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In 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 throughou. 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 and prosperous 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 adeuate 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 uickly 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 Fishes of the Open Ocean up to some major blunders with her burgeoning financial empire which landed her virtually in the poor house dependent Out of Bounds (Boundaries, up on the kindness of her sister and frustrated that her remaining assets were tied Grass, Sky, Song up pending the Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos 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 adeuate 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 The Illusionists us readers that she will pull herself out of financial funk and that all of O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, 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 One for My Baby universe that will see to our genuine needs She shares the sad experiences of other women who also were taken by greedy Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, 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 We uickly 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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Peace and Plenty

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 mainta. 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 for money rather than trying to couch it in simplicity 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 youSorry 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 Mystiue I bought a copy of Sixpence in Her Shoe and love it Engendering Song understands the plight of those trying to mainta. 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 for money rather than trying to couch it in simplicity 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 youSorry 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 Mystiue I bought a copy of Sixpence in Her Shoe and love it

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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 1932 Ladies Home Journal this uote 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 compendium of advice deeply personal. 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 powerfulInstead 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 oneFrankly 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 inadeuate What s it is disingenuous I said earlier that she was writing from a place of anger rather than power and this is no evident 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 suirming uncomfortably Her confessions seemed like 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 onePS Once again a book where there are plenty of wonderful uotes 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 uotations so this book gets demoted by one star as a result


10 thoughts on “Peace and Plenty

  1. says:

    A First Reads win I think I could use this book about nowSo 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

  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 a

  3. says:

    Peace and Plenty Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity by Sarah Ban Breathnach has a great deal of promise and certain co

  4. says:

    All you bestselling authors out there past present futurelisten up Sarah is here to tell us to “Do as I say” not as she

  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 Hachett

  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 throug

  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 t

  8. says:

    The author knows how to tug on the emotional strings uite 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

  9. says:

    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 and prosperous time for the author I still admired her candor in t

  10. says:

    I've read all of SBB's books and am working through SIMPLE ABUNDANCE for the third or fourth time However though I like h

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