I don’t make a habit of searching the best seller list for my next book to read, however I did search for inspirational books and found one called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
I had never heard of it but from the title and brief synopsis, it sounded like a topic I might enjoy. The book was directed more toward the artist, painter or writer, but there were good points that I think would apply to anyone, given we all have some sort of creative ability within us even if it is something we ourselves don’t often recognize. In this book, the author kept referencing another book she wrote. A book that was about her travels, and how she never expected it to be popular, much less a best seller. Well a few books after Big Magic I was again searching for something to read and thought, “hmm, maybe I should check out that other book that Liz referenced in Big Magic”. Turns out it was Eat, Pray, Love, so not knowing anything about the book and being little turned off about how the title sounded more like a chick flick than anything I’d ever read, with an open mind I decided to give it a try.
I don’t want to give anything away, but the premise of the book is a divorced thirty-something woman’s searching for balance in her life (sounds chick-flicky doesn’t it?). She chronicles her journey as she spends four months in Italy, four months in an Indian ashram and four months in Bali, Indonesia. Her writing style was natural, an easy read, and relate-ably entertaining. I found her story really inspirational, mostly because I’m the curious type who enjoyed learning about the places she visited and could imagine myself having similar experiences. I recommend the book for anyone who is ever questioned life, religion and what the”norm” is. Not to say that that this book is religious, it’s not about religion at all. But then again it kind of is, but not the type of religion we think of as going to church or reading the Bible or following any sort of specific dogma. It was fun, it was interesting, it was inspirational and gave me a lot of things to think about, and I like that quality in a book.
About three quarters of the way into the book, my daughter mentioned to me that it was a movie but I never saw it when it came out in theaters back in 2010. Of course, having just finished the book I thought it would be a good idea to see the movie. Unfortunately the movie was like a pectoral synopsis of the book without any of the in-depth dialogue, which was particularly disappointing considering the majority of the book is Liz talking to herself or telling the reader what’s going on her life. So my recommendation? Definitely read the book…and skip the movie!
Please comment below if you’ve read the book, seen the movie, want to recommend a different book or have something else nice to say.