Eat Pray Love is an autobiographical journey of a divorced woman on a search for balance. Actually, let me steal a quote from the book, since this pretty much sums it all:
“I wanted to explore the art of pleasure in Italy, the art of devotion in India and, in Indonesia, the art of balancing the two. It was only later, after admitting this dream, that I noticed the happy coincidence that all these countries begin with the letter I. A fairly auspicious sign, it seemed, on a voyage of self-discovery.”
Normally I’m not one for books about “self discovery.” Travel books, yes, but self-discovery ones I find… rather boring and unrelated to my life. This book, however, I unexpectedly found myself evaluating my own life as Elizabeth Gilbert skillfully intertwined poignant lessons through witty stories and conviction. She did a fantastic job of painting the pictures of her journeys, intertwining amusing characters she encountered, and setting the stage for the peace that she sought. It deliciously entertaining and devotional at the same time.
On a practical level, reading this book made me long to travel, practice yoga more regularly, and of course see the movie when it premiers in August. On a deeper level, it made me reevaluate my daily habits and compare my life against what my values are. Throughout her journey, Gilbert learned to forgive and let herself be happy again. The best part, though, wasn’t that this happiness stayed within herself, but through that forgiveness, she was able to bless and love others. The theme of the book really is love: you cannot love others fully without first loving yourself.
In short: I loved the book. If I up and leave you all one day, don’t be alarmed, I’m just traveling the world in search of myself. ;)
What about you? What are your thoughts on the book?
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