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Simple Abundance: 365 Days to a Balanced and Joyful Life

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In times of crisis, countless women have turned to Simple Abundance for comfort and joy -- and now this mega-bestselling guide is updated and expanded for everyone who loved the original book, as well as a new generation that needs it now more than ever.

First published in 1995, Simple Abundancetopped the New York Times Bestseller list for over two years and is responsible
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Hardcover, 624 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing
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Laureen Nowakowski
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading the original edition since 1995. I used to say Sarah Ban Breathnach is my spiritual adviser. This book, I think more than any other, had a profound impact on me and made me a better person. I was so happy to hear that Sarah was updating it so it can be shared with younger women. I believe Sarah is now close to 70, but her thoughts are fresh and sharp and should appeal to people of all ages. Each daily meditation starts out with a quote and each month ends with ideas of things ...more
Steph LaPlante
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a lot more important than I realized.

2020 was a ridiculously rough year for many of us for many reasons. This year also brought us all a lot of growth, it might not feel that way but we were forced into a situation that we had no control over and had to adapt and we did. This year our normal was completely shaken and rewritten. Looking back on my year and my own growth I can say a lot of it was implemented from this book. Having this book to turn to each and every morning was beaut
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Csimplot Simplot
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!!
Geri
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A little something to read each day to make each day a better place. I love reading and this does it for me. I feel joy and happiness when reading through this book each day.
Mahsa
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I start every day by reading that day's essay. It has become a meditative routine in my hectic day. Now that we are starting a new year I am planing to reread this book. I hope I can find a time to work on my gratitude journal along the way. Happy new year!
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Kim
Nov 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
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I am excited and honoured to be a Goodreads winner of this book.
Virginia
I absolutely love the first version of Simple Abundance and read it over and over, daily since 1996. I was so excited for the update, but this revision is, well, disappointing. Most of the original remains, but many things have changed. Beloved passages are now gone. I lament the loss of the daily prayer asking for grace.

In the original edition, I made a directory of favorite meditations. For the new edition, the directory is half the original.

And then there is the last day of each month, dedi
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Julie
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I truly adored the original version of Simple Abundance and I really like this one too. It just didn’t reach into the depths though like it’s big sister.
If I’m honest, this is a far lengthier version and I like my daily meditations more concise.
If you want something to inspire and you are of the 90s and 00s generation, I totally recommend this. For us older dames, the original can’t be beaten imho.
Whichever side you are on, this book will provide you with comfort and joy that it’s meagre pric
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John'alee
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adore this book! And have been adoring it since it was published in the 90’s. It is the book I’ve bought the most for other people. I’ve actually lost count of all the copies I’ve bought over the years!

I loved this new updated version for the current times, that has added in new essays, but still has kept many of the original.

This is a book for women. There is an essay for each day of the year. It taught me in my 30’s how to be my authentic self, and now on my 50’s gives me new food for thoug
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Mary Huff
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finally finished this huge book. Some days are very, very good, and some days are hard to get through. In this book, Sarah takes you through a year of days and you do learn lots, it is entertaining, educational, at times fun. My only complaint is that she calls God the "Spirit". God has a name, use it, I'm not sure what I expected from this book, but I did enjoy it and did lots of underlining, I will go back and visit pages I marked. ...more
Marlane Barnes
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: abandoned
I liked this book fine, but it was a bit much for everyday. I read about 50% of it. A lot of the things she suggests are already practices I have, like decluttering, choosing a wardrobe, cooking, budgeting, and a lot of the other home econ kinds of things she suggests. It is a cute and wonderful book if you have never done any kind of self care exploration, but I've done plenty of that. I traded this in for a book of daily teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh and it was more what I was looking for. ...more
Addy
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I won this from Goodreads. I haven't had the chance to read the original Simple Abundance, but I did read her book Something More, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am looking forward to diving deeper into this book and reflecting on the updated version in the future. It's a good book to have by the bed side and read an you're able. ...more
Katherine Hill
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've read this book twice now through 2 different years with a 1 year gap in the middle. This updated version is more inline with the current world (pre-pandemic), but could be a little bit more so. But it always encourages me to come back to myself, ground, and realign when I need the reminder. ...more
Sherri Dub
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This author always seems to come around with what I “need” to read, just at the perfect time.
Absolutely loved this treasure of writing.
I began it on Jan 1, 2020 and read it, each day until done.
Often, I reread quotes, highlighted quips and smiled until I was left sated.
Cheers~
Lisa Pcenicni
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Won a copy on Goodreads. I own the first version but must say this new and updated book is exactly what I needed. She has improved on all the key points which are facing many busy women currently. Love this book and will use for years to come. Perfect way to start each morning!
Pam Frederick
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great way to start the day by reading Simple Abundance. Simple Abundance is perfect for the busy woman who does not have much time to read. Sarah’s positive messages helped me focus on what I have or can have vs what I do not have.
Lael
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
I'm not the target audience so take this review as you will. There was something creepy about this book that I'm unable to put my finger on. There is a religious slant that feels old fashioned,insincere and manipulative. ...more
Krista
Jan 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
A beautiful Inspirational book to read day by day.
Judy
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
Great walk down memory lane as I have the original edition.
Ursula
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Huge fan of the original. I did like the updated version too. It was very nice to reread and reconnect with the ideas in the book.
Trudy
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful daily reading, and expanded and updated from the original. A fav!!
Emily
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book inspired me to try this in 2021.
Kristina Wilson
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Important to note it is written from a Universalist viewpoint.
Dena St.
Love revisiting this from time to time. First time I read it was in 1996!
RobinB
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second time through after many years decided to add it to my kindle. Ongoing read that is good for reflection and motivation.
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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 www.simpleabundance.com. ...more

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