The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller
"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 and City of Girls: 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.
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Elizabeth Gilbert’s infectious curiosity and self-searching humour made Eat, Pray, Love a smash bestseller. In Big Magic she shares her tips for living a life that’s more creative and fulfilling. You don’t have to be an aspiring artist to find purpose and inspiration in this absorbing, fascinating book. Gilbert’s amusing anecdotes and off-the-cuff style have already inspired us to express our opinions at work more freely and authoritatively and double down on activities that bring us childlike joy.
Gilbert (The Signature of All Things) offers an empathetic and inspiring guide to mustering the courage to live a creative life. That doesn't necessarily mean a career in the arts, she's quick to point out ("If you're alive, you're a creative person," she states); instead, she proposes a life fueled by curiosity rather than fear. Gilbert, more than most, can understand how a big success can make one feel as if the follow-up must not disappoint, writing that "I can't tell you how many people said to me during those years , How are you ever going to top that?' " She notes that this kind of pressure can be an instant creativity killer and encourages readers to let go of perfectionism and embrace being good enough. This mind-set, in her experience, leads to the willingness to take chances, live life to the fullest, and act on risky ideas. Gilbert divides her book into six sections, each devoted to a quality she believes necessary for living without fear: courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, and divinity. In each section, Gilbert peppers sound advice with personal triumphs and failures. Nearly anyone who picks up this self-help manual should finish it feeling inspired, even if only to dream of a life without limits.
Lots to take up
Light read with lots of take-aways! Love the small stories incorporated to make the lessons very catchy! Really gave me hints of The Alchemist style writing. Definitely took some time with this book reflecting in between. The missing one star is for moments I felt there was some repetition.
A good book
I like this book, it gave me good information about how to don't lose ideas and opportunities.
Great read to inspire creative living!
I loved learning how to let go during creativity and ENJOY the process of not knowing and creating. Through short stories, Elizabeth captures your attention with each chapter to bring you closer to freedom in creativity. I loved it!