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Eat Pray Love Book Is a Gotta Read for Person Growth

22 September 2011 Written by: admin No Comment

My re-read Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love” and again it gave me some gave me some unexpected spiritual insight. If you follow my blog, you know I’ve reviewed books on spirituality.  The list includes “Silence on Fire,” “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth“.  They all work at explaining and enlightening me on spirituality, but they aren’t the easiest books to read.  Click here for a list of my book reviews.

Eat, Pray, Love” takes a crack at explaining the spiritual by putting us on a journey inside author  Elizabeth Gilbert’s head. She doesn’t describe spirituality. She just tells us what she experiences so we can see it for ourselves.

Living spiritually is tough for me.  We’re in the constant presence of God. Prayer is our attempt to increase our awareness of that presence. We don’t need to find God because his very presence engulfs us. What we need is to  “lift the fog” so the eternal becomes so obvious and clear.

I’m pretty independent, self-sufficient and slow to see my limitations. When things go right and I’m in control, I ignore the eternal and go at it solo. What I have found is that during my toughest struggles, I am most likely to humble myself and turn to God. When things get tough, that’s when I seem more likely to accept the help that’s truly available to me.

Eat, Pray, Love” helped me because it reminded me that regardless of my mental state at a given time, I am not alone. It pulled me into someone else’s spiritual journey and helped me see “the obvious” through another person’s life. Elizabeth Gilbert does entertain us with her account of a year-long trip.   She finds herself by eating in Italy, praying in India, and loving in Indonesia.  I’m not too fond of her religious views and morality, but I have to admit, she sure can write vivid mental dialog that helped me reflect.

It enabled me to see, understand and capture her visit. Her precise word choice and visualization communicates her relationship with the eternal. I deal with a constant, crazy mental chatter as I know everyone does. In the book, you listen to hers and though a year’s experience see how she evolves. She gets to:

  • know herself better,
  • grow more mature and
  • becomes less dependent upon the approval of others.

It’s a real treat to watch and then compare notes with my own.

Anyone looking for a fun read with some simple enlightenment should consider getting a copy.

Hope this helps.


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