Gift from the Sea

Gift from the Sea

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by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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In this inimitable, beloved classic—graceful, lucid and lyrical—Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. Drawing inspiration from the shells on the shore, Lindbergh’s musings on the shape of a woman’s life bring new…  See more details below


In this inimitable, beloved classic—graceful, lucid and lyrical—Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. Drawing inspiration from the shells on the shore, Lindbergh’s musings on the shape of a woman’s life bring new understanding to both men and women at any stage of life. A mother of five, an acclaimed writer and a pioneering aviator, Lindbergh casts an unsentimental eye on the trappings of modernity that threaten to overwhelm us: the time-saving gadgets that complicate rather than simplify, the multiple commitments that take us from our families. And by recording her thoughts during a brief escape from everyday demands, she helps readers find a space for contemplation and creativity within their own lives.

With great wisdom and insight Lindbergh describes the shifting shapes of relationships and marriage, presenting a vision of life as it is lived in an enduring and evolving partnership. A groundbreaking, best-selling work when it was originally published in 1955, Gift from the Sea continues to be discovered by new generations of readers. With a new introduction by Lindbergh’s daughter Reeve, this fiftieth-anniversary edition will give those who are revisiting the book and those who are coming upon it for the first time fresh insight into the life of this remarkable woman.

The sea and the beach are elements that have been woven throughout Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s life. She spent her childhood summers with her family on a Maine island. After her marriage to Charles Lindbergh in 1929, she accompanied him on his survey flights around the North Atlantic to launch the first transoceanic airlines. The Lindberghs eventually established a permanent home on the Connecticut coast, where they lived quietly, wrote books and raised their family.

After the children left home for lives of their own, the Lindberghs traveled extensively to Africa and the Pacific for environmental research. For several years they lived on the island of Maui in Hawaii, where Charles Lindbergh died in 1974.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh spent her final years in her Connecticut home, continuing her writing projects and enjoying visits from her children and grand-children. She died on February 7, 2001, at the age of ninety-four.

Reeve Lindbergh is the author of many books for both adults and children, including the memoirs Under a Wing and No More Words.

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Gift from the Sea 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Jenny_NJ More than 1 year ago
Anne Morrow Lindberg¿s book, ¿Gift From the Sea¿, is a beautifully written story that takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery. Inspired by her short vacation on the beach, she discovers the key to balance in life through her experiences. Although written for a wide audience, women can especially relate to this book because of the author¿s use of symbolism between the seashells and her various roles as a woman throughout life. The core message of this book is as relevant in today¿s world as it was when it was written in 1955. ¿Gift From the Sea¿ has been a best-seller, which I believe is due to the author¿s ability to eloquently relate to the pressures of life that most people feel, while bringing insight on how to cope with these pressures. She is the mother of five children and the wife of the famous Charles Lindberg. Her life has been filled with many responsibilities and challenges. She speaks honestly about her feelings and experiences as a mother, wife and friend. Symbolism is a dominant feature in this book. Each chapter is named after a seashell, such as ¿A Channeled Whelk¿, ¿Moon Shell¿, ¿Oyster Bed¿, ¿Argonauta¿, and ¿Double-Sunrise¿. These shells and chapter names are used as a metaphor for her marriage, life, relationships, children and work. They subsequently divide each part of her life as it divides the book. Her use of symbolism is effective in her writing because of the deep meaning she took from each shell. For example, the author used the lone moon shell to give importance for the need of solidarity in one¿s life. ¿If it is woman¿s function to give, she must be replenished too. But how? Solitude, says the moon shell. Every person, especially every woman, should be alone sometime during the year, some part of each week, and each day.¿ (p.42) Anne Lindberg¿s brilliant use of symbolism in the chapter titled, ¿Oyster Bed,¿ spoke to me as a wife and mother. She related the oyster shell to the middle years of marriage and explained how the oyster shell struggled for life. ¿The oyster has fought to have that place on the rock to which it has fitted itself perfectly and to which it clings tenaciously. So most couples in the growing years of marriage struggle to achieve a place in the world. It is a physical and material battle first of all, for a home, for children, for a place in their particular society¿¿ (p.74) The manner in which she manages to weave the seashells she finds on the beach with life¿s challenges is poignant and timeless. Although this book was written in 1955, the messages and lessons for achieving harmony in life are just as relevant today. The messages in this book are clear. We all must take time for ourselves. We must appreciate and value our relationships and experiences. I would recommend this inspirational book to anyone, as her writing is a true gift for anyone¿s soul.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended by my Priest while experiencing difficulities in my life. Separation from my husband, dealing with a neice and nephew we took in, two birth children living in Texas due to the oldest divorce and child residing with her mother, an emotionally impaired and mentally challenged sister, death of mother, sister and grandmother in six month time span! Intially I was not excited about the book; but as you read and immerse yourself in the author's preception and thoughts while on vacation with her family you become engrossed. The more you read, you feel like she has been reading your mind and some or all the topics become familiar. Though I think her intended audience is for woman; I feel a man could get a good idea of things concern woman and how we feel. I purchased two additional books and sent one to my daughter and the other to a dear friend. I highly recommend it - quick read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gift from the Sea is just that, a treasured gift. I read this book and then passed along to many others. It is truly a wonderful read not just for women but also men. I highly reccomend this book. Linbergh's words flow so beautifully.
ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
I picked up a Gift From The Sea after reading the historical fiction novel The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin, which is loosely about the life of the author Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I learned from The Aviator’s Wife that Anne was a smart, poetic, insightful and strong woman. This definitely shows through out the book A Gift From Sea. Her interpretation of shells along the beach comparing them to a woman’s life as we grow, marry, have children still keeping our individuality as strong women.  What I like about a Gift From The Sea is that it is a book that can be reread over the years and you keep learning from it. I feel that this first time that I have read it, that I am (at 35) still an infant in my years and have yet much to learn from this world. I feel as Anne’s daughter Reeve said, in the intro I have that, it is a book that should be read once a year.  The interpretation of the shells found along the beach, and comparing them to life, was sometimes lost on me but still interesting.  In the end this a book I am keeping. I hope to return to it possibly once a year to reread. As much as I learned from it there is so much more that I will learn from it through the stages of my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Gift from the Sea when it first came out. Decided to reread after reading the book The Aviator's Wife. All women should read Gifts From the Sea. Anne Morrow Lindberg was a far better person then her husband.
Muddypaws More than 1 year ago
This book helped me realize the many roles we play and the stages we go through in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The gift of the Sea is a perfectly timeless book filled with thoughts & inspiration all ages, You will read it every year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book that every woman, young or old, should read and re-read. It is a guide to a peaceful life. My Mother was the first person to give it to me and I have given it to my daughters-in-law.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I buy an average of a book a week and this is beyond a doubt my all time FAVORITE book. This small volume speaks to readers today even more than to those in the 50's when it was written. Our high-pressure, busy society could find respite in Lindberg's wisdom.
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Are listed in nook or in other titles by author except for letters collected by daughtet she kept extensive journals according to her books and believe they were all destroyed by her orders or after she was very old and senile by her children you would think an effort would be made to reissue them she had ample help with children cook maids chauffer nurse etc and a special cabin on grounds to write set up y er husband who insisted . Also she edited rewrote and corrected what he wrote too. obvious they did not take children on all those trips here and there and there and he usualky dud them alone
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To be read and re-read - uplifting and relaxing
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I have not read the book yet, but I am impressed with Barnes and Noble and their quick service. I will definitely order from them again!
Nomdeplume575 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed 'Gift from the sea' immensely as a quick read with much power. In 1955 Anne Morrow Lindbergh spent time away from the daily hustle and bustle of her life on Captiva Island, FL where she wrote this book. Written as a memoir of sorts she takes the shells found on the beach as inspiration. She muses on things like love, simple living, solitude with the ocean as her backdrop. While many books like have popularized a feel good approach to well being and self care, do not put this book in that same category. It is as a woman reflecting on her life and sharing her unique point of view with the reader. It felt like reading an open diary. Meaningful and poignant, it seems like a book that could be kept in a library and read several times, each time with renewed appreciation!
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I read Gift from the Sea years ago and loved it. After reading The Aviator's Wife I was inspired to re-read it.It was as good as now as it was back then!
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VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
A Gift. This book is a gem, one I will cherish all of my days. I will share with all the women that I can for we all seem to walk a slippery slope with the certainty of losing ourselves. I will give these words of wisdom to my daughter so she can recognize and find joy in each of the shells of her life. Anne Morrow Lindbergh describes this book best herself; " a signpost for another way of living. Simplicity of living as much as possible, to retain a true awareness of life. Work without pressure. Space for significance and beauty. Time for solitude and sharing." Thank you Anne, I will always cherish your words.
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