Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Real life isn't always going to be perfect or go our way. Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Real life isn't always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.”

I love Sarah Ban Breathnach's writings on life. She seems to be able to get to the core of what is important in life and puts her point across in an extremely eloquent and succinct manor.

Sarah Ban Breathnach was a freelance writer living paycheck to paycheck before writing Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy , a book that helped millions of women find gratitude in every moment.

This is the Amazon review on Sarah's book Simple Abundance. 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". (What on earth can you do for your guardian angel?) Being acid is so unattractive ... and shooting fish in a barrel besides. Read these feel-good essays every morning with the rising sun, a cup of mint tea, and a bluebird chirping on your windowsill, and you'll be happy

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  1. Alison, I have this book. I love it. I am reading through it right now. Definitely a book to keep around. :-)

    1. That's great Lesley, she is a very talented writer isn't she? blessings xx