If you've followed my blog for a while, then you know that I have a lot of respect for Eat, Pray, Love author, Elizabeth Gilbert. The ironic thing is that this book is the first thing that I've ever read of hers. I was introduced to Gilbert through her lecture on TED.com about the creative genius (I can't stress enough that every human needs to watch it and listen). Eat, Pray, Love has been on my "to-read" list for ages and last week I decided to take a break from the Wheel of Time series and settle into something more grounding. I really do mean grounding. Most of us have seen the movie by now, with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardum, so I won't go through the whole plot line, but I must impress how eloquently this book was written. Gilbert writes as if she's simply penning a letter to a long-time best friend.
The story itself was fairytale-esque, but the reader can definitely see how serendipitous everything seemed to happen for her. Another reason I respect her so much is that we share a lot of the same world views, both being yogis and striving for peace and balance in the universe. It was very easy to gravitate toward her both philosophically and emotionally.
This doesn't begin to describe the 108 stories Gilbert takes us through, but I do suggest that everyone read it. Even if you don't like non-fiction books (like me), you will find it quite entertaining.