Books That Inspire 2006

Gift from the Sea
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

In an inspiring collection of sea-side meditations, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (aviatrix, author and wife of Charles Lindbergh) explores ways to remain ‘whole in the midst of the distractions of life.’ Each chapter examines a sea shell and uses it as a metaphor for examining relationships, marriage, family, friends, work and finding time for solitude. Gift from the Sea spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and 47 weeks as the best selling book of the nation in l955. It is a book I return to time and again and her words have often spoken to me on the message of patience and grace, “Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.”
Debra H Engel
Associate Dean of Libraries for Public Services
University Libraries