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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

byElizabeth Gilbert

Paperback | September 27, 2016

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The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

"A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugar

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of
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Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books 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.
Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. Gilbert began her career writing for Harper's Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times Magazine and GQ, and was a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award. Her story collection...
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Title:Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond FearFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.22 × 5.45 × 0.79 inPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice read for creatives It's a nice book for artists of any kind especially when you need a pick me up.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for all Creatives! This book was amazing, and a must read for all creatives! Even if you're not a creative person I think you would still enjoy this book.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must-read; not just for creatives This book will change your life professionally and personally. Inspiring and motivating. Encourages you to go out and make changes, be creative and passionate without every "forcing" you to do so. Beautifully written with quotes to live by.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Actually Good It's the first 'self help' book I have ever read, and I enjoyed it greatly. It's inspiring and motivating in a sense, but what I loved about it was that she never tries to tell you " this is what you need to do" or " this is your problem", but rather presents you with a series of events, and how some solutions come when you don't give up, but that you also need to know when to give up when needed as to not get depressed. It's a little bit hard to explain, you need to read it, it's entertaining as well as inspirint !
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful Magic, in this case, will be a substituted word for power. The power of creativity from the experiences of the author is what this book is about. Gilbert’s views of creativity and her personal experiences which led to her professional career. Her advice and wisdom won’t be appreciated by many, and some will also disagree. In my case, this has been a refreshing reminder of what creativity is from her point of view, and she offers her knowledge. Personally, I like learning about creativity, and everyone has a different opinion on how to approach it or have entirely different views. The book itself was reliable for me, and I have learned from it in many lines and chapters that I have noted down to look back for when I need to be reminded of inspiration. I finished this book the other day, and as I sat down to write this review, earlier in the day, a couple instances have occurred to me on my creativity. How that inspiration came to me, solely is due to this book and what I have taken away from it. Having said that, this is surely not for everyone. If you’re open to learning, like me, pick this up and give it a try. Be open and respectful to the author’s thoughts. It’s okay to disagree, but it’s their lessons that should be most taken away, however, your choosing.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational Gilbert let's you inside her creative mind and allows you to relax when it comes to your own creative process.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Skip This One This was a struggle to read, a constant contradiction, and an overall annoyance that I forced myself through. As someone who genuinely likes Elizabeth Gilbert's writing, this was very, very disappointing. It is very shallow writing, and seems to be grasping at just getting any sort of "art and life advice" onto the pages so that she can get another book sold. Skip this one as there is no big magic or any magic at all to be found within these pages.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES!!! this book is incredible! This book totally inspired me to change so many things in life including my career! Elizabeths 'get of the couch & do something' attitude is contagious in the BEST way!
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deeply Inspirational & Refreshing Redefining our vision of creativity.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good! take what you need from it, inspiring message throughout but I've read more effective self-help books out there.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring This book really inspired me to explore a more creative outlook on my life! I love this book and would recommend to anyone who wants to live a more creative lifestyle.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Really loved this book and definitely gave me a nudge in the right direction!
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ughhhh. I Hate To Say This, But This Book Was Super Annoying. I'll be the first to say, love Elizabeth Gilbert. I've enjoyed every single novel she has previously written and was beyond stoked to see she had written a new one. I found this book flighty, with some annoying voice talking to me and giving advice I never wanted. If I hadn't of lost of the receipt, I would have returned this in a heart beat.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This book was an easy read. A one time read though. It didn't earn a permanent place in my home library.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! I loved this book - fun, funny, inspirational and real - what a great combination!! An excellent way to start, or re-new, your creative journey!
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! It reads in no time. Very good writing as always, I was absorbed in the stories. Creates immediate motivation.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! Really enjoyed this book. Very motivational & witty.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothin' to fear, dear Yes, Elizabeth Gilbert! I am a big fan of her fiction and non-fiction and Big Magic is wonderful. She has a way of uplifting the reader with gentle (or not so gentle) encouragement; she makes me want to paint, write, dance, and sing all at once. If you loved the book make sure to check out her Big Magic Podcast! Go be curious.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Curiosity Versus Passion I have never really understood the 'follow your passion' advice. 'Passion' is a tricky realm for me. I am interested in a lot of things, and many things are extremely important to me... but are they 'passions'? I don't think I have ever felt so. But this isn't a bad thing at all, to me. Gilbert champions curiosity. I have always been curious (so, so curious!), and I often pursue a curiosity in order to gain better or more complete understandings. Gilbert has put into words an idea I have embraced for a long time... though I hadn't really tuned into the fact I was doing this, or named it as such. So in this regard, the book worked for me. At moments, Gilbert is very grounded and practical, but at other moments it was just a little too new-age-y and out there - very ungrounded. In other ways, though, the book didn't work as well for me. As much as I was entertained, I spent a lot of time feeling the writing was pretty simple (simplistic), and several times things were quickly brushed over, which gave the impression that problems were also dealt with simply and quickly - though I am sure that wasn't really the case. Gilbert definitely has a positive energy that is hard to ignore. And it's tough to criticize a person who just wants people to succeed on their own terms. There is nothing wrong at all with either of these things. Gilbert is also extremely self-aware - a trait I highly prize. So, I think her book will be embraced and enjoyed by many readers. (But I also think some people are going to have a lot of problems with some of her ideas - people in the MFA world, in particular.)
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Like the ideas, the book was lacking though I was excited to read this after hearing review from friends but it just wasn't something that was for me. The ideas and concepts are great but the execution in the book was just too blah for me.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Most inspirational book I read last year - every word was golden. Elizabeth Gilbert makes it personable and relatable, thus ensuring that every person who reads this feels understood and in turn, inspired.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creativity is big magic Great book about embracing your creativity and letting it grow. Loved it!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creative is to be embraced I bought this book over a year ago and finally read it. learning to embrace my creative side, some parts were a bit dull but overall a great book to embrace learning to be creative in life
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Live A Creative Life It might not be for everyone but it was definitely for me. I loved her stories, advice and outlook on creative living. This made me binge-watch her interviews online, so inspiring for anyone creative.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good There is some inspiring stuff in this book for sure, but I found it a bit dull at times and hard to push through to the finish. Definitely wasn't the page-turner I was expecting, but if you're a creative person who is looking for a few nuggets of inspiration, you might find them here.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Liz Gilbert has such an easy, flowing style to her writing - you can practically hear her speaking as you're reading. Great book with some amazing insights into the creative process.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Life Changing She is just so honest!!! Life changing read!! Be creative.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big Magic Liz Gilbert has a humble, sweet, and beguiling way about her and her writing effuses that warmth. In line with David Usher's recent tome on creativity, I was quite interested in exploring this theme further... as it encapsulates so much of our output in life.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! This was inspiring and funny.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book is the big pep talk many of us need If you are struggling with your flow of creativity, this book is the big pep talk you need. I have bookmarked many pages of this book so I can revisit them whenever I need that creativity boost.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I loved this book. Inspiring book that leaves you wanting to do more
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love Love This Book! Wow! I really enjoyed this book, and have leant it out to so many friends with amazing feedback. Elizabeth will reignite a spark in your creative spirit with her insightful words and perspectives. One of my favourite books.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiration for creativity and beyond Loved reading Big Magic. It's written in witty, bite-sized chunks so you can happily read a few pages at a time for a quick creative pick-me-up. I'm a writer, but I read this when I needed to feel courageous about an athletic endeavour, and I found it effective for that arena too. I bought copies to have on hand and give as gifts when it was on for $10 last year. Highly recommend! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Liz Gilbert is both funny and inspiring in Big Magic. It's an easy read that motivates you to find creativity in all that you do. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this Such an inspiring book. Uplifts you and helps you get in touch with your creativity.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it! At first when I devoured this book, at thought it was amazing and I was inspired... but then I realize that after the hype nothing stuck with me... So, yes a really good book to read like having a great conversation with a friend... but like a conversation... you forget most of it...
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable and full of great advice I was initially sceptical of this book, due in part to my discomfort with the author's previous best-seller and due in part due to my discomfort with the philosophy of magical thinking or with seeing 'the universe' as some form of deity. While I don't share Gilbert's belief that ideas are sentient beings seeking out willing partners to bring them to fruition, I did agree with most of her views concerning what makes a healthy creative mindset and found the book to contain quite a lot of wisdom with regards to nurturing creativity. Gilbert's personal anecdotes were interesting and entertaining, and I appreciated her openness with regards to her own practices and experiences. Overall, 'Big Magic' was anenjoyable read and contained helpful advice for anyone floundering with their own creative expression, be it professionally or as a hobbyist.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big Magic I enjoyed this book very much. It was easy reading but very inspirational. I love Elizabeth's attitude towards enjoying life and every opportunity that comes your way. It's wonderful!
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Magic The paradigms in this book will release you from tbe chains that stop you from creating. Thsnk you Liz!!!
Date published: 2015-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explains a lot Elizabeth Gilbert takes a mysterious process and brings levity and clarity to it. Creativity is to be played with, nurtured and flirted with like a highschool romance. I will think of my creative process without as much angst but more just a part of my everyday spirit.
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes! I love anything by Liz Gilbert. This book is so inspiring, easy to read and soothing and comforting at the same time.
Date published: 2015-09-25

Read from the Book

Once upon a time, there was a man named Jack Gilbert, who was not related to me—unfortunately for me.Jack Gilbert was a great poet, but if you’ve never heard of him, don’t worry about it. It’s not your fault. He never much cared about being known. But I knew about him, and I loved him dearly from a respectful distance, so let me tell you about him.Jack Gilbert was born in Pittsburgh in 1925 and grew up in the midst of that city’s smoke, noise, and industry. He worked in factories and steel mills as a young man, but was called from an early age to write poetry. He answered the call without hesitation. He became a poet the way other men become monks: as a devotional practice, as an act of love, and as a lifelong commitment to the search for grace and transcendence. I think this is probably a very good way to become a poet. Or to become anything, really, that calls to your heart and brings you to life.Jack could’ve been famous, but he wasn’t into it. He had the talent and the charisma for fame, but he never had the interest. His first collection, published in 1962, won the prestigious Yale Younger Poets prize and was nominated for the Pulitzer. What’s more, he won over audiences as well as critics, which is not an easy feat for a poet in the modern world. There was something about him that drew people in and kept them captivated. He was handsome, passionate, sexy, brilliant on stage. He was a magnet for women and an idol for men. He was photographed for Vogue, looking gorgeous and romantic. People were crazy about him. He could’ve been a rock star.Instead, he disappeared. He didn’t want to be distractedby too much commotion. Later in life he reported that he had found his fame boring—not because it was immoral or corrupting, but simply because it was exactly the same thing every day. He was looking for something richer, more textured, more varied. So he dropped out. He went to live in Europe and stayed there for twenty years. He lived for a while in Italy, a while in Denmark, but mostly he lived in a shepherd’s hut on a mountaintop in Greece. There, he contemplated the eternal mysteries, watched the light change, and wrote his poems in private. He had his love stories, his obstacles, his victories. He was happy. He got by somehow, making a living here and there. He needed little. He allowed his name to be forgotten.After two decades, Jack Gilbert resurfaced and publishedanother collection of poems. Again, the literary world fellin love with him. Again, he could have been famous. Again,he disappeared—this time for a decade. This would be hispattern always: isolation, followed by the publication ofsomething sublime, followed by more isolation. He was likea rare orchid, with blooms separated by many years. Henever promoted himself in the least. (In one of the few interviewshe ever gave, Gilbert was asked how he thoughthis detachment from the publishing world had affected hiscareer. He laughed and said, “I suppose it’s been fatal.”)The only reason I ever heard of Jack Gilbert was that, quite late in his life, he returned to America and—for motives I will never know—took a temporary teaching position in the creative writing department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The following year, 2005, it happened that I took exactly the same job. (Around campus,they started jokingly calling the position “the Gilbert Chair.”) I found Jack Gilbert’s books in my office—the office that had once been his. It was almost like the room was still warm from his presence. I read his poems and was overcome by their grandeur, and by how much his writing reminded me of Whitman. (“We must risk delight,” he wrote. “We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.”)He and I had the same surname, we’d held the same job, we had inhabited the same office, we had taught many ofthe same students, and now I was in love with his words; naturally enough, I became deeply curious about him. I asked around: Who was Jack Gilbert?Students told me he was the most extraordinary man they’d ever encountered. He had seemed not quite of this world, they said. He seemed to live in a state of uninterrupted marvel, and he encouraged them to do the same. He didn’t so much teach them how to write poetry, they said, but why: because of delight. Because of stubborn gladness. He told them that they must live their most creative lives as a means of fighting back against the ruthless furnace of this world.Most of all, though, he asked his students to be brave. Without bravery, he instructed, they would never be able to realize the vaulting scope of their own capacities. Without bravery, they would never know the world as richly as it longs to be known. Without bravery, their lives would remain small—far smaller than they probably wanted their lives to be. I never met Jack Gilbert myself, and now he is gone—he passed away in 2012. I probably could’ve made it a personal mission to seek him out and meet him while he was living, but I never really wanted to. (Experience has taught me to be careful of meeting my heroes in person; it can be terribly disappointing.) Anyway, I quite liked the way he lived inside my imagination as a massive and powerful presence, built out of his poems and the stories I’d heard about him. So I decided to know him only that way—through my imagination. And that’s where he remains for me to this day: still alive inside me, completely internalized, almost as though I dreamed him up.But I will never forget what the real Jack Gilbert told somebody else—an actual flesh-and-blood person, a shy University of Tennessee student. This young woman recounted to me that one afternoon, after his poetry class, Jack had taken her aside. He complimented her work, then asked what she wanted to do with her life. Hesitantly, she admitted that perhaps she wanted to be a writer.He smiled at the girl with infinite compassion and asked, “Do you have the courage? Do you have the courage to bring forth this work? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.”So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you? Look, I don’t know what’s hidden within you. I have no way of knowing such a thing. You yourself may barely know, although I suspect you’ve caught glimpses. I don’t know your capacities, your aspirations, your longings, your secret talents. But surely something wonderful is sheltered inside you. I say this with all confidence, because I happen to believe we are all walking repositories of buried treasure.I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.The hunt to uncover those jewels—that’s creative living.The courage to go on that hunt in the first place—that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one.The often surprising results of that hunt—that’s what I call Big Magic.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Big Magic: The instant #1 New York Times Bestseller“Big Magic is a celebration of a creative life…Gilbert’s love of creativity is infectious, and there’s a lot of great advice in this sunny book…Gilbert doesn’t just call for aspiring artists to speak their truth, however daffy that may appear to others; she is showing them how.” —Washington Post"In [Gilbert’s] first foray into full-on self-help [she] shares intimate glimpses into the life of a world-famous creative, complete with bouts of paralyzing fear and frustration, in an attempt to coax the rest of us into walking through the world just a little bit braver.”  —Elle“The Eat, Pray, Love author demystifies the tricky business of creativity. We’re all ears.” —Cosmopolitan“Elizabeth Gilbert is my new spirit animal… I have profoundly changed my approach to creating since I read this book." —Huffington Post“Gilbert leads readers through breaking out of their own creative ruts, finding fulfillment, and facing fear while finding balance between our spiritual and pragmatic beings in her forth coming book. Yes, please.” —Bustle“Big Magic will resonate with writers and artists who find the process of producing work to be particularly painful…Through anecdotes about her creative failures and resourcefulness, as well as those other artists, Gilbert encourages readers to pursue a creative life ‘that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear." —Daily Beast"Gilbert demystifies the creative process, examining the practices of great artists to shed light on finding inspiration in the every day.” —Harper’s Bazaar  “Part inspiration, part how-to, it offers up both a philosophy of creativity and advice for living a more creatively fulfilling life.”—Fast Company“Big Magic tackles the challenges of living the creative life…Reading it is a little like having a coach by your side, cheering on your efforts – whatever they are – candidly and selflessly.” –Christian Science Monitor“Gilbert [writes] with sincerity and humility about the joy that creativity has given her... If you enjoyed Eat Pray Love, if you are drawn to self-help or inspirational books, or if you just like to bask in another person’s positive glow, you’ll love Big Magic.” –Minneapolis Star-Tribune“Big Magic wants to help its readers live creatively…[Gilbert believes] creativity is inside all of us, it should be expressed, and it is not selfish or crazy or foolish to do so – it is in fact the best way to live a satisfying life...[Big Magic] constitutes good advice…[in a voice that’s] charming, personable, self-aware, jokey, conversational….[and] that Gilbert does so well.” —New York Times Book Review“A lucid and luminous inquiry into the relationship between human beings and the mysteries of the creative experience… What makes her book so immensely helpful is precisely its lived and living nature…wholly electrifying.” —Brainpickings  "Gilbert tackles heavy, sensitive subject matter but keeps it light, making what's essentially a self-help book feel like a good talk with a friend rather than a sermon." —Associated Press   “Transformative.” —Flavorwire“Gilbert’s trademark warmth and enthusiasm abounds...wise...[and] pointed." —Boston Globe“Part pat-on-the-back, part slap-in-the-face, [Big Magic is] a permission slip for readers to stop making excuses and get to work… a fresh and modern surprise that fans of her work will relish." —Wichita Eagle“Funny. Insightful. Honest. Irreverent...But, of course, most of us have read Gilbert before and these qualities find their way into all of her works. The particular form of magic in Big Magic comes in a very unusual wrapping: hope and love...Big Magic read[s] like a devotional. Like a love letter to the earnest artist inside most of our hearts.” —Books and Whatnot“Distinctly refreshing." —TED Ideas Blog“Big Magic will leave you feeling inspired to be curious, brave, free, and, most of all, creative.” -Lauren Conrad"Full of chatty advice, pep talks, amusing and inspiring stories...Gilbert’s idea of living creatively may incorporate touches of magic, but she’s practical in the extreme.” —Miami Herald“In her signature conversational style, both sassy and serious, Gilbert invokes high- and low-brow cultural references and recommends we channel our inner trickster… [Her] manifesto is a book to read through quickly, and then start again to discover any big magic you may have missed.” – KMUW"Big Magic ripples with Gilbert’s enthusiasm, choice metaphor, and humor." -LitHub“Gilbert will completely change the way you think about the creative process.”—Indienext“The writing here is so friendly and funny that Gilbert’s perspective on creative living goes down like lemonade in summer." —BookPage“From the deeply self-aware, poetically gifted author of Eat, Pray, Love comes... the best nonfiction book I’ve read in years. For anyone who's ever struggled with feeling worthy to express themselves through art, or been discouraged by the absence of inspiration, I'm not being hyperbolic when I say this book might just change your life.” —Mind Body Green “Inspirational… Big Magic provides a guidebook for anyone wanting to live a more creative life. You don’t have to be an artist to get value out of this book; it is for anyone who wants to live with more joy, love, happiness, and abundance in their world.”—YAHOO! SHOPPING“Gilbert, author of the wildly successful memoir “Eat, Pray, Love” and a successful novelist (“The Signature of All Things”) offers her prescriptions for unlocking the creativity within.” —Seattle Times“Whatever your artistic pursuit, you’ll nod in agreement as Elizabeth Gilbert reflects on the elusive, frustrating and sometimes comically strange process of creativity. Thoughtful and funny, Gilbert makes an excellent case for doing whatever it takes to unlock your inner artist and find more joy in life.” —Woman's Day“What Gilbert’s offering her fans…[is] permission to be creative…[She] is interested in the importance of creativity for the individual’s soul…When you hear the people who want to create, and the gratitude they feel toward [her], you can’t help feeling that she’s healed them—that she has, in fact, become the kind of guru she once sought.” —The New Yorker, on the "Magic Lessons" podcast series  “The latest from Gilbert is all about you—that’s 268 pages of practical advice for tapping into your own creativity... Consider her your own personal life coach.”—Marie Claire "A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugar“Elizabeth Gilbert is an exceptionally gifted author…and this book is remarkable…. It is so densely packed with pearls of wisdom that I read it once for pleasure, and then again to unpack and outline the text just like I used to do in college…A must-read for anyone on the creative spectrum, from those who don’t think there is a creative bone in their body to those who make a living from their artistic expression.” –Yakima Herald“Reading Big Magic is the next best thing to hiring Elizabeth Gilbert [as your] coach.”—PARNASSUS BOOKS“A joyful ride through the enigmatic jungle of creative existence… [Big Magic] is not just about the production of artistic works but about building a life that nurtures the creative being in all of us.”—CREATIV Magazine"Big Magic [is ]… fearless of voice and heart-opening in authenticity; in short, a book worthy of its name." —Literary Inklings“A conversational, intimate glimpse into Gilbert’s process and philosophy, as personable as a confab over coffee… essential reading for anyone who wants to live a larger life, filled with more ideas, more projects, and more fulfillment…Big Magic is powerful stuff.” –Barnes & Noble Blog“A book-length meditation on inspiration.” —Newsday“Whether you long to write the great American novel or you just want to be more present and mindful in your daily life, you can find plenty of inspiration in this self-help tome… … the can-do, optimistic tone makes for an uplifting read.” –All You Magazine"[Gilbert will] make you feel giddy about creation." –Medium"Gilbert mines her writer's career to provide unique, inspiring and constructive insights on how to navigate the wild ride that is the creative life... Her charming nuggets are wise, comforting and ultimately encouraging." –About.com“Gilbert offers helpful suggestions for outwitting writer’s block and perfectionism...and lets a tart sense of humor emerge." -Columbus Dispatch“Anyone living with some manifestation of writer’s block (or any other artistic variant of such affliction) will find [Gilbert's] sage advice is effectively a worthwhile kick in the butt… Without the smallest hint of narcissism, the mega-bestselling author shares the pinnacles and pitfalls of failure and success and how to wrangle the criticism, inside and out.”—Steamboat Pilot & Today“Gilbert sweetly yet powerfully nudges readers to release fear, summon courage and allow the ‘strange jewels’ hidden within each of us to emerge and shine. The end result is the ‘big magic’… Engaging storytelling mixed with personal anecdotes and astute insights make Big Magic a rewarding, motivating and delightful read.” —Sucess Magazine“There's nothing hippie-dippy about Gilbert's raw, honest, and downright hilarious observations of her own creative plight...This isn't a How-To guide for creative living; this is the story of how one woman simply figured things out for herself, and learned how to live in harmony with her own creative soul. All can find a kind of solemn peace and reassurance in her words.” -Everyday eBook“A transformative nonfiction treatise on creativity…Filled with her signature humor, big-heartedness, wild vulnerability and wisdom, Gilbert delivers a vibrant and inspirational book.” -About Town Magazine"A booster that will help you out of any rut.” -Kansas City Star"The author of Eat Pray Love, who has already changed so many lives, now looks to change thinking on creativity." -The New York Daily News“Worth a read for any artist struggling for some peace and quiet in a head bursting with creativity."– Bustle, Included in “9 Books To Help You Find Inner Peace”"Some might call Elizabeth Gilbert by the name Queen Midas … Everything she touches seems to turn to gold. A rare gift, this book acknowledges difficulty, but empowers its readers to transcend it in the name of the beautiful mysteries of existence.” —WNC Woman Magazine“A magnificent guide to how to be creative…[and] a heartfelt gem… I simultaneously wanted to quickly turn the page to see what was next while savoring the advice on each page… Gilbert is determined to guide you into the light. Go with her.” —Jersey Journal"Irresistible…If creativity is something you value highly—both in others and as fundamental to your own existence—you should find much to love in Big Magic, whether or not you typically gravitate toward creativity guides.” —Chapter 16"A non-fiction tour-de force...pragmatic, rational, and wholly convincing." —Reader's Digest UK“A treasure map to unleash your most creative and expressive life.” –Marie TV“Big Magic seeks to both inspire you and strip you of any excuse to not pursue your creative interests…[it’s] passionate, down-to-earth and bursting with Gilbert’s obvious love for the subject matter and her readers… a delight to read.” –Pop Mythology “An empathetic and inspiring guide to mustering the courage to live a creative life. … Nearly anyone who picks up this self-help manual should finish it feeling inspired, even if only to dream of a life without limits.” —Publisher's Weekly (starred review) "Gilbert serves as an enthusiastic coach for readers who want more out of life. Highly recommended." —Library Journal (starred review)“Gilbert’s wise and motivating book of encouragement and advice will induce readers not only to follow specific artistic dreams but also to live life more creatively, fully, and contentedly.” – Booklist "The sincerity, grace, and flashes of humor that characterize [Gilbert’s] writing and insights should appeal to a wider audience…warmly inspirational.” —Kirkus