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    1. Simple Abundance:A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Asin: 0446519138
    Catlog: Book (1995-11-15)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 1276
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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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. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Daily Dose of Happiness and Insight
    This book is a must! It has and is helping me through my soul searching. Ms. Breathnach talks about the common sense in a women's life. It's so simple that you yourself are sometimes blind to the simple pleasures. It's straightforward and enjoyable to read. I sometimes find myself reading a day ahead. I feel it's a big step towards being a better woman/human. She helps you find peace within you. I consider myself a good Christian & this book does not dismiss Christianity. The mix of Christianity and this book have made me more spiritual. I've given this book many times as a gift. I strongly recommend this book to any woman that feels she's missing something in her life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I enjoy habitually expressing my authentic self. Thanks!!!
    I am in the process of reading this book. It caught my attention on the Oprah Show, several months ago, so I waited to buy it, to make sure that I wasn't buying on impulse.

    This is a great book. As someone who is going through a job change, moving, and breaking free from a shame-based, hateful family, I am reading this book, and experiencing a serenity, through doing things, everyday, simple things, that don't cost much, that add value to my spirit.

    I am so excited, everyday to get up and read the day's lessonns, and to discover new joys in my heart.

    Others around me are catching on to my authentic self shining through.

    I am looking at this book, from this point as something that is helping me to bring out things in me, habits that enhance who I am, that I had given up on, prior to this book.

    Thank you so much, Sarah Ban Breathnach.

    I look forward to my journey.

    5-0 out of 5 stars still solid
    Altho the author has exhibited "flaky" behaviour lately, this book remains a daily companion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finding one self and fulfilling a dream
    After being in an abusive relationship for ten years, I had feelings of hopelessness. I had no positive outlook about anything and the thought of a 'future' was slim to none in my eyes. I have always wanted to be a writer, but the misery that I was living in kept me from having a clear mind and my thoughts were jumbled and disoriented. In 1997, my parents bought me Simple Abundance. I read it, reread it, and read it again. I followed Sarah's suggestions and participated in all that she suggested with the wonderful inspiring activites she offered in the book. My book was published in May 2003! I have a wonderful marriage with my 'new' husband and am living my life as it is suppose to be. I am living the life God intended me to live. Thanks to Sarah Banbreathnach for sharing her insights and taking the time to write such a wonderful book that has changed a lot of lives for the better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars For those with Clutter
    I was recommended this book by a therapist. Because of this book, I now live a life of non-clutter. It's amazing how clutter can make you feel miserable, and you don't even know it!

    If you're the type of person who has so much "stuff", and would feel incredibly guilty discarding this sutff, you will learn the three questions to ask yourself as whether to keep this item or not--without feeling guilty.

    This book also helps you understand how the simplist things in life can make you feel so good.

    You'll be glad you read this. ... Read more

    2. The Illustrated Discovery Journal : Creating a Visual Autobiography of Your Authentic Self
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Asin: 0446521442
    Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 172883
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    This spiral-bound journal, conceived by Sarah Ban Breathnach, is designed to encourage writers to explore their life stories and unleash dormant creativity. Every two-page spread is exquisitely bordered by a wood print leaf pattern and includes a sage little quote to set the mood or beckon the muse (such as "People who keep journals have life twice." --Jessamyn West). The large format (11.25 by 9.75 inches) gives writers plenty of room to scrawl down their thoughts and even offers ample space for adding personal artwork or gluing in cut-out images. Several pocket folders are bound into the back for carrying clippings, postcards, or dry leaves--whatever whimsy dictates. Because it is spiral bound (with a sturdy wrap-around cover), writers can lay the book flat while at work--a major convenience.

    Interspersed throughout the journal, Ban Breathnach has added suggestions for writing exercises and collages, plus discussions of themes such as "Success," "Mystery," or "Return to Self." In one spread, Natalie Goldberg is quoted as saying, "Your first job is to get your own story straight." There's no doubt that writers can do just that with this literary example of functional art. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
    There isn't too much writing in this book actually. It revolves mostly around making series of collages from amgazine clippings, etc around different self discovery themes. This is a refreshing change from the usual "Write, write, write!" I found that I felt MORE creative and very relaxed. It's a fun return to the "paste and scissors" free-for-all of your early school days.
    The only frustration I experienced was that you have to wait a while to gather up enough pictures in your theme before you can actually start putting a collage together.
    The themes include: Authenic Style, Entertainment, Authenic Sucess, The House of Belonging, Return to Self, Mystery, Sacred connections, Spiritual Journey, and Someday.
    I was surprised by what pops up out of your subconcious when you look at your pictures as a collection -something that isn't as likely to happen with just writing where you can tend to over-analyze.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
    But what is twaddle again? Guess you have to be from VA to know.....

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Illustrated Discovery Journal
    As an Art student, I have discovered the power of creating through collages. It is an easy way for everyone to be artistic regardless of drawing or painting skill. Your creations can speak to you in a very powerful way and give you insight that would not otherwise be so easily accessed. I highly recommend this book for fun and discovery.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A book for people who don't much care for words
    This book is twaddle for self-absorbed shortcut-seekers. For this author, words are impediments to expression. Enter at your own risk.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A spellbreaker to lead us to the beauty in the beast.
    At first glance The Illustrated Discovery Journal may appear to be a simple book, and yet it holds a simple truth. We have forgotten as women, how profoundly beautiful we are. As we add the snippets of our lives and dreams to the waiting pages, a fairy tale unfolds before our very eyes. Sarah once again, in her brilliant simplicty is the fairy godmother who breaks the spell. She helps us find our beauty and truth beneath the beast that is reflected by the disappointments of our selves, our loved ones, our weight, our lost loves. We are all a glorious spirit waiting to be brought to life. Thank you Sarah for taking the risks to let us love ourselves for who we are, the glorious children of God. ... Read more

    3. Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach, Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Asin: 044652106X
    Catlog: Book (1996-11-05)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 4149
    Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
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    "Gratitude is the most passionate transformative force in the cosmos," promises author Sarah Ban Breathnach (Simple Abundance) in her introduction. So that everyone can experience the transformational rewards of being grateful, Ban Breathnach designed a day-by-day journal for counting one's blessing. Years of disciplined gratitude have taught Ban Breathnach that "if you give thanks for five gifts every day, in two months you may not look at your life in the same way as you might now." Ideally, the journal writer will feel less discontent and "complicated need" and instead feel more awareness of simple abundance. The journal itself is highly inviting--bordered with simple country colors of cream, corn yellow, and dried sage. But even more inviting are the inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout, such as Henry Van Dyke's message: "Gratitude is twofold--love coming to visit us and love running out to greet a welcome guest."--Gail Hudson ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners but serious journalers need more lines!
    I simply love Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance. And yes, the gratitude journal is a life changing experience. I would recommend it for anyone. This book is also nice if you can sum up your daily gratitude in a few words. I have a few friends who feel 5 lines for 5 daily seeds of gratitude is sufficient.

    However, if you are like me and enjoy journaling. If your 5 items that you are grateful for turns in to 7, 10, even 20 items each day (believe me, once you get into the habit of the gratitude journal, you will become grateful for everything) -- then you need to purchase another journal. I would recommend buying this book for the inspiration, but buy a beautiful blank journal later as your gratitude grows!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A winner!
    I don't usually like self-help books, as anyone perusing my other reviews will know. But this one is different -- it offers an easy path for personal transformation, and lays out pages attractive so all you have to do -- all! -- is write five things for which you are grateful, one each on five little lines, each day. Author even gives you several pages of hints for when your own "gratitude pump" runs dry. This quote is variously attributed to Meister Eckhart or Mother Theresa, but the words ring true 100% when applied to the use of this Gratitude Journal: "If the only prayer you ever say is 'thank you', that will be sufficient." Give this book a try -- but WARNING -- regular use may change your life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Be grateful!
    This book is a gentle reminder that no matter how bad your day was, you can find at least 5 things to be grateful for. A Guide to the Scriptures is another book to read and realize just how blessed you are.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Tool For Enrichment
    This lovely book is perfect for recording those small (and large) blessings that truly constitute abundance. Some other reviewers have found fault with what they found to be limited space. But I think they've missed the point. This book never claimed to be a journal in the usual sense. When I write down a phrase or sentence describing something for which I am grateful, it opens the door to a realization of more and yet more things for which I am grateful. When I'm feeling low, I sometimes go back and read earlier entries and find myself smiling and experiencing again the joy of gratitude. Just this morning, I was reading some old entires and this phrase came into my mind: Happiness is a renewable resource. That thought in itself is a blessing to me. I've purchased two of these books in the past and am about to purchase several more, some for myself and some for gifts. It works!

    If the intent of this journal was to record our blessings each day, then one would need to do some brief hand-scratching to record them in the extremely limited space provided. Perhaps it is based on my beliefs in Buddhist Philosophies, but I very much like the idea of giving thanks for five blessings we have received each day. Quite often though, I find myself often giving thanks for the same things over and over again: the love of my husband, good health, the beauty of nature, the joy of humanity and the peaceful nation in which I live. These precious gifts could be broken down further but the scanty amount of space does not leave much room for any lengthy thoughts. One really does have to do an abbreviated version, and that is the one major downfall of the book. For those who like to write with eloquent periphrastic flair, they will probably find the writing space on these pages is far from adequate. ... Read more

    4. Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Asin: 0446677086
    Catlog: Book (2000-10)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Average Customer Review: 3.53 out of 5 stars
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    From the author of the New York Times multi-million-copy bestselling SIMPLE ABUNDANCE comes a provocative and powerful follow-up to the book that has become a life "bible" for women around the world.

    No matter how spectacular their lives may be, women today are plagued by the nagging feeling that there must be something more to happiness. And they're right. In this insightful and eloquent book, Sarah Ban Breathnach explores the nine stages necessary to living authentically: Sensing, Surviving, Settling, Stumbling, Selling Out, Starting Over, Searching, Striving, and finally, SOMETHING MORE. Through storytelling and interpretations, she leads women on a path to becoming "Archaeologists of Themselves" and helps them discover that that "something more" was deep within them all along. By providing women with this knowledge, she offers readers a way to profoundly change their lives - forever. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A rich, rich read
    This is one of a handful of books I've read that changed the way I look at myself -- and another on that short list is Simple Abundance which I'm working through for the 3rd time as I write "morning pages" daily. This is NOT a sequel to SA -- in lots of ways it doesn't seem to be written by the same Sarah -- but by a more mature, more worldly wise, more "evolved" one. Repeatedly in my reading of SM, Sarah brought me to tears--because she knows me--and made me see myself much more clearly, made me face some issues I've ignored for 50+ years--and helped me see a path ahead. The margins are crammed with my notes to Sarah, to myself, to my past. A person who thinks this is only a book about how bad most men are couldn't have read with a woman's heart. Is there bitterness? Yes--life has its bitter spots, too. But is there hope? Darned right. And if a reader doesn't see the "gratitude" and "joy" in the message of this one, I'm sad for that reader. It's not a "ruffles and lace" book at all. It's a no holds barred look at life--with lots of real-life examples, many of which aren't pretty. On page 59, she writes, "Could there be anything more important than living without regrets?" I think the whole book is about HOW to live without regrets.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling...
    Unlike many of the more recent reviewers here, I did not read "Simple Abundance" before I started the sequel. Also unlike many of the recent reviewers, I found "Something More" to be incredibly insightful, wonderfully written and a true gift FROM as well as TO the Soul.

    I found the life stories within this book to be beautifully encouraging and inspiring, rather than depressing and anger-filled as several have noted. Life is an adventure, fraught with disappointment and sadness, as well as all the other "cozy" feelings we seek and need. And I, for one, am glad she didn't pull any punches and told things just as they are.

    Excavating, searching, looking and definitely *finding* your Authentic Self takes a lot of courage. We all have it. THAT's what this book is all about and it gives us some concrete tools with which to do this. Thank you, Sarah, for daring to speak your Truth and helping so many of us along the way.

    Read it. You won't regret it if you listen to your heart along the way.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Refund Please!
    It did not take long for me to run back to the bookstore and demand a REFUND.
    Obviously Breathnach has chip on her shoulder -- and used this book as a vehicle for its expression!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Some valuable insights, but often frustrating
    Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self is an unusual book. I have never read the author's celebrated Simple Abundance, so I had no basis for comparison with her previous work. Something More is different from most self-help books that I've read in that it's more of a meditation than a specific framework for solving particular problems.

    The book's intention is to inspire women to search for "something more" in their lives through a collection of the author's personal experiences and examples from lives of other women, both fictional and real. She draws lessons from these assorted stories and presents them in a series of short, often one- or two-page chapters. There are also a number of exercises at the end of six sections of the book, aimed to give the reader an opportunity to rediscover her "authentic self."

    I found the book to be frustrating at times. First of all, the short sub-chapters are often disjointed and there appears to be very little flow in the development of ideas. Rather, the entire book consists more or less of short meditations, some of which are quite insightful, while others are simply impenetrable. Second, the author was trying to resolve some deep personal issues while working on this book, and this unfortunately taints both the lessons and the overall mood of the book. Recently divorced, she was clearly still very bitter. For this reason, she can often come across as advocating selfishness to women, although I think that this is merely her way of dealing with a personal disappointment and struggling to regain self-confidence. Finally, the exercises that she suggests might be helpful to some (especially people who have saved many mementos from their childhood, since her idea of rediscovering your authentic self involves going through these old items), but they struck me as somewhat contrived and ultimately not very helpful.

    Nevertheless, I did enjoy reading the book and appreciated some of its insights. Some of the discussion is quite thought-provoking and can certainly help one gain confidence, self-awareness, and resilience, especially in difficult times of one's life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Uplifting
    I'm currently going through a divorce that is my choice not my husbands. My sister-in-law gave this book to me for Christmas and told me how it helped her through her divorce from an abusive husband. Choosing to leave your husband fills you with so many second guesses and fears for the unknown future. Reading this book filled me with confidence and made me feel absolutely sure that I was doing the right thing. After reading the experiences of other women, I was surprised how many had gone through the same thing I was going through. The quotes alone all through the book were enough to be inspiring! ... Read more

    5. Romancing the Ordinary
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Asin: 0743218779
    Catlog: Book (2002-10)
    Publisher: Scribner
    Sales Rank: 28509
    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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    In her first major book since Something More, #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Ban Breathnach takes readers to a new level of personal fulfillment and spiritual awareness as they learn to rediscover and savor the sensual experience of daily life.

    Organized as a saunter through the year, Romancing the Ordinary celebrates the spirituality of the senses, seasonally and monthly. Ban Breathnach believes that women are endowed not with five senses but with seven. In addition to rediscovering sight, sound, scent, taste, and touch, readers will come to cherish their sense of "knowing" -- a woman's intuitive sense -- and "wonder," her sense of rapture and reverence.

    Writing in the style so beloved by her millions of readers, and drawing on myth, literature, film, music, and drama, Ban Breathnach encourages each woman to discover what moves her to tears, makes her blood rush to her head, her heart skip a beat, and her soul sigh. Interwoven with the text are seasonal indulgences intended to restore weary feminine souls -- recipes, rituals, decorating, fashion, and gardening hints. By encouraging her to delight in the often overlooked gifts of every day -- from the aroma of simmering homemade spaghetti sauce to the sensation of freshly laundered linen against bare skin -- Romancing the Ordinary is sure to help every woman fall in love with Life. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Romance for All Seasons
    I found it impossible not to be drawn to Romancing the Ordinary, at first simply for its beautiful cover. What I found inside was even lovelier! The style os this book harkens back to Simple Abundance as it calendars the year month by month, offering recipes and cozy home remedies. Sarah's signature narrative is in full effect with her personal anecdotes and insight, where it feels more like an exchange with an intimate friend. Though there is a noted change in her tone--sometimes she's nostalgic, others she is inquisitive and even sassy!
    There has been so much tragedy in the past year that I think many of us are finding renewed significance in our everyday ordinary. Sarah takes that sentiment to a refreshing new level. Embedded between fanciful ways of revamping the blah of everyday routine, are nuggets of wisdom and practical proposals.
    The book's foundation focuses on her intriguing idea that we can live life fuller simply by beginning to re-appreciate the power of our natural senses. In addition to the five physical ones, she tacks on wonder and intuition. Sarah's theory of Romancing Life translates seamlessly into Romancing Yourself. A practice that begins with self-knowledge. She shares her own realization that, the more you know how to make yourself happy, the easier it will be to recognize who will make you happy. And in the meantime, why wait for that someone? Do it yourself. Now what woman can argue with that?

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read and Live Book
    I was surprised and delighted with Romancing the Ordinary for as a 53 year old woman, feeling my passion and sensuality emerge from this "sleeper" work by Sarah tickles me. I expected beautiful prose, for which we are well rewarded. I anticipated the wisdom of other eras, SBB's trademark quotes, and was delighted and comforted. I hoped for new insights and reminders of practices that work (take time for myself, baths and candles) and was grateful that SBB took the time and risk to remind me about things that work to ground me as a woman. The thrill came when I realized my passion, for life, love, sex and living my life full out, with me first, happy and joyful. Contrary to one reviewer, this is a book for all women, married and single. My husband and I are quite thrilled with my love of this book," which I read first, like a novel! Try the food of love, page 84 or read "Lead Her into Temptation", pg 408. No one but Sarah and maybe God, would know the trouble and fun a baked apple can cause. For every woman, who knows and cares about another woman, share this treasure with them and savor the "es"sensual delights that life holds for us.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get opened often
    This book remains on my nightstand, but its proximity to me still is not enticement enough to open it more. Breathnach's first book (S.A.) is hard to beat.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I am not her target audience
    At least, I don't feel as if I am.

    I originally picked up Simple Abundance off of a coworker's desk while rebooting my computer for the nth time in a morning. Someone then gave me their mostly unused copy and on a lark, wrote out my response to the daily entries in my online journal, which garnered positive feedback, including someone giving me this sequel of sorts. I'm not sure I would've stuck with either without the feedback. This made both well-worth my time.

    (And yes, my readers gave me a 3rd daily essay book "Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much", which is already quite different. And, since I'm able to keep up with daily journal entries, possibly inappropriate.)

    I recommend reading this either near a computer search engine (or a classic library) and researching some of the people she mentions. Searching for some of the artists, painters, explorers and otherwise interesting historical figures mentioned in the book made it a stepping stone to a richer experience, which seems to be the goal.

    I also recommend a fourm that gets feedback, be it blog (I'm no celebrity, and yet I have an interested audience), discussion list or a group that periodically meets in person.

    Romancing the Ordinary is, as mentioned, less cute-fuzzy optimistic (I was fascinated by how she faced life changes, whether or not I agreed with her choices) and more earthy/pagan/wiccan/(women-positive). I regard this as a step forward.

    Nonetheless, it is a sequel. The original is still a better place to begin.

    1-0 out of 5 stars We Were Highly Disappointed
    I've been a fan of Sarah's work for several years now. In the mid-90's, when Simple Abundance hit the bookstores, I was first in line to get my copy and still love the book to this day. I've been a member of an online Simple Abundance group list for the last 4 years and we've worked through SA twice as well as Sarah's second offering, Something More. We were eagerly anticipating Romancing The Ordinary and couldn't wait to get started on working through it last January. However, as the months of this past year wore on, everyone on our list grew increasingly disappointed with this book to the point that list participation dropped off and some people even left the group out of sheer disinterest or exasperation. Being diligent fans, many of us persevered, hoping that we might see glimmers of Sarah's former brilliance and confidence in her subject matter... or, when that wasn't forthcoming, just something new that she hadn't decided to rehash and repackage in this beautiful to look at but disappointing read.

    We had so many problems with her concepts: her melancholy that clouds her musings with a dark cast due to our speculation that she was down in the dumps from her divorce when she wrote this book, the doubt and misgivings she seems to cast on concepts she wrote about with such confidence in Simple Abundance and her desperation for love and assurances of future happiness that clearly weren't present when she wrote this as she writes about pie in the sky concepts like luck, hope, and all kinds of silly ways to divine the future and control what seems was out of her control at the time. We wondered who she was more trying to convince with the romance theme - us or herself? We didn't feel a sense that she was convinced, so we weren't convinced. We found ourselves shaking our heads in disagreement with her ideas - often totally contradictory to what she wrote with assurance in SA - and we all experienced and expressed such a lack of resonance with her down in the dumps frame of mind that we began to use the book as a prompt for exploring why we totally disagreed with her and what we actually believed instead. That proved to be very enlightening - but I don't think Sarah wrote the book to be used in this way. I've heard it said that we teach what we most need to learn. Maybe Sarah was trying to find Romance again in her ordinary life and that's how this book evolved into being. Unfortunately, her bumbling to find that romance wasn't conveyed to us through the pages. There was nothing in this volume that was said that wasn't said better, more convincingly and with more depth and insight in Simple Abundance. But if you like weird recipes and truly ridiculous notions of things to try or do because you have no life and are looking for the absurd to fill up your time because you've nothing better to do... maybe this is the book for you.

    Personally, the most disappointing thing for me about this book was that it cast doubt in my mind on Sarah's work in general. I still love and highly recommend Simple Abundance. I really liked Something More, too. But in my eyes, Romancing the Ordinary was a total flop and not up to par with what I've come to expect of her. After muddling through this work over the course of a year with others who have come to love and respect Sarah's work just as much as myself, I will now have a shadow of a doubt about purchasing future books by her for fear that she'll be producing yet another volume that is unenlightening, disappointing and contradictory of her former wisdom as this bound volume of fluff was. And I was left wondering - did she write this due to publisher pressure to ride the wave of her success? If so, it was a sad effort that, unfortunately, I and others bought but found that it only scantly clung by a thread to the coattails of her previous and exceptional former efforts. How many ways can I say this book was such a disappointment??? ... Read more

    6. The Simple Abundance Companion
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Asin: 0446673331
    Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 22051
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    Before Simple Abundance was a bestselling book, it was a highly successful workshop taught by author Sarah Ban Breathnach. Returning to the workshop format, Ban Breathnach has written this workbook-style companion guide. Devised as a month-by-month course, this 12-chapter book offers reflective lessons on topics such as "Choice As a Spiritual Gift," "The Love of Play," and "Sacred Connections." At the end of each chapter Ban Breathnach lists "Soul Assignments," which include penetrating questions alongside lighthearted assignments: going on "creativity excursions" or learning to "color outside the lines" of life.

    Ban Breathnach possesses a contagious playfulness that permeates the book's workshop structure. Critics call her frivolous, but fans call her inspirational. Even her resources promise a good time, including her amusing appendix on "Cinematherapy," which lists suitable movies for every chapter. (For example, chapter 3, "Romancing the Soul," could be enhanced by watching Love in the Afternoon or A Man and a Woman.)

    "Consider this workbook a personal tutorial," she writes. "Just you and me.... But please let's think girls' night out instead of study group as we sift and sort. Gratefully, I've finally learned to choose fun over earnestness any day of the week, and I'm not going back. How about you?" Not a chance, Sarah. Not a chance. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars simply abundant (Like 'The Journey:Where seagulls dare to f
    simply abundant with pearls of wisdom......simply learning how to breathe reconnect with myself retune to my inner child again....simply beautiful. Still haven't found a book though as good as 'The Journey:Where Seagulls Dare To Fly' ( 4 stars only!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simple but not Simple
    Simple can be a negative word in some contexts. However, simple is beautiful as Sarah writes about it. When I began my own simplicity movement 15 years ago I felt all alone and sometimes felt like caving in and jumping back on the materialistic bandwagon.

    I discovered Sarah's books several years ago and I've been simplifying every part of my life eagerly and with glee. It is like I have lost 100 pounds. All those extra things I added onto my life since birth rarely gave me lasting happiness.

    I think a couple of other outstanding books in this vein are The Romantic's Guide by Michael Webb. It shows how you can be simple and yet "The World's Most Romantic Husband." Also, Simple Living is a good read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another winner!
    Guess I'll make it a unanimous (so far) 5 star rating for Sarah's latest. Like her other stand-alone books, it's filled with pithy humor, undeniable wisdom and gentle guidance--like having a "big sister" to guide you through the journey of self-discovery, sharing equal parts of joy and sorrow, pain and growth. Designed with the idea that each of the 12 chapters takes one month, to be completed in one year, I'd say that's about right. It isn't a workbook to rifle through, but one to relish, savor, ponder and ultimately digest. Thank you, Sarah, for yet another book to help in the excavation process of our Authentic Selves. The sharing of your talents has made us ALL the more richer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An At-Home Workshop to Find Your Authentic Self
    Ever since starting on the SIMPLE ABUNDANCE journey with Sarah Ban Breathnach's first book, I have longed for an opportunity to learn one-on-one from the Queen of simplicity and authenticity. We may not be able to meet Sarah face-to-face, but now anyone can enjoy a workshop atmosphere in the comfort of her own home. Women caught up in the day-to-day deluge of deadlines, appointments, and commitments can now curl up with a pillow and excavate their authentic self. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to savor their life instead of living in a blur.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Deliciously self-nurturing
    As in her other books, Sarah lovingly encourages the reader to spend some well-deserved time finding out about herself, her world and available resources to enrich and enlighten. Plenty of room in the margins to take notes and record ideas which are very likely to surface in this well thought out and exquisitely written book. ... Read more

    7. Simple Abundance : Living by Your Own Lights
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth it's weight in gold!
    As I listened to this tape to and from my job for the last 5 days, I found myself hanging on every word, marveling with every sentence, at the discoveries I was making about myself and my life and yet, at the simplicity of the suggestions Ban Breathnach had to offer to improve my life. I can't think of any woman OR man that wouldn't benefit by listening to or reading this book and taking stock of what they have in their lives and what they THINK they desire. You suddenly find that everything you have is SIMPLY enough and everything else is a marvelous bonus! Oh, but what I would give to be able to express myself the way Sarah Ban Breathnach does. I have already started my Gratitude Journal (I did that the first day!) but before writing this, I purchased the "Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude" to be able to take advantage of the daily affirmations and inspirational quotes everyday! This book is practical, theoretical spiritual, and ESSENTIAL! And, oh y! es, SIMPLE! To Sarah Ban Brethnach, I am grateful!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Already seems dated
    I don't know what it is. The book seems to be a classic and that I can understand. But I pulled out the tape to listen to after not having heard it for some time and it seemed so out of date. Some parts were almost embarrassing, and in all was a mishmosh of biblical, new age, and groovy girl advice. A friend of mine borrowed it a while ago and was listening to it in her car. her 10-year-old son said, "Mom, this is so dumb!" Sometimes kids do tell the truth.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Life changing/discover who the real you is again
    After a bad marriage, I didn't know who I was or what I wanted anymore. This book helped me sort through all of that and rebuild myself back to my original design. I listened to it and stored some very important rules in my mind about keeping the real me alive and now I will never let anyone convince me that I need to change those wonderful characteristics about myself.

    1-0 out of 5 stars You mean, people dont know how to be Grateful??
    Good thing I did not have to buy money for this...hey, I am grateful, yippee. I went down to the local library and borrowed it and I couldnt wait to hear her ideology. I for one, think it is preposterous that so many women are seeing Sarah as God. She is not wise, or full of wisdom. What is her message? She is saying the same exact thing the New Age and Religious Communities have been saying for at least the last 15 grateful, have gratitude. She acts as if she invented the idea...and what is worse, people are buying it. I cant believe people are buying this tape to learn how to be grateful. I have an idea, and it doesnt cost you anything...learn to say "Please", "thank you", and dont cut people off on the freeway.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A New Age Exercise
    This is a thoroughly New Age approach to simplifying your life. It is an inward journey, complete with a map that you make of your own wishes to find harmony between your soul and the creative forces of the universe that lie within you. It is a celebration of the "spiritual" over the worldly. It is also a celebration of the self. It gives passing reference to a higher power which seems to be defined by the inner spirit. Christians should stay clear of this. A far better Christian treatment is Richard Fosters book "Freedom of Simplicity". Men should stay clear of this unless they have a very strong feminine side. ... Read more

    8. A Man's Journey to Simple Abundance
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Asin: 0743200616
    Catlog: Book (2000-11-01)
    Publisher: Scribner
    Sales Rank: 94924
    Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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    Sarah Ban Breathnach wanted to offer men the same reflective book thatshe offered women in SimpleAbundance. Yet, she also knew that she needed a man to help herrepresent an authentic male experience, a book that mined beneath the "Men Arefrom Mars" stereotypes and "Iron John" expectations. So she joined forces withMichael Segell, former "Men's Mind" columnist for Esquire and author ofStandup Guy. From there, the duo gathered these contemplative, humorous,and mature essays written by a diverse sampling of men, including a backwoodshermit, mystical rabbi, and world renowned rock star.

    Segell writes the poignant introductions to the essays while Ban Breathnachinserts her personal responses at the end of particularly provocative essays. Attimes she sounds like an interloper in a "boy's only" tree fort club, hercomments sounding out of place within these private moments of male bonding. Yetshe forces readers, men and women alike, to acknowledge the feminine within themale experience, a lofty goal that we tend to resist. Contributors includeSting, who talks about the difference between thrill seeking and risk taking in"Let Your Soul Be Your Rookie." Adventure writer Tim Cahill writes about "TheBravest Thing I Ever Did"--face his panic disorder as his vomited his waythrough an un-aired television interview. And Thomas Moore speaks to the ecstasyof melding spirituality and sexuality. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Table of Contents-5 stars; Actual Contents-1 star
    The table of contents to this book is very intriguing--Mothers, Fathers, Daughters, Sons, essays presumably about what it means to be a man in today's world. This is a topic seemingly of introspective interest to all males, yet the actual writing struck me as either completely off topic, or so obvious and sentimental that it offered no quiet, contemplative wisdom worthy of the time it takes to read. These are all brief stories from a variety of authors. In reading prior reviews of this book above, I tried to see if those who liked the book were male or female. From a female perspective, perhaps there is an easier acceptance of the stories presented, that they really do have relevance somehow. There are some sentimental values expressed in "A Man's Journey," and perhaps that appeals to some, but for me, I think it utterly fails in the premise expressed in the title and offered me nothing of probitive value. This is not meant to diminish those who liked it, but I'm scratching my head trying to see the value to me, a male very interested in the topics listed in the table of contents. There are six "Top Ten Things" listed at the end of every section. Things like, "I wish we'd had a few more laughs and a few less arguments" (10 things I wish I'd told my father), or "Change a tire"(10 things every man should know), or "How much of an effort do I make, really?" (10 things every man should know the answer to). If you want a quick litmus test of whether this book offers you anything, just pick one of those lists for a quick review. If you like what's listed, you'll probably like the book, if not, it's a waste of time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars men of depth
    As a women born in 1961, I have been aware that roles of men and women in the world have changed very quickly and drasticaly over the last few generations. Which, i believe has effected the way men and women are able to understand and relate to each other.

    I found the format of this book extreamly enjoyable, each writer's honesty refreshing, and the resulting insites into the male condition in our socielty inspiring.

    I am the mother of three small boys, and I desire greatly to help them develope both charater and spirtuality as they grow into men. This book is living proof that these charateristics are not only possible in the modern man, but a "main ingreadiant" of the male personality and thought process. I plan to ask all of my sons to read this book when they come of age.

    3-0 out of 5 stars And Never the Twain Shall Meet.
    Ms. Breathnach collaborated with Michael Segell to teach us women that men actually do think and feel differently from the females in their lives. It was through his wife, Winnie Gallagher, that the two found each other and produced this informative journal.

    There are fifty-two diverse contributors selected and edited by Mr. Segell. For ages we've known of the contradictions between recollections by the different sexes; this was published to bring them closer together by revealing some similarites not just the differences. It was a definite challenge. Whatever else you could say, they are perhaps true. I can see why they chose Mark Winegardner's "Like Mother, Like Son,' to get off to a good start. It is rewarding to read how he credits his mother with his creativity. I told son Zachary that he got his writing ability from me, but he was doubtful. Like me, Mark has trouble "forgiving."

    In this series of essays, we strive to understand male emotions, their historic lack of commitment, their great pride and self-esteem from the professional lives (I wonder, did they see the new STEPFORD WIVES movie?), and the uniquely male perspective on life's problems.

    Some years ago, I worked through SIMPLE ABUNDANCE, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy and learned what is really important to women. Now, they attempt to turn the tables, so to speak, to educate women about the men they love but have difficulty understanding.

    She gives her view of the creation, using Spirit as God, Eve as the first 'soul mate,' spiritual awakening; I waited to see if the Spirit was a woman who presented this version: It's not good for man to be alone; something or someone was missing.

    Merle Shain stated it clearly, "There are no perfect men, of course, but some are more perfect than others, and we can use all of those we can get." Men feel they 'deserve' respect (ha), they should seek it by their actions.

    Some of these essays are provocative and most are complicated to a woman's sensibilities. It's possible that some of them may move you to laughter or tears. Men are good at faking emotions they don't feel. And some can act up in public and embarrass an innocent woman for something the man mistakenly assumed.

    I was most interested in those written by Southern humorist, Roy Blount, Jr., and Reynolds Price, another Southerner with the longest bibliography. Jake Jacobsen was the most original, listed only as a 'hermit.' He hates women, it seems.

    Some are Pulitzer prize winners in their fields. They use thoughtfulness, intelligence, and sometimes wit to get their individual points across. I heard this on the Wink Martindale show recently on the Music Of Your Life radio network, "You are born an individual; don't die a copy." Men will always be men and we can value them for the creatures they are, for better or for worse.

    3-0 out of 5 stars and maybe the next story will give me an inkling...
    The writers seemed to be reaching hard to delve some deep female part inside when they would rather be marlin-fishing or something. I found the discussions of intimacy the most readable, possibly because having sex is apparently the only thing men have in common with women. In trying so excruciatingly hard to show feelings, many of the writers turned to, you guessed it, life and death situations such as a spouse's cancer, war in Africa, parental loss. The kinds of things it takes to get guys to emote, I suppose. Could you perhaps let us know how you felt to see your child be born? Ease a child's anxiety over some imagined terror? Let us know why you hate, really hate, the guy in the car in front of you? So you would throw yourself down the stairs if it would make the Vikings win. Uhuh. And sex is the closest thing to God. Gotcha. Now we know you write with it, in addition to thinking with it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Maybe it just wasn't what I was looking for
    If you visit Ms. Breathnac's site, you will find helpful advice for meditating and a new outlook on incidents in your life. The book did not offer that, though it proposed to. Her charity work is tremendous and the woman seems to have an endless amount of love and energy. The book seemed more like Chicken Soup for the Soul with a test at the end than anything that offered daily guidance and affirmations. But like I said, maybe it just wasn't for me. ... Read more

    9. Mrs. Sharp's Traditions: Nostalgic Suggestions for Re-Creating the Family Celebrations and Seasonal Pastimes of the Victorian Home
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Asin: 0671784080
    Catlog: Book (1990)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Sales Rank: 595652
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is available through
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Sharp's Traditions
    I have read every book that Susan Ban Breathnach has written and have loved them all. However, Mrs. Sharp's Traditions is a jewel in today's world. It truly focuses on family traditions and celebrations and helpsthose of us who juggle career, family and home. It is a shame that thisbook is no longer in print. It took me 3 months to get it at our locallibrary. I highly encourage the publisher to re-print.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you don't reprint this book my family will suffer!
    For year's my family has gone without traditions and celebrations of any kind.Everytime we gather as a family it is a disaster!This book has brought me hope that there can be a time in my life where we can gathertogether as a happy family and enjoy ourselves.If I don't have a copy ofthis book for my very own library, my family and I will suffer for alleternity.Please reprint this beautiful book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars REPRINT PLEASE!
    I too have tried every avenue to find this book to no avail. Please ask publisher to reprint!

    5-0 out of 5 stars PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
    I have tried every avenue I know of to get a copy of this book - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE reprint! ... Read more

    10. Instructions for Your Discontent: How Bad Times Can Make Life Better
    by Barrie Dolnick
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    Restlessness is your first clue. Discontent can creep into your life, making you feel uncomfortable, as if sitting too long in a cramped space. It can make you grumpy and put you in a bad mood. It can dampen your spirit and make you feel sluggish, dissociated, and disinterested. Yet you can use it to change your life.

    Instructions for Your Discontent is an inspiring guide to making discontent the driving force for change in your life. A practical handbook for using bad times to make life better, Instructions for Your Discontent deals with the feeling that we all have from time to time: something is wrong, but we don't know quite what it is. Supportive and refreshingly honest, Barrie Dolnick, author of the extremely successful Simple Spells books, identifies that feeling as discontent and urges us to respect it, rather than ignore it. Discontent is an intensely creative state, she says. It nags and pokes us to get ourselves going and to accomplish what we really want in life. It's trying to tell us something and we need to listen.

    Covering all aspects of life, Instructions for Your Discontent explores

    relationships, love, jobs, money, family, self-worth, anger, and time. This captivating and thought-provoking book provides creative and sensible instructions to guide you through the challenges, anxieties, and fears that interrupt your life and cause you unhappiness. Instructions for Your Discontent offers accessible, intelligent advice for weeding through the downers and moving beyond a life that is just okay. Enjoy examining your discontent and being happy again.

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    11. Sarah Ban Breathnach's Mrs. Sharp's Traditions: Reviving Victorian Family Celebrations Of Comfort & Joy
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Asin: 074321076X
    Catlog: Book (2001-05-02)
    Publisher: Scribner
    Sales Rank: 88818
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    The seeds for the ground-breaking Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathnach's hugely successful bestseller, were first planted in Mrs. Sharp's Traditions. In this revised, redesigned edition of her charmingly illustrated Victorian style- and sourcebook, Sarah introduces to her legions of new readers the old-fashioned pleasures of family, customs, and home. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Preserving family memories
    It is Thanksgiving Day as I write. I have used this book extensively over the past week as I write down the activities we will do as a family this holiday season. We are a family with young children (8, 6, 3, baby), so we are only now starting our family traditions. It is VERY important to me that the children have family memories to keep them reminded of their happy childhood. This book has been a wonderful keepsake. I have already started purchasing it for others, as it is beautifully written and breathtakingly beautiful. Do not hesitate to buy this book. It will enhance your library like few others. I am wishing for another book like this one, but have not found it yet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned family treasure!
    This book is wonderful to have and explore for those women and families with children who love to take time to enjoy simple, natural treasures and to observe old-fashioned family traditions. It is a wonderful source to find out WHY we celebrate some holidays in the ways we do and to take a trip down memory lane as you rediscover some of the older traditions you might remember your grandmothers or aunts or great-aunts observing. I am definitely adding it to my home collection to use with my own family. The only negative note I might have is that the persona the author writes with has some strange sayings "Dear Reader" this and "Dear Reader" that. A little annoying, but definitely not worth NOT getting the book!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Okay, but definitely nothing special
    This book is okay, but nowhere near as good as the author's earlier works. Although initially intrigued by the "legends", those I checked looked stupid to me ... e.g., about how a pansy's petals tell the story of how a wicked queen mistreats her stepdaughters, with no positive (much less fairytale) ending, nothing remotely uplifting, no moral, etc. DEFINITELY not the type of thing you'd print to give with a pressed flower pansy, or other form of the flower. The recipes are equally impractical, since few people use suet in desserts these days.
    And all the stories in the voice of the mythical Mrs. Sharp just seemed stupid and contrived. Although the premise was excellent, the book just didn't follow through.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Really wonderful book !

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Family Treasure!
    I bought this book nearly eleven years ago when my first child was a toddler and have used it for every holiday ever since! Through this book we have learned so much about the history of holidays, as well as recipes, crafts, and activities. Even more importantly the author has helped our own family develop holiday traditions that are both fun and meaningful, even for that toddler turned teenager! Holiday traditions are comforting and bring families closer together, and this book is a tremendous help if you are looking for inspiration. After eleven years I still can sit down to look up a certain holiday and find myself still reading an hour later! It is definitely one of the most treasured books in my collection! ... Read more

    12. Simple Abundance : Living by Your Own Lights
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
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    13. Hold That Thought
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Asin: 0446912077
    Catlog: Book (1997-04-06)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent journal for stepmoms!
    This journal is an excellent tool for stepmoms and second wives to write down their emotions, thoughts etc..when dealing with the tough issues of being in a second marriage or blended family situation! Highly recommend!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent tool for stepmoms!
    This journal is a wonderful tool for stepmoms and second wives to jot down their thoughts and emotions when dealing with the complexities of a blended family and remarriage. ... Read more

    14. The Victorian Nursery Companion: A Posy for Parents, a Keepsake for Baby
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Asin: 0671741217
    Catlog: Book (1992-05-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A sweet, nostalgic view of childhood captured.
    I am only sorry that I discovered Ms Ban Breathnach's Victorian works after they were out-of-print. As a mother of 2 little children, this would have been a wonderful keepsake. I did read the book which I borrowed from the library and was sad to give it up! I had grand plans of giving this to all new mothers, only to have my hopes dashed. This book is so sweet and captured my heart. I always thought of Victorian children as being appreciated only when seen and not heard. Alas, the 1890's were not that different from the 1990's we have much in common with our great-grandmothers...something we may not even have known. The publisher needs to address the needs of the public and reprint this book. ... Read more

    15. El Encanto de la Vida Simple
    by Ban Breathnach, Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Asin: 8440668392
    Catlog: Book (1995)
    Publisher: Ediciones B Mexico S.A. de C.V.
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    16. La découverte intérieure
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach

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    Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
    Publisher: Roseau
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    17. Simple Abundance Date Book of Comfort and Joy 2001 Calendar
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Asin: 0789304236
    Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
    Publisher: Universe Pub
    Sales Rank: 1026618
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Newcomers and loyal fans alike will embrace with equal relish this perennial collection of thoughts and gentle lessons from Sarah Ban Breathnach's bestselling book, which has guided millions of women on the path to a happier, more fulfilling way of life.Each month opens with a beautiful illustration and words of inspiration to guide readers through the seasons of the year with refreshed optimism.Each weekly passage has been specially selected by the author, with an eye to the promise that each new day brings. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Missing Pages
    My copy was missing the month of March and it had two April in it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helps women find common ground, despite varied lifestyles
    I am into my second year of daily readings from this book. I find the style and character from which Sarah writes to be, somehow, always what I need to fill a space, turn on a light, or backup something I already knew but didn't know how to say to others. I have given copies of this book to others as a way of sharing a simple pleasure. The book is wholesome without being "too-too" and insightful without pushing opinions onto others. ... Read more

    18. Romancing The Ordinary 2004 Engagement Calendar
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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    Based on the long-awaited new book by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Ban Breathnach, whose book Simple Abundance has guided millions of women on the path to a happier and more fulfilling way of life, this calendar offers a seasonal celebration of the senses. By reminding women each week to delight in the often overlooked gifts of every day - "distinguish between the song of the starling, the wren, and the robin; taste a new kind of honey and slather a little sensory pleasure on your dry crust of habit" - the calendar is sure to bring more joy and personal contentment into every woman's life. This calendar offers "seasonal indulgences" - recipes, rituals, decorating, and gardening hints - to help readers rediscover and savor the sensual experience of daily life. Each passage has been specially selected by the author, always with an eye to the promise that each new month brings. ... Read more

    19. Simple Abundance 2003 Engagement Calendar: A Date Book of Comfort and Joy
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach, Jocha
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    Asin: 0789307154
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-01)
    Publisher: Universe Books
    Sales Rank: 578763
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    Newcomers and loyal fans alike will embrace with equal relish this latest collection of gentle lessons and authentic truths from Sarah Ban Breathnach, whose bestselling books have led millions of women on the path to a happier, more fulfiling way of life.Each month offers words of inspiration to guide readers through the seasons of the year with refreshed optimism.Simple Abundance has sold more than 5 million copies in various editions.Her new book, Romancing the Ordinary, releases in Fall 2002. ... Read more

    20. Ein guter Tag. 365 Schritte zum erfüllten Leben.
    by Sarah Ban Breathnach

    Asin: 3442336104
    Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
    Publisher: Goldmann
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