Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy

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 separated from her lifestyle. Simple Abundance shows you how your daily life can be an expression of your authentic self … as you choose the tastiest vegetables from your garden, search for treasures at flea markets, establish a sacred space in your home for meditation, and follow the rhythm of the seasons and the year. Here, for the first time, the mystical alchemy of style and Spirit is celebrated. Every day, your own true path leads you to a happier, more fulfilling and contented way of life-the state of grace known as… Embrace its gentle lessons, savor its sublime common sense, dare to live its passionate truth, and share its extraordinary and exhilarating gift with every woman you encounter: the authentic self is the Soul made visible.


  • Series: Simple Abundance (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; First Edition edition (November 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446519138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446519137
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (650 customer reviews)
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  1. It is interesting in scanning the reviews of this book, over ninety percent are five star… but the ones who disagree seem to give it, for the most part, one star. It is a book which brings out strong opinions. Reactionaries and fundementalists will have a hard time with this book because it does not reinforce their dogma. It instead addresses the broad spectrum of beliefs, encourages tolerance,openness, and exploration of self and of all aspects of life, including religion and spirit. That would drive the reactionaries over the edge. There are so few books which can actually add something to your life, day after day, month after month, year after year. This is one of them. It is a book for women on the search to find more meaning in their daily ritual as caretakers, more joy in the everyday. It gives me something to think about each day of the year. I feel a bit sorry for those who give it the knee jerk New Age blasting. But, it takes all kinds to make the world go around.

  2. Looked at one way, this is a collection of cheerful essays with homespun spiritual wisdom and housekeeping advice that satisfies our appetite for the nostalgic. Looked at another way, it’s a terrifying reflection of a society of souls so sterile that we take comfort in being told it’s okay to use scented bath products and buy flowers. Still, thousands of women have found meaning in the book, and they can’t be all wrong.
    This book is more about abundance than simplicity. In places Ms. Breathnach does extol the virtues of simplicity and has you clearing clutter; in others she has you buying and hoarding and collecting everything, from fabric remnants, just in case some day you get the urge to staple lace to the pantry shelves, to autumn leaves for exuberant Victorian tableaus, (aka dust-collectors). These things are much more fun to read about than to actually do. I don’t want to tie little circles of fabric to the tops of jam jars; even when they’re bought that way, I’m the one who gets to cut them off and throw them in the garbage. Nor do I want to replace the buttons on all my clothes with cute ones, I curse enough if I have to replace one where the manufacturer did a shoddy job. I don’t want to know what decoupage is; and most especially, I really, really, don’t want to buy a hat to cheer myself up. Having hot mulled cider after raking leaves sounds charming (and I loathe cider), but the reality is that after raking leaves my back hurts, I’m exhausted and can barely crawl to the shower to wash the sweat and dead bugs off, and if I had to search for a hot mulled cider recipe I’d whack the nearest bystander with a poker.
    Since books are for reading and pondering, the pleasure in this one is in doing exactly that, and it does provide a lot of it.Read more ›

  3. I am in the process of reading this book. It caught my attention on the Oprah Show, several months ago, so I waited to buy it, to make sure that I wasn’t buying on impulse.
    This is a great book. As someone who is going through a job change, moving, and breaking free from a shame-based, hateful family, I am reading this book, and experiencing a serenity, through doing things, everyday, simple things, that don’t cost much, that add value to my spirit.
    I am so excited, everyday to get up and read the day’s lessonns, and to discover new joys in my heart.
    Others around me are catching on to my authentic self shining through.
    I am looking at this book, from this point as something that is helping me to bring out things in me, habits that enhance who I am, that I had given up on, prior to this book.
    Thank you so much, Sarah Ban Breathnach.
    I look forward to my journey.

  4. This book is a must! It has and is helping me through my soul searching. Ms. Breathnach talks about the common sense in a women’s life. It’s so simple that you yourself are sometimes blind to the simple pleasures. It’s straightforward and enjoyable to read. I sometimes find myself reading a day ahead. I feel it’s a big step towards being a better woman/human. She helps you find peace within you. I consider myself a good Christian & this book does not dismiss Christianity. The mix of Christianity and this book have made me more spiritual. I’ve given this book many times as a gift. I strongly recommend this book to any woman that feels she’s missing something in her life.

  5. In our stressful lives, Sarah Breathnach’s calm voice outlines a path to sanity. She advocates nurturing our spirits, our relationships and creating serene spaces in our lives.

    I want to play this over and over, so it soaks into my consciousness. I want to share this message with all the frazzled women I know. She blends literature and a variety of religions without being preachy. Quotes from Star Wars, Bhudda, Irish proverbs and Shaker writings are sprinkled throughout serving to launch her essays.

    Over all, it is about tuning into ourselves and paying attention to our basic needs (no, not material possessions, though she does not advocate a spartan lifestyle).

    For women who feel there is no time to tend to their inner needs and who find the daily demands at times overwhelming, I wholeheartedly recommend this.

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