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Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy (1995)

by Sarah Ban Breathnach

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I've had this book a dozen years now and have worked with it from time to time, but it's time to send it out to be considered by another. It's a daily journey to help one, as the author says in her introduction, "live in a state of grace." I won't pretend I got there, but it was meaningful from time to time.

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  wareagle78 | Jan 22, 2014 |
Excellent Book! ( )
  MaryAnn12 | Apr 4, 2013 |
I first heard about this when the author was on Oprah. This book really helped me so much! It's best if you can start it at the very beginning of the year, but it's still okay to use it at any time. It's a daily reading and it will help you get organized and simplify your life and find more joy every day. ( )
1 vote Augster | Jan 7, 2012 |
These 365 essays are full of simple pleasures, gentle reminders, and homespun wisdom. The quotes and references have also directed me to several other fantastic reads. Whether I follow the daybook plan, or simply peruse through the pages seeking a message for the moment, this is a book I reach for over and over again. ( )
1 vote tracylulu | Jun 9, 2009 |
A lesson on simple abundance, everyday joy, for every day of a calendar year. The lessons are short and easy and most will apply to anyone's life. This book is a good place to look for ideas you can use to reduce stress, and find joy, in your life.
  WomensHealthPtbo | May 7, 2008 |
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...in a time lacking in truth and certainty and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attempting to give back to the world, through her work, a portion of its lost heart.

-Louise Bogan
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Her eye, her ear, were tuning forks, burning glasses, which caught the minutest refraction or echo of a thought or feeling....She heard a deeper vibration, a kind of composite echo, of all that the writer said, and did not say. -Willa Cather

For Chris Tomasino with love and gratitude and Katie who is the Deeper Vibration Always

One moved heaven for this book, the other moved earth.
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Several years ago, after I'd written two books celebrating nineteenth-century domestic life, I was about to begin writing one on Victorian decorative details.
January, the month of new beginnings and cherished memories, beckons.
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De eigentijdse levenskunst van het genoeg
Dit bekoorlijke boek biedt inspiratie en stof om over na te denken voor elke dag van het jaar. Deze schatkamer vol inspirerende woorden is geschreven voor vrouwen op zoek naar een oprecht, harmonieus en vervullend leven. Uitgangspunt is het even eenvoudige als bijzondere besef dat je alles wat je nodig hebt om gelukkig te zijn, al bezit.
Eenvoud in overvloed verwoordt duidelijk en herkenbaar deze nieuwe eigentijdse levenskunst van het genoeg.

Dankbaarheid, eenvoud, orde, harmonie, schoonheid en vreugde
Aan dit boek liggen zes praktische, creatieve en spirituele principes ten grondslag: dankbaarheid, eenvoud, orde, harmonie, schoonheid en vreugde. Deze vormen de leidraad bij een innerlijke ontdekkingsreis die aanzet tot bezinning en verandering.

Eerlijk, oprecht en inspirerend
Eenvoud in overvloed is een boek om stukje bij beetje te lezen, te koesteren, te overdenken en te herlezen, alleen of met anderen. Voor wie zoekt naar het buitengewone in het alledaagse, vindt een leven vol rijkdom en eenvoud.
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This book features 366 essays penned from a woman's perspective. Sample topics include gratitude, harmony, self-nurturing, positive body image, the importance of scented linen closets, and many others. Each essay sports a pithy quote from (surprise!) the likes of Kahlil Gibran. Viewed uncritically, it's hard to argue with Simple Abundance's earnest admonitions to appreciate life, in all its messy imperfect excellence. And the fact that serenity and happiness are each in dreadfully short supply can excuse some of the treacly writing. But Breathnach sometimes lapses into what can only be described as her "Martha Stewart on Prozac" voice, and the results are aggravating to the extreme: "If you've been hesitant to strike up a reciprocal relationship with your guardian angel, don't be." Fans of guardian angels will greet these feel-good essays every morning with the rising sun, a cup of mint tea, and a bluebird chirping on the windowsill, and be happy. Skeptics will prefer their coffee very black.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:49:31 -0400)

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366 essays "written for women who wish to live by their own lights," celebrating "the mystical alchemy of style and Spirit."--Cover.

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