#AtoZchallenge: “G” is for Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh


How can we ignore a gift from the sea?


The perfect partner for a few days away at the coast is Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s wonderful gem of a book, Gift from the Sea (1955). With its beautiful, clear prose and its transcending wisdom, the book is just as relevant (if not more) today as it was when it was first published.

Particularly relevant for women, Lindbergh’s book stresses the importance for women to develop their identity apart from what they do and what they are to other people. The simple and yet complex beauty of the sea is the backdrop for Lindbergh’s words of wisdom.

During a recent getaway of my own to the coast, I re-read portions of the book, and am always amazed at how its passages continue to inspire and refresh.

Some inspiring quotes:

“But I want first of all…to be at peace with myself…to live ‘in grace’… (17)

“…what extraordinary spiritual freedom and peace such simplification can bring.” (27)

“Only when one is connected to one’s core is one connected to others.” (38)

“I must remember to see with island eyes.” (114)

“But there are other beaches to explore. There are more shells to find. This is only a beginning.” (128)

Have you read Gift from the Sea? What part of the book resonated with you?


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