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Is Elizabeth Gilbert, a spiritual writer in the context of Eat Pray Love?Elizabeth...

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kukarad70 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM via web

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Is Elizabeth Gilbert, a spiritual writer in the context of Eat Pray Love?

Elizabeth Gilbert from which angle she is a spiritual writer and Eat Pray Love became a spiritual memoir? But I read this book and enjoyed lot but still confusing after reading all parts of her visit to Italy, India and Indonesia.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 12, 2012 at 11:13 PM (Answer #2)

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The book follows a sort of stream-of-consciousness approach.  You are basically read a person's inner-most thoughts.  In a sense it is a spiritual memoir, because she is describing a spiritual journey.  I would not really describe it as a spiritual guide.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 13, 2012 at 2:57 AM (Answer #3)

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Yes, but in the broadest sense. Gilbert does not promote the book as spiritual doctrine, but rather it is a reflection of her spiritual and emotional journey. For readers seeking a better understanding of world religions, the book does not meet that need. Gilbert does provide her readers with personal observations of the cultures of the three countries that she visits; so the book is more of a travelogue than a spiritual thesis.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 13, 2012 at 6:08 AM (Answer #4)

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I agree that this book is can be considered spiritual because it is about the author's personal spiritual journey. It is not written as a spiritual guide for others to follow. Of course, many people find spiritual messages within the book. We tend to take our own spiritual lessons away from the stories of others spiritual journeys. She is certainly on a spiritual journey throughout the book. She explores different aspects of spirituality. She certainly did not intend to write a spiritual guide book, although some see the book that way.
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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM (Answer #5)

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I would not consider the author to be a "spiritual writer" simply because she published a book on her own, self-termed, spiritual journey.

To me, the book was more of the personal and journalistic approach that one woman took in an attempt to work out her relational, emotional, and in many ways, mid-life crisis type problems.  I found her "spiritual" revelations to be lighthearted, and yes, personal, but somewhat trite and certainly trendy.  In many ways, this book speaks to the modern and professional woman's plight to find happiness (fulfilment) in light of the fact that the struggle to gain equality (financially, success-fully, or otherwise) for many of such women, has been realized.

I'd label this book a feminist guide before I'd label it a spiritual guide.

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