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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060776676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060776671
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

If the pace of your life or depths of your depression leave you lacking in body and soul, this book can help you feel whole again. Jennifer Louden encourages you to assemble and draw on personal rituals, journals and sanctuaries that can add comfort and breathing space to your life. Some are obvious (herbal baths, flowers) or seem too silly, New Age, or time-consuming to tickle every fancy (blow bubbles in traffic jams, chant affirmations). Many more seem sublime and creative. But that's her point: pick and choose what works best for you, but do take some actions to make your life happier. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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“...offers us the “how” of self-care: concrete, practical directions on how to nourish ourselves. Thank you Jennifer.” (--Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation)

“[O]ne of the great self-help classics of our times.” (--Suzanne Falter-Barns, author of Living Your Joy and How Much Joy Can You Stand?)

More About the Author

Jen Louden is a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the self-care movement with her first book The Woman's Comfort Book. She's the author of 5 additional books on well-being and whole living, including The Life Organizer, that have inspired more than a million women in 9 languages. Jen has spoken around the world on self-care, written a national magazine column, and even sat on Oprah's couch talking about the power of retreats. She believes self-love + world-love = wholeness for all. Visit http://JenniferLouden.com for fab free goodies and upcoming retreat schedule.

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The book was in mint condition, and I received it very quickly.
BellaTerra66
Mostly this book gives permission to be less than perfect, and to enjoy life on a regular basis in some fun and simple ways.
Gail A. Robey
Comfort is something we can never have too much of, this wonderful book is nice to have on hand.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a 20 year old, I picked this book up simply because I liked the idea of comfort. As I sat in the bookstore flipping through the pages, I found myself wishing I could do all of the things Louden suggests. Her ideas are very creative (such as making a list of 100 things that make you happy), and this is an excellent book for anyone who loves simple pleasures, but can't really think of them on their own. Louden is not forcing her ideas on anyone, but merely suggesting ways to improve your life and take time to yourself. This is a great book for any woman, any age, and any background because everyone likes to feel happy with their life. I have definitely learned a lot about myself, and hope that I can now work to put her suggestions into action.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
I first read The Woman's Comfort Book in 1993. Since then I have given multiple copies. This book has helped many distraught friends - miscarriage, husband's death, children going to college. I stopped to write this because as I was ordering yet another copy for a friend, I happened to read the negative review posted. I have to disagree. I have found all of Louden's books to be extraordinarily well researched, highly ethical, filled with common sense, and funny. I have been struck in recent years by the idea that other books have mimicked this one - portions of Simple Abundance and Succulent Wild Woman come to mind. Although at times it is simplistic and I wish she would write an update to it, it was the first book of its kind and it still packs a powerful, loving, and responsible message.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was referred to me about 6 years ago by my psychologist I was seeing at the time. It is the most wonderful book I have ever owned. Guidance on how to comfort your self, mind, and soul from what you will need to get started, whether it is a candle, bubble bath, etc. To how to do the comforting! I have given a copy to all of my girlfriends! (I highly recommend all of Ms. Louden's books) Enjoy!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book helped me through a very difficult time in my life. It offers simple ways to learn to treat yourself well. Often women don't give themselves the time they deserve---this book definitely helps. Every woman should own a copy of this book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By pjenning on May 19, 2003
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I must have given this book half a dozen times as a gift to friends or family members who were in need of a little nurturing, or who needed an excuse to spend a little more time on themselves. This book has dozens of ideas for activities to help you through a day, and even a little categorized index to look for a project based on how you're feeling at the moment.
A real treasure! Give it to a loved one by itself, or in combination with a nice journal or blank book and a couple of fun pens (I recommend purple), and she will know you care about her. Better yet, buy one for yourself.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By anonymouse on November 14, 1998
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So often women are either cast in the role of care-giver, or place ourselves in that role; often we either feel guilty taking the time to care for ourselves the way we do our families and friends, or somehow perhaps think we don't deserve it.
This simple to use guide helps us first to focus on how we are feeling, getting in touch with what we need. A simple directory of 'situations' gives page numbers for suggested activities.
The activities range from the sublime to the ridiculous, but don't laugh at any of them until you have tried them. Just leafing through the book without even doing any of the suggestions seems to help me destress; just the reminder that I can do things to nourish my body and spirit is a wonderful revitalizer.
I have given away close to a dozen copies of this book to friends who are used to putting themselves and their needs last on the list of priorities. I can not praise it highly enough for women who can not find time, energy, or inclination to give to themselves the care and love that they give those around them.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By annabun@silcom.com on August 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a keeper for me and my clients. It's another valuable resource for women. Learning how to better nuture yourself is never a waste of time, and this book is a great tool to help guide you along.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tempest@xroads.com on January 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
This, the first in a priceless series of books by Jennifer Louden,is truly a "must have" for every woman. The book is full of useable suggestions on how to practice the lost art of self-care,all arranged in an easy to use format. It does take some practice learning to take care of yourself, but this book gives you the permission and the resources to do so.
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