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We will send you an email as soon as this title is available. Join the Conversation. I have mixed feelings about this book. While I enjoyed and have benefited from the various right-on-target one-liners that emerged periodically from the mouths of the many colorful characters, I found the "journey" of this politically correct, entitled woman of privilege to be a histrionic exercise in self-absorption.
Her choice of countries based on the letter "I" is most telling. All about "me". It's one of those deceptive narratives that gives the illusion of intimacy yet comes off as shallow and self-serving. In spite of all her enterprises into enlightenment, the end of the book brings her no closer to resolving her issues with the men in her life - relationships that are many years in the past.
And how does she end up? What has she learned? She ends up paired with another flawed human being from whom she will have to discover all over again how to detach. Perhaps at another five-star ashram?
Raising another pile of money to throw at one, just one, needy subject? She needs to discover that spritual solvency is not somewhere "out there" but inside. I didn't know exactly what to expect but, I was pleasantly surprised. It is actually narrated BY the author herself, and the narration is one of the best I have ever heard. She is really good! She doesn't sound like she is reading at all, but having a conversation with you, or telling a story from memory. I have heard the complaints about the "me me me" attitude of the book That said, I enjoyed the book, and I don't generally read memoirs.
I would recommend this book to a friend. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly. I see some of these critical reviews and I can't understand what these readers difficulties are. What I said to God through my gasping sobs was something like this: Hello, God. How are you? But we work with what we know in this life, and these are the words I always use at the beginning of a relationship.
This thought caused me to sob even harder. God waited me out. I pulled myself together enough to go on: I am not an expert at praying, as you know. But can you please help me? I am in desperate need of help. I need an answer. Please tell me what to do. And so the prayer narrowed itself down to that simple entreaty— Please tell me what to do —repeated again and again. I only know that I begged like someone who was pleading for her life.
And the crying went on forever. Quite abruptly, I found that I was not crying anymore. My misery had been completely vacuumed out of me.
I lifted my forehead off the floor and sat up in surprise, wondering if I would see now some Great Being who had taken my weeping away. But nobody was there. I was just alone. But not really alone, either. I was seamlessly still. Then I heard a voice. It was merely my own voice, speaking from within my own self. But this was my voice as I had never heard it before. This was my voice, but perfectly wise, calm and compassionate. How can I describe the warmth of affection in that voice, as it gave me the answer that would forever seal my faith in the divine?
It was so immediately clear that this was the only thing to do. I would not have accepted any other answer. True wisdom gives the only possible answer at any given moment, and that night, going back to bed was the only possible answer. Go back to bed, because I love you.
Go back to bed, because the only thing you need to do for now is get some rest and take good care of yourself until you do know the answer. And the tempest is coming, dear one. Very soon. But not tonight. In a way, this little episode had all the hallmarks of a typical Christian conversion experience—the dark night of the soul, the call for help, the responding voice, the sense of transformation.
But I would not say that this was a religious conversion for me, not in that traditional manner of being born again or saved. Instead, I would call what happened that night the beginning of a religious conversation.
The first words of an open and exploratory dialogue that would, ultimately, bring me very close to God, indeed. But seven very difficult months later, I did leave my husband. When I finally made that decision, I thought the worst of it was over. This only shows how little I knew about divorce. There was once a cartoon in The New Yorker magazine.
Two women talking, one saying to the other: If you really want to get to know someone, you have to divorce him. Of course, my experience was the opposite. I would say that if you really want to STOP knowing someone, you have to divorce him. Actions Shares. Embeds 0 No embeds. No notes for slide. Made even better by her narration. I love her beautifully articulated string of descriptive wit and charm.
I really enjoyed listening to this book, far more than reading the book or more so than watching the movie. Author was annoying, vain and wingey, authors voice monotone and uninterested in her own story. Such a beautiful journey recorded in depth with beautiful narrative. I learnt alot from this story which was and has been a beautiful light of guidance within my own journey. Thank you Elizabeth.
Will listen again and again. I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's very honest account of dealing with depression and her search for happiness. She brilliantly describes the nagging dark thoughts encountered during so many people's depressive moments and she travels in pursuit of learning to live with her thoughts through a spiritual journey.
The journey is also an escape from a toxic yet addictive relationship. It was refreshing to find a book about the truth of someones travel experience rather then the holiday brochure type travel book. She has a colloquial style that makes you feel like you could be listening to your most interesting and best friend over a coffee. Each time a new chapter starts it is like meeting for another coffee. I will be seeing the movie and I will listen to the book again one day.
Even better to listen to this book while on a relaxing holiday! The feeling started to loom when the author, reading her book, made the announcement that it was not appropriate to share what had brought her to the point of writing this book, but apparently we were still expected to wade with her through her nobly avoiding lovers and maundering through her randomly and ramblingly defined concept of oh no 'god' Absolutely enjoyed this, finished it in 1 day couldn't not get to the end.
I'll definitely be recommending this. I loved every bit of this story. It was as if she was telling my story. The struggles with loneliness, depression, feeling "not enough", feeling worthless and not realizing my own worth.
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