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Gift from the Sea
by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Published: 1991-01-30
Paperback : 144 pages
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An inimitable classic and a great gift for Mother's Day: meditations on youth and age, love and marriage, peace, solitude, and contentment during a brief vacation by the sea.

Drawing inspiration from the the shells on the shore, Lindbergh's musings on the shape of a woman's life will ...
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An inimitable classic and a great gift for Mother's Day: meditations on youth and age, love and marriage, peace, solitude, and contentment during a brief vacation by the sea.

Drawing inspiration from the the shells on the shore, Lindbergh's musings on the shape of a woman's life will bring new understanding to readers, male and family, at any stage of life. A mother of five and professional writer, she casts an unsentimental eye at the trappings of modern life that threaten to overwhelm us -- the timesaving gadgets that complicate our lives, the overcommitments that take us from our families -- and by recording her own thoughts in a brief escape from her everyday demands, she guides her readers to find a space for contemplation and creativity in their own lives. With great wisdom and insight she describes the shifting shapes of relationships and marriage, presenting a vision of a life lived in enduring and evolving partnership. A groundbreaking work when it was first published, this book has retained its freshness as it has been rediscovered by generations of readers and is no less current today.

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I found a 1955 printing of this book in an old waterfront cabin and was struck by the care with which the previous owner had read it. Eve (the name inscribed inside the front cover and then again above the heading for chapter 3) made pencil marks on nearly every paragraph of the book, underlining a phrase, highlighting many passages with strong vertical marks, scratching out some words that she seems to have found superfluous and even x-ing out whole sections that apparently missed their mark with her altogether. Two rusting paper clips isolate several pages, absent any marking at all. Anne Morrow Lindbergh's lyrical words are still relevant and presage so many of the themes of today's most popular books: simplicity, peaceful solitude, caring for the soul, a woman finding her place in society and life. I heard that the woman who had lived in the cabin had actually passed away some time before. Thank you, Eve, for your gift... from the sea.

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by Connie H. (see profile) 12/29/18

 
  "Interesting Classic that Still Applies After 60 Years"by donnacreamer (see profile) 11/19/18

Anne Morrow Lindbergh was remarkably ahead of her time by advocating for simplicity in life. We could relate to the feelings that modern day conveniences lead us to be even more busy, and u... (read more)

 
by Ljwagoner (see profile) 01/24/18

A timeless treasure- First published 68 years ago, the tenets of this book still hold true regarding relationships, simplicity, aloneness and ultimately what it means to flourish in this life we have.... (read more)

 
  "Gift From the Sea"by Mbeek (see profile) 12/06/17

Several in our book club loved this book and several didn't finish it. Very mixed reviews from our group. I liked it especially because it is timeless. The advice she gives about life in the 50's is good... (read more)

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