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Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy    by Sarah Ban Breathnach order for
Simple Abundance
by Sarah Ban Breathnach
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Warner, 2006 (1995)
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* * *   Reviewed by Belle Dessler

This beautiful Tenth Anniversary Edition of Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy is the perfect addition to any woman's library. From the feel-good pink and white design on the cover to the pink satin ribbon bookmark attached to the binding, this book invites you to flip through its pages. Once you do, you'll be hard-pressed not to read the 366 essays right away, rather than one day at a time.

In the preface, Breathnach tells us that the essays included in this book are 'revelations that came while trying to reconcile my deepest spiritual and creative longings with often overwhelming commitments to family and work.' What woman living in today's busy world can't relate to that? Life seems to zoom by at breakneck speed, leaving little time to fulfill our own desires when varied responsibilities weigh so heavily on our shoulders.

Simple Abundance is the answer to finding a way to slow down, if only for a few minutes at a time. The essays, one for each day of the year (including leap year) are short - one or two pages each - easy to read, and always relevant. Whether you're feeling overworked or relaxed, indignant or content, sensible or whimsical, there's an essay to suit your mood. After taking the time to read a couple of pages, you'll feel refreshed, re-energized, and better equipped to face a world that's always making demands on your time and your creative energy.

Each month's set of essays starts off with an inspirational quote and a description of what you can expect from the month to come. I often found these brief vignettes as moving as the essays themselves. Breathnach effortlessly manages to capture the essence of a 'cold, crisp' January, the 'first whisper of spring' in March and the 'rustic palate of jewel tones that dazzle with their beauty' in October. The last page before the month's end offers 'Joyful Simplicities', ways in which to rekindle your connection with the world around you. From remembering 'what it's like to have fun on All Fool's Day' in April to stargazing 'one clear summer's evening' in your backyard in July, the suggestions are ingenious in their simplicity, and easy to adopt.

Pick up Simple Abundance for yourself, a friend, or a family member, and find out why this inspiring, motivating book has sold seven million copies in thirty languages over the past ten years.

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