Title : Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It
Author : Elizabeth Gilbert
ISBN : 9780399576775
Publisher : Bloomsbury India
Genre : Short stories
Pages : 240
Source : Publisher
Rating : 5 stars
‘Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It’ is a compilation of short stories of people from vastly different backgrounds, whose lives have been transformed by Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir ‘Eat Pray Love’. An expression of gratitude to the author, who became a friend to them, gave them hope and courage to stand up and take action.
The book starts with a beautiful introduction by the author herself, where she mentions how ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ is less about Eating or Praying or Loving and more about realizing that your life doesn’t have to look like this anymore and that you deserve nothing but the best. What follows is a collection of extraordinary stories of ordinary people, whose lives have been greatly transformed by her book, ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’
The stories are uplifting, inspiring and very well-written. While some stories were similar to Liz’s (Elizabeth Gilbert), focusing on divorce and decision of not having children, many differ drastically. There are stories about abuse, mental or physical illnesses, sexuality, sickness or mourning, which goes on to prove how all sufferings are interconnected and how someone’s story can change/transform lives of other people, even though their lives or suffering is entirely different.
The book also goes on to show that there are all kinds of suffering but no suffering is greater or lesser compared other suffering and that we have a choice, a choice to either continue suffering or stand up and do something about it, that nobody deserves to live miserably and everyone has a right to live a happy and fulfilling life.
While some stories were inspired by Liz’s journey as a whole, some were inspired by parts of it. While some have shared their own version of Eat, Pray and Love, some have written about how certain quotes or words of Liz have helped them derive inspiration.
All in all, this is a kind of book which one can reach out to when he/she is feeling the lows. The stories are incredibly powerful and inspiring and will make you look and reflect at your own life and challenge yourself on your path.
If you enjoyed reading ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ you will enjoy this one too! It’s a Must read.
Some inspiring quotes from the book:
“The entire story of creation is a story of ongoing change. And the moment you wake up to that story, you realize that you, too, are allowed to change and are allowed to assert agency over the direction you go next. This realization is the beginning of the end of despair. This is what we call resurrection – and it’s available at any moment, to anyone.”
“I learned to forgive myself for being scared and imperfect, for making mistakes. I stopped allowing myself to use those mistakes as an excuse to not try new things. Instead, I have to be brave. I have to try. That’s what Eat Pray Love makes me do.”
“The one thing I’ve learned for sure is this: the more I search, the more I evolve. I intend to keep exploring.”
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