Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

“What is creative living? Any life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.”
—Elizabeth Gilbert

Are you ready to lean into curiosity and stop letting fear call so many shots? Are you searching for the treasures buried within, so they can be polished, crafted, and brought out into the world? Whether you seek to write a book, paint a work of art, draw pictures with your grandkids, or just feel more awe and aliveness, Big Magic offers encouragement and ways to become more creative.

Gilbert explores the tools we need for creativity: courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, and divinity. She advises that we focus on the journey, not the destination, forsaking perfectionism and instead measuring our worth “by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.”

Book Summary

(adapted from Amazon)

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books (including Eat, Pray, Love) for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

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