How can I describe this book? It is too wonderful for words. It is not so much a story, but rather a journey. It is set up like a devotional book, with a passage a day, but it is not a religious book, though I would call it a spiritual one. It is based on what the author calls the six graces: Beauty, Simplicity, Joy, Gratitude, Harmony, and Order.
As women, we are so busy trying to be everything to everyone, that we forget about nurturing our own souls. When we do not enjoy the beauty of life, something is missing. Sarah Ban Breathnach encourages us to see the beauty (that surrounds us) in the simple things. As we begin to acknowledge this beauty, we desire to bring order into our lives--to rid ourselves of the clutter, and the unnecessary.
I think perhaps the greatest lesson in this book is the need for gratitude. She encourages the reader to make a gratitude journal. By writing down (each day) the things that we are grateful for, we become more aware of our blessings.
She implores us to nurture ourselves, by pausing to rest, while finding peace and joy, in the simplicity of life. It is a book that I return to time and time again. It is like a cup of cold water on a hot day.