Title: Eat, Pray, Love
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want–husband, country home, successful career–but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and of what she found in their place. Following a divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.
Elizabeth Gilbert shared her incredible journey of finding herself, happiness, and God. She is funny and relatable, which allows you to see yourself in her. Throughout her journey, she shared the ugliness of depression, loneliness, obsession, the effects of divorce, the meaning of love and forgiveness, how to cope, how to move on, how to find a balance in our lives and withing ourselves. There were many times throughout the book that made me realize that I had the same feelings as she did and by her sharing her experiences, gave me insight on how I should proceed with the circumstances that I have been in and still am in. Gilbert offers a way to the brighter side of life. No, she doesn’t make it seem easy, because it wasn’t for her and it isn’t for anyone else. Everything in this book was raw and real. Her comedic writing style was refreshing and made me, as a reader, extremely comfortable. It was if a really good friend was sitting across from me at a coffee shop confessing and unloading their struggles and journey. There were times when Gilbert was being a bit self-absorbed, but she called herself out on it. But come on, who isn’t self-absorbed at times? She came from what would have seemed to anyone, the picture-perfect life, but behind all the glamour is where the truth lies in us all. This is a must read for anyone who is lost, hurting, or on a journey of their own to find themselves or to get over a loss.