Romancing the Ordinary: A Year of Everyday Indulgences: A Year of Simple Splendour Paperback – 2 Jan 2007
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Romancing the Ordinary is the latest book from Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of the best-selling Simple Abundance. In the mid-80s Sarah Ban Breathnach spent several months bedridden, "confused and disorientated" as the result of a head injury. Her eyesight blurred, listening to music made her dizzy and her senses of taste and smell had vanished. At first she bewailed her fate, but gradually her attitude changed--as she recovered her senses, she realised she had learned an important spiritual lesson: "I had discovered the miracle of the sacred in the ordinary."
In Romancing the Ordinary, Ban Breathnach is determined that we too learn how to "turn our days of lead into days of gold." Aimed especially at women, it's a month by month celebration of "simple splendour". Each chapter is headed by an inspirational quote, and is jam- packed with suggestions, recipes, observations, tasks and sensual treats to help you re-discover the feeling of "wonder". Ban Breathnach first task is a deceptively simple one--you have to learn how improve the quality of your days. If that sounds a bit worthy, don't despair, Ban Breathnach's approach is more practical magic rather than good house keeping. So sure, she does suggest getting rid of all the useless junk in your hand-bag, but she also wants you to fully appreciate decadent mugs of hot chocolate or make up your own 'scrumptious' baths oils, or go for a stroll in the park on a sunny day. Instead of waiting for a significant other to show you a world of passion and romance, she wants you to create it for yourself. Now there's a heartfelt challenge. --Eithne Farry
About the Author
Sarah Ban Breathnach's work celebrates quiet joys, simple pleasures and everyday epiphanies. Her wisdom, warmth, compassion and disarming candour have made her a trusted voice to millions of women. She is publisher of Simple Abundance Press and president and CEO of Simple Abundance, Inc., a consulting firm specialising in publishing and multimedia projects. Sarah is American but lives part of the year in Lincolnshire when writing.
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Sarah Ban Breathnach sets the essays out in monthly sections and takes the reader gently through the year, encouraging us all to be sensuists or "people who revel in life's sensory experiences". There is so much of life we simply miss by rushing through and not seeing it. The reader is encouraged to slow down and really see and enjoy the blessings all around us.
I must confess I couldn't wait until the end of the year to finish this book, and have read it all the way through already! However, this is a book most readers will read more than once, a lovely collection of ideas and inspirations one can turn to again and again.
This book would make a lovely gift, but do be sure to buy one for yourself. It is brilliant.
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