Friday, January 6, 2017

Review - Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

"Inspired, Intuitive and a Gift to Any Reader with a Creative Soul"

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

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.


As an author, and overall creative person I found myself struggling to focus my creative flow amidst some personal chaos. I was flailing creatively and looking for something inspiring for not only my creativity but my life, I needed direction.

I didn’t read Eat, Pray Love but I know of the book. This is the first book by Elizabeth Gilbert I have read.

From the very beginning I was pulled in by Gilbert's natural creative voice. Gilbert is funny, blunt and insightful in her explanation of her creative process. The personal stories she infuses into the book are heartfelt and real anyone with a creative spirit could and will connect with the words of this book.  While it is a book about living  creative life it is supportive by a very descriptive memoir giving the reader insight into who this writer is and how she fell into success. 

Gilbert is undeniably dedicated to her craft. She shares her love, her frustrations and her path with a witty banter you will love. 

My favorite theme in Big Magic is her explanation about inspiration and ideas, how they are living breathing wisps of fate wandering around looking for a home. Someone creative will connect with these wisps and almost audition. If the idea and you get along you will live, grow and bring the idea to life.  It sounds a little kooky but I find it to be amazingly accurate. 

The book is an enjoyable and uplifting read and I find myself referring back to Big Magic in my times of crisis, and self doubt. I have sincere thanks to Gilbert for writing such an enlightening and inspiring book!

Get Big Magic Now, I have the book as well as the audio book. It is a great one to listen to while walking in the park or even on a treadmill. 

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