survivingmiddleage

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Eat Pray Love

I saw the movie last year and loved it but I kept hearing how good the book was. I generally like to read the book first and then watch the movie. Or sometimes I like to just watch the movie or just read the book. Why? Because one generally ruins the other. You have one that is so much better than the other and then you are left with disappointment. But I went ahead and read the book after having seen the movie. Surprisingly, I love both. While the author’s physical description of herself does not fit Julia Roberts, the personality is really captured by Julia Roberts. I can only think of one other actress who could have pulled off the range involved in this book and that is Sandra Bullock. She has comedic ability as well as dramatic.

I’ve read negative reviews of this book and movie, but I liked it. Maybe it’s because it is such a great and refreshing way of looking at a journey. It was a life journey because it involved the search for happiness in all aspects. The author was trying to figure out who she was within herself, within life, with God, and with or without love. I felt like someone had peeked into my life except I haven’t done the traveling part of the book. I have done this same journey, though, without traveling at all. This book gave me some insight into myself as well as my relationship with God. And maybe that is the problem for the people giving negative reviews; they haven’t experienced this journey. That’s fine. But so many of us do and this is insight into one person’s journey.

If you’re questioning your journey in life, this might be a helpful book just to let you know someone else has been down the same figurative road. Don’t be surprised by some of her “colorful” language. She may be working on spirituality but it didn’t affect her vocabulary.

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