Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh


“What a circus act we women perform every day of our lives.”

In 1955, one of America’s flight pioneers went on a solo vacation to a beach to write out her thoughts on balancing her life as a woman, wife, mother and friend. Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s insight and wisdom speak well to the modern age more than 60 years later.

I’ve seen ads for this book in a monthly book magazine. A new edition has been printed with a forward written by Lindbergh’s daughter about how the book has spoken to her.

The book is broken down into eight chapters, each revolving around a certain type of seashell that she has collected through the years. Lindbergh advocates for women taking time to be alone to be refreshed, creative and introspective. “When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others, too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then on cannot touch others.” She also touches on the importance of friendships and maintaining the marriage relationship, especially during the child-years.

It is interesting that Lindbergh mentions how women are getting used to having things like dishwashers and washing machines and how the hours still get filled up even though those items are supposed to be time savers. It completely relates to today’s world where there are even more gadgets that “save time,” but we still fill the time with more things to do instead of what can refresh our souls.

I could see myself reading this book several times during my lifetime and I’m not one to re-read many books at all. I had check this e-book out from the library, but I am going to consider buying it to add to my personal library.

I would highly recommend this to any woman high school age or above. It speaks about every adult cycle of life and offers sound, lasting wisdom.

Buy the book here (affiliate link).


About Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter is a writer and reader. She grew up all over the world as a military brat and is now putting down roots with her family in Ohio. Family life keeps her busy, but any spare moment is spent reading, writing or thinking about plots for novels.

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