Only once in my life have I ever re-read a book — 1984 by George Orwell. I first read it during the summer months between grades in middle school, and then read it again in high school as required reading. I felt as if I had to re-read the book then in order to remember details and pass quizzes for class.
Aside from that single book though, I’ve never re-read an adult book in my life. I’ve always felt like there are just too many books out there in the world for me to read, and I’ll never have time to read them all. Why take the time to re-read the same book twice when I could be experiencing something else?
Today while reading Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, my entire attitude changed. I know that this is a book I will read again and again and again.
It’s not a difficult book to read. In fact, it’s really very quick. In less than an hour, I’d shot through the first 80 pages of the 130-page book. It’s written so beautifully and it’s so captivating that I just couldn’t put it down. Like the sea near which Lindbergh writes, the prose ebbs and flows, rises and falls just like waves crashing on the shore. It’s poetic and it’s easy to get swept up in not only the ideas covered, but also in the writing itself.
The fact that the story is so utterly relatable really helps, too. Lindbergh writes about what it’s like to be a woman, a wife, a mother in 1955, and it’s amazing how closely her experiences aligns with the experiences of women today. Every single page had me nodding my head and thinking “I know how that feels,” and more often than not I felt like Lindbergh was talking directly to me. Her experience and wisdom leapt off the page at me and was nearly palpable. Almost every single page contained some type of insight that helped me gain perspective on my life.
In short, this book has allowed me to look at my life with a whole new attitude, and for that, I couldn’t be more grateful. This book is truly Lindbergh’s gift from the sea to every woman, and it’s an absolute must read. Then, you have to read it again.