Romancing the Ordinary: A Year of Simple Splendor

Romancing the Ordinary: A Year of Simple Splendor

by Sarah Ban Breathnach
     
 

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In her first major book since Something More, #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Ban Breathnach takes readers to a new level of personal fulfillment and spiritual awareness as they learn to rediscover and savor the sensual experience of daily life.


Organized as a saunter through the year, Romancing the Ordinary

Overview

In her first major book since Something More, #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Ban Breathnach takes readers to a new level of personal fulfillment and spiritual awareness as they learn to rediscover and savor the sensual experience of daily life.


Organized as a saunter through the year, Romancing the Ordinary celebrates the spirituality of the senses, seasonally and monthly. Ban Breathnach believes that women are endowed not with five senses but with seven. In addition to rediscovering sight, sound, scent, taste, and touch, readers will come to cherish their sense of "knowing" — a woman's intuitive sense — and "wonder," her sense of rapture and reverence.

Writing in the style so beloved by her millions of readers, and drawing on myth, literature, film, music, and drama, Ban Breathnach encourages each woman to discover what moves her to tears, makes her blood rush to her head, her heart skip a beat, and her soul sigh. Interwoven with the text are seasonal indulgences intended to restore weary feminine souls — recipes, rituals, decorating, fashion, and gardening hints. By encouraging her to delight in the often overlooked gifts of every day — from the aroma of simmering homemade spaghetti sauce to the sensation of freshly laundered linen against bare skin — Romancing the Ordinary is sure to help every woman fall in love with Life.

About the Author:
Sarah Ban Breathnach is the publisher of the Simple Abundance Press and founder of the Simple Abundance Charitable Fund. Her book Simple Abundance: A Yearbook of Comfort and Joy was one of the top ten bestselling books of thenineties. Her other books include Sarah Ban Breathnach's Mrs. Sharp's Traditions, A Man's Journey to Simple Abundance, Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self, The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude, and The Simple Abundance Companion.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Women were created to experience, interpret, revel in, and unravel the mysteries of Life through their senses," declares Breathnach (Simple Abundance), insisting that women have two extra senses: those of "knowing" and "wonder." Breathnach then works her way through the calendar year, offering tips to women to free their "essensual" selves. Much of the advice (e.g., make your own scented sachets and foot lotions) is rote. At times, Breathnach herself criticizes the commercialization of the sensual. For example, the bath is a "waterfall of delight" that's being "snuffed out by the banality of the self-enhancement poseurs." Homemade is the best way to go, says Breathnach, and even the hours spent preparing various potions are a gift in themselves. On the other hand, she heartily endorses purchasing gourmet fruits, "essensual sets of underwear," silk sheets and other luxuries, since these items also pleasure the senses. Fortunately, the object of all this pampering isn't just to attract a mate. Breathnach urges women to stop focusing on finding a partner and to "learn the sacred soulcraft of self-nurture." While exhortations to "become your own courtesan" may seem narcissistic, the message will strike a welcome chord among women who've learned that sacrificing for others isn't always worth it. At times Breathnach is unintentionally funny she recommends taking Beckett plays to the laundromat to "try on for size being an intellectual." But her occasionally pretentious use of quotations and capitalized references to the Spirit and the Divinity shouldn't stop her fans from pampering their Inner Goddess. (Oct.) Forecast: An author tour and the success of Simple Abundance ensure hearty holiday sales. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
In this program, Ban Breathnach offers a guide to seasonal indulgences that will help listeners enjoy time by themselves, to discover the essential self and its preferences. The ultimate goal is to remind women that the most satisfying and lifelong relationship they will have is with themselves. These essays are strongest when they remind the listener of basic pleasures such as setting aside "sacred" time for self-renewal: reading a book, listening to music, or simply sitting in the sun and watching nature. The advice falls flat in offering examples that seem to be written for the Martha Stewart devotee. Yet the underlying message-to notice and enjoy the gifts already in one's life-will resonate for many women. While those familiar with New Age thought will not be concerned about the author's recommendations, some ideas may seem shocking to some listeners. For instance, Ban Breathnach has a section on how certain personal rituals and thoughts may, to her way of thinking, be a way of casting benign spells. Unabashedly written to and for women (although many of the concepts apply to both sexes), this program is recommended for public libraries serving a predominantly female clientele who have, or want to carve out, time to treat themselves well.-Kathleen A. Sullivan, Phoenix P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743509091
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
10/29/2002
Edition description:
Abridged, 5 CDs, 6 Hrs.
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 4.98(h) x 1.04(d)

Read an Excerpt

In her first major book since Something More, #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Ban Breathnach takes listeners to a new level of personal fulfillment and spiritual awareness as they learn to rediscover and savor the sensual experience of daily life.

Romancing the Ordinary celebrates the spirituality of the senses, seasonally and monthly. Ban Breathnach believes that women are endowed not with five senses but with seven. In addition to rediscovering sight, sound, scent, taste, and touch, listeners will come to cherish their sense of "knowing" -- a woman's intuitive sense -- and "wonder," her sense of rapture and reverence.

Drawing on myth, literature, film, music, and drama, Ban Breathnach encourages each woman to discover what moves her to tears, makes her blood rush to her head, her heart skip a beat, and her soul sigh. Interwoven with the text are seasonal indulgences intended to restore weary feminine souls -- rituals, decorating, fashion, and gardening hints. By encouraging her to delight in the often overlooked gifts of every day -- from the aroma of simmering homemade spaghetti sauce to the sensation of freshly laundered linen against bare skin -- Romancing the Ordinary is sure to help every woman fall in love with Life.

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