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Book Review

Why Every Woman Must Read Eat, Pray, Love

I gave this book – Eat Pray Love a chance only last month and it has instantly become one of my favorites. It affected me so much that I wish I read it a couple of years ago when I was going through a tough time in life. A personal memoir, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about how she emerged from heartbreaks and depression to a confident self. A yearlong journey of self-discovery, this one uncovered many new emotional and knowledge nuggets to me.

Why Every Woman Must Read Eat, Pray, Love

Almost every young woman in their 20’s struggle to keep a fine balance in life. Whether it’s education, career, life goals or relationships, all that drama, sometimes, feels lonesome to bear. To the world, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything in life. But she wasn’t happy. She found herself in a mid-life crisis and divorces her husband. She suffered a terrible heartbreak again later and was left with extreme anxiety and depression that one day, she couldn’t take it anymore. What did she do? She prayed. It made her take that terrifying leap into the unknown- to explore, to find herself.

“It’s still two human beings trying to get along, so it’s going to be complicated. And love is always complicated. But humans must try to love each other, darling. We must get our hearts broken sometimes. This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.” 

Eat in Italy

“The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.”

Elizabeth Gilbert traveled to Rome to indulge in Italian food and the language she loved. After the initial excitement died down, however, she found herself alone in this land of love. This part of the story taught me the importance of letting go and reaching out when required. You need to take chances, put yourself out there and make friends with people who wouldn’t otherwise enter i your life.

Pray in India

You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.

What I loved the most about this part of the book is that she didn’t preach or say that it is easy to become spiritual or seek divinity. Instead, she talks about her own hardships at doing so as she had a lot of bitter resentment towards her ex-husband. Elizabeth Gilbert’s spiritual journey makes you realize that holding on to the past is foolish for one’s growth. It is important to think good thoughts, forgive yourself and move forward.

Love in Bali

A soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life.

Elizabeth learnt the art of finding balance between life and spirituality in Bali. This part of the book is my favorite and it was enthralling to read about her experiences in this gorgeous place and endearing to know about her relationship with her spiritual Guru, Katut.

“To find the balance you want,” Ketut spoke through his translator, “this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it’s like you have four legs, instead of two. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.”

There will always be one person who comes into your life unexpectedly, throws your life off a little bit, and ultimately challenges you in a way no one else can. Elizabeth was scared to open herself up for love again but ultimately took the leap. She is happy and is still with this man after all this time.

Elizabeth’s memoir is an elixir for those who have suffered heartbreaks and depression. It is a happy must-read which teaches you to forgive and learn from the mistakes of your past, embrace self-love, and find the right balance.

That’s all for now!
Have you read Eat Pray Love? Did you like the book?
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My theme for the A to Z Challenge this year is ‘Celebrating the Bibliophile in me’, where I would share the books, authors and fictional characters that I love, loathe and tolerate.
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