Hey there Cheeky Hippies! Today, we’re reviewing Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert.
The title is straight forward; in this book, there are 6 parts which will have you catching glimpses of your own big magic, including the obstacles that may make your big magic tremble.
These six parts are:
While I’ve listened to this book more times than I’ve read it, there’s still the point that I’ve gone start-to-finish 4 times with this book. There aren’t many that have stood the test of time, or even my lapse in attention. This one has.
As always, this review will have 5 factors that will make up its final review: Value, Reader-friendliness, The Gem Factor, Time Commitment, and Lifetime
Inspiration. Call-to-action. Humor.
This work uses storytelling and “Real-talk” to speak about creativity. While creativity is often vague or reserved only to describe the special few, Liz Gilbert makes sure that you know that you are creative and that this work is for you, too.
Originally written for herself, it is helpful for so many because it was helpful to her to write it.
Big Magic is a lovely read. It’s written almost as if in conversation with the reader. It’s as wonderful listened to, but I prefer listening to it when I’m not at home because it gets you into an almost meditative trance.
If you like underlining and grabbing quotes though, get the book. It’s filled with beautiful quotes that you’ll just want to hang onto your wall.
The Gem Factor
Incredibly insightful. Relevant. Important.
For all of you who have a precarious relationship with creative living, I imagine you may benefit from this work at some point or another.
It has a way of putting creativity into perspective, along with getting you back in touch with innate, childlike curiosity.
Big Magic is a natural lesson, a workbook without being a workbook. It is wisdom. Tried and tested; truth.
The audio-book is 5 hours long, which equates to roughly one week for me, if listened to during the transit to work/school.
I imagine the book would take just as long. However, depending on you, it may be the kind of book you want to curl up with, with tea and your favorite pen, underlining favorite passages.
This book’s lifetime shall be dubbed:
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
I’ve had this book for a little over a year, and I’ve already gone through it four times.
Each time, I’ve been reminded of a wise and beautiful message.
If one day I stop reading it as much, I’ll hand it over to a friend who might benefit. It’s just, ughhhhhhh I love it.
It looks great on a shelf, it sounds and reads great, and there are nuggets of wisdom throughout. It’s a self-help book in a style where you feel a friend is talking to you, telling you stories and giving you some #RealTalk.