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Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

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My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Simple Abundance is a book of essays written from a woman’s perspective.  There is one for every day of the year.  My best friend gave me a copy of the book last Christmas, and I have developed a ritual of reading each day’s essay first thing in the morning, along with my cup of Earl Grey tea.  It has become a quiet moment of contemplation before I start my day, and has helped me along my own personal journey towards finding my Authentic Self.  

Yes, The book is a bit New Age-y, which seems to be the only complaint some reviewers have, but every single essay has at least one or two points that resonate with me. I know that I approach life with a much more positive outlook since I’ve been reading the book.  The author has a strong belief in a Higher Power–or Spirit, as she refers to it–and is open to all the various ways a woman can tap into that power to give her life more meaning, and help her reach her full potential, or Authentic Self.  No matter what your faith is–or isn’t– you can learn a lot from these short essays.  They are inspiring, but practical, and will help you focus on achieving your own personal goals.

Frankly, I don’t care if the book is more in the New Age vein than I might normally read.  The point of the book is to help you change how you look at life, and learn that your own potential is unlimited.  It does that very well.  When I get to December 31, I plan to start reading all over again.  I will need these meditative little essays as much in 2013 as I do today, if not more.  They work.

I highly recommend checking out Simple Abundance with an open mind, and seeing for yourself if  it helps you move towards your own goals.  I think you might find you  learn a thing or two about gratitude, love, persistence, and Spirit along the way.  I know that I have.

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4 thoughts on “Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

  1. Are you kidding me??? I LOVE your reviews. I can wait to start reading!!!


  2. Well thank you, Sooz! That’s very nice to hear. I really do credit this book with helping me through some tough times by showing me that I am really in control of my own reactions and moods, and that I CAN do pretty much whatever I set my mind to. We ALL have heard that before, but somehow Sarah Ban Breathnach has a way of showing you HOW to do it, instead of just lecturing at you that you SHOULD do it. What we get out of life really depends on how we look at it. Once I started keeping a Gratitude Journal, for instance, my whole approach to living changed. I could actually SEE what a long list of things I had to be grateful for, so the list of things that weren’t so hot seemed much more manageable.

    And it’s not all philosophy, either. There are really practical things you can do each day, and fun things to try, as well. I hope you check it out. For me, that five or ten minutes each morning makes all the difference in my whole day.

    Thanks for stopping by!


  3. I’m so impressed! Remember I didn’t think you’d keep reading even through the first month?


  4. HI, Anna! Great to see you here! I’m still reading. I look forward to these essays every morning. Truth to tell, I slipped for a couple of weeks not too long ago, and found I was feeling defeated and down about so many things. Then I realized I was doing two things differently: I wasn’t reading my Simple Abundance, and I wasn’t walking on my treadmill to get my exercise. As soon as I started reading again, I felt 100% better, even before picking up on the exercise. Honestly, there is just something about the way the essays are organized and focused that helps me keep my head on straight! It lifts me up and reminds me of what I can do when I make up my mind.

    Hope things are going well for you. I have to email you with some news later on, since we haven’t talked in a long time. I have some stuff to tell ya.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it.


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