It’s book review time and I can hardly believe that we are nearly half way through the month of July. Summer can stay as long as it would like, but I am really looking forward to Autumn’s crisp weather. Regardless of today’s stifling temperatures, I’m excited to review Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. You probably know of Elizabeth Gilbert from her infamous memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which is also a major motion picture featuring Julia Roberts.
Jordan and I visited the beach last month and I read Big Magic during that trip. One of my favorite parts about prepping for a beach vacation is deciding which books I’m going to take; I call these my beach reads. I was able to soak in this book while lounging under a seaside cabana. I want us all to feel like we’re under a cabana while reading this post. So take a peek at the image below, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and go to that place. Ahhhhh…..
Elizabeth Gilbert wrote Big Magic for the creative spirit who has buried their talents under fear and excuses. In the book you are able to get a glimpse into Elizabeth’s creative process, and you realize that it does not always come naturally. I believe that we are all creatives in some way, but you have to really be passionate about your creativity in order for this book to be meaningful to you. Naturally, Elizabeth’s experiences are from her writing career so you really have to expand on those experiences and apply them to whatever it is that brings out your creativity.
Despite many wonderful attributes, Big Magic has a few ideals that don’t align with my Christian faith. While reading, I often found myself wanting to change a proclamation to: but Jesus does, but Jesus is, or but Jesus can. Basically Elizabeth describes creativity as something that has a mind of its own, choosing when to be part of our life and when not to be. I guess my belief is that our creativity is something God instills within us; it’s a gift he gives us. I delight in knowing that my creative instincts come from my precious Jesus. Amazing!
After reading this book I feel more of a responsibility to tend to my creativity. Whether you think creativity chooses who to meet with or creativity is a God-given gift, your creativity is unique to you. Only you have the power to share your creativity! There is a lot of inspiration to fuel your creativity in this book. Elizabeth does a wonderful job of helping us apply her experience as an author to all creative expressions.
Big Magic is written incredibly well, which we should expect from Elizabeth Gilbert. She is a literary genius. I’m certainly glad that I read Big Magic, and grateful for the creative inspiration. If you’re a fan of Elizabeth’s writing than I would definitely encourage you to read Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, for obvious reasons. However, I don’t really know that I would recommend this book to someone whose reading it specifically for creative inspiration. The lessons I learned from this book can come from more productive resources such as blogs, webinars, and conferences. If you’ve read this book I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts! Where do you all get your creative inspiration?