Book Review – Big Magic by:


This book sat on my “to be read” list for a while. I couldn’t bring myself to reading it even though I loved Eat, Pray, Love…. I read that book and saw the movie.  They were both amazing … my opinion the book was better but…. Aren’t they always?

Elizabeth Gilbert manages to make me believe and I’m assuming this is what she wants all her readers to believe that magic is anything you want it to be.  Being creative can mean different things to different people. It’s not necessarily writing or painting or singing…. being creative being magical.  Allowing whatever it is that makes you feel alive be at the forefront of your life and allowing it to flourish.

The basic premise of the book is that creativity will come “knocking at your door” whether you are ready or not.  As long is you are opened to it, it will present itself and then it is up to you do what you will.

The book was peppered with a dose or realism, such as when she says that if you are waiting to go to school and get a degree in order to be creative, then perhaps this is your way of avoiding creativity….. no one needs a degree to be creative…. she says that in not so many words…. In other instances the book was a bit out there and a bit hippyish… But again… I feel like that’s Elizabeth in a nutshell.

She minces no words and tells you what she feels.  It’s a bucket of cold water on anyone who has been avoiding creativity and blaming his/her circumstances.  I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

If you want an easy and fast read, this is it.  Elizabeth will make you feel like you can accomplish anything without feeding you a bunch of lines (no pun intended) but she will also give you a reality check and at the end you will be the better for it.

If you read it, let me know what you thought.  If you haven’t and will, let me know what you think 🙂




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