Now I have to admit I have never read Eat, Pray, Love. Now this is slightly surprising, but I think it would be due to the book being so popular that I thought it couldn’t possibly interest me.
So when I got copies Eat, Pray, Love, Made Me Do It for PropelHer’s Book Club, courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing, I quickly watched the film. I know, I know, it is cheating, but my to-read list is just too long at the moment and I really wanted to see how it had changed people’s lives. I mean I had heard a lot about the book, so clearly it was popular because it was powerful.
Eat, Pray, Love, Made Me Do It was published to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Eat, Pray Love and includes a collection of short stories, written by people who changed their lives based on reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s book.
People really seemed to resonate with the idea that ‘My life doesn’t have to look like this anymore’. They found comfort in the idea that it is was fine to be unhappy in a life that other say is good, great, perfect, wonderful, successful etc.
One theme that struck me was the number of writers who connected with Elizabeth breaking down in her bathroom. In fact, a number of people clearly told you where their ‘Elizabeth’s bathroom moment was’. For some it was a bathroom, for others their car or their closet. However, clearly people relate to the idea that we all have those moments where you just can’t take it anymore.
It was so inspiring to see how the book had really changed people’s lives. Women all over the world had decided they deserved to feel better based on what Gilbert had written.
Elizabeth allowed women to realise there was nothing wrong is admitting they aren’t happy with the life they are living and they are allowed to go down a different path
I agree with other reviews out there that there are a lot of ‘writers’ included who probably want some self-promotion. However, I can not deny it was lovely to read how people changed their live for the better as a result of reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love
And yes I have added Eat, Love, Pray to my to-read list.