Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Big Magic by Elizabeth 'Liz' Gilbert

Let me start by telling you'll that I took quite some time to finish reading this book. Not because it was boring, or the vocabulary was too difficult for me, or any other such reason; but because every few pages I was inspired to think creatively and as and when ideas came flowing to me, I closed the book and started taking notes.

The title "Big Magic - Creative living beyond fear" may elude you to think that this is a book only creative people should read, but no, this is a book any body can and should read because there is creativity flowing everywhere, anyone who's receptive to it can get some!

I absolutely loved the way this book flows, not chapter wise but incident wise. I have obviously read 'Eat, Pray, Love and seen the movie, both, and loved 'em. So was excited to read another book by the author. It's wonderful to know her journey, thoughts, failures, motivations, highs and more.

And I had a kinda personal connect to this book, because I for one, have been wanting to write a book since a few years now, and a couple of times it has happened that a concept or theme came into my mind, but I did not put in much of an effort or any time to it, and after some time, the idea left me. So yes, I totally get it!

I also love the fact that people HAVE geniuses and are not GENIUSES themselves. I won't reveal a lot more, would prefer if you guys read the book yourself.


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.