Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

(at the end of this post there are two Book Review templates for you and your kids now that we will be spending more times indoors)


I got this book at a quilter club I belonged to. It caught my attention as they were raving about it so I immediately ordered the book and was anticipating reading it.  When I started reading I quickly realized this was in the non-fiction category, and I was looking forward to a fiction book, so I politely put the book in the “book pile” and went on to read something else, then something else, and something else. As I started this blog, I got a bit frustrated, and even more frustrated, so I decided to take a break and open up my forgotten book, and OH MY as I read this book I went through sp many emotions regarding creativity, fear of rejection, self-criticizing, and courage to express our inner creative self… our own personal magic.

My Personal Opinion:

Personally, I believe the book was written for people like me, a semi-creative person that feels the constraint of self-doubt, and for me, this book was liberating.  As a person with an engineering degree, and at the same time having the long dream of being a writer, this book allowed me to think for the first time, of what I can be and what I can do. My own devotion to International Maritime Regulations is not connected to my ever-present love for writing poems, short stories, and even a novel.  I do have the ability (and the right) to live a creative life, and Elizabeth Gilbert just allowed me to believe it.

I do recommend this book, especially for younger generations, due to the constant inspiring words that are mentioned throughout the book. Chapter after chapter, hope, self-reliance, self-worth, kindness, compassion, and love are constant as much as patriotism, inclusion, and equality.

Favorite quote

“You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.”

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

“It seems to me that the less I fight my fear, the less it fights back. If I can relax, fear relaxes, too.”

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I do recommend this book, to each person in the world which at some point is curious about pursuing a creative endeavor, from writing to quilting to woodworking to painting, any activity in which creativity takes the wheel and we become just the transportation, the instrument.

This book opens the ability to believe that what we love to do, define us in terms of our courage to express it but do not define who we are as unique individuals.  Creativity is a part of us that needs to be cherished and cultivated with love and care, without losing focus of our lives as we build it.

The Highlights of the Book

In my opinion, one of the most inspiring parts of the book is her blunt honesty on how she sees failure and rejection.  Her ability to be so honest allowed me to believe in her, to really see that each rejection was just another reason to try again.  Her ability to explain courage through other stories was liberating.

The Negatives

This is a very light book. It’s an encouraging book. I think for the purpose of writing or living a creative life is most encouraging.  It will give you some tips here and there but is mostly subjective, mean to be inspirational, to allow you to lose the fear.

In terms of finding something substantial and practical that can be taken away to put into practice, there is not much about it. So, it is not an instructional book, but an inspirational one.

Information as found in Amazon:

  • File Size: 2666 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (September 22, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2015
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English

What are you reading? What do you recomend me? I am always looking for recommendations to add to my reading list.

Below is the link to the book in Amazon. It is an affiliate so I do get a small comission. Thanks

Below are some Book Reviews Templates that you can use for you and your kids now that we will spending more time at home due to the current outbreak of the Coronavirus

4 responses to “Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert”

  1. Sounds interesting. It sounds like it has vibes like Eat, Pray, Love. I’m looking forward to finding it when I can get books again…or maybe I should consider an ebook!


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