Gift from the Sea is a beautiful story about the author's summer of solitude on the shore. She uses the different shells she finds to represent the different stages of a woman's life. While living alone in a beach shack, she learns to appreciate living simply, finding joy in the mundane while reflecting on the richness of life.
I picked up a Gift From The Sea after reading the historical fiction novel The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin, which is loosely about the life of the author Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I learned from The Aviators Wife that Anne was a smart, poetic, insightful and strong woman. This definitely shows through out the book A Gift From Sea. Her interpretation of shells along the beach comparing them to a womans life as we grow, marry, have children still keeping our individuality as strong women.
What I like about a Gift From The Sea is that it is a book that can be reread over the years and you keep learning from it. I feel that this first time that I have read it, that I am (at 35) still an infant in my years and have yet much to learn from this world. I feel as Annes daughter Reeve said, in the intro I have that, it is a book that should be read once a year.
The interpretation of the shells found along the beach, and comparing them to life, was sometimes lost on me but still interesting.
In the end this a book I am keeping. I hope to return to it possibly once a year to reread. As much as I learned from it there is so much more that I will learn from it through the stages of my life.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh depicts the stages of a woman's life comparable to the sea shells. I recommend this book to every woman, young and old so that she will not lose herself in the challenges life may bring her.
I loved this book. An easy read and a beautiful journal of a woman's solitary thoughts on life, love and family, inner peace and acceptance during her escape to an oceanside beach house. Her reflections by the sea.
Author reflects on "the profound need in women for self-realization; the need for each woman . . .to learn and relearn the painful lesson that 'woman must come of age by herself - she must fine her true center alone.'"
We read this book in my book club, but I have found that many points in my life since have brought it back to my night stand. I have notes and highlights and pages tabbed. Each time I read it I discover more of what she talking about. Every mother/wife should have to read this book. It tells so much about the inner soul and what we're looking for at a particular moment. Life does not offer us all the opportunity to get away and think, but this book will take you on a mini retreat each time you pick it up. It's a quick read that is so packed with wisdom and insight...it is frequently my go to when I am faced with a life altering decision or situation. It brings me peace.
I found a 1955 printing of this book in an old waterfront cabin and was struck by the care with which the previous owner had read it. Eve (the name inscribed inside the front cover and then again above the heading for chapter 3) made pencil marks on nearly every paragraph of the book, underlining a phrase, highlighting many passages with strong vertical marks, scratching out some words that she seems to have found superfluous and even x-ing out whole sections that apparently missed their mark with her altogether. Two rusting paper clips isolate several pages, absent any marking at all. Anne Morrow Lindbergh's lyrical words are still relevant and presage so many of the themes of today's most popular books: simplicity, peaceful solitude, caring for the soul, a woman finding her place in society and life. I heard that the woman who had lived in the cabin had actually passed away some time before. Thank you, Eve, for your gift... from the sea.
modern-day classic. "Gift from the Sea is like a shell itself in its small and perfect form . . . It tells of light and life and love and the security that lies at the heart."--New York Times Book Review.
A beautifully written book from many years ago that contains some wonderfully timeless messages for women. A quick read with bits of perhaps old-fashioned wisdom that can still offer help in today's society with all its many stresses and demands.
I love this book! It is definitely a favorite!! I will read it every year. Timeless references and insight to the life of women. It comforted me to know that she struggled with the same things I struggle with daily. I recommend it to any woman who is searching for the meaning in her life.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh has a perception of the stages of a woman's life that transcends decades into women's lives thoughout this century. I feel every woman can identify with her as she eloquently compares the sea shells with the stages of a woman's life. I find it hard to describe the empowerment I feel after I have given much of my power over to the challenges of life. It is renewing.