Book Review: Big Magic

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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.

-Goodreads

This book has only been recommend by every other blogger. It’s made it’s mark on them all and I can see why, this book writes about creativity, how to embrace it and what we can and can’t expect to get in return. I love how honest this book is, and the stories that it tells are needed reminder of both the good and the bad things about living a creative life, and how in the end its worth it.

Gilbert touched on some really amazing topics, such as finances, why you should create, and what to do when you don’t feel like creating. She also talked about the tortured artist and how unhealthy that mindset is.

I feel like she hit on all the really important topics that come up when facing down creativity and deciding what to do with it. I agreed with almost all of her points and found myself laboring on them for a long time after setting the book down.

Gilbert has truly embraced her art and what it means for her lifestyle, and she wants you too as well, because there isn’t a greater gift than to be able to create.

If I were to point out a negative it would be that I think this book would have read very differently if I wasn’t a writer like Gilbert. I know that plenty of bloggers who have reviewed it and loved it are not novelists, but it’s still what lens this book is written through and I feel that that fact is glossed over in the description. That’s not to say that the lessons don’t apply to all creative fields, because they do, I just found it easier to relate to as a novel writer and think it would have read very different if I were a painter or singer.

All in all, I found this book thought provoking and well thought out. I really enjoyed it and would give it a five out of five star rating.

 

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