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Summary

A whole new way of looking at the world - and your life - inspired by centuries-old Japanese wisdom.  

Wabi sabi (wah-bi sah-bi) is a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics, which helps us to see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity and accept the transient nature of all things. 

With roots in Zen and the way of tea, the timeless wisdom of wabi sabi is more relevant than ever for modern life, as we search for new ways to approach life's challenges and seek meaning beyond materialism.  

Wabi sabi is a refreshing antidote to our fast-paced, consumption-driven world, which will encourage you to slow down, reconnect with nature, and be gentler on yourself. It will help you simplify everything and concentrate on what really matters.  

From honouring the rhythm of the seasons to creating a welcoming home, from reframing failure to ageing with grace, Wabi Sabi will teach you to find more joy and inspiration throughout your perfectly imperfect life.  

This book is the definitive guide to applying the principles of wabi sabi to transform every area of your life and finding happiness right where you are.

©2019 Beth Kempton (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"A truly transformative read." (Sunday Times)

"More than ever, we need books like this." (Jessica Seaton, Cofounder of Toast and author of Gather, Cook, Feast

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Thoughtful book

I have listened to the book twice since it takes some time to absorb everything thoroughly and understand the context.
It is richly packed with information about wabi sabi its history and origins and japanese way of appreciating and living in the present moment. I have downloaded the book originally to understand japanese aesthetics but it have affected me since to appreciate nature more even though I already live in the countryside I have caught myself watching the light and shadow changes more and taking wabi sabi principles in improving design of the space. In these strange times of carantine and covid lock down its a great book to listen to on how to enjoy beautiful and simple things in life.

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Beautiful

Absolutely loved this book. I wish with all my heart I could afford to go to Japan. This, as with so much of Japanese culture is as rich as it is fascinating.

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Such a beautiful , helpful book

Thank you Beth for making the audiobook version if Wabi Sabi . I have just finished my first listen and I’m now on my second. I plan to answer the questions at the end of each chapter. The book contains clear and simple instructions for living a wonderful life but in no way does it make you feel not good enough or does it put you under pressure . Self help at it’s best .

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a wonderful book that really makes you think

I happened upon wabi-sabi accidentally on the internet, I got this book to find out a little more and I am so glad I read it.

I've been interested in stocism and mindfulness for several year now and this book is an excellent bed partner to those two concepts.

anyone who is struggling with materialism or wants a new lense to see the world through should read this book and enjoy it immensely. thank you to the author.

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Insightful and beautifully narrated.

I am inspired to live a more beautiful mindful life. Simply perfectly imperfect. Highly recommended.

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Wabi Sabi - Loving your imperfect self and the World around us

Beth Kempton, the writer with the most beautiful, calming voice. This book needs to be listened to. You will love it and notice how to catch the moments of your life, how to slow down to be able to see and hear.

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Incredible!

A beautifully written and very inspiring book. Stays with you long after you have finished. I have been fascinated by Japan for years this book is a real treat.

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brilliant listen

I'm in awe of Beth Kempton. Her voice is also lush to listen too so I was super grateful to hear it was her reading it. Her words of wisdom are amazing and love her connections with Japan.

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A portal to the magical world of Japan!

Beth really reads this with such fluency and clarity. I love her pronunciations of the various Japanese terms & phrases throughout the book. as a listener, one really is transported into the spiritual world of Japan, and treated to some precious insights into its ancient culture. A very relaxing and engaging listen.

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Perfectly imperfect

Very enjoyable, nice reading voice to listen to and I learnt a lot from it I'll use in my day to day life

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A calming perspective

This book helped me at a time I really to bring some peace to my life. It has inspired me to do some more soul searching and learn more about Japan. A pdf of the tips and prompts in some parts would be helpful.

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Warm your heart

Enjoyed this book immensely. I am certainly going to listen to this a few more times. A
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