If you are an advent reader, seeker of self-improvement, literature junkie or Oprah follower, you have probably read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love (EPL). Can you believe it has been ten years since EPL was released?! Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It (EPLMMDI) is a compilation of essay by various authors who discuss how the Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love affected their lives.
I have been super lucky to have already read the yet-to-be-released copy of EPLMMDI, because my friend and co-blogger at Spiritual Bahana, Ed was chosen to be featured in the book.
I had already read Ed’s essay before he submitted it, but I was still pretty overcome with emotion when I saw his story in print. I feel incredibly proud of my friend for his honesty and how far he has come in his journey towards self-discovery. I truly encourage you to read his journey from Catholic boy to a man comfortable in his sexuality.
I was not sure what to expect from the rest of the essays. I almost wondered if there would be story after story from divorcees who traveled abroad. Although these were peppered in, the book contains a wide range of experiences that led the reader to realize what a wide impact EPL made on so many people. It’s truly interesting to see how one woman’s experience impacted so many others and in such vastly different ways.
I learned that so many people tore through EPL in one sitting and many others could not get through sections of the book on the first try, only to return to it later. I learned that so many people have cried on their bathroom floors and truly felt connected and valid in their pain as Gilbert shared her bathroom floor moments. I learned that many people were given EPL by a friend or family member who knew it would change the trajectory of their life, and it in fact did.
Some of my favorite essays included a woman who walked El Camino trail in Spain, a woman who quit her job and moved to Bordeaux, a woman who finds love in India, a woman whose story does not veer far away from the confines of her apartment, a man who finally learns how to love himself, a lawyer who becomes an actress and a recent divorcee who finds herself on her yoga mat.
If you are a fan of EPL, you will certainly enjoy remembering parts of the book and re-traveling on Liz’s journey with other people. The impact of EPL is undoubtedly profound and diverse. I would love to hear about your thoughts on the book! Ed has signed a copy that I will be giving away. Leave a comment, “like” the blog’s page on Facebook or follow me on Twitter for multiple entries to win a signed copy of the EPLMMDI. Contest ends at midnight on March 28th. The book is released on March 29th! Make sure to get your copy.