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Book Review: Big Magic

If you have even the slightest creative spark, Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Big Magic (Penguin Books, 2015), is sure to draw it out. Not just for writers and artists, Gilbert’s book—full of inspirational one-liners that you should jot down, post near your desk, and ponder from time to time—gives us permission to unleash our creative beings, despite our “perceived” effect on the world. Maybe you write, maybe you’re a professional or amateur photographer, or maybe your perennial beds overflow with artistic expression. Or maybe not. Either way, Gilbert reminds us that “we need something that takes us so far out of ourselves that we forget to eat, forget to pee, forget to mow the lawn … forget to brood over our insecurities.” And that creative living can “relieve us from the dreadful burden of being who we are.” She urges us to ditch our fears and reminds us that what we make matters. I’ve personally dog-eared every other page in this book, and I bet you will, too, as Gilbert nudges you toward embracing what you love to do. – Christina Shepherd McGuire