Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity

Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity
    Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity path, Sarah Ban Breathnach will relate never before revealed details about how she fell from the financial top to the bottom Readers will immediately see how deeply she understands the plight of those trying to maintain a happy and comfortable home, while at the same time not even knowing if they will be able to make the mortgage to keep that home Sarah has proved to be the voice of comfort for years to women who are spiritually bankrupt, and now she will reach to those who are financially strapped, showing them how to pull themselves out of their psychic and fiscal crises while providing deep comfort and reassurance throughout."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 426 pages
  • Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity
  • Sarah Ban Breathnach
  • English
  • 14 October 2019
  • 0446561746

Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity☂ Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity PDF / Epub ✐ Author Sarah Ban Breathnach – Essayreview.co.uk As featured on Oprah s podcast, SuperSoul Conversations When money is plentiful, this is a man s world When money is scarce, it is a woman s world Unearthed in a Ladies Home Journal, this quote is th As featured Plenty: Finding ePUB ´ on Oprah s podcast, SuperSoul Conversations When money is plentiful, this is a man s world When money is scarce, it is a woman s world Unearthed in aLadies Home Journal, this Peace and PDF or quote is the call to arms that begins Peace and Plenty, Sarah Ban Breathnach s answer to the world s and her own personal financial crisis As only Ban Breathnach can, she culls together this and Plenty: Finding MOBI ð compendium of advice, deeply personal anecdotes, and excerpts from magazines, books, and newspapers particularly those of the Great Depression to inspire readers who are mired in today s financial difficulties Focusing on her own personal path, Sarah Ban Breathnach will relate never before revealed details about how she fell from the financial top to the bottom Readers will immediately see how deeply she understands the plight of those trying to maintain a happy and comfortable home, while at the same time not even knowing if they will be able to make the mortgage to keep that home Sarah has proved to be the voice of comfort for years to women who are spiritually bankrupt, and now she will reach to those who are financially strapped, showing them how to pull themselves out of their psychic and fiscal crises while providing deep comfort and reassurance throughout.


About the Author: Sarah Ban Breathnach

In addition Plenty: Finding ePUB ´ to SIMPLE ABUNDANCE, Sarah Ban Breathnach is the author of THE SIMPLE ABUNDANCE JOURNAL OF GRATITUDE, SOMETHING MORE, and MRS SHARP S TRADITIONS She currently resides in California Please visit her website Peace and PDF or at simpleabundance.


10 thoughts on “Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity

  1. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A First Reads win I think I could use this book about now.So was my thought a month ago Now, after having read this book, I realize I did not need it Let me start by pointing out the positives about Peace and Plenty 1 I got one piece of truth out of it something I already knew but didn t ever verbalize, but Sarah Ban Breathnach verbalized it for me There is no such thing as financial security 2 Breathnach draws from many old 1860s 1950s, but especially 1920s 1940s periodicals, suc A First Reads win I think I could use this book about now.So was my thought a month ago Now, after having read this book, I realize I did not need it Let me start by pointing out the positives about Peace and Plenty 1 I got one piece of truth out of it something I already knew but didn t ever verbalize, but Sarah Ban Breathnach verbalized it for me There is no such thing as financial security 2 Breathnach draws from many old 1860s 1950s, but especially 1920s 1940s periodicals, such as Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, The American Lady Magazine, and McCall s From a historical perspective, these bits were fascinating 3 Breathnach is quite open about her own financial woes and personal inadequacies that led to her losing the million plus dollars she got from writing Simple Abundance in 1995.Now, the negatives in my opinion about this book 1 Most of the advice in this book comes from those Victorian , Great Depression , and World War II era writers that I found historically fascinating Breathnach quotes them at great length, to the point that at times she seemsan editor of a compilation or the writer of a college term paper I think I would have enjoyed just reading some old periodicals2 You really get a picture of the author as a person through this book, and I have to admit I did not care for her She seems to have the emotional maturity of a romantic teenager who has no life experience of hardship or introspection, and who is trying to be something other than she is She seems to have a hole in her sense of self that she desperately tries to fill with extravagant purchases e.g Marilyn Monroe s furs, penthouse apartments, flights on the Concorde At one point in the book I just had to know what this woman looked like to see if she looked at all like I imagined So, I Googled her the first photo that came up was from her website, and I almost laughed out loud She is semi reclined in a chair, wearing a clearly expensive evening gown and shawl cape I have no idea what it is called, as is something I have never worn it would lookat home on the First Lady It s a very affected pose and would only be made better by her having her right forearm draped over her forehead I digress As I was saying, she is quite open about her financial foibles, but as I kept reading, it was clear that she didn t really change her worldview of money because of her negative experience 3 Poor advice The author seems to define a lack of money as a misuse of money rather than a true lack For example, she assumes we have enough money for essentials which she defines as food, clothing, shelter, childcare, savings, transportation, and insurance and can then have a good idea how much money you can put toward debt reduction p 95 She also assumes we are, saddled in credit card debt over designer dresses, shoes, and handbags p.287 she also assumes we don t pay our bills and that we have a belief in god There was a disconnect between different pieces of her advice Since she had a husband who took all her money, part of her solution is to advise readers to have a bank account that s solely in your name and that no one else knows about your I m Out of Here money p 304 When I read that, I thought, How about getting smarter at knowing yourself, picking a husband, and learning how to communicate honestly I was especially unimpressed with her when, 14 pages later, she states, Having your own bank account is a statement that you have your own identity, your own dreams, and your own goals p 318 So, why have it be a secret How authentic does that feel to hide this expression of your identity She also asks, How do you talk to your husband about money and then bets almost to a reader that most women don t have an answer because they ve never really considered the question p 302 Really Is my relationship with my husband that out of the ordinary because we communicate about money on an almost daily basis Perhaps so I just never considered not talking with my husband about money 4 There was often a feeling of the whole Law of Attraction theme It just felt hokey.Some of the other advice that left me rolling my eyes includes a Advising not to put money in fortune tellers, but in bibliomancy One of the oldest forms of divination, bibliomancy is forecasting events by opening the Bible and seeing what message is waiting for you p 125 b When talking about tiny indulgences for yourself, she advises, Label the prettiest file you can find and fill it up with your inevitable clippings from mail order catalogs or glossy magazines p 128 She does this a lot focuses on the prettiness of objects rather than substance of the exercise, so that making things pretty becomes the exercise c She devotes a chapter to a woman s purse and how you must reorganize yours so it doesn t weigh so much and doesn t resemble a trash bag She then proceeds to list what you should have in your handbag sixteen things, including a small fold up umbrella and a small bottle of water I could not fit half of the things she lists in my pocketbook d She advises getting new curtains to boost your morale p 329 e She recommends sorting your makeup to calm yourself when you need to put on a brave face I can t recall the page number, but it s in there f She gives the advice of eliminating two nights of take out a week to save money Honey, we get take out two times a year There is much , but for the rest you ll have to read the book.Really, this book is not a book about finding your path to financial serenity but about her path to getting comfortable with her financial status fall from wealth There is no way following her advice would lead me to financial serenity In fact, I feel like I or anyone with a German grandmother could have helped her find financial serenity.I suppose this would be a good book for someone who has never NOT had money before, someone who has never had to make due with what they have I imagine the ideal reader of this book to be a late twenty something, Sex and the City watching girlie girl who comes from money or is at least middle class , but who didn t have any education in how to handle money nor a role model, so she spentmoney on credit cards than she actually had and now doesn t know what to do.I struggled a lot with feeling judgment while reading this book, but then I finally realized that I don t judge her for her experience or who she is I do feel judgment for her thinking that advising others about how to achieve financial serenity was a good idea, because that is when who she is becomes an obstacle to sound advice.

  2. says:

    I hated this book It did not live up to it s premise AT ALL I thought this would be filled with practical advice and great ideas from the author and all her historical sources about how to get by with less, how to stretch a dime, how to have fun for less, etc Instead, this book is like The Secret, in it s complete and utter uselessness All this author does is justify all the stages involved with realizing you re poor and coming to terms with it I m sorry, but if you need to read all 418 I hated this book It did not live up to it s premise AT ALL I thought this would be filled with practical advice and great ideas from the author and all her historical sources about how to get by with less, how to stretch a dime, how to have fun for less, etc Instead, this book is like The Secret, in it s complete and utter uselessness All this author does is justify all the stages involved with realizing you re poor and coming to terms with it I m sorry, but if you need to read all 418 pages of this book to recognize that you ve suffered a financial setback and need to make some tough life choices, then you re either pathetic, a democrat, or a member of the teachers union This book is not motivating or inspiring The author does not seem to be able to look at poverty with true happiness She tries to but it all seems rather forced She pities herself and others to an unbearable extent seriously, after a year or so of being 1 on the NYT Bestsellers list, she has to have a drink because she s so depressed that she has slipped to 2 This woman is clearly out of touch with reality Stuff happens, and then you read some books about lifestyle changes and use the good ideas in your own life This is not one of those books If you re looking for a book that offers practical ideas for living simply and saving money, check out America s Cheapest Family

  3. says:

    Peace and Plenty Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity by Sarah Ban Breathnach has a great deal of promise and certain comes into publication at the right time Drawing on her own experience with affluence and loss, the author offers from her heart ways to face the fear that these economic times can stir up Promising or not, this book is a disappointment Writing from personal experience, Breathnach tries to cloak her reality in sympathetic terms but the sensitive reader will easily sense th Peace and Plenty Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity by Sarah Ban Breathnach has a great deal of promise and certain comes into publication at the right time Drawing on her own experience with affluence and loss, the author offers from her heart ways to face the fear that these economic times can stir up Promising or not, this book is a disappointment Writing from personal experience, Breathnach tries to cloak her reality in sympathetic terms but the sensitive reader will easily sense the anger and anxiety on every page She was hurt and her wounds are obviously still very raw but instead of licking them delicately in private, she throws all of her pain all over the place And if her purpose is to help her reader feel empowered in spite of circumstances, then it would have probably been a wiser choice to wait until she herself felt powerful.Instead, she is clearly wounded and the book limps along, poorly organized and familiar Familiar because she uses many of the same examples she s used in previously published books This adds to the feeling one gets that she wrote not from a place of necessity, wanting to share her story, but of desperation, needing to share it I can understand her turning to publishing as a means to get her out of the financial distress she has gotten herself into After all, she is a best selling author so this is something she does well And falling back on your own strengths in time of crisis is commendable But when she draws on past inspiration, rehashing the same stories, practically word for word, offering the same advice down to the same numbers lists of recommendation verbatim from previously published books one has to wonder why bother reading this one at all If she s already said what she is saying in this book, what is the point of reading this one Frankly, none What little advice Breathnach gets around to offering her readers, after meandering endlessly about her own problems and revisiting the same stories and inspiration she shared in previous books, the advice she gives is simplistic and inadequate What s , it is disingenuous I said earlier that she was writing from a place of anger rather than power and this is noevident than in her own advice to keep a secret bank account While many, if not all, financial advisors, will encourage and even urge women to have a separate bank account, Breathnach actually encourages and urges her readers to stash away pin money, to create and keep a separate and secret bank account, etc It is not unlike going to a friend who has experienced infidelity in her marriage for relationship advice If it is too soon after her realizing that her husband has been dishonest, everything she sees in your relationship will be colored by her own painful experience And the author has been hurt, badly She takes responsibility for much of what has happened to her and does so, no doubt, to inspire compassion and even a sense of empathy from her readers but,often than not, I found myself squirming uncomfortably Her confessions seemedlike something out of a Jerry Springer Show episode than a one on one with Oprah Winfrey, who is in part responsible for Breathnach s previous success No doubt this book will sell very well simply because the author has a following And if her readers have little to no memory, they won t recall that most of the stories she shares in this book are identical to ones she has shared in previous books Thankfully, I haven t read all of her books but I ve read enough to realize that there is nothing new here and any woman who really wants and needs financial advice for these challenging times would do well to invest her money in buying a book by some other author, even one less popular than this one.PS Once again, a book where there are plenty of wonderful quotes without paginated citations This is her eleventh book One would think by now someone might have asked her to put in some page numbers when referencing a book I certainly would appreciate it Although I would have given this book 2 stars it was ok , I said I would deduct 1 star for any book that didn t properly cite quotations so this book gets demoted by one star as a result

  4. says:

    All you bestselling authors out there past, present, future listen up Sarah is here to tell us to Do as I say, not as she did.After Sarah got dramatically wealthy in what seemed to her like an instant after being on Oprah Hmmmm.David Bach also dropped Oprah s name in his book 56 on my blog but Sarah doesn t sound smarmy when she does it , she hired financial advisors, but surprise None of them told her that she should financially protect herself Now one might argue , should she hav All you bestselling authors out there past, present, future listen up Sarah is here to tell us to Do as I say, not as she did.After Sarah got dramatically wealthy in what seemed to her like an instant after being on Oprah Hmmmm.David Bach also dropped Oprah s name in his book 56 on my blog but Sarah doesn t sound smarmy when she does it , she hired financial advisors, but surprise None of them told her that she should financially protect herself Now one might argue , should she have had to be told that This book is about how she wrote her first book, Simple Abundance which made her fabulously, unexpectedly wealthy, and how she screwed up and lost all of that money As I read the opening to this book, I couldn t help but think that Sarah was hoping that history could, nay would, repeat itself that she could write another similar book and get fabulously wealthy again Well, I guess it s been well proven over the years that it can happen I m wondering if her gamble will pay off Right there on the book s cover above the title of this new book is the title of her first did she mention that it was a bestseller book, Simple Abundance Some of her assertions, such as I discovered that women just love to spend money, really were just kind of offensive There were other sentences though, like Cheap is not cheerful, but homespun thrift wraps is in a warm tapestry of fulfillment pp 38 39 that I thought were just lovely Here s another appreciate the precious but fleeting well spent moments of every day s sacred ordinary p.39 She is the queen of alliteration, but I happen to be a fan of alliteration so it was all good The Thrill of Thrift and Creating a Comfort Companion are two good examples Sarah loses it all, and then writes her way back from that brink She turns to history and finds solace in the life stories of other women who have been in similar situations and how they deal with it is woven in throughout this book One of the best sayings she finds to help get her through the darker times is this Keep calm and carry on, p 86 The chapters are fairly short, so if you wanted to read this book a little at a time, the format lends itself nicely to that In the end, I liked this book very much, and think that every woman, whether she is struggling financially or not, will related to much of what Sarah says here and find it a worthwhile read I hope it makes it to the bestseller list and that she can get back on her feet financially

  5. says:

    I received a free copy of Peace and Plenty by being a First Read lucky winner I want to thank Good Reads and also Hachette Book Group for sending it to me in a timely fashion.I did feel lucky because Sarah Breathnach was the author of the book and I had previously bought and read three books by her So as I bonded with the new book I thought of it as being titled Finding Sarah as that is exactly what happened for me I had one of my favorite authors back in my hands.As I read the book I first I received a free copy of Peace and Plenty by being a First Read lucky winner I want to thank Good Reads and also Hachette Book Group for sending it to me in a timely fashion.I did feel lucky because Sarah Breathnach was the author of the book and I had previously bought and read three books by her So as I bonded with the new book I thought of it as being titled Finding Sarah as that is exactly what happened for me I had one of my favorite authors back in my hands.As I read the book I first saw it as a Simple Abundance of Victorian stories and antedotes entertaining us but also leading the reader to somethingAs hard as it was for Sarah she revealed her own financial crisis and at the same time held our hands as we journeyed down a path of self help to peace and plenty.She had done her research and was well prepared for the task at hand leading us to finacial security The book offered good practical advise and some tips while the world around us seems to deny the crisis so many people are in today.Sarah understands women and their needs She reaches out with hope and reassurance that it can better Then shows us the tools we need and the path to follow her on as she herself holds on to you giving comforting words of encouragement I feel that this book is an effective way to help yourself in many ways and that it may be possible to find peace and plenty in your life oncejust as Sarah is doing with this book On page 287 Dorothy B Hughes is quoted, Nobody can take away your future Nobody can take away something you don t have SB says, So hold tight to your dreams they are yours to keep It can all begin by reading this book It will your first step to peace and plenty.This is a book that is meant to be shared with others.By the way Oprah if you see this you might want to give Sarah a call and sign her up to reappear on your show Yes, I m serious After all, it might help our economy to be a bitfluid and our homes to feelcomfortable and secure

  6. says:

    I am a huge fan of Sarah s first book, Simple Abundance I bought a copy for my sister and several friends I bought her 2nd and 3rd book hoping to continue the journey with this author and teacher, but I could not get through them They fell flat with me and only seemed a way to continue in the financial abundance that the first book generated Now with this fourth book she is trying to recover from a bad divorce and a loss of all her money Why not just write a sordid tell all and be frank ab I am a huge fan of Sarah s first book, Simple Abundance I bought a copy for my sister and several friends I bought her 2nd and 3rd book hoping to continue the journey with this author and teacher, but I could not get through them They fell flat with me and only seemed a way to continue in the financial abundance that the first book generated Now with this fourth book she is trying to recover from a bad divorce and a loss of all her money Why not just write a sordid tell all and be frank about the need formoney rather than trying to couch it insimplicity and abundance jargon It is like having a spiritual leader win the lottery, then lose it all by mis management, then having said spiritual leader try and get all the money back by teaching others how to manage money No thank you.Sorry Sarah, but I am very disappointed The only good thing I can say about this book is that she mentions the author Phyllis McGinley, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, who wrote Sixpence in Her Shoe as a reaction to Betty Friedan s The Feminine Mystique I bought a copy of Sixpence in Her Shoe and love it

  7. says:

    I loved, loved, loved Simple Abundance It is one of my stuck on a desert island book choices I can and have reread it many times.I can not reconcile that wise, centered, intuitive author with the woman in this book Having a huge bestseller sent Sarah Ban Breathnach into a horrible tailspin apparently How could someone so seemly enlightened buy Marilyn Monroe s furs among other things, sending herself from millionaire to pauper in a few short years The book itself, while fascinating in a I loved, loved, loved Simple Abundance It is one of my stuck on a desert island book choices I can and have reread it many times.I can not reconcile that wise, centered, intuitive author with the woman in this book Having a huge bestseller sent Sarah Ban Breathnach into a horrible tailspin apparently How could someone so seemly enlightened buy Marilyn Monroe s furs among other things, sending herself from millionaire to pauper in a few short years The book itself, while fascinating in a car crash kind of way, seems to struggle and meander There wasn t enough there there I did find the subject timely and I will be using the bibliography to readon this topic I read parts of Simple Abundance at the same time and Sarah notes at the conclusion of that book that her daughter was 8 when she started it and 13 when she finished In this book she says she always knew Simple Abundance would be on the New York Times bestseller list I am sad to see that she worked so long and hard to accomplish a dream, never realizing that it would bring her so much grief, shame, and pain

  8. says:

    The author knows how to tug on the emotional strings quite well This book reads as though you re sitting with a kindly, older female relative, just talking to you about loss, choices and picking yourself up off the ground There were times I wanted to cry in the beginning Not much farther into the book though, the author brought a sense of peace to the reader, that everything is fixable and temporary Peace and Plenty is aptly named I recommend it for women going through a financially hard The author knows how to tug on the emotional strings quite well This book reads as though you re sitting with a kindly, older female relative, just talking to you about loss, choices and picking yourself up off the ground There were times I wanted to cry in the beginning Not much farther into the book though, the author brought a sense of peace to the reader, that everything is fixable and temporary Peace and Plenty is aptly named I recommend it for women going through a financially hard time This book shows that there IS light at the end of the tunnel

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    I was surprised at the diversity of reviews of Peace and Plenty Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity. Some readers enjoyed this latest tome from Sarah Ban Breathnach, but many others found it a lot less enjoyable and inspirational than her earlier books Although I admit I am partial to Simple Abundance and Romancing the Ordinary, which were written during happier andprosperous time for the author, I still admired her candor in this book in which she owns up to some major blunders with I was surprised at the diversity of reviews of Peace and Plenty Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity. Some readers enjoyed this latest tome from Sarah Ban Breathnach, but many others found it a lot less enjoyable and inspirational than her earlier books Although I admit I am partial to Simple Abundance and Romancing the Ordinary, which were written during happier andprosperous time for the author, I still admired her candor in this book in which she owns up to some major blunders with her burgeoning financial empire, which landed her virtually in the poor house, dependent up on the kindness of her sister, and frustrated that her remaining assets were tied up pending the unraveling of a divorce settlement Soon after making an impressive fortune from her earlier books, Breathnach married her third husband, to whom she refers only as the Englishman, and moved to a lovely cottage called Newton s Chapel, a home built within a 17th century English church where Sir Isaac himself once worshipped The husband turned out to be a scoundrel and a charlatan Breathnach s own words , who , frankly, married her for her money, then spent her fortune lavishly on himself and his children, sold her valuable possessions, made bad investments, and lost virtually all of her holdings while subjecting her to verbal abuse and emotional battering 298 Sarah, herself, however, was not blameless in the fiasco She freely admits to bad business dealings of her own, overspending on a swanky apartment in New York, binging on prodigious amounts of luxuries like designer clothes and shoes, and failing to protect her fortune with adequate savings in her name only and an airtight prenuptial agreement Amid the references to her own current misfortune and poverty, Breathnach puts on a cheery face, reaches into her bag of knowledge of history, poetry, philosophy, and self help literature, and assures us readers that she will pull herself out of financial funk and that all of us can do the same I ll prove to you one cozy home comfort, earthly delight or vintage bliss at a time that making the most of what you have and learning to appreciate the precious but fleeting well spent moments of every day s sacred ordinary is the path to true financial serenity 39 , she states in typical Simple Abundance fashion Not having money to spend doesn t mean we can t have well spent moments every day 42 She reiterates her old adages about the importance of gratitude, keeping a daily gratitude journal, and trusting in the wisdom of a benevolent universe that will see to our genuine needs She shares the sad experiences of other women who also were taken by greedy, unscrupulous husbands playwright Dorothy Parker, novelist Rumor Godden, and actress Doris Day and how they slowly, but bravely, triumphed over the shock, shame, and debt Breathnach also provides women readers with some practical advice about protecting their assets by keeping at least one or two bank accounts solely in their own name, hiding a secret stash of pin money envelopes of cash to which one contributes regularly not making spontaneous or secret purchases, and keeping meticulous track of one s expenditures Breathnach concludes with an optimistic view of her own new beginning in California in a scaled down apartment with minimal furniture There is room in my new home and my life for the angels to spread their wings while they nudge me in my new direction, and there will be for you as well 412 For the most part, I find her advice logical and sane, and I especially support her idea of pin money, which grows quickly for fun purchases or emergencies when tucked away regularly in envelopes because I have seen this practice work in my life I can t help but disagree, however, with Sarah s decision not to sell on Ebay her huge collection of horrendously overpriced Manola Blahnik shoes, which are still stored in a closet in England, just because it all seemed way too complicated for me and she blesses the shoes for becoming a real life lesson 372 Come on, Sarah Follow your own advice, and sell those vainglorious symbols of self indulgence before your rotten ex husband gets his hands on them and pockets your money yet again

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    I ve read all of SBB s books and am working through SIMPLE ABUNDANCE for the third or fourth time However, though I like her books, that s not to say that I don t feel conflicted about them Sarah, as she comes across in her books, has a very theatrical way about her This can be entertaining or irritating depending upon the reader s mood Her books do tend to focus on cheering yourself up by buying stuff though it may be stuff from a thrift store or garage sale Like a lot of readers, I ve fo I ve read all of SBB s books and am working through SIMPLE ABUNDANCE for the third or fourth time However, though I like her books, that s not to say that I don t feel conflicted about them Sarah, as she comes across in her books, has a very theatrical way about her This can be entertaining or irritating depending upon the reader s mood Her books do tend to focus on cheering yourself up by buying stuff though it may be stuff from a thrift store or garage sale Like a lot of readers, I ve found that the moods of her books strongly reflect what s going on in her life Hence, SOMETHING MORE had an undercurrent of bitterness and anger ROMANCING THE ORDINARY was a little calmer andresigned Sarah coming to grips with her new single woman reality MOVING ON came off as smug take THIS, cheating ex husband, I ve found my TRUE love A dreamy Englishman, no less The perfect fairytale ending for the woman who ran off to London at a young age hoping to become an actress Not New York Not Los Angeles London That says a lot about the sort of sensibility we re dealing with Romantic Histrionic, even.Then we come to PEACE AND PLENTY The dream has revealed itself as just thatan illusion Reality is Sarah camping out in her sister s condo while waiting for the British courts to tell her whether her shattered marriage will leave her with anything to show for nearly two decades of work Now we learn about the huge designer shoe collection and Marilyn Monroe s furs About Sarah forking over a tidy fortune to sing on stage with Sting I mean, this is about as far away from the simply abundant treat of sitting in front of a fire with a mug of cocoa topped with REAL whipped cream as you can get This is Sarah the actress starring in her own Silver Screen extravaganza Of course it couldn t last And Sarah details how it all fell apart with admirable candor and humility She offers some ideas for living on less, but that s really secondary, isn t it Her fans will read this book to continue tagging along with her through the fascinating, exasperating adventure that is being SBB.Funnily enough, the day I m writing this April 9th is also the date of the essay in SIMPLE ABUNDANCE that sums up my feelings about SBB and her work In an entry entitled Affordable Luxury, she declares that her readers are confusing the Simple Abundance path with the Voluntary Simplicity movement which gained popularity in the 90s This, she said, was far from the truth Voluntary Simplicity was based on fear and focused on deprivation She even made what I consider a rather mean spirited allusion to frugality writer Amy Dacyzyn, making fun of that author s description of how humble dryer lint can be transformed into a child s Halloween costume The sub text was clear this sort of homey project is somehow beneath any woman with a healthy self esteem My first reaction upon re reading this was pretty self righteous After meeting her goal of moving to an historic rural home and being a stay at home mom to a large family, Amy Dacyzyn is sitting pretty and presumably still frequenting yard sales in her Maine farmhouse at a time when many in our country, including SBB, aren t sure where the next mortgage payment is coming from On further reflection, I can see that this was less about making fun of thrifty people than about Sarah s own fears of admitting that, yes, bad stuff DOES happen, even to women with impeccable fashion sense.So, sure, I enjoyed this book I liked it so much that, after reading the copy in my library, I bought my own I like Sarah for laughing at her own foibles And I want to go along with her as she grows into her own humanity She still clutches to optimism the way the victim of a shipwreck clings to a piece of floating debris but, come on, it s better than drowning

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