In her attempts to answer the question “Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”, Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear examined different aspects of creativity and innovation. Although, this is one of the most interesting topics for me, the book was not that much of a good choice. This is my second read for this author. I read Eat, Pray, and Love One Woman’s Search for Everything before and I have to admit that it was better. I read about creativity in different contexts for which I believe this book failed in tackling the topic in a new and a “Creative” way. May be if she divided her ideas into smaller chunks and laid out them into smaller chapters, the flow of ideas would be more interesting.
Nevertheless, the book has some good messages that if received in the right time and, they would create a difference in your life. For me, that was not the best time to hear them.
At last, I believe we all should devote some time to try to answer the original question: “Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”
As she said: “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”.