...possibly one of the best personal finance books ever written. Ban Breathnach weaves together the story of her own financial tribulations with inspirational musings, practical advice, and - this is where this book really emerges as a winner - timeless quotes from such diverse sources as William Wordsworth, Million Dollar Baby, Maya Angelou, and a slew of women's magazines from the 1930s. The story of Dorothy Parker's lifelong struggle with money is probably worth the price of the book on its own. (Daily Finance )
Sarah Ban Breathnach takes a nostalgic look back to the Great Depression, the lessons learned and the truth behind her own recent fall from financial grace, to offer practical advice to those struggling in today's harsh economic climate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual, Authentic and Powerful Book 20 Jan 2011
If you are a woman and you want to understand your relationship with money, Peace and Plenty is the book for you. It is authentic writing at its best. Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of the hugely successful Simple Abundance, once again weaves wonderful words together as she addresses the serious and important subject of money and a woman's relationship with it. "Heaven likes to help those trying to help themselves" and "'Having enough' is the destination for all of us on the Peace and Plenty path." I think that's one of the best parts of this book: its spiritual essence resonates with us because Sarah Ban Breathnach's authentic and faith-filled voice touches our very souls page after page.
I loved this book's respectful and humble acknowledgment of the struggles that so many good people undergoing financial stress are experiencing. A sensitive chapter "On Losing Your Job" validates how the loss of personal identity hurts our self-esteem and discourages our spirit. And Sarah doesn't write from the abstract, she has lived the fear and reality of job loss. She also courageously shares her personal stories of loss of finances, home and marriage. These monumental losses could have made Sarah bitter and discouraged her but they have not because she is a believer in the beauty and the bounty of life. Sarah Ban Breathnach focuses instead on places where she is grateful and inspires us to do the same. She is also moving on with the new changes in her life trusting the Creator of a Million Lifetimes to guide her every choice.
In this wonderful book, Sarah Ban Breathnach implores us to create a financial family tree to clarify our attitudes about money. Were your parents big spenders? Were they worried all of the time about money? These questions initiate us into the search to understand what money really means to us. Sarah wants us to be honest believing that the truth does indeed set us free.
Sarah Ban Breathnach is every woman's friend, sister and mother. Millions of women look to her for counsel, hope and honesty. They will not be disappointed when they sit down with a hot cup of tea and this latest book, Peace and Plenty, where they will find renewed hope and a true path to financial serenity from a trusted soul companion.
Mary Jane Hurley Brant, M.S., CGP