Book title:    Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author:    Elizabeth Gilbert


By sharing stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear.

Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic takes you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys.


I’ve decided that I love Elizabeth Gilbert. So much so that I’m going to admit that I loved Eat, Pray, Love, and that I thought The Signature of All Things was one of the best novels I’ve read in recent times, largely because she’s an excellent writer and largely because I spent twenty-five years as a Biology teacher. It’s subjective isn’t it - what we love about books? Only two days ago I was sitting on the train, daydreaming, when my eye was caught by a somewhat garish advertisement for her latest offering, Big Magic. Out came the iphone, the ebook was downloaded in less than two minutes, and the unkept backyards of outer suburban Melbourne were forgotten. I loved this book. I loved it because I needed it and I trusted her to tell me why. 


Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is for those, like me, who need reassurance sometimes that the creative journey is a valuable one. Gilbert’s spiritual leanings might frighten some away (not me), but her advice is simple: have fun, love what you do and be loved by what you do. The chapter titlesgive a clue for what’s in store: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust and Divinity. Yes, it might sound fluffy, but I didn’t feel fluffy when I finished it. I felt a return of my resolve. Gilbert’s writing is peppered with gems - some hers and some of her favourites, such as:

The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. 

You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your success or failures

As said, it’s subjective what we love about books.  

Rating: Four star: Definitely worth it.


AuthorAmanda Apthorpe