- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (October 29, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743218779
- ISBN-13: 978-0743218771
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.7 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Romancing the Ordinary: A Year of Simple Splendor Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 29, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
"Women were created to experience, interpret, revel in, and unravel the mysteries of Life through their senses," declares Breathnach (Simple Abundance), insisting that women have two extra senses: those of "knowing" and "wonder." Breathnach then works her way through the calendar year, offering tips to women to free their "essensual" selves. Much of the advice (e.g., make your own scented sachets and foot lotions) is rote. At times, Breathnach herself criticizes the commercialization of the sensual. For example, the bath is a "waterfall of delight" that's being "snuffed out by the banality of the self-enhancement poseurs." Homemade is the best way to go, says Breathnach, and even the hours spent preparing various potions are a gift in themselves. On the other hand, she heartily endorses purchasing gourmet fruits, "essensual sets of underwear," silk sheets and other luxuries, since these items also pleasure the senses. Fortunately, the object of all this pampering isn't just to attract a mate. Breathnach urges women to stop focusing on finding a partner and to "learn the sacred soulcraft of self-nurture." While exhortations to "become your own courtesan" may seem narcissistic, the message will strike a welcome chord among women who've learned that sacrificing for others isn't always worth it. At times Breathnach is unintentionally funny she recommends taking Beckett plays to the laundromat to "try on for size being an intellectual." But her occasionally pretentious use of quotations and capitalized references to the Spirit and the Divinity shouldn't stop her fans from pampering their Inner Goddess.
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From Library Journal
The founder of Simple Abundance Press and author of best sellers like Something More shows us how to get the most out of life with this sensuous guide to the seasons.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
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?
thank you Sarah.
What I do appreciate about the book is the encouragement to view my everyday activities in a different light. Enjoy my pillows, enjoy selecting my books for vacation, enjoy having a comfortable nightgown to sleep in. Think about what would give me pleasure, not just please everyone else. Let go of perfectinism.
I look forward to reading the book over the next year. I look forward to apprectiating my senses more--which is the whole premise of the book.
One of the things that made "SA" so helpful and appealing was its daily entries. While "Romancing the Ordinary" is divided into 12 months, there are no daily entries -- so you simply read the essays for that month as you see fit. I am not sure why the publisher didn't encourage Sarah to make an essay for each day of the year, just as she did for "SA". For that reason alone, I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5.
However, I do love the concept of day books, and I think women need them more than ever now that life is so busy, and often fraught with conflict. Writers like Sarah give us comfort and advice, and permission to enjoy and savor life instead of merely rushing through it. Sarah gives us old wisdom, new thought, and some wonderful quotations along the way. We need more of this!
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I have just started reading this and love it. So many pearls of wisdom.Published 1 month ago by maureen
great book to start the life all over if you do not want to live anymore after some tragedies in your life. every woman should read this book.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This reads as a series of personal vignettes broken down by each month of the year. While I'm reading the book a little at a time, there are many stories that make me think about... Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. Gant
I love Sarah Ban Breathnach! I know some of her writing "borrows" from other pieces she has done and at times, she can be overly over! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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This is a friend's "most favorite book ever". I bought it on that recommendation. Unfortunately, I was bored to tears by it! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Brenda Strong