I come to this review late â€“ definitely blame Oprah. Popularization is exactly why I refused to ever watch the Titanic. (Well, that and drowning people.) I decided I was still curious enough to give the book a try.
Once I sat down and read Elizabeth Gilbertâ€™s book on finding a spiritual center after the pain of divorce, I was uplifted â€“ enough so that I recommend it to those who see themselves as spiritual seekers on a quest for self-acceptance. Yes, Gilbert enjoys a privilege that few of us ever do, but the core of what she did anyone can do anywhere, even in the middle of a tiny apartment. Her formula is simple, attainable, and requires no passport:
- Do something you enjoy, entirely for yourself.
- Meditate, daily if possible.
- If you believe in a divine power, talk to that Being or Concept.
- Get whatever help you need, and make sure you accept it when itâ€™s given.
Thatâ€™s it. Thatâ€™s all. Especially for women struggling with our bodies and self-acceptance on that level, itâ€™s actually an enlightening book that walks you through an extreme adventure that can encourage you to create an adventure of your own. Itâ€™s also a quick read, best done in short pockets, and itâ€™s important to look to the core of what Gilbert learns. She is very human, and as a woman who has experienced divorce, I could very much identify with her inner life. While she got to go to Italy and I lived within five blocks of Sex World in Minneapolis, I daresay the core experience Gilbert described resonated with me.
Iâ€™ve already passed the book on to another friend of mine who experienced divorce at around the same time I did. While I donâ€™t know if everyone would find it relatable â€“ certainly Gilbertâ€™s issues with body and size have no bearing on my own â€“ the idea of indulgence and choosing pleasure is a good one, one that merits thought across the spectrum of women of all sizes. Where are we expecting to get with an excess of self-denial and an assignment of guilt to every pleasure?
If you havenâ€™t read this book yet, itâ€™s well worth grabbing a copy on your e-reader or even used. While the whole movie thing might have killed it, the book itself has resonance, compassion and a sense of humor about itself. This is why Iâ€™m going to wait a long while before I see that movie.