Monday, August 8, 2016

[Book Review] Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond FearBig Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part 1: From The Book Cover

The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

Named a Hot Fall Read by USA Today, Vanity Fair, Newsday, O Magazine, the Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mashable, Pop Sugar, and the San Antonio Express-News

Named a Best Book of the Year by Brainpickings and Book Riot

"A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugar

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.

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.

Part 2: Recommendation

I was curious about Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and decided to read it when I read a quoted text from another non-fiction book called The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer's Journey by Joanna Penn.

Continuing on with the mindset, self-help category, and after the disappointment of Committed, I needed to read something from Elizabeth Gilbert that will hopefully make me like her work again — that and I was curious about what she meant by Big Magic and how exactly does one live creatively beyond fear?

It's not so much as becoming fearless but more on being able to move forward despite the fear, anxiety and doubts that plague any creative pursuit. Big Magic also talks about mindset, the types of fear that a person needs, how ideas come and go, giving yourself permission to be creative, persistence, trust, and a few other topics important for pursuing and embracing a person's creative side.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is truly amazing and inspiring. Definitely worth a read if you want to move forward with any creative pursuit but are having doubts and fears.

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