Tuesday, October 27, 2015

#BookReview: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

On the jacket:

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  "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.


Always a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert, specially her talks, I find her books inspirational (like millions others do). So reading Big Magic wasn't a chance I'd let go. A beautifully written book, it takes you to the core of creativity and how it is to be a creative partner. All creative people, well most, are known to suffer too much, carry too much pain in the, have self-doubt yet never compromise and have had dysfunctional relationships. Gilbert talks about all these are not always needed and how creativity is too sacred to be influenced by these external factors.
She doesn't preach; instead, she tells. What I loved is how she reconfirmed what I have felt and told people all along, that each and every one of us is creative in some way or other. Our potential needs to be tapped and creativity is an absolutely essential element of life. She has spoken about a lot of incidents and instances from her own life. Being a writer myself, would would someday fancy being an author, this book hits home in every possible way. Usually, when people talk about creativity, it is almost always music or visual arts. That writing is also an art, is often forgotten. It delights me that a writer has written a book about creativity. 

Not a heavy read, and definitely not a book you can sail through, either, the book has a lot of quotes and stories about her books, reviews, successes and failures, which we go through as well but unlike her, we let them take over our lives. the thing about creative people is that they also live in the fear that their work would not be appreciated. It is a common problem and Gilbert, with her own life examples has passed on some strength to bear it.
Coming from someone as successful as Gilbert, the incidences and examples in the book can actually prove to be the guiding force for a lot of people.A must read, for the creatives and the ones who think they are not creative at all.

Rating: *****/5 

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