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5.0 von 5 Sternen Every page is a delicious retreat, a vacation for the soul., 4. Juli 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Not a book to race through! To be read slowly, alone, savored, re-read, meditated and mused on, with contentment. And if you can't find contentment, it will find you -- in Anne's words -- her gift from the sea.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh's thoughts are woven around her impressions gathered from her ocean-side stay away from society and civilization -- from people and things -- from noise and confusion -- from musts and don'ts.

What Anne discovers in her solitude at the beach, she offers to you the reader by way of her journal. The tiny shells she held and studied provide lessons to her and all of us.

Anne's musings about life, relationships, love, busy-ness, aging, simplicity and solitude came to me several years ago at a time I was re-assessing many things in my life. Like a grace, her words soothed me and helped me quiet my turbulent thoughts, and to gather my inmost spirit to bind the wounds, to fill myself with the good already all around me and to go forward.

I realized I could slow down my pace, choose my own path, ask for and expect some peace and quiet and harmony, because these gifts are there for all of us to enhance our lives.

Although written from a woman's perspective, Anne's gift from the sea is for all of us who hunger for the slower pace, the garden path, the sanctity in God's every creation down to the intricate sea shell in Anne's hand as she coddles it, examines its artistic swirls and ridges and colors, and listens to the lessons -- the homilies -- within its delicate curves.

A keeper of a book. You'll go back to this one, like to a favorite vacation hideaway or armchair by the fireside or corner in the garden under the stars. It'll be an old friend, a comfort and blessing.

Take a deep breath......Can you just smell the salty tang of those soft breezes off the ocean
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Roadmap for One's Life Journey, 4. Februar 2000
Von Ein Kunde
After watching _The Spirit of St. Louis_ one afternoon, my boyfriend (who is also a pilot) told me that Anne Morrow Lindbergh had written a book, which, as he was told, "every woman should read." The next time I went to his house, _Gift from the Sea_ was waiting for me.
What amazed me about this book was its timeliness, or should I say, timelessness. That a middle-aged Caucasian woman, writing during the 50's, could strike such a deeply-felt chord of sisterhood with me, a 30-something African-American woman living at the brink of a new millennium, is truly the mark of a gifted writer. We "enlightened, liberated" women of the year 2000 think, with a fair amount of condescension, that we have "progressed" so much from that time period. And yet, the issues Mrs. Lindbergh addressed are still very much with us today: how does a woman fulfill the roles of citizen, artist, wife/partner, mother, career person, friend, sibling/relative, and balance all of that with the time and self-commitment for spiritual/emotional nurturing?
I have a quote from this precious gift posted on the wall at my workstation; it is a state of being I seek as a humble pilgrim on life's journey:
"...I want first of all...to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out these obligations and activities as well as I can. I want, in fact - to borrow from the language of the saints - to live "in grace" as much of the time as possible...By grace I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony...I would like to achieve a state of inner spiritual grace from which I could function and give as I was meant to in the eye of God..."
This is a must read for women everywhere!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Self-help without the jargon, 23. Mai 2000
This title was a recent selection for a book discussion group that I helped organize for my library. As the only male in the group, I felt somewhat compelled to offer token protest to the selection of this classic example of a "woman's book," but actually I was intrigued by it. Everything I had read about "Gift From the Sea" praised its meditative quality and I had to admit that the promise of that rather appealed to me.
I wound up reading the bulk of the book on Mothers' Day, which seemed quite appropriate, given that among the many issues Lindbergh addresses here is the need for mothers to find a balance between their own needs and those of their children and husbands. The need for time to one's self, a "room of one's own", the need for a spriritual dimension to one's existence--well, it seems so obvious that these needs have to be met if a woman--if any human being--is to be fulfilled and to be able to meet her (or his) responsibilities with joy rather than with dread. But the lessons that Anne Morrow Lindbergh taught in 1955 still need to be voiced in 2000--perhaps more than ever. Lindbergh seems prescient when she speaks of the dangers of the "life of multiplicity" which had already taken root in the immediate post-War era. We know all too well that it has not gotten any better in the past 50 years and that women's lives in particular have become more stressful and, to use Lindbergh's word, "fragmented" in the past half-century.
What distinguishes Lindbergh's book from today's current crop of self-help or New Age sprititual books though is its lyrical quality. Her careful, belletristic prose is soothing and, yes, meditative in and of itself. Reading it seems to bring about the very centeredness and balance that she seeks to describe.
Although she includes no bibliography (and rightly so, as this is not a tract), I would hope that many of her readers would be inspired to seek out the works of some of the writers she quotes in the context of these essays. She does the world a great service in suggesting how Rilke, for example, whose poetry may seem impenetrable at first, can actually speak to the concerns of our own lives.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Womanly, Yes, But I Like It, Too!, 12. Dezember 1999
I'm a bit surprised to see this little gem of a book described as being primarily aimed at women. It struck me as being more in line with Marcus Aurelius' Meditations and the Essays of Montaigne. In a way, I think Ms. Lindbergh's writing is even better: more poetic, and less chatty. And her vision encompasses contemporary issues those fellows never experienced. Even though it has a 1955 copyright, this book has a very modern sensibility. (Not modern as in loud and decadent, but rather modern as in addressing issues of technological acceleration and information overload.) And she is no slouch in the wisdom department, either. Her vivid delineation of the several stages of life, and especially her insights into middle age make for though-provoking reading. I imagine she would make for a very wise and reasonable traveling companion. This book isn't just for the gals, guys. It's just plain great writing. It's a skinny book, too. Like the man once said, "There ain't much there, but what there is, is choice."
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A very unique work!, 27. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
This little book is highly enjoyable. It is a unique form of self-help book. It doesn't bombard you with endless words about this or that problem (alcoholism, codependency, self-esteem, etc.) but gives the reader the desire to return to the basics of life. Isak Dineson wrote "the answer to everything is salt water: sweat, tears, and the ocean." In those quiet moments of life, a simple act of contemplation on the basic objects around us can be so rewarding, so freeing. This is what Anne Morrow Lindbergh does in this little book. It is as much a book about prayer, as it is about the lives and issues of women. I am proof that one need not be a woman to enjoy this book. I enjoyed Lindbergh's ability to touch the numinous in so few words, to shift quickly in her meditation between the tangible reality and the intangible truth contained therein. I recommend this book to anyone (but especially a woman, Lindbergh's audience) who wants to understand just what at the core of one's life is truly important.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Shells reflect woman's natures, within self and in universe, 14. Januar 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Inspired by the sand, shells and sea on Captiva and Sanibel
islands, Lindbergh reflects on the essence of woman as she
sees it within the beauty and intricacies of various island
shells. This introspective personal view from a woman often
in the world spotlight, is a soul-searching and calming
little voulme that provides the reader with many personal
gifts. As a woman surrounded too much by the world,
bombarded by too much information, mis-information, and
non-information I could read and reread this guide to the
inner self year after year on a deserted island and never
grow tired of its many gifts. As the tide constantly
changes, so does the reader's understanding with each
new reading. A sea treasure for any woman at any tide of
her life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen reverently beautiful, 11. Januar 1998
Von Ein Kunde
As a child, I was told to never mark in a book. That warning quickly went out the window when I picked up 'Gift From The Sea.' I grew up by the sea, and the words of this book sounded like an anthem to my soul. I have always recognized the intrinsic wisdom that swells like the tide when one hears the sea; allows its soft rush to sooth the tumult of one's heart. I felt that I read the words of a kindred spirit. Each essay was like a letter from a long lost friend. Her words were not so much teachings as gentle proddings to awaken the knowing soul within each of us. "Gift" reads like a psalm - melodic, reverent and quietly enlightening. Thank you for this prayer of a book and for bringing the smell of the sea to a city-stranded beach dweller.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A timeless classic that will touch your soul., 4. Januar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Anne Morrow Lindbergh was ahead of her time when she wrote Gift From the Sea. Her wisdom gets to the point and hits home in comparison to all of the self-help, new age advise that is available today. I have respect and admiration for her. I read Gift From the Sea when I signed it out of my local library. I am purchasing two hardcopy books for my daughters and plan to give them their own copy when they are older. This is an excellent book to read anytime, but the perfect setting, of course, would be during a relaxing beach vacation.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The most important book I have ever read, 24. Januar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
"A gift from the Sea" was given to me by a friend to read recently and it really did turn out to be a "Gift". I cannot believe that this book was written over 40 years ago as it is just so relevant today. I have already ordered three copies for my friends and the audio tapes for myself which I just love. This is such an important book for women, but sadly I imagine very few men read it and they should. Her words are just as meaningful for the males species of this world.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An annual reading ritual for me!, 13. Dezember 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I read this book at least once a year. It is a part of my summer time vacation ritual. I received my first copy of this book from my sister and let it sit on my shelf for years before cracking it open. I had no idea the treasure I had sitting on my bookshelf. I have given it as a gift a number of times since. It is amazingly relevant to today's woman even though it was written over forty years ago. I highly recommend it.
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