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Romancing the Ordinary: A Year of Simple Splendor


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In her first major book since Something More, #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Ban Breathnach takes readers to a new level of personal fulfillment and spiritual awareness as they learn to rediscover and savor the sensual experience of daily life.

Organized as a saunter through the year, Romancing the Ordinary celebrates the spirituality of the senses, seasonally and monthly. Ban Breathnach believes that women are endowed not with five senses but with seven. In addition to rediscovering sight, sound, scent, taste, and touch, readers will come to cherish their sense of "knowing" — a woman's intuitive sense — and "wonder," her sense of rapture and reverence.

Writing in the style so beloved by her millions of readers, and drawing on myth, literature, film, music, and drama, Ban Breathnach encourages each woman to discover what moves her to tears, makes her blood rush to her head, her heart skip a beat, and her soul sigh. Interwoven with the text are seasonal indulgences intended to restore weary feminine souls — recipes, rituals, decorating, fashion, and gardening hints. By encouraging her to delight in the often overlooked gifts of every day — from the aroma of simmering homemade spaghetti sauce to the sensation of freshly laundered linen against bare skin — Romancing the Ordinary is sure to help every woman fall in love with Life.

About the Author

Sarah Ban Breathnach is the publisher of the Simple Abundance Press and founder of the Simple Abundance Charitable Fund. Her book Simple Abundance: A Yearbook of Comfort and Joy was one of the top ten bestselling books of the nineties. Her other books include Sarah Ban Breathnach's Mrs. Sharp's Traditions, A Man's Journey to Simple Abundance, Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self, The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude, and The Simple Abundance Companion.

Table of Contents


Upon Reading This Book


Truth or Dare

The Second Time Around

Sense Speak

A Spirituality of the Senses

Reawakening Your Essensual Self

Come to Your Senses: Sole Mates

The Essence of Sight

The Essence of Sound

The Essence of Scent

The Essence of Taste

The Essence of Touch

The Essence of Knowing

The Essence of Wonder

Eyes Wide Shut

The Scent of a Woman

Come to Your Senses: Mornings of Imperishable Bliss

They Can't Take That Away

Come to Your Senses: What Goes On Behind Closed Doors

Between the Lines: Tangerine Dreams

On Keeping Winter

Come to Your Senses: Sip, Sup, Savor, Sigh

Sensing Simple Splendors


The Great Romance

Beginning to See the Light

Paradise Found

What's in a Name?

Come to Your Senses: Name Thy God

The Soulcraft of Pampering

Come to Your Senses: Let the Night Retire

The Way You Look Today

Extra Scentual Perception

Live and Let Love

Lost and Found

Come to Your Senses: Falling in Love with Love

Game, Set, Match, Love

Come to Your Senses: Table for One

Becoming Your Own Courtesan

Awaiting Love

The Lost Arts of Love

Come to Your Senses: The Food of Love

Sin and Sensibility

Come to Your Senses: Divine Decadence

Chocolate Becomes You

Between the Lines: Sense-Drenched Spirituality


Between the Dreaming and the Coming True

Come to Your Senses: The Waiting Game

Wild Thing

Come to Your Senses: Wild Things to Do While Waiting

Letting Mother Nature Nurture

Rain Rapture

Come to Your Senses: Saving for a Rainy Day

Lady Luck

Every Breath You Take

Phantom of Delight

Inspired Breathing

The Breathing Home

Come to Your Senses: Why Scent Your Surroundings?

Coming into Balance

Who Could Ask for Anything More?

Savoring Your Day

Come to Your Senses: Stewing in Your Own Juices

Come to Your Senses: Yummy Kitchen

Ghost of a Chance

Weeding Out

Come to Your Senses: Going into the Closet

The Threads That Bind

Between the Lines: Sacred Duality


Enchanted April

Finding What You Never Lost

The Very Pink of Perfection

Come to Your Senses: Transcendent Flavors

Losing What You Never Had

Feeling Like a Motherless Child

Come to Your Senses: Springtime Spa

Do You Believe in Magic?

Nothing Conjured, Nothing Gained

What Is Magic?

Your Life Is Your Magic

Every Little Spell She Speaks

Come to Your Senses: The Magic Spell of Scent

The Magic of Glamour

Come to Your Senses: Springtime Saucery

The Listening Walk

Between the Lines: Basic Instincts

Come to Your Senses: Wake Up to Wonder


Sacred Partnerships

Changing Places

Just One Look

Being Home

So Nice to Come Home To

On Holy Ground

Come to Your Senses: Holy Homecoming Footbath

Good Vibrations

You Can Hide but You Cannot Run

Messy Girl

Come to Your Senses: When Mess Becomes More

A Home for the Soul

Chez Moi

Sacred Space

Sensuous Scrubbing

Come to Your Senses: Heaven Scent

Romancing the Home

Far-Flung Fantasies

Come to Your Senses: Spice Girl

Home Comforts

Unlikely Prayers

Come to Your Senses: The Caretaker's Cup of Cheer

Between the Lines: Honey, I'm Home


Stilled Life

A Life Less Ordinary

What Lies Beneath

She Who Should Be Obeyed

The Other Side of Silence

Perfect to a Fault

Just the Way You Are

Romancing the Flaws

Backward, O Backward...

Come to Your Senses: Peculiarly Personal

Queen of Denial

Come to Your Senses: A Little Dab

The Fusing Grace

Speaking of Unmentionables

Come to Your Senses: Rosebud

Allure à la Mode

The Supporting Cast

Come to Your Senses: Midsummer Magic

Through a Glass Darkly

Come to Your Senses: Chantilly Lace

Between the Lines: Pas Mal...


The Being and the Knowing

Too Wonderful for Words

Sins of Omission

Sensing What's Good for You

Bliss Blockers

An Education in Yourself

You've Got It

A School for the Senses

Come to Your Senses: The Glamour of the Grill

The Moveable Feast

Come to Your Senses: Romancing the Salad

Love Like Breakfast

Come to Your Senses: Basking in Bliss

Gift from the Sea

Beauty and the Beach

Come to Your Senses: Ode to Salt

Between the Lines: Becoming Self-Centered


In Good Company


Jumping into Each Day's Deep End

The Call of the Wild

Love Between the Lines

Shady Nooks and Racy Books

Come to Your Senses: Unsuitable Ladies

Hat Tales

Come to Your Senses: Here Comes the Sun

The Adventure of Accomplishment

Past Forgetting

Come to Your Senses: Soda Fountain Sojourns

Travels of an Independent Woman

Distance Lends Enchantment

Vacationing at Home

Come to Your Senses: Memories Are Made of This

Between the Lines: Running Away to Serenity


The Season of Relinquishment

Taking Stock of Your Losses

Getting Defensive

Bring On the Night

Come to Your Senses: Rest Assured

Sensuous Sulking

Come to Your Senses: Your Fondest Bedtime Companion

A Good Cry

The Soul Remembers When

Come to Your Senses: Tender Mercies

Getting Through Getting over It

Mythical Woman

The One Story Worth Telling

The Essensuality of Desire

Come to Your Senses: Lead Her into Temptation

Between the Lines: All About Eve


Making Other Plans

Getting out of Your Own Way

Entre Nous

The Pause That Refreshes

In the Nick of Time

She Wears It Well

Come to Your Senses: Every Woman's Gem

The Familiar Revisited

Come to Your Senses: Backwoods Babe

A Sunday Kind of Love

Come to Your Senses: The Passionate Flea

Tea Will Tell

Between the Lines: Finders Keepers

All That Is Hidden Should Be Revealed

Come to Your Senses: Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered


You Were Meant for Me

Come to Your Senses: Just One

The Secret Marriage

Night Vision

Come to Your Senses: This Delicious Day

How Do You Keep the Music Playing?

Come to Your Senses: A Plea to Stop Whining


Come to Your Senses: Dearest and Best

Cold Comfort Charms

Come to Your Senses: Romancing the Cold

Come to Your Senses: Pajama Food

Come to Your Senses: A Winter's Tale or Two

Going Back to Your Roots

Come to Your Senses: Vegetable Love

We'll Take Romance

Between the Lines: Love After Love


Marvelous Truth

Romancing the Season

On Your Marks, Get Set

The Ghosts of Christmas Past

Come to Your Senses: A Season to Remember

All You Really Want from Santa, Baby

Come to Your Senses: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmastide at Newton's Chapel

Come to Your Senses: Newton's Chapel Cup of Cheer

Better Than Christmas

Come to Your Senses: It's a Wrap

Out and About

Between the Lines: The Believer

Come to Your Senses: Trees Telling Tales

O Holy Night

Come to Your Senses: Blooming Change

Going One-on-One

Once More with Feeling

Upon Finishing This Book

Selected Bibliography

With Thanks and Appreciation


Photograph Credits and Permissions

About Sarah Ban Breathnach

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melanie Raffaelli, January 9, 2012 (view all comments by melanie Raffaelli)
"Romancing the Ordinary" by: Sarah Ban Breathnach was the best book I read in 2011. that's only because I've already read Simple Abundance so many times. I love this author. She moves my soul like no other. I have all her books. She is a Goddess to me, a literary genius and has read more books herself than anyone I know. She has inspired me to buy many out of print books from your store. I don't know how she is able to be so magical, so personal and so humble and make me want to aspire to be more like her and yet more of myself at the same time. I adore her and I adore this book. I have her latest book "Peace and Plenty" which just came out and I am reading this year I know it will make my life richer and this world a better place to be. Keep um comin Sarah Melanie Raffaelli

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Product Details

A Year of Simple Splendor 2004 Engagement Calendar
Breathnach, Sarah Ban
Ban Breathnach, Sarah
New York
Conduct of life
Spirituality - Women's
Personal Growth - General
Inspirational - General
General Self-Help
General Body, Mind and Spirit
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Series Volume:
no. 600, 2001
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9.125 x 5.5 in 30.944 oz

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