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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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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!
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 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
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
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.
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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.
Jun 08, 2010 Janet rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.

Simple Abundance is a “day book” get the most out of
Nanette Miller
This is a must read for anyone that wants to transform their way of thinking, one day at a time.... One of the opening quotes says it all...
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards:they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
-Margaret Young
The whole point of the book is to find yo
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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 -- th ...more
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy helps guide a person through each day of the year, with quotes from famous people and well-known sources along with a daily topic. This is not Holy Writ or a recently re-discovered treasure from the Bard, so don't try to approach it as such. For what it's worth, it's a few hundred pieces of advice and recommendations for enhancing your home, yard and work environments, your lifestyle and sense of yourself and maybe even helping some of the people ar ...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 re ...more
This book is nice for everyone that just want to read a little something everyday to start the day in a way more positive.
The book is "made" up in the way that for every day -which is dated but not with the year or weekday (Monday, Tuesday and so on) but just in the: 1. November, 2. November and so on, so that it can be used for years and years without any worries. And for each day that is a little essay written that sometimes gives you something to think about, sometimes just talks about somet
Sheila Baughan
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!
I have mixed feelings about this book. I found the first third or so very inspiring, and I greatly looked forward to the little essay of the day. But sometime around mid-year, it just got a little too twee for me. The text got increasingly less 'simple' and more laced with new-agey stuff, and many of the suggested activities seemed really old-fashioned and gender-stereotyped to me. I think 'being yourself' is a laudable goal, but if the yourself that you are is not crafty, feminine and an apprec ...more
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
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. :)
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.
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!
Methinks the author could do a bit of work on her class privilege/ oppressor patterns...
Apr 21, 2014 Maria marked it as to-read
I got this book back in 2011 at a quaint little bookstore in Harrisonburg, VA called "Downtown Books". We refer to that store as "our" bookstore- we LOVE it. It's a wonderful mix of old and new, popular and obscure - just exploding with pop culture. Anyway, I put it on the shelf and forgot about it and found it this past weekend. This book has an entry for each day of the year, inspirational paragraphs on living more simply and peacefully and just being thankful in general even though you
on my nightstand, I reread this often!
I was disappointed in the theological soupiness and often sappiness of this book, though she occasionally shares some interesting thoughts, as well as several good quotes. I did not find 365 days'-worth. In her view, Spirit is merely a tool to achieve more of Self. "Self" emphasis is not the salvation she implies, but is the bane (and often outright sin) of our generation. Lord, save us from ourselves! Her exhortations to embrace gratitude, simplicity, order, harmony, beauty and joy (virtues all ...more
Sandra Lopes
This book was given to me as a birthday present from a dear friend. I started reading this book on the day my friend gave it to me..... Immediately I was drawn to the story on this particular calendar day.

It contains 366 essays or short stories for each calender day of the year.....

The opening quote of the book is: Often people attempt to live their lives backwards:they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually
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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
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
September Dee
I know it all started with Oprah's recommendations long ago but this book is still one of my faves and it is timeless. Something we can all relate to and it would make and excellent gift for a young person. Taking time to reflect on the goodness in our lives is crucial to happiness. After reading this you are inspired to write your very own personal 365 days of abundance journal.
Diar Adhihafsari
Sep 20, 2013 Diar Adhihafsari rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women who care about 'feeding' their five senses
Shelves: own-it, non-fiction
The title actually says it all, and that what triggered me, back in my university year, one day at the Public Library in town, to check out the book. I read and checked out the book for many times, I eventually decided to buy it. In Indonesian version, this book has two editions: January to June, and July to December. Unfortunately, until now I can't find the July-to-December edition :(

This book is appropriate for women who have specific interest in details -- small details in life, that is. It
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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)” 297 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)” 44 likes
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