Gift From the Sea

In this inimitable, beloved classic graceful, lucid and lyrical Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age love and marriage peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea Drawing inspiration from the shells on the shore, Lindbergh s musings on the shape of a woman s life bring new understanding to both men andIn this inimitable, beloved classic graceful, lucid and lyrical Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age love and marriage peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea Drawing inspiration from the shells on the shore, Lindbergh s musings on the shape of a woman s life bring new understanding to both men and women at any stage of life A mother of five, an acclaimed writer and a pioneering aviator, Lindbergh casts an unsentimental eye on the trappings of modernity that threaten to overwhelm us the time saving gadgets that complicate rather than simplify, the multiple commitments that take us from our families And by recording her thoughts during a brief escape from everyday demands, she helps readers find a space for contemplation and creativity within their own lives With great wisdom and insight Lindbergh describes the shifting shapes of relationships and marriage, presenting a vision of life as it is lived in an enduring and evolving partnership A groundbreaking, best selling work when it was originally published in 1955, Gift from the Sea continues to be discovered by new generations of readers With a new introduction by Lindbergh s daughter Reeve, this fiftieth anniversary edition will give those who are revisiting the book and those who are coming upon it for the first time fresh insight into the life of this remarkable woman The sea and the beach are elements that have been woven throughout Anne Morrow Lindbergh s life She spent her childhood summers with her family on a Maine island After her marriage to Charles Lindbergh in 1929, she accompanied him on hissurvey flights around the North Atlantic to launch the first transoceanic airlines The Lindberghs eventually established a permanent home on the Connecticut coast, where they lived quietly, wrote books and raised their family After the children left home for lives of their own, the Lindberghs traveled extensively to Africa and the Pacific for environmental research For several years they lived on the island of Maui in Hawaii, where Charles Lindbergh died in 1974 Anne Morrow Lindbergh spent her final years in her Connecticut home, continuing her writing projects and enjoying visits from her children and grand children She died on February 7, 2001, at the age of ninety four Reeve Lindbergh is the author of many books for both adults and children, including the memoirs Under a Wing and No More Words.
Gift From the Sea In this inimitable beloved classic graceful lucid and lyrical Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age love and marriage peace solitude and contentment as she set them down dur

  • Title: Gift From the Sea
  • Author: Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • ISBN: 9780394412559
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Gift From the Sea”

    1. This is one of those books that really will change your life, and it's one that absolutely should.Lindberg (the wife of Charles Lindberg) explores the necessity of not only looking inward, but of focusing on one's development in order to fully live as a person, a woman, a mother, and a wife. She is especially potent when discussing the necessity of occasional moments of solitude in order to realign one's priorities and give freedom to creative expression, rather than running oneself ragged with [...]

    2. soading this book, in places, made me long to go back to Atlantic Beach, made me go back and read my diaries of New York.I thought carefully about whether my strongly adverse feelings about this book were actually warranted or not. I have decided that there is a middle ground I must take here.Here's my unabashed assessment, untainted by the millions of people who seem to LOVE this book: if you've already lived the hard life, and come through it, worse for the wear but better in soul, don't bothe [...]

    3. I absolutely LOVE this book!! I highly highly recommend it. It is the perfect gift to give a friend/sister/mother or to buy for yourself to read and re-read. It is also a really quick read which is a nice little bonus. If you want a really professional review read Lucy's. (I really think Lucy should become a book critic). But here's what I thought about itis was my second time reading the book. The first time I read it I was around 18 and getting ready to leave for college. My mom had read it an [...]

    4. I've really got to stop reading a book just based on the title and cover. I love the sea and the beach. During the fall and winter I go sea glass hunting North of Boston. It's my second passion to books. My house is filled with all types of sea shells and different shades of sea glass. My husband tells me I should make jewelry when I give up my current job.I've got to say this book is quite outdated. It's all about women and their place in society. I don't need someone to tell me that females ne [...]

    5. This was a great little memoir to read! With only 130 pages, it doesn't take too long to read. In fact, you can read it in chapters over a long period of time and you'll have no problems following along.Most of all, I enjoyed the ideas and inspiration in this book by being more authentic with yourself and your life. To be okay with disappointment along with joy. To be more aware of your aloneness, thoughts while you are alone and being okay with those thoughts.I loved how she wrote about living [...]

    6. I love walking around a bookstore and picking up five or six books of varying genres that catch my eye, sitting down and skimming. If I'm interested I may read a chapter or two, a dozen poems, maybe even ponder buying it before I put them all back on the shelf. This was number four in a stack of nine that I picked up today at Borders. After skimming the introduction, I flipped to the first chapter forty-five minutes later I had left the store to get a pen from my car and had picked up three napk [...]

    7. I remember reading this at BYU for a class and having to do a paper on it. I remember wondering what all the hoopla was about it it just didn't do all that much for me. But now, some 30+ years later, it had a whole new meaning for me as I truly understood and felt exactly what she was expressingIt is amazing that though this book was written over 50 years ago, so many of her observations still ring true today, and I found myself marking up page after page. Perhaps the most I got from it was more [...]

    8. I found this audio in the bag I keep in the car. It's a nonfiction account of one woman’s ruminations on life while she escapes to a beach cottage for a few weeks. This was written in the 50's but much of it still feels eerily current and will resonate most with introverts. The MP3 player in my car didn’t like the way this disc was formatted and played the tracks out of order so I can’t review this properly as it kept skipping around. If it weren’t so short (2 hrs or so) I would’ve thr [...]

    9. Anne Lindbergh spent two weeks on Captiva Island in Florida, one week alone and one week with her sister, reflecting on her life and relationships. She uses five shells found on the beach to symbolize her ideas. She felt that women should try to simplify their lives. Find time for solitude, creativity, and an inner life. Have time alone with your spouse and each child for "one-and-only moments". Find balance between obligations to your family and your community, and time for inner harmony.Relati [...]

    10. Okay, my favorite part of this book was the afterwards, wherein Ms. Lindbergh acknowledges just how dated the book's appraisal of feminism was (the book was written in 1955, so you can't blame her for what she didn't know was right around the corner - still, her somewhat negative appraisal bugged me and I was relieved that she acknowledged its problems). She also hints at how difficult it is to follow her type of super-zen advice in real life.I hate to say it, because so many women just L.O.V.E. [...]

    11. Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote these musings in 1955, and it is definitely a capture in a moment of time, when roles for women were still assumed to be #1- marriage, #2 - having children, and #3 - taking care of the household. Lindbergh herself in the 20 year anniversary afterword in the version I have mused on how quickly roles and rights changed in her own lifetime, and how central women were to not only their own rights but other civil rights movements.Still, even though I am not a mother or a h [...]

    12. I may be the only person on mother earth that thinks this book is over-rated. I've read it twice now and I just don't get what everyone thinks is so amazing about it. Lindbergh does bring up some interesting ideas that are worth thinking about, but she loses me with the sea shells. I agree with Becca in that, if i want to read something thought provoking with the potential to change my life, i'll read the conference talks in the ensign.

    13. Anne Morrow Lindbergh writes of being a woman in America in the fifties. She compares different stages of marriage to different shells. The writing is beautiful, poignant, wise and the message clear. It is prose poetry. She speaks of the need for simplification in a world cluttered with obligations and gadgets. She speaks of what can be gained by allowing one to withdraw and find inner solace within one's self. How creativity replenishes the soul. She quotes among others John Donne, Antoine de S [...]

    14. This book is a collection of essays by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, published first in 1955. Although many years have passed after its publication, I believe many women can relate to her thoughts and feelings reflected in her book. She uses simile of sea and sea-shells to describe life, motherhood, marriage, coming of age. The book is written almost in a whispering tone; like the waves of a calm sea gently brushing the shore. Very soothing readOne of the passages I enjoyed reading in the book is : 'Pe [...]

    15. Scrounging around for a short book this morning, I came across this on the hallway bookshelf. Long ago, my great aunt had it on her table. I remember her telling me how wonderful it was. But this is not her copy. I opened it. The signature inside was my wife's grandmother's. What looks to be a first edition from 1955.1955! Life must have been so simple then. The good old I-Like-Ike days, after the (World) war and before the (Vietnam) war. I started to read. At first, it seemed similar to Walden- [...]

    16. I'm sure I read Gift from the Sea at least 30 years ago and have probably bought and given away as many as thirty copies over the years. Gift from the Sea is one of those books that speaks to a person differently through different stages of one's life. I love it and think every woman should read it. I have since read other books (memoirs, diaries, letter of sorts) by Anne M. Lindbergh and have enjoyed them very much. I was happy to come across the 50th anniversary edition as a gift to myself.

    17. Except for my little book club of two (what my friend referred to yesterday as a tête-à-tête), this is not something I would’ve even considered reading. I’d vaguely thought of it as maybe a self-help book, certainly a saccharine read, but it’s neither. It’s one woman’s meditation on the role of women through the stages of life and, in particular, how an artist with a family can claim a space of her own, a sort of practical extension of Woolf’s A Room of One's Own.I finished it a w [...]

    18. Received this gem of a book yesterday. Not only is it a visually beautiful book the writing is also beautiful. How did I miss this classic for so many years? A book that is great for any stage of life. Filled with wisdom I love how Mrs. Lindbergh uses a gift from the sea for each chapter. The comparison and insight of life to a shell is so beautiful! This is a book I will read more than once a year and one that I will give to my family anad friends. Absolutely love it!

    19. ★★★★★I loved this book. My mom gave it to me as a gift when I was a teen and I've read it a couple of times. Still relevant today. Beautifully read by Claudette Colbert.

    20. I think I moderately enjoyed this book as a 20-something young mother. But with an extra goodly number of years on my body, I now adore this book.I feel keenly that Anne Morrow Lindbergh is a kindred spirit.And if there are as many women as she insinuates who also feel that desperate need to "get away" in order to recharge and refuel-- so that they may come home ready to give again then there are more women like me than I thought. I wish I knew where they wereIn any case, it has reaffirmed to m [...]

    21. I finished this book & am glad for the chance to take it off my to-read list. What a treasure.So much of this book has relevance in my life today. In the three months leading up to our big move to Europe I had everything planned out like clockwork. Not knowing all that would happen on the "other side of the ocean" or how long it would take to get settled, I had to leave it up to a flexible plan. However, sometimes our "flexible" plans are clung to too tightly and then unnecessary stress occu [...]

    22. Definitely a lyrical book. The author uses different shapes of shells and likens them to different stages or experiences of a woman's life.

    23. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Her writing is soothing, enlightening, and full of wisdom and beauty.Some of my favorite quotes:Woman's life today is tending more and more toward the state William James describes so well in the German word, "Zerrissenheit--torn-to-pieces-hood." She cannot live perpetually in "Zerrissenheit." She will be shattered into a thousand pieces. On the contrary, she must consciously encourage those pursuits which oppose the centrifugal forces of today. Quiet time alone, [...]

    24. I’m afraid I’m going to get into trouble for writing this review because I believe I may be critical of one of the darlings of American Literature, especially a woman who was such a pioneer. For the most part, Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the wife of aviation legend Charles Lindbergh, is a poignant meditation of a woman’s life, her role, her place in society, her demands of motherhood, wifedom, and her needs for solitude and inward contemplation. Lindbergh writes from her ow [...]

    25. Just finished again. How I love this book. I can relate to her emotions in leaving the island to a time in my life when an island rescued me in the same way. I love how she talks about love, change, solitude, community, femininity and freedom. They are the words I would use if I was as eloquent. Some favorites- “I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patie [...]

    26. This book was chosen by my book club, otherwise I wouldn't have read it. To be honest, I just couldn't wax philosophical with Anne. All I could think about when Anne was discussing marriage and women's roles was about her personal life and the affairs both she and Charles had. I'm not judging them, only they know what went on in their marriage, but, at the same time, I didn't find myself inclined to take marriage advice from her. I thought it was strange that she kept quoting Antoine de Saint-Ex [...]

    27. I think this the third time to have read this wonderful book on women's & men's lives Lindbergh has a certain magic for putting down in words women's hectic lives that will resonate with all women who read this book. It's very timely, all generations can glean something from it, I highly recommend this book!

    28. Though written in 1955 (I read a 50th anniversary edition copy), this still resonates and deserves to be read alongside feminist nonfiction by Virginia Woolf, May Sarton and Madeline L’Engle. Solitude is essential for women’s creativity, Lindbergh writes, and this little book, written during a beach vacation in Florida, is about striving for balance in a midlife busy with family commitments. Like Joan Anderson (e.g. A Year by the Sea), Lindbergh celebrates the pull of the sea and speaks of l [...]

    29. This is a beautifully produced little book of life lessons. It is introduced by one of the author's daughters, who makes a good observation that the style of writing reminds her of the movement of the sea, a calm and gentle one that is, and it is easy to see this comparison. Aimed primarily at women readers, generally speaking it is easily accessible by all.Written on an island in the 1950s, there is a sense of peace and thoughtfulness about the prose. It is not preachy at all, just full of clea [...]

    30. Absolutely love this book. I listen this on tape.It's a quick book but i listened it twice since there is so much wisdom you can reflect on you and your life.Lindberg (the wife of Charles Lindberg), who is not only aviator on her own but also an amazing writer. She wrote this book in 1950s reflecting her life and a life of a woman--how important is to enjoy time of solitude to develop oneself so that you can give back fully as a mother, wife or a friend. She metaphorically uses different kinds o [...]

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