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Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  32,443 Ratings  ·  487 Reviews
With the grace of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift From the Sea and the wisdom of M. Scott Peck's The Road Less Traveled, 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.

In the past a woman's spirituality has been seperated from her lifestyle. Simple Abundance shows you how your daily

Hardcover, 528 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Warner Books (first published 1995)
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Jan 13, 2010 Carey rated it really liked it
of course this book is cheesy. of course it's a cliche. of course it's tempting to shrug off any of the good in it in favor of trashing sarah's personal life. and of course i wasn't the target audience for it as a 19-year-old college student back in 1998, and i'm still not the target audience 10 years later. but i credit this book for helping me weather a particularly difficult depressive episode in the first half of '98 and come out of it transformed--not into someone new, but into my authentic ...more
I have a lot of found memories about this book. It is a book about self, featuring a short essay to read each day. It is set up in calendar format and wonderfully written to inspire peace in one's life. A book I will never part with!
Jan 25, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing
I bought this book back in 1998. It is my favorite book of all. Each day you read a small section for that day. It is very inspiring and informative. Not only does the author, Sarah ban Breathnach, give me something positive to reach for but I usually learn little tid-bits of interesting, historical trivia. If I go a few days and forget to read this book, after I pick it up and begin again, I am "back on top" of things and looking at the world from a much sweeter perspective. I highly recommend ...more
Aug 01, 2009 Gia rated it really liked it
I loved this book when I first read it in 1996. I loved the ideas for appreciating each season, and how it encouraged you to live your authentic life. I did a lot of the exercises in it too, like creating a book with all pictures in it that you like to learn your true style. I had a little trouble with the "gratitude journal" though. I found it difficult to do on a nightly basis. But I loved everything else this book suggests. My all-time favorite is the "Living Easter Basket" which is a basket ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Vanessa is currently reading it
A gift from my mom - I've been reading this book off and on for a few years. I really have come to like it lately - it helps me keep my head on straight. The only "exercise" I've actually done from the book is a gratitude journal. It's amazing how much it helps to write down three things I'm grateful for before I go to bed, especially on those horrible, terrible, no-good days.
Jul 06, 2009 Helynne rated it it was amazing
This book was already a best-seller when my dad gave me a copy back in 1998, but I had never heard of it then, and didn't know what to expect. I plunged in, was immediately impressed, and now I give the book five stars because it made such a difference in my outlook on life at the time. These little essays are just plain feel-good stuff and inspirations for every occasion I can think of. Furthermore, these various missives (I have several favorites) continue to give me a little emotional boost ...more
Jun 08, 2010 Janet rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All moms!
Recommended to Janet by: Oprah
When I was finally ready to read this book, I had to dig deep down into my pile of unread books to find it. I had gotten it years earlier after seeing Sarah on Oprah. I knew then that what she was teaching - to fully reside in the present and see the spiritual in the seemingly mundane - was exactly what I needed to grasp. The problem was that I was buried so deep in the mundane that I didn’t make this a priority until several years later.

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Mar 10, 2009 Jeanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help, chick-lit
I have started this book three times and never made it past March. I don't know if it's because I get distracted or if it's because Sarah Ban Breathnach is always talking about her family and the kids and all of the responsibilities of a mom and wife -- and I can't relate. Or maybe I just get bored. I have learned some important tips that I've found helpful (my fav is what I call my "happy drawer") where I keep stuff that makes me happy so it's there when I need it. Maybe I'm just stubborn -- ...more
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Dec 19, 2012 Thing Two rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thing Two by: Alicerschmidt
January 19: Many of us unconsciously create dramas in our minds, expecting the worst from a situation only to have our expectations become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Inadvertently, we become authors of our own misfortune. And so we struggle from day to day, from crisis to crisis, bruised and battered by circumstances without realizing that we always have a choice.
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Jun 15, 2015 ♥ Ibrahim ♥ rated it did not like it
Shelves: spirituality
Syrupy, sticky, pasty, childish and no actual practical tips to have the supposed simple abundance.
Jan 27, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it
This is one of my mom's favorite books. In fact, she loves the book so much, that she went to a workshop from Sarah Breathnach in California one year.

I tried to read this book when I was a teenager but couldn't relate to it at the time so I dropped it. I think this book is more directed to women about ages 20+ years.

Reading this book was quite entertaining for me since it brought so many memories of growing up with a mom who followed a lot of the suggestions from this book. I often read passages
An absolutely gorgeous book of daily meditations of thankfulness. You just read a meditation a day. I have heard people say it's twee or corny and to be honest I suppose it is a bit. The author does talk about such things as baking cakes, flower arranging and home building but she also teaches us to start right where we are, with all our current problems and difficulties and find joy and hope in the little things. Written by Sarah Ban Breathnach ( pronounced Branack) it has this homey old ...more
Jun 13, 2010 Rebecca is currently reading it
I read this book almost daily and it has completely revamped the way I think about taking care of myself. It's also not overwhelming because you can implement small beautiful practices into your life daily or monthly...there are lots of ideas and suggestions and it really does help a woman learn to love and nurture herself so she can love and nurture those around her better. It has changed my life to start reading this book. I can't say enough about it. If you are a woman-- I think you should ...more
Lisamarie Landreth
A new perennial favorite. A book written in 1995 twenty years ahead of it's time.

"I wanted to write a book that would show me how to reconcile my deepest spiritual, authentic, and creative longings with often-overwhelming and conflicting commitments."

Yes. This.

I savored every page of this book through 2014 and plan to start anew reading in 2015.
Sheila Baughan
Aug 01, 2009 Sheila Baughan rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. I love this book and read and re-read it! It is a daybook that has great ideas and perspective on living a full and authentic life by discovering who you really are and what makes you happy, what makes you different...what makes you you! Can't recommend it enough!
Feb 26, 2010 Cathy rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was going through a hard time coping with life's challenges. It was refreshing and opened my eyes to the simple things in life that can bring us joy. I am surrounded by these joys. I just need to just stop and take the time to notice.
Jennifer Jaynes
Jan 13, 2012 Jennifer Jaynes rated it it was amazing
I've been reading this on and off again with my mother for YEARS. I haven't read every entry yet, but I'm getting close! If you're searching for positivity and a way to express gratitude, you'll want to read and share this book. It really is beautiful. :)
May 22, 2014 Kym rated it it was amazing
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Aug 13, 2012 Dottie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Ban Breathnach's best in my opinion -- one which I use as reference rather than "gospel" however and which is dipped into at will.
Mar 24, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing
A good friend gave me this book and I should apply its principles a bit more than I do. Perhaps it's time to read it again!
Lowell AfdahlRice
Nov 09, 2015 Lowell AfdahlRice rated it liked it
If you like self-help books that are extremely well-written and you are a woman of means this is your book.
Sep 05, 2010 Patti rated it it was amazing
on my nightstand, I reread this often!
Angell Diponio
Aug 15, 2015 Angell Diponio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent self enrichment handbook for daily living!
Oct 27, 2016 Jan rated it it was ok
I did not read this daily - but I did spend about 8 weeks with it. It had a few "jewels" in it (especially in the first quarter of the book). But then it got a little too "Martha Stewart" for me.
Nym Mendias
Oct 23, 2016 Nym Mendias rated it it was amazing
This book has all that I need to refocus my life every day to a positive outlook. The words guide me to wonder and fulfillment. Thank you Sarah!
SharonRene Hutchinson
Oct 13, 2016 SharonRene Hutchinson rated it it was amazing
I read this in my late twenties and what a book of comfort and wisdom. A must read really for a woman of any age, now in my 40s, I still find myself reading through these pages and feeling grateful for having come across it early on.
Pam Fairchild
Nov 10, 2016 Pam Fairchild rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book, have read it again throughout the years.
Jan 29, 2015 Kirby rated it did not like it
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I received "Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy" by Sarah Ban Breathnach as a gift. Contained in this book are daily readings that are meant to inspire you throughout the year. The book is divided into sections by season and then further divided into chapters by month. Each reading is dated, and for each month, there is a list of suggestions for activities to do and simple pleasures to enjoy at the end
Jul 27, 2016 Carol rated it did not like it
No, I didn't finish it. Not the book for me. My rule (which works pretty well for fiction) is to try to read at least 25%, and generally by that time I'm into the book and go ahead and finish it. It didn't work so well here.

I immediately felt a disconnect with this book. It seemed a little too preachy. But I decided to stick with it. Like some others, I did get a worthwhile push from her discussion of the gratitude journal, and I applied that lesson to my prayer journal which has a section for "
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In addition to SIMPLE ABUNDANCE, Sarah Ban Breathnach is the author of THE SIMPLE ABUNDANCE JOURNAL OF GRATITUDE, SOMETHING MORE, and MRS. SHARP'S TRADITIONS. She currently resides in California. Please visit her website at
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“Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it. Let the past go. A simply abundant world awaits. (January 11)” 361 likes
“Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what's working and what's not, so that we can make changes for the better. (January 17)” 59 likes
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