As a runner I really enjoy eating, as a Christian I pray often, and as a wife and a mother love is something I do everyday. “Eat, Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert is such a wonderful read. The movie came out in 2010 and I found myself pushing away from watching it because of its popularity. I found out a few months later that it was originally a book. I decided not to watch the movie until I had read the book. I still haven’t seen the movie, but I will as soon as I can.
This book presents many of the issues that we face in everyday life but much of the ideas of the world that we never see. Her pain and experiences are so honest and real, it really draws you in. I went to bed every night with the intent to only read a few chapters and would end up reading until the next country. I found myself resonating with so many things she displayed in her book.
David’s purpose was to shake you up, drive you out of that marriage you needed to leave, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light could get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you had to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master and beat it. –Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
One of the things I quite enjoyed was the description and focus on what “Soul mates” really are. I put the book down for a good amount of time thinking about this subject. We often think of a soul mate as someone who “completes” us (though no person can truly ever complete someone else) and the way it is described in the book is totally different. I would consider my best friend my soul mate because she constantly helps my character in so many ways.
This best friend is also the friend that Gilbert describes as her friend in Italy;
Like, for instance, we just learned the other day that Un’amica stretta means “a close friend”. But ‘stretta’ literally means tight, as in clothing, like a tight skirt. So, a close friend, in Italian, is one that you can wear tightly, snug against your skin. –Elizabeth Gilbert
I immediately sent that quote to my best friend and told her “You’re my skirt!” I don’t think that we take friendships as seriously as we should sometimes. Being a friend means you have to be intentional and genuinely caring for that person. I would say that most people that I am “friends” with; I am actually just “acquaintances” with.
Something else I was very interested in was her developing practice of yoga. I do yoga with my cross-country team; we use the p90x series to strengthen the rest of our bodies so we aren’t just using our legs. I went to a Bible college and the idea of yoga is not exactly greeted with open arms but I think that it can be beneficial to everyone. You don’t have to think about gods or chakras, you can think about relaxing and getting stronger. At the end of each p90x cycle I was so much more flexible and strong because of the yoga.
Overall I would give this book a five out of five stars, this book is very well written. My only dislike was some of the language used in the book, there were moments that were crude but, when you read someone’s experiences, it won’t always be pretty. I also understand, that to most people that kind of language is okay. So, if you’re like me, prepare yourself for a little language, but if you’re not this book is perfect!
I would definitely encourage any person who feels lost right now, or maybe that they don’t feel like they are going anywhere to read this story. It is encouraging and beautiful and the writer has an amazing use of words. I enjoyed that not all the descriptions were dumbed down. If you like beautiful descriptions, this book is also for you! Hope you all enjoy and are able to pick up a copy of this book!