In challenging times like these, positive affirmations can do wonders for our minds and bodies. Often, a simple optimistic reflection can work miracles, allowing inner peace and inspiring confidence. So when a book comes around that offers gleams of hope and love, it’s worth a read—and a permanent place on the coffee table or nightstand.
One of this year’s recent book releases is called Love & Peace: 37 Eternal Reflections. It is written by Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave, who has built a reputation as a photojournalist, author, poet, and philanthropist. Many of her photographs have even appeared on the covers of internationally renowned publications, such as Newsweek and Paris Match.
This special gift book with beautiful gilded edges takes the reader on an uplifting journey with inspirational quotes that are as relevant today as they were years—even centuries—ago. Photographs of water, and its beauty in nature, are framed by rare 16th-century illuminated manuscript borders which showcase poignant messages of love, joy, grief, resilience, gratitude, enlightenment, and peace.
The images in Love & Peace are both stunning and soothing. And Author Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave’s moving introduction, in which she writes of her personal loss, motivates the reader to re-embark on the spiritual journey started in her last tome, Love & Wisdom.
Her sequel combines art from the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler Gallery with contemporary photographs, many from the National Geographic Image Collection and Getty Images. Love & Peace is a heartening, emotive, and enchanting book, a wonderful gift that will bring comfort and hope. Villard de Borchgrave’s words and honesty are inspiring, and should be enjoyed by all.