BIG MAGIC - ELIZABETH GILBERT
Title: Big Magic
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Published: September 2015
Genres: Non-fiction, Self help
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Gilbert offers 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.
TAY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I feel like ‘Big Magic’ is the type of book that can be received VERY differently, depending on the age and attitudes of the reader, as well as what personal and professional struggles they might be facing at the time of reading it. My experience was quite mixed. I don’t imagine writing a motivational non-fic that doesn’t come across as cheesy at times is all that simple, but I did catch my eyes rolling at advice that felt too contrived to be inspirational. I also struggled to agree with a few of her views, one being that higher education is a completely worthless experience that offers nothing but debt. However, I found some of her advice on how to embrace creativity to be thought-provoking and encouraging, and I savoured the moments of unexpected humour she offers to tell her stories.
NICKY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Elizabeth Gilbert just has this way of drawing you in, am I right? I can totally see how so many would fawn over this book. As I don’t self-categorise myself as a ‘creative’ type, it was a bit left field for me, and not what I usually gravitate towards, so it was refreshing when I found myself quite enjoying it. I did resonate less as it went on, moving perhaps into greater detail on ideations around creativity and away from Gilbert’s personal anecdotes and journey of discovery (which I relished). The take away which I found, was to take a strike of inspiration, and use all of our might to make it spark. It didn’t knock my socks off, but I really did enjoy being reminded that we as humans are inherently creative and we owe it to ourselves to explore just that.
OUR FAVOURITE QUOTE
"Pure creativity is something better than a necessity; it's a gift. It's the frosting. Our creativity is a wild and unexpected bonus from the universe. It's as if all our gods and angels gathered together and said, "It's tough down there as a human being, we know. Here--have some delights.""
NY Times article
‘Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Big Magic’
Mamamia 'No FIlter' Podcast