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Simple Abundance A Daybook of Comfort and Joy Hardcover – 1995

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SIMPLE ABUNDANCE is a book of 366 evocative essays - one for every day of your year-written for women who wish to live by their own lights"


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: New York;Warner Boks,1995. (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446519138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446519137
  • ASIN: B009LUBIP6
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (539 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A writer of remarkable wisdom, warmth and compassion, Sarah Ban Breathnach's (pronounced "Bon Brannock") has become a trusted voice to women around the world. Sarah is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy and the creator of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. Sarah's work celebrates quiet joys, simple pleasures, and well-spent moments. By reminding us to search for the small and the sweet in our daily round with appreciation and awe, we find the beauty in the everyday. Millions of women, including Oprah Winfrey agreed and discovered unexpected contentment and solace in their own lives. Now Sarah introduces the magic of gratitude to little children and their families in her debut children's book, The Best Part of The Day, a delightful and reassuring journey through the seasons. Sarah lives in Southern California near her daughter, Kate, and their beloved animals.

About Sarah Ban Breathnach

* Featured on for 10 Ways to Rediscover Everything You've Got. "Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance, inspired Oprah to start a gratitude journal. Here, she reminds us of all that we have to be grateful for."
* With over 14 visits to the Oprah Winfrey network, most recently in 2012 on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday series.
* Deepak Chopra proclaimed Sarah Ban Breathnach "a one-woman women's movement...just the subversively cosmic voice society needs" to help America "re-evaluate our values..."
* MORE Magazine named Sarah Ban Breathnach as one of the 50"extraordinary" women redefining what it means to be fifty today
* Because the editors of People Magazine believed Sarah Ban Breathnach had her finger on the pulse of the American people she was asked to be a special correspondent at the funeral of Princess Diana in September 1997
* Sarah Ban Breathnach has been a contributing editor of Good Housekeeping and wrote a regular column on "everyday spirituality", the first for a mainstream woman's magazine.
* USA Today described Sarah's body of work "Simply Irresistible."
* TV Guide has turned to Sarah Ban Breathnach twice to write on the role of spirituality and television, for solace after 9/11
* The critically acclaimed George Magazine named Sarah Ban Breathnach as one of America's "most fascinating women of power and influence" (October 1998).
* The American Benefactor magazine noted when discussing the Simple Abundance Charitable Fund, founded by Sarah Ban Breathnach, that while "it's not necessary to reconcile your public personal with your personal life these days, it's refreshing when someone does like Sarah Ban Breathnach..." Since 1995 the SACF has supported the vision of more than 100 non-profit organizations by awarding over $1 million in financial support from Sarah's royalties, product sales and speaking fees.

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171 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Allie Kat on July 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Looked at one way, this is a collection of cheerful essays with homespun spiritual wisdom and housekeeping advice that satisfies our appetite for the nostalgic. Looked at another way, it's a terrifying reflection of a society of souls so sterile that we take comfort in being told it's okay to use scented bath products and buy flowers. Still, thousands of women have found meaning in the book, and they can't be all wrong.
This book is more about abundance than simplicity. In places Ms. Breathnach does extol the virtues of simplicity and has you clearing clutter; in others she has you buying and hoarding and collecting everything, from fabric remnants, just in case some day you get the urge to staple lace to the pantry shelves, to autumn leaves for exuberant Victorian tableaus, (aka dust-collectors). These things are much more fun to read about than to actually do. I don't want to tie little circles of fabric to the tops of jam jars; even when they're bought that way, I'm the one who gets to cut them off and throw them in the garbage. Nor do I want to replace the buttons on all my clothes with cute ones, I curse enough if I have to replace one where the manufacturer did a shoddy job. I don't want to know what decoupage is; and most especially, I really, really, don't want to buy a hat to cheer myself up. Having hot mulled cider after raking leaves sounds charming (and I loathe cider), but the reality is that after raking leaves my back hurts, I'm exhausted and can barely crawl to the shower to wash the sweat and dead bugs off, and if I had to search for a hot mulled cider recipe I'd whack the nearest bystander with a poker.
Since books are for reading and pondering, the pleasure in this one is in doing exactly that, and it does provide a lot of it.
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266 of 286 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It is interesting in scanning the reviews of this book, over ninety percent are five star... but the ones who disagree seem to give it, for the most part, one star. It is a book which brings out strong opinions. Reactionaries and fundementalists will have a hard time with this book because it does not reinforce their dogma. It instead addresses the broad spectrum of beliefs, encourages tolerance,openness, and exploration of self and of all aspects of life, including religion and spirit. That would drive the reactionaries over the edge. There are so few books which can actually add something to your life, day after day, month after month, year after year. This is one of them. It is a book for women on the search to find more meaning in their daily ritual as caretakers, more joy in the everyday. It gives me something to think about each day of the year. I feel a bit sorry for those who give it the knee jerk New Age blasting. But, it takes all kinds to make the world go around.
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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on September 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In our stressful lives, Sarah Breathnach's calm voice outlines a path to sanity. She advocates nurturing our spirits, our relationships and creating serene spaces in our lives.

I want to play this over and over, so it soaks into my consciousness. I want to share this message with all the frazzled women I know. She blends literature and a variety of religions without being preachy. Quotes from Star Wars, Bhudda, Irish proverbs and Shaker writings are sprinkled throughout serving to launch her essays.

Over all, it is about tuning into ourselves and paying attention to our basic needs (no, not material possessions, though she does not advocate a spartan lifestyle).

For women who feel there is no time to tend to their inner needs and who find the daily demands at times overwhelming, I wholeheartedly recommend this.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Leah Marther on January 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
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.
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