Book Review: Big Magic


The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

“A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life… I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugar

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

My Thoughts:

Elizabeth Gilbert truly inspires us with Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. The book is filled with amazing quotes or as our social media generation calls them these days, tweetables. Gilbert takes us through Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust & Divinity of being creative. My favourite parts of the book that spoke to me are where she ask us to not care about the outcome of our creative work but to just do it. As I work on my book, Love Lost, Life Found and think about the goal of writing it I’ve taken from this book that I need to release all expectation of the book outcome.

I also need to stop writing this book for others but truly write this book for me and in the process I will hopefully help others. I will be prepared to piss others off but in the end it is my creative work and that is the most important part of this journey. I also loved the part about being a martyr vs. a trickster. I won’t explain because you need to read for yourself. But I’m embracing my trickster self even in serious creative work, because at the end of the day it makes my soul happy and light to write and create.

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