On My
Bookshelf

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

by Elizabeth Gilbert

SYNOPSIS

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent 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.

WHY I LOVE IT

I’ll preface by saying I listened to the audiobook version of Big Magic. To be honest, I’m not sure how much that matters, other than that Elizabeth Gilbert is both an immensely talented writer and narrator of her work; hearing her ideas from her own mouth was satisfying because she owned them.

Gilbert gives a fascinating dissertation on Genius and how that word is misused and abused in our culture. She takes the origins of genius back to its roots to explain that individuals aren’t geniuses, but they have a genius. It’s something everyone, “creative” or not, ought to read about and understand. It’s a vital argument for our modern culture, which too often creates train wrecks out of brilliant people.

Big Magic is an immensely freeing book. It’s full of wisdom for everyone with an open mind to absorb and benefit from.