many memories of my own childhood and growing up in an abusive home. I'm not sure if it's good or bad. But I'm not one to look back and I think that's because I've had to teach myself as a child to disconnect, which I think I somewhat do to easily. I enjoyed how she wrote about forgiveness and closure. I think she is a truly strong woman and someone I truly admire. Thank you for writing this memoir and I hope it reaches many and teaches more, that you "CAN" move forward.......dreams are hard when you have (what seems like) no one on your side, but I love how she write's on how she pulls from within.....and prays for the strength to move forward...I also believe in butterflies, that's why I had one tattooed on my foot, on top of the world with the words~Free Spirit~no one really understands why I had it put there but after reading this book, I think she would understand.<BR/>Thank you Nadia Sahari for all the love and kindness you put into your memoir, it shows the kind of woman you are from within.......a true blessing.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    I started "Breakaway: How I Survived Abuse", with many

    I started &quot;Breakaway: How I Survived Abuse&quot;, with many questions in my mind. How did she do it? How did she get the courage to survive? How did she know when to leave? How did manage with kids? How did she get so brave? How did she maintain her sanity?

    Nadia Sahari's book has answered all my questions and many more. I finished this book filled with admiration, humility and new found courage.

    This very vivid and poignant book is written with honesty and a refreshing outlook. It may have taken Nadia many years to complete this book as we know it, but what she describes is relevant now to the modern woman struggling to cope with every kind of abuse.

    Nadia speaks from the heart about her fears, her torment, her wishes, her dreams, her imaginations, her desires, her hopes, her needs and above all her soul, and they are not any different from what any other child, girl, daughter, woman, mother, wife would want.

    In finding the courage to finally break away, Nadia finds herself and in giving forgiveness, she has found her freedom.

    She doesn't leave the reader to fend for herself, Nadia had provided a wealth of knowledge, information and resources at the end of her book. Nadia has offered of herself to give to anyone and anything who might need a safe haven.

    &quot;Here's your chance to ponder deeply On the things you're going to do By the hour, day, or weekly-- Many things or just a few. Think of children, helpless babies, Think of women suffering, too. They need commitment, not just maybe's. Who will help them if not you?&quot;

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    Highly Recommended!

    It was difficult for me to put this book down! An amazing journey of a woman who suffered from abuse and has come out on the other side victorious. Read it and find both healing and redemption. Amanda Graybill, Author, Speaker and Founder of The Little Black Dress Society.

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

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    Nadia is a true survivor!

    REVIEW:
    Breakaway, How I Survived Abuse is written by a remarkable woman who survived an incredibly abusive childhood. Nadia Sahari remained strong and determined despite her challenges to stay alive and to retain her virtues and morals. Her story is truly an inspiration to all young people who try to break away from domineering, 'old-country' parents who are determined to follow out-dated customs, to dismiss the life of the child, or to reduce the child to nothing more than a bargaining chip or private slave.

    Predictably, Ms. Sahari, after losing the years of her childhood to abuse at the hands of the most important people in her life, married and found herself stuck in a relationship with an abusive, alcoholic wife-batterer, until the need to protect her children first and foremost finally propelled her to run.

    Nadia Sahari never looked back. Despite her past she managed to achieve her dreams to become a successful dance instructor and actress.

    Nadia Sahari inspires other survivors to achieve their dreams, to learn to trust and forgive and to never give up. The front cover alone is testimony to her strength and determination to be free. She is flying toward her dream. Her former suffering is replaced by her radiant smile.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

    Break Away is an inspiring book a must have for all of us in the trenches aiding abused victims

    Break Away, is an inspiration for any woman who dared to dream.

    Nadia bears her soul in this book, her raw emotions of overcoming domestic violence, family violence and incest I found very touching.

    Nadia gives of herself to her community, her sincerity radiates forgiveness.

    Breakaway is a must have for all people as this book transcends, gender and race.

    We have adopted this as one of or classroom's Text at Women Are Dreamers Too and the First class commencing August 8th will have a chance to read this so they may learn that in order to be free one must learn to forgive.

    The Story also has to be told in order to overcome and release one's soul from the bondage of domestic violence.

    All the above Nadia has done with this awesome classic.

    Proud to know this awesome, classy generous lady, a hard working woman with the heart of gold.

    Break Away is an awesome read with life lessons enshrined within the pages of this awesome book!

    Grab a copy folks you'll be glad you did.

    - Cindy Williams, Ph.D.
    Women Are dreamers Too

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

    Empowering and Inspirational... Empowering and Inspirational

    Break away is an empowering story that needs to be read by anyone who has suffered from abuse or knows anyone who has been abused. I am especially drawn to the international connection that Nadia expertly brings out in her narrative. This book contains an incredible story of survival. It is amazing all of the ordeals that Nadia has overcome. Nadia participated in my Off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues and she was an inspiration to the audience, the other actors, and musicians. Her generosity ranges from performing in our V day event, donating her books, and other items to help us raise money has been impressive and inspirational to me. Nadia's book made us more focused on the purpose of V day. After meeting Nadia, I was even more impressed with her story. I could not believe she was able to maintain such a positive spirit after reading all that she endured. Thank You Nadia for sharing your experience with others. It will give readers strength and hopefully inspire more victims to become survivors.

    Dr. Moss-Bouldin, director of The Vagina Monologues, New World Stages, NYC 2009.

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

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    This book will make you cry. It will also make you admire this woman's fierce sense of self in the midst of abuse at all stages of her life.

    I read this book knowing it was about abuse, but I didn't know the extent of what Ms. Sahari endured. I picked up the book and I had to put it down. Then I picked it up again. It touched my heart and made me wonder at how much sense of self Ms. Sahiri had to keep taking the beatings and still hold on to who she was inside.

    This book is great for book groups and is a must read for anyone who works or studies in the social sciences field. It has a lot of information for anyone who has been a victim themselves and for anyone interested in helping victims of rape, incest and domestic violence.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

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    Sahari's Breakaway: How I Survived Abuse

    Nadia Sahari's book is truly inspiring, whether you have been a victim of abuse or not. Her strength and faith come through in her frank sharing of her painful experiences. I highly recommend this to everyone. In addition, as a woman born in Lebanon, this also gives readers a view of what it is like to grow up between two worlds.

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

    Truly an eye-opener....

    Breakaway: How I survived Abuse by Nadia Sahari is truly an eye-opener about the horrific abuse that women go through in abusive homes of Muslim families. I was amazed to learn of her traumatic experiences that continued to happen to her and yet her iron-like will to continue her fight for a life of freedom raged on within her. Her physical and mental strength and stubborness to reach her dreams along with her newfound faith in God was an inspiration to how far one can go to beat the odds. There's no doubt, Nadia Sahari's story will encourage many women of all faiths and backgrounds to fight for their dreams no matter how difficult life can be.

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  • Posted March 6, 2009

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    A story like this needed to be told.

    Few people have gone through all the trials and tribulations that Ms. Sahari did, and come out on the other side to tell their story. The list of human rights violations that this brave woman endured reads like some horror movie, it's heart-rending that all of this happened to a single person: childhood molestation, domestic violence, rape, forced illegal abortion, wife battery (while pregnant!), the list of crises went on and on. The author is thankfully writing from a place of great healing, having managed to change her life completely despite these hardships. Surrounding herself with loving people, as well as finding a calling from Christianity were key in her emergence from that life. Throughout the story, she always held on to whatever silver linings she could; finding joy in moments with friends or kind family members, through music, education, and later her children and tenacious entrepreneurial spirit. The book describes the details of her abuses, while also painting a vivid picture of life in a first generation, large Middle Eastern family and the characters that peopled middle America of the 60's. Though it was as hard to read some parts as a gruesome car accident is to view, the moments of hope and small joys kept the story firmly on the path to resolution and healing. I look forward to seeing Ms. Sahari's indomitable spirit portrayed in a movie version of this book some day, as well as more writing from this late-emerging author.

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