Eat Pray Love

Registered by SydneyBristow on 6/1/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by SydneyBristow on Monday, June 01, 2020
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering millions of readers to search for their own best selves. Now, this beloved and iconic book returns in a beautiful 10th anniversary edition, complete with an updated introduction from the author, to launch a whole new generation of fans.

In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.

At first, when I started reading this book, I thought it was going to be from the perspective of an entitled whiny girl who didn't get her way and now she's going to run away from her problems. The book starts off like this; the frantic and untamed mind is all over the place and hard to follow. Often times, it is exhausting to try and keep up with.

Gilbert continues her journey and you can see the pages become more direct, more clear, and easier to digest. Her thinking has changed. Drastically. Gilbert perfectly captures what happens when one decides to transform themselves through putting themselves through a mental grinder.

This is a great story for anyone considering attempting new ways of dealing with your mental calamity. It's also a great refresher for those who have been through it as well. I enjoyed the philosophical excerpts tied in with the spiritual hardship. Great read.

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