Her Breath Built a World

Inspirational Poetry Celebrating the Creative Force of the Feminine Spirit

Poetry - Inspirational
208 Pages
Reviewed on 07/21/2023
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Author Biography

Ioanna Malandrenias is a dancer and a poet. She splits her time between Athens, Greece and New York City. Before she became a professional dancer and writer, she studied Classical Greek at Columbia University where she obtained her Master’s Degree. "Her Breath Built a World" is her debut poetry collection written in honor of the modern-day Priestess. She is currently in a sacred container on Amorgos the Dragon working on her second poetry collection and new choreographies.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan van der Walt for Readers' Favorite

Her Breath Built a World: Inspirational Poetry Celebrating the Creative Force of the Feminine Spirit is a collection of poems covering different stages of a woman's life, the effect of unhealthy relationships on them, finding their identity, and how they regain their inner strength through healing. Ioanna Malandrenias uses free-flowing poetry of varying lengths and definite rhythms to express the themes in her work. It is a collection you should read slowly - one poem at a time - and revisit often to comprehend the meaning. The simple titles shouldn't fool the reader because they often express complex ideas, while the context and meaning are often different from what would be expected when looking at the title.

As an introvert, I most associated with the poem Quiet Spaces. Ioanna Malandrenias succinctly expresses what all introverts know - that silence is not a lonely place but a life-giving sanctuary. Other poems that stood out were 40 Waves, Prayer, and Devotion. The poem Miracles highlights the wonder and beauty of womanhood and will help you realize that you are a miracle. I loved the simple cover and the way the poet used a decorative script to highlight core messages from the various items. This inspiring collection draws you in from the start, and every woman will find something that resonates with her. Her Breath Built a World will show women that they can take charge and build their own world. May this excellent compilation for women of all ages help you remember that you are beautiful and powerful.


A most lovely collection of insights into the awakening and transformation of the female spirit, with stunning imagery and metaphysical connotations. Ionna Malandrenias sculpts each of her poems with the finest chisel, creating masterpieces formed from love, pain, beauty and mystery.


The author uses beautiful and poetic imagery and vocabulary to write this book. The poems are short and easy to read and carry a depth of meaning to them. I didn't understand all of them, but I think poetry is like that and open to interpretation based on the writer and the readers. You can tell the author was passionate about her writing!


This book of poetry is deep. The guided imagery through brilliantly expressed metaphors gives the reader chills as it allows them to feel the words written in the farthest depths of their souls. Brilliantly penned. Still reading, but wow!

Mindy Bormann

I found Ioanna’s book of poetry to be very eye opening. I felt I could relate to the words that were written on the page. I was caused to look with in myself and think about a great many things. I believe this book is wonderful and a great read for all woman wanting to look within. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful collection with the world.

Shelby Boughman

This book is exactly as I entitled it: inspirational empowerment! In all honesty, when I first opened it, I saw how short the poems were and wasn't quite sure how I would feel about it. The more I read, however, the more I realized that the old saying, "Big things come in small packages" could never be more true. These short works are not only easy for those who may not be consistent readers, they are also large compositions of astoundingly open-ended critical thinking pieces packaged into one sentence. I believe one of my favorite examples of this is
"When I can't breathe,
I remember my lungs
are butterfly wings
caged in flesh,
So I fly.... "

Michael Twain

This book was empowering for women at a time when we need this most - thank you Ioanna for sharing your poems! I found this to be a great read in my busy day and completely motivating- wind in my sails when needed! Thank you and keep your work coming.

Pamela White

The poetry in this volume is so moving and profound on so many different levels that I have already shared several selections to enhearten a diverse group of friends, family, and even colleagues from work. Most importantly, each poem unveils nuanced theological truths that even the agnostic and the atheist will agree capture the essence of the Divine Feminine Principle. As the title suggests, these are inspirational poems. Readers will find themselves swaddled by reverence and awe alike. A must read for women and men alike!

Jennifer Washburn

This beautiful book is inspiration wrapped up with empowerment and encouragement in gorgeous chosen fonts. "Big things come in small packages" came to mind when I was reading through it. Some poems were short and even one lined, but the creative and descriptive words stuck like glue in my heart and soul. It seemed like the author was sharing her mind, body, and soul in a way where others would relate. I sure did!!! The perfect book to look back at and appreciate in times of uncertainty within, a treasured piece to share with one another, or a beauty to read together and share during a book luncheon or book club. I will definitely be sharing this author with others. Thank you for captivating all of this in such a well, put-together book!!

Marin Bach-Antonson

This book totally blew me away when I read it. Ioanna is a master of words and this book is like a holy text. A heart opening manual. It is a collection of beautifully crafted pose and prayers but to me every part of this book is also a powerful TRANSMISSION of high frequency feminine energy. I was deeply moved as I read this. My soul felt elevated. If you are a woman on the awakening path, I honestly cannot recommend this highly enough. It is a quick read not only because the pieces are short but because you'll fly through the material and won't want to put it down. 5 stars!!!!

Caroline Wood

This book is more than a poetry book. It's an exquisite collection - with every page that I turn, the words speak directly to my soul. Uplifting, empowering, nurturing, comforting.

This book has instantly found its way to be kept next to my sacred altar so that I can pick it up when I need wisdom, and wherever the pages fall open seem to be words that my soul needs to hear. It's a work of art, and a true gift from the divine.