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If you are willing to learn, this book will teach you things

  • Jun 26, 2010
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It seems that every good book I read somehow becomes a part of me. I know that "Eat Prey Love" was deeper and more beautiful than I could have fathomed, personally it was enriching, educational and reassuring, not to mention a fun summer read that I'm happy to say I enjoyed tremendously. There are so many books out there and each has a different meaning and reaction, this is not only healing but also a nice reminder that when life is joyous and happy, it means I have succeeded and I need to stay on top of it making sure it continues and is nourished, not relaxing and letting it slip to lazy oblivion. The author tries her hardest to search for balance and happiness using her spirituality, soul and brain, and not her credit card or superficial items that only promise temporary feel good vibe with hidden penalties that make us feel worse not only later but also at our deeper inner most core which is more personal than we care to admit.

Elizabeth's autobiographical journey takes her through sensuous and rich foods and people of Italy, cleansing and enlightening fellow meditation believers in Indian ashrams and some extreme lush tropics and people who are very in tune with their existence and spirituality in Bali. Her trials and tribulations are so honestly written in this gem of a book that they made my head spin a few times, there is so much wisdom and warmth, friendly advice on how to be a happy person that I had a big smile as I read it. This lady knows her stuff, she worked hard to reach a place in our heads and souls that few people know they have access to and it's there if we look, we can also be taught by generous teachers like her, I know what Zen feels like and she is right, it's worth the fight and efforts, after all, things that we work hard for do taste the best!

The author is on a quest to quiet her mind and discover how far her imaginary hand can stretch, can she reach Xanadu or not? Westerners are always chasing after money, dates, better connections while feeling blue no matter what, she shows us how people who hardly have anything can give us a piece of mind and how that can enrich our lives. It's not often I read a book that gives back, and this certainly was a rich meal for my soul and mind, highly recommended.

- Kasia S.

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Eat Pray Love is a wonderful book that I would recommend to any woman.  The main character decides to leave her marriage and in an attempt to find herself, she travels to Italy, India and Indonesia.  In Italy she learns to eat, in India she learns to pray and do yoga with the masters, and then she finds love again while in Indonesia.            
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review by . June 02, 2010
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review by . July 03, 2010
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review by . July 06, 2010
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review by . June 21, 2010
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Quick Tip by . April 22, 2011
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review by . July 04, 2010
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Emotionally wrung-out from her divorce, the painful ending of a subsequent love affair, and a general, long-standing feeling of malaise, novelist and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert decides to recharge herself through a year's worth of travel, believing that her return to happiness could be found through exploring both physical gratification and spiritual peace, and then determining an appropriate balance between the two. She pursues the first part of her program (eating, drinking, and talking) in Italy, the second in India (joining an ashram), and the third in Bali (studying with a medicine man).
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Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Genre: Memoir, Non-fiction
Publisher: Viking Adult
Date Published: February 16, 2006
ISBN: 0670034711
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