Peace and Plenty

By alison January 20, 2011 117 Comments 5 Min Read

Today marks the British publication of Sarah Ban Breathnach’s “Peace and Plenty, and though I have had the book in my possession for a while now, it has taken this long for me to be capable of acknowledging the raw nerve upon which this book, from the most important author in my life, has touched.
Money isn’t something we talk about is it? Our circumstances vary so wildly that even amongst our closest friends we play our cards close to our chest and pretend we all exist on a level playing field. But the truth is we don’t. And we very rarely give enough weight to how our personal financial circumstances dictate the way we live our life and more than that, the way we see the world as a result.
In Peace and Plenty, Sarah Ban Breathnach, lays bare her own experiences of what it is to go from a very ordinary financial existence  to one blessed by wealth and back again. It is all there: from the privileges of sudden wealth, to the deeply personal embarrassment she feels about her instinctive financial frivolity. Terrible waste. Unheeded generosity. Emotional spending, Financial illiteracy. And the marriage that broke her.
Because she is broken. It is there in every beautifully turned sentence. Page after page we discover evidence that she has come undone and while at times this makes for deeply uncomfortable, rather sad reading, we read, not to gloat, but to understand.
We read to understand how it feels to lose everything. To observe our own reactions to such loss: sympathy or disgust? Understanding or utter bewilderment? We read not just because, Sarah in her own inimatable style, soothes away our own shame and dispels our very real fears by daring to speak out her own financial truth’s, but because here is a woman we care about: a woman we relate to: a woman we suspect is just like us.
Much more than a confessional (and indeed the details of her downfall are sketchy enough to leave many questions unanswered), Peace and Plenty is also an ode to thrift, with enough references to our darling Vintage Housekeepers to satisfy those with no vested interest in Sarah herself, and the same tone and format familiar to those who fell in love with her when they discovered Simple Abundance all those years ago.
On a personal basis I found the book painful in the extreme. The most difficult relationship of my life has always been with money. Because I both fear it and revere it. Because I don’t understand it, don’t respect it and often declare I don’t need it. Because I’ve never had it, not really. Because I had it and then I lost it.  Because life remains a matter of scraping through regardless of what talent I may or may not possess. Because I don’t trust myself to have it and fear who I would become if I did. Because I let it trickle and WILL NOT LET IT flow…
After the failure of my gorgeous interiors business when I was twenty five, as the complicated result of staff theft,  I almost lost everything. I know what it is to sit in front of a judge and beg him to let me keep my house. I’ve pawned my vintage engagement ring and gritted my teeth and refused to provide sexual favours to a bailiff who promised to wipe out a debt I couldn’t afford to pay if I did. I’ve watched my Mum and Dad go to hell and back and been incapable of helping financially and I lost my relationship of many years to the pressures of trying to survive in the aftermath. Money has exhausted me and frightened me. At it’s hand I have, in the past, shivered and gone hungry, I remain beholden to Finley’s Daddy and I have no pension or savings to speak of. No safety net, beyond that which exists in my purse on any given day of the week.
And I know that the vast majority of people will never understand how it feels. That they will, thank God, never experience the terrifying, dis-orientating spiral of relative poverty. But then this isn’t about money. To me, and to Sarah, it is about spirit. And survival. It is about gratitude when we can find very little material reason to grant it, and it is about getting up every morning and refusing to  give in to sorrow, but instead choosing to use every last drop of ingenuity we possess to forge a future for ourselves and those who love us. It is about adversity and pride. Above all else about pride. When society tells us only that we should feel ashamed and we have only got ourselves to blame.
Perhaps now times are changing. Peace and Plenty is timely when the old sureties are being threatened by global financial ruin, and so many women are having to tighten their belts. While ultimately this book will neither truly sate the curiosity of those only interested in the juicy gossip behind Sarah Ban Breathnach’s third divorce,  nor provide solutions to those who now find themselves in financial straits, it more than earns it’s place on the bookshelves of those willing to engage in the dialogue Sarah has been brave enough to start. Those  who will no longer fear admitting their own monetary terror, moments (or years) of idiocy, or deeply ingrained prejudices against those who aren’t as financially blessed as they may be. Those who are ready and willing to stand up and be counted in a conversation that is long overdue.
I for one am grateful to Sarah Ban Breathnach. Not just for the opportunity to exist in the company of a woman I both profoundly respect and deeply empathise with all over again, but for writing that which is in my experience at least, the last taboo, in polite society. For giving me permission to feel proud of what I have achieved and forgive that which is what it is: temporary foolishness in an arena in which we women were never fully versed.
We are OK. I am OK and Sarah Ban Breathnach is OK. Money will never define us.
 

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117 Comments

  1. LissyLou says:

    I'm so sorry about the events in your life that have been tough. As they say what doesn't kill us only makes us stronger – that has certainly been right in my troubled past.
    I too love Sarah – and you of course. Without you i would never of found her. I have been reading simple abundance daily since last year and i would love a copy of her new book.
    xx

  2. Victoria says:

    I would absolutely love a chance to win a copy of Sarah's Peace and Plenty. Thank you for the opportunity.

  3. Sue says:

    I think this book would be perfect for me to read at this time. Thank you!

  4. Jennifer says:

    I just started reading Simple Abundance and I can tell that it is going to make an impact on my life. I am learning, haltingly, that happiness is an inside job and contentment can't be bought. I would love to read this book and see what it has to offer in the way of insight.

  5. Chic Mummy says:

    Her first book literally (no pun intended!) changed my life at a time when i needed it most and this book couldn’t have come at a better time.

  6. judy says:

    Thank you for the lovely review. I shall be picking up this book and soon!

  7. Lynn Kane says:

    Don’t remember how i found Brocante Home but have read each day since, just ordered Simple Abundance and should be there when i get home tonight.

  8. Lorelei says:

    Hi Alison…Love BrocanteHome and check in daily. Thanks for the chance at this giveaway!

  9. Lucy says:

    Hi Alison,
    I too would love a chance to win the book. I have followed my Mother and Grandmother's in being the keeper of the household purse and all of the responsibilities that go with it. It is sometimes a heavy burden, especially as the lower earner making the decisions.
    Money is a delicate subject in most relationships but mostly in the relationship with your inner-self!

  10. Sally Hackney says:

    Please enter me in the book giveaway. I almost didn’t comment because frankly I’m afraid to deal with the subject. Stupid…I know. Have a peaceful day, Sally

  11. Anna says:

    Don’t put me in the hat–my library is very good about purchasing her books. I just wanted to share the quote I read this week : The world is full of suffering; it is also full of overcoming it. Yes.

    1. brocantehome says:

      Oh Anna, yes. Thank you.x

  12. Karla says:

    I am eager to read this book. I've struggled for as long as I can remember with my relationship with money. Growing up poor has left me confused about how to handle the money I now have. It's not a lot, but it's often misused. I'm always blessed by others who openly share their experiences, both good and bad.

  13. Jenny says:

    I wanted to say how much I completely agreed with your assessment of the book. I can't imagine anyone reading it for titillation, or if that is their intent at the start, it won't be where they find themselves at the end. Well done Sarah, well done.

  14. Colleen says:

    I sit here with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes..for her, for you , for me and to the millions of {mostly} women who have this love/hate relationship with money. I think you are so brave to give us a piece of your heart about this "money-thing". I would love a copy of the book. and want to thank you for sharing it with all of us.

  15. Colleen says:

    I sit here with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes..for her, for you , for me and to the millions of {mostly} women who have this love/hate relationship with money. I think you are so brave to give us a piece of your heart about this "money-thing". I would love a copy of the book. and want to thank you for sharing it with all of us.

  16. Wendy says:

    Thank you Sarah, for shining light in a place the I can't see my true self.
    Thank you Alison, for this lovely give away. I am just into Simple Abundance, the begining. Buying a new journal TODAY! Yay!

  17. Nancy says:

    Allison, I would Love to read this book!! Please enter me Sweetie!!
    Huggs, Nancy

  18. monique says:

    I, too, have been deeply touched by many of her books, but have been unable to commit to this latest book. Perhaps I didn't want to spend the money, so please enter my name! 😉

  19. monique says:

    I, too, have been deeply touched by many of her books, but have been unable to commit to this latest book. Perhaps I didn't want to spend the money, so please enter my name! 😉

  20. Linda says:

    I love her writing and have followed her since I discovered "Mrs. Sharp's" years ago when my girls were small. Please enter my name!

  21. AnnelieRasmussen says:

    Oh what a perfect opportunity to tell you how much I appreciate your writing. Every night, checking my favourite blogs is one of the very last things I do before I tuck myself in the bed with a book. Of course yours is one of the blogs I read regularly, I just never got around to telling you. And this book would be a very fine treat to take with me in the bed, to try to dream puttery drems!

  22. Magda says:

    I cannot tell you how needed this book is now, and by so many. I'm sure you have seen on the news the terrible floods in Brisbane, Australia – so many of us have lost everything, and it is easy to confuse the loss of (a lifetime's) possessions with the loss of self. I am starting the Simple Abundance journey again this year, hoping to remember that everything we need to persevere and uncover happiness is within. Peace and Plenty would be a fine puttery, special gift of hope.

  23. theresa cox says:

    oh my this book sounds terrifying. I had better read it.

  24. Katherine says:

    I had never heard of Sarah Ban Breathnach until I started reading your blog, and two weeks later found a used copy of Simple Abundance at our local Hastings bookstore!! I would ♥ to win this one! 🙂

  25. I am also a huge fan of Sarah Ban Breathnach! I am in the middle of reading Moving On for the first time, and I can 't wait to read Peace and Plenty.

  26. I am also a huge fan of Sarah Ban Breathnach! I am in the middle of reading Moving On for the first time, and I can 't wait to read Peace and Plenty.

  27. Lesley says:

    Hi Alison 🙂 I suppose I'm commenting not so much because of the Sara ban Breathnach's book, but because you really touched a raw nerve in me with your post. I haven't got a pension or many savings – indeed we've been living off what was left from the house move for the last six months. But, the thing is, I thought I was the only one. You know as you do. Thanks so much for reminding me that I'm not unique and that other women are in the same boat. xx

  28. Helen says:

    It's such a 'grown-up' thing isn't it? Having gone from having to watch every penny to having money to spare I have lost my way. I do have an nhs pension- but it's currently worth a grand total of £3.71 a year – not going to keep me in Gin in 25 years time! This is my 40th year and I am trying to make big changes in my life…so far the physical and spiritual are being addressed – perhaps now it's time for the financial?

  29. Helen says:

    It's such a 'grown-up' thing isn't it? Having gone from having to watch every penny to having money to spare I have lost my way. I do have an nhs pension- but it's currently worth a grand total of £3.71 a year – not going to keep me in Gin in 25 years time! This is my 40th year and I am trying to make big changes in my life…so far the physical and spiritual are being addressed – perhaps now it's time for the financial?

  30. Chrissie says:

    Your writing is always inspiring Alison. I connect totally with this piece ! I have also pleaded for my homes. Lost two and a business care of my ex. At 60 I have no savings, present husband out of work but I refuse to be beat. All say I have a lovely little home. I want to say I had a big house once ! But I take their praise. I am adept at tarting things up, a mistress of compromise. We should not be embarrased by financial straits. There but for the grace of God and all that. We are judged by money though. She or he has done well invariably means they have a good income. The carer or anyone in a social field is never praised for havng done well. A financial advisor can earn more than the hospital Dr who one day may need to treat him. No wonder we feel a lesser mortal if we haven't the big house and new car and the hols abroad.
    Keep on Keeping on. Peace of mind my maxim !

  31. Maria Miller. says:

    Have been reading simple abundance for the last 3 years over and over again…It is such a delight,I came across it just when I needed it….I buy it for all my friends!Please enter me in the draw Alison.Kind Regards…

  32. Maria Miller. says:

    Have been reading simple abundance for the last 3 years over and over again…It is such a delight,I came across it just when I needed it….I buy it for all my friends!Please enter me in the draw Alison.Kind Regards…

  33. Dolores Lynn says:

    Great post. I too really like Sarah Ban Breathnach. Any time I see a copy of Simple Abundance (used) I buy it and give it to a friend.

  34. Lucy says:

    As a pauper who would like to know how other people handle it – yes, i would like to win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway.

  35. Lucy says:

    As a pauper who would like to know how other people handle it – yes, i would like to win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. Sounds like just the book for me! If I don't win, I'll have to go out and get a copy!

  37. lizzie says:

    I would love to win but I know there are more deserving cases than me (but dont pass my comment over anyway)
    I did nt know SBB was on her third divorce……………….Elizabeth Taylor said, after her last divorce, "if I talk about getting married, slap me".

  38. lizzie says:

    I would love to win but I know there are more deserving cases than me (but dont pass my comment over anyway)
    I did nt know SBB was on her third divorce……………….Elizabeth Taylor said, after her last divorce, "if I talk about getting married, slap me".

  39. Linda says:

    This sounds like a book to treasure and to learn from, and another writer to look out for. Thank-you for the reccomendation!

  40. mimi xxx says:

    What a wonderful sharing post…by talking about these things, you help take away their power over people, so well done!

  41. Mary Claire says:

    Beautifully written post. You're so right — money is an area that no one talks about. Like you, I've had an uncomfortable relationship with money my whole life. I'd love to see what Sarah says about it, too. Thanks for the giveway. <3

  42. Mary Claire says:

    Beautifully written post. You're so right — money is an area that no one talks about. Like you, I've had an uncomfortable relationship with money my whole life. I'd love to see what Sarah says about it, too. Thanks for the giveway. <3

  43. Roseann, Nova Scotia says:

    I just happened to come across your typepad and it's wonderful. I have Sarah Ban Breathnas's book Something More – it's a book that I keep at my bedside – and several times a week, I just open up to any page (the binding is broken the book is quite tattered now) and most times it's quite relavent and provides a sense of comfort. I am single at 57 my relationship with money is abundant then elusive. It's a struggle, after 8 years (this April) of being on my own, I think I'm finally getting it.
    I read this today:
    "Money—how we love it. Fear it. Earn it. Spend it.
    Save it. Stash it. Lose it. Lend it. Lust for it. Hide it.
    Pray for it. Marry it. Divorce it. Sleep with it. Tell and eat
    whoppers for it. Cry rivers and drown out sorrows over
    it. Throw it away or send it packing with an eBay click.
    Worry about it. Worship it. Work like a slave for it, then
    squander it. Make deals with devils. Go on fateful dates
    with con men and undertake vows before God so that we’ll
    never be hungry again. Most of all, how women like us
    convince ourselves that money will change or fix everything
    in our lives that’s ever been broken or has gone south
    once upon a time."
    Have a wonderful day!

  44. Missie says:

    Alison, Thank Your for your honesty & willingness to talk about a difficult subject! I appreciate your insights. Money is a scary and like you I have had a truly difficult relationship with it as well. The saying " can't live with & can't live without " truly applies with money. I guess because to fulfill just our basic needs we really need some. I look forward to reading the book. Maybe to over come this "fear, love/haTE" relationship that I have with money.
    Thanks as well to Roseann for her lovely comment.

  45. Missie says:

    Alison, Thank Your for your honesty & willingness to talk about a difficult subject! I appreciate your insights. Money is a scary and like you I have had a truly difficult relationship with it as well. The saying " can't live with & can't live without " truly applies with money. I guess because to fulfill just our basic needs we really need some. I look forward to reading the book. Maybe to over come this "fear, love/haTE" relationship that I have with money.
    Thanks as well to Roseann for her lovely comment.

  46. Tonja says:

    Sounds like a real good book to read…
    Tonja

  47. Yay! I have read all of her books and this one sounds even more relevant.
    Thanks for the giveaway and stay warm – we are trying to here too in north Canada. brrrr.
    Cheryl

  48. I would love to read this, you've talked about this author for years, I'd like to be inspired!

  49. I would love to read this, you've talked about this author for years, I'd like to be inspired!

  50. Rosemary London says:

    I have been a fan of Sarah’s books and website for several years and would love a copy of her new book.It is very relevant to the problems that most of us are having at the moment.

  51. Rosemary London says:

    I have been a fan of Sarah’s books and website for several years and would love a copy of her new book.It is very relevant to the problems that most of us are having at the moment.

  52. Kimberly Rauhauser says:

    Love Sarah!! Would love to own a copy of this book. Thank you. 🙂

  53. lynne says:

    I love SBB! I read her books over and over. I know I can put this one to good use! Thanks!

  54. japuka says:

    I am in shock – like i read my own facts in life, the only differene is i am still at the lowest possible point now. I experoenced disgust, laughter and humiliation after I lost almost everything, not just place to live but also people I lived with. I hope the book end in better place in life than my current position is

  55. japuka says:

    I am in shock – like i read my own facts in life, the only differene is i am still at the lowest possible point now. I experoenced disgust, laughter and humiliation after I lost almost everything, not just place to live but also people I lived with. I hope the book end in better place in life than my current position is

  56. I would love to have a copy of this book. I've really enjoyed Simple Abundance and know this would be a good fit for me. Thanks for having the give away!

  57. Laetitia says:

    Dear Alison,
    My heart is full of gratitude towards you about all the precious gems that you are offering to us through your Website.
    Many many thanks!
    Sweet Blessings.
    Laetitia

  58. Laetitia says:

    Dear Alison,
    My heart is full of gratitude towards you about all the precious gems that you are offering to us through your Website.
    Many many thanks!
    Sweet Blessings.
    Laetitia

  59. Sharon says:

    Sarah's Simple Abundance has truly been a life guide for me. I was saddened to hear about her losses (financial and emotional), yet I know she will prevail and triumph. Bless her (and you!) for staying positive through all the adversity.

  60. Sharon says:

    Sarah's Simple Abundance has truly been a life guide for me. I was saddened to hear about her losses (financial and emotional), yet I know she will prevail and triumph. Bless her (and you!) for staying positive through all the adversity.

  61. Jackie says:

    I have to say ditto to all the posts as I have had a love/hate/loss/stolen/etc. issue with money. I am a single mom trying to survive in this world and start a small business of my own. It gets tough having to work 3-4 plus jobs to make ends meet, raise a teenager and save something for retirement. I am sure I will find myself within the pages of Sarah's book!

  62. Patricia says:

    The book review sounds so close to home, so sad and yet so real. I would like the chance to read it. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  63. Patricia says:

    The book review sounds so close to home, so sad and yet so real. I would like the chance to read it. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  64. Kirstin Melaas says:

    Please draw my name!! I'd love to win a copy of this book!
    Thanks!!

  65. Love her books and listen to them over and over on CD. Your review is stunning. It's hard to face up to these issues that so many of us have, with out feeling like a failure. It's all about tackling it with determination and grit, and not dwelling on the mistakes of the past.

  66. Love her books and listen to them over and over on CD. Your review is stunning. It's hard to face up to these issues that so many of us have, with out feeling like a failure. It's all about tackling it with determination and grit, and not dwelling on the mistakes of the past.

  67. Gill says:

    I love Sarah's first two books and have given Simple Abundance to two of my closeset friends. When oh when Allison are you going to put YOUR writing into a real book? 🙂 Gill

  68. Delores says:

    I loved Simple Abundance and I'm sure would enjoy Peace and Plenty.

  69. Reading what you've written in your beautiful review moved me to tears. The subject of the book is really timely for me – I love synchronicity! And I would love to win a copy of the book.
    Thanks so much for offering me the opportunity!

  70. Reading what you've written in your beautiful review moved me to tears. The subject of the book is really timely for me – I love synchronicity! And I would love to win a copy of the book.
    Thanks so much for offering me the opportunity!

  71. Jeanne says:

    I would love to win a copy of Sarah's new book. I am going through my own financial struggle right now and I know her words of wisdom would certainly resonate with me as well as give comfort.
    xo
    jeanne

  72. Paula says:

    I have been through financial ruin myself. Much of the time my family had no idea just how desperate I was because I was miles away in another stated and didn't want them to be worried, or when I did try to let them know, my mother, (who I didn't realize was in the early stages of dementia) said things that really hurt me and feel I had been cut off. There have been times when I found myself homeless and alone, but now I am a homeowner for the first time in my life. My husband has been on a similar if not worse journey until we found each other. Our battles have made us stronger. Now others in desperate situations have gravitated to us, not to ask for money, but friendship during rough times of life. I feel a ministry of mentorship coming over the horizon.

  73. Renee says:

    I am very fond of Sarah's work especially Mrs. Sharps Traditions I know this will be a new favorite.I would love to win this book.

  74. Renee says:

    I am very fond of Sarah's work especially Mrs. Sharps Traditions I know this will be a new favorite.I would love to win this book.

  75. Pam Kern says:

    I loved Simple Abundance and reference it often. My husband was "downsized" from his job of almost 30 years, just when our youngest was graduating High School. We had been planning our retirement in the next 10 years. He has been unable to find a new job in the past year and a half. He has started his own business but it is certainly slow going. We have two children in college and I have been taking temp jobs when I can find them. No one wants a women past 50 anymore it seems. Our savings are fast disappearing. We have had a major life change because of this but we are together and working hard to get past this bump in the road.
    I would love to win a copy.
    Thanks, Pam

  76. Pam Kern says:

    I loved Simple Abundance and reference it often. My husband was "downsized" from his job of almost 30 years, just when our youngest was graduating High School. We had been planning our retirement in the next 10 years. He has been unable to find a new job in the past year and a half. He has started his own business but it is certainly slow going. We have two children in college and I have been taking temp jobs when I can find them. No one wants a women past 50 anymore it seems. Our savings are fast disappearing. We have had a major life change because of this but we are together and working hard to get past this bump in the road.
    I would love to win a copy.
    Thanks, Pam

  77. Dolores Lynn says:

    Hi I am a long time reader in Philly! I would love a copy of thid book!

  78. Corey Romanski says:

    I have read all of Sarah's books (even the one for men!) I read Simple Abundance every year (I am on my fourth year) because the thoughts and inspirations are so important to me. I have her flip calendar on my desk at work too. She had helped me through so many difficult times, divorce, no job, relationship problems, just so much. She taught me to be grateful even in bleak and painful times. And oddly, her books always seem to address what I am currently experiencing. Just last summer I finally decided to confront my very complicated and unhealthy relationship with money. This was very difficult for me since I have had money issues since childhood. Not just having or lack, but the horrible feelings it creates in me and how it alters my opinion of myself and relationships with others. And again, there is Sarah writing about just that topic. I am so excited to read this book because I value her advise so much and know that she will be a comfort during my process of creating a healthy relationship with money.

  79. LindaSonia says:

    I've known of this book for awhile and am anxious to read the contents. Thanks for having this awesome giveaway!!

  80. LindaSonia says:

    I've known of this book for awhile and am anxious to read the contents. Thanks for having this awesome giveaway!!

  81. Oh yes, Allison sign us up for a chance!
    Thank you!!!
    Sparkly Hugs,
    Tobi and the pixies!

  82. Mischele says:

    I have never heard of Sarah before but this sounds like a very interesting book. It sounds like I need to become familiar with her work. I would love to win a copy of this book.

  83. Mischele says:

    I have never heard of Sarah before but this sounds like a very interesting book. It sounds like I need to become familiar with her work. I would love to win a copy of this book.

  84. Xtian says:

    Haven't read any SBB but this sounds an excellent book to start with.

  85. Heidi says:

    I love Sarah's books and Simple Abundance helped influence my life. I would love to win this book as I continue my journey of financial peace.

  86. Heidi says:

    I love Sarah's books and Simple Abundance helped influence my life. I would love to win this book as I continue my journey of financial peace.

  87. Lorrie Mello says:

    I could use this book right about now. My husband, a relatively young man, suffered a stroke on Dec. 7th. If that wasn't bad enough he was unemployed and collected his last unemployment check of $29.00 while he was in the hospital. He isn't able to look for work as he's learning how to walk again so he's applied for Social Security Disability but that can take 6 months and we've been told they always turn down applicants on the first round. My paycheck alone cannot sustain us. In 2005 we closed 2 businesses because the economy was crashing around us and needless to say we lost lots of money in the process. To bolster my spirits I say to myself, " I don't need to live on a lot of money" which is true but poverty is just not acceptable to me now. There are too many sad stories out there and while I think we've had a bad run on prosperity and health I am thankful, everyday, that we have a roof over our heads and food on the table because we have great family support. The reality for many families in our situation is they are just one paycheck away from disaster and homelessness and that is the harsh truth. Your post hit me in the heart. We never know the suffering others do we.

  88. Frances says:

    Yes please, I'd love to be entered for the draw. I have long been a follower of SBB, and through her site I found yours. As ever I know her wisdom, and wonderful way with words will be an inspiring read.

  89. Frances says:

    Yes please, I'd love to be entered for the draw. I have long been a follower of SBB, and through her site I found yours. As ever I know her wisdom, and wonderful way with words will be an inspiring read.

  90. Sarah's books have always been full of wisdom and I'm sure this one will be too. Thanks for the opportunity.

  91. Tami Bacskay says:

    I've been a fan of Sarah since seeing her on Oprah a million years ago. I did not know about this latest book so thank you for posting. I too have been up and down the "success" and financial ladder and I agree with your fears about money. My spiritual pot has been a bit empty lately as well as other areas in my life. I closed my interior home and gift stores two years ago due to the impending economy and life has not been the same since. Good and blessed for sure…but something is surely missing. My passion is gone and my connectivity to all the people and the joy of creating beauty for others went away with the business. I am actively searching for my bliss everyday and will continue to look to you and Sarah for true inspiration. Thank you for sharing your life and helping me grow! 🙂

  92. Tami Bacskay says:

    I've been a fan of Sarah since seeing her on Oprah a million years ago. I did not know about this latest book so thank you for posting. I too have been up and down the "success" and financial ladder and I agree with your fears about money. My spiritual pot has been a bit empty lately as well as other areas in my life. I closed my interior home and gift stores two years ago due to the impending economy and life has not been the same since. Good and blessed for sure…but something is surely missing. My passion is gone and my connectivity to all the people and the joy of creating beauty for others went away with the business. I am actively searching for my bliss everyday and will continue to look to you and Sarah for true inspiration. Thank you for sharing your life and helping me grow! 🙂

  93. Gloria Jacobsen says:

    Thank you for the chance at winning this book. I too have been through and am once again going through financial times. The first was through divorce and now the times here. It is a strange yet great comfort to know that others can empathise with one at such trying of times.

  94. Cookie says:

    I have all of Sarah's books so far except this one…Thank you so much for the opportunity to be in the draw….Cookie xxx

  95. Cookie says:

    I have all of Sarah's books so far except this one…Thank you so much for the opportunity to be in the draw….Cookie xxx

  96. sue morris says:

    This little gem of a book sounds special – thankx for the review you have given it ………I have not come across Sarah's books prior to this but will definitely try to get myself a copy.
    Smiles and have a lovely, lovely day from Sue all the way over the sea in Western Australia where it is hot, hot, hot today.
    S

  97. Debbie says:

    I would love to read this. Simple Abundance has been in my bedside table for years, having first read about it here 🙂

  98. Tracelaine says:

    Hi Alison. Besides being a good review of a special book, this post is so deeply personal and revealing that it touches me. Keep our integrity, and it is no matter however much money we have – or don't have. You are so special to me.

  99. Tracelaine says:

    Hi Alison. Besides being a good review of a special book, this post is so deeply personal and revealing that it touches me. Keep our integrity, and it is no matter however much money we have – or don't have. You are so special to me.

  100. Valerie Kolocotrones says:

    So very happy I found this website and I look forward to receiving the newsletters. Thanks for offering this chance to will a copy of the book, here's to wishing myself luck.
    thanks so much and many blessings!
    Valerie

  101. Valerie Kolocotrones says:

    So very happy I found this website and I look forward to receiving the newsletters. Thanks for offering this chance to will a copy of the book, here's to wishing myself luck.
    thanks so much and many blessings!
    Valerie

  102. mj brennan says:

    The saddest thing to me regarding the taboo of talking about money,is that it has kept so many of us ignorant! If we were more willing to share our mistakes and offer to teach one another what we have learned(often the painful way!), we could save others pain. I hope and pray that Sarah's new book will make it not only "ok" to talk about money, but affirm it as a necessary thing to grow knowledgeable about. Thanks for choosing to profile this book and for your own disclosure.The truth shall set us all free! Mary

  103. Julie Madsen says:

    I read excerpts from Sarah's book online and was really moved. I can certainly relate as I have been poor as a churchmouse and what is considered "upper middle class." Having lost almost everything in the last few years as a result of several failed business attempts, I find myself redefining my relationship with myself devoid of money, again. I have learned some very powerful lessons, like how to ask for help, which I could never do before. I realized what a great giver I've always been, but such a poor receiver. I'm wide awake to this fact now. I'd like to finish reading Sarah's book…thanks for the chance.

  104. Marci J says:

    thank you for the chance – I own all her other books, would love to add this one to my collection!

  105. Marci J says:

    thank you for the chance – I own all her other books, would love to add this one to my collection!

  106. You wrote so eloquently about this I'd love to win a copy!

  107. Gayla says:

    I would love to win a copy…. As you know, I have a love affair with Sarah, too! Thanks for the neat giveaway.

  108. Gayla says:

    I would love to win a copy…. As you know, I have a love affair with Sarah, too! Thanks for the neat giveaway.

  109. Patty says:

    I couldn't agree more! I am in the process of reading this book and I predict that it will be another bestseller for Sarah. I too am so thankful that she was brave enough to start this much needed dialogue.

  110. CATHERINE says:

    ..if i don't win the book i will have to find another way to get it..i can't wait to read it..blessings..

  111. Bonnye says:

    Sounds like just what I need to read. I have loved her other books and now, after job loss and massive credit card debt, I am trying to climb back out. Thanks for the opportunity to read this book.

  112. Janie Roberts says:

    A great book to read, then re-read, make notes and change a lot on your life making it possible to move forward…logical and doable advice and instructions!

  113. Janie Roberts says:

    A great book to read, then re-read, make notes and change a lot on your life making it possible to move forward…logical and doable advice and instructions!

  114. chrissie says:

    I have been there a comfortable childhood then a fraudulent ex husband who lost me two home and a business. Yet somehow I retained my sense of humour and am grateful for the least thing. Still many debts but my new husband is like a warm blanket around my shoulders. I think the book may well help me.

    1. BrocanteHome says:

      I love your description of your new husband Chrissie… isn't that all we all need?x
      My recent post Time To Grow

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