Book Review – Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

It’s really hard to find a self – help book that touches the very soul of the reader and kindles a about- face of ruminations of the reader. Elizabeth Gilbert, a celebrated author for her Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia” and “The Signature of All Things”  has come yet again with a brilliant book. The cover design is so vibrant and prismatic that it provides a hint that book is going to be a psychedelic journey with vivid explanations. A special appreciation to the cover designer of the book.

What is Creativity ? 

“The relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration” 

The book embark on a astounding read with above quotes at the inception. Big Magic is all about how one can lead creative living in his/her life without immolating our quotidian activities. Creative living can make a difference in our mundane lives and make it more enchanting. The book reveals about how creative living can be achieved by six things : Courage , Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Truth and Divinity. 

Vibrant themed cover of the book 

Liz (Elizabeth Gilbert) emphasizes that creative living can be done without abandoning our daily works and stresses throughout the entire context that her words mustn’t be mistook on this particular concept. She beautifully leads the readers through the ways through which creative living can be done by simple and astounding anecdotes all along till the end. The way she has handled the process of explaining creative living and the phenomenon of Big Magic happenings really instil a hope in the readers.

The author also unravels the faults that each arts seeking people make along their way to attain creative living and the places where they slack in the process. The anecdotes of the Brazilian idea she got inspired from Felipe and the big magic that happened with her author friend Ann Patchette, sure made me thrilled. Each anecdote was related with respective title and doesn’t deviate anywhere else and brought us back to the main plot : Creative Living. 

Overall this is one awesome book that I would recommend to all readers and also to the ones who are not interested in reading self – help books. This is not an mediocre self help book that stresses out to do out of the box things but rather do the typical things to make sure we make our lives happily creative by doing the quotidian things we do along with time spend in our creative field daily. The explanations aren’t too enigmatic and the author is careful not to mislead the readers. Sure I would re-read this book and this one has inspired me to take my life in a creative way.

P.S : Started to read her other books too in the process of discovering her writing style more. 

Here are some of my favourite quotes from the book :

“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.”

“One of the Oldest and most generous tricks that the Universe plays human beings is to bury strange jewels within us all, and then stand back to see if we can find them all”.

“I never asked Writing to be easy, I only asked Writing to be interesting.”

“We are all beginners and we shall die beginners.”

About the Book :

Title : Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author :  Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing

Genre : Self – Help

Copy : Own

ISBN : 9781408866733

Rating : four_half-stars_0

Links :

Flipkart : Big Magic : Creative Living Beyond Fear (Hardcover)

Amazon : Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Kindle Edition : Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear [Kindle Edition]

Happy Reading,



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