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Gift From the Sea

Lindbergh, Anne Morrow (Book - 1991)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In this inimitable, beloved classic--graceful, lucid and lyrical--Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. Drawing inspiration from the shells on the shore, Lindbergh's musings on the shape of a woman's life bring new understanding to both men and women at any stage of life. A mother of five, an acclaimed writer and a pioneering aviator, Lindbergh casts an unsentimental eye on the trappings of modernity that threaten to overwhelm us: the time-saving gadgets that complicate rather than simplify, the multiple commitments that take us from our families. And by recording her thoughts during a brief escape from everyday demands, she helps readers find a space for contemplation and creativity within their own lives. With great wisdom and insight Lindbergh describes the shifting shapes of relationships and marriage, presenting a vision of life as it is lived in an enduring and evolving partnership. A groundbreaking, best-selling work when it was originally published in 1955, Gift from the Sea continues to be discovered by new generations of readers. With a new introduction by Lindbergh's daughter Reeve, this fiftieth-anniversary edition will give those who are revisiting the book and those who are coming upon it for the first time fresh insight into the life of this remarkable woman. The sea and the beach are elements that have been woven throughout Anne Morrow Lindbergh's life. She spent her childhood summers with her family on a Maine island. After her marriage to Charles Lindbergh in 1929, she accompanied him on his survey flights around the North Atlantic to launch the first transoceanic airlines. The Lindberghs eventually established a permanent home on the Connecticut coast, where they lived quietly, wrote books and raised their family. After the children left home for lives of their own, the Lindberghs traveled extensively to Africa and the Pacific for environmental research. For several years they lived on the island of Maui in Hawaii, where Charles Lindbergh died in 1974. Anne Morrow Lindbergh spent her final years in her Connecticut home, continuing her writing projects and enjoying visits from her children and grand-children. She died on February 7, 2001, at the age of ninety-four. Reeve Lindbergh is the author of many books for both adults and children, including the memoirs Under a Wing and No More Words.
Authors: Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906-2001
Title: Gift from the sea
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 1991
Edition: Pantheon 1991 ed
Characteristics: 132 p. ;,18 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Anne Morrow Lindbergh ; with an afterword by the author
ISBN: 0679406832
Branch Call Number: 128 L74 1991
Subject Headings: Life
Topical Term: Life
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In this inimitable, beloved classic, Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea.


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Nov 22, 2012
  • abkeller rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. In concise, philosophical and thought-provoking language, Anne Morrow Lindbergh provides the reader with wonderful revelations of what it’s like to be a modern woman. As the wife of Charles Lindbergh, she certainly felt the constraints of public engagements and social events, as well as the demands of being a wife and busy mother of five children. Perhaps that is why she was able to provide such a keen insight into the value of solitude and creativity.

Often, in our “busy-ness,” we forget about maintaining and growing as individuals. Every man, woman and child needs time alone, every day, in which to nourish his soul. What joy can be found in creative tasks, even if they are as simple as arranging a vase of flowers or baking a batch of cookies. Women, by their very nature, wish to give. Sometimes, we give so much of ourselves that the well runs dry.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh used her valuable vacation time on a remote island to replenish herself. There, she embraced the simple pleasures such as watching the ebb and flow of waves on the beach, collecting shells on the shore and strolling on the sand beneath the twinkling stars. She didn’t need curtains to shelter the windows, cooked simply but well, and performed household chores only as necessary. She lived in the present, like a dancer perfectly poised in the here and now. In this special time, she found her center, replenishing the wellspring of who and what she was.

Rarely have I read such a wonderful book! Every woman should own a copy for her personal library and if men seek to understand the true nature of women, they should read it as well. I applaud Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s foresight and her rare ability to put into words what I feel deep inside my heart.

Aug 06, 2012
  • azor rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Very interesting. Progressive for it's time but dated now. It sparked further research on my part. Found the Lindbergh family story very interesting.

I would have loved to have met Anne Morrow Lindbergh. It is hard to believe that this year marks the 10th Anniversary of the passing of one extraordinary woman of strength and compassion, of her time.

Her writing and observations on life are insightful and touched me profoundly. Her ability to be able to express those same thoughts we all possess in daily reflections, conscious or unconcious, awakens you to realize, to embrace or to accept.

It has brought comfort in the uncertainty and impermanance of life and deepened my every day practice living in the present.

A must-read for every woman in any stage of her life - or man, in love or have loved any woman in his life.

Dec 09, 2010
  • radec rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

great read sensitive and mind enhancing

Oct 13, 2010
  • Mosaic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This slim volume has within its pages a universe of knowledge. There are so many brilliant quotes in this book. In fact, the entire last chapter "The Beach at My Back" should be quoted and contemplated.

I have to admit that it was strange to find a book full of thoughts I myself have had over the last five years. Through my yoga and meditation practice I have been able to figure out that true happiness comes from within and that "alone time" is necessary for spiritual, and even physical, survival.

I also admit that I did not connect with the chapter focusing on later life. However, I am not there yet and when I do make it to that point you can bet this book will be something I come back to again and again.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It may appeal more to women, but I think it can speak to both sexes. I think Gift From the Sea will answer a few questions you may have about life and show you a path to happiness.

The writing is superb and the structure of the book is perfect. This will be a book you come back to again and again. I hope that my friends will take me up on my recommendation for this book...

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