Best Spirituality Book for Depression: Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
A painful breakup. A midlife crisis. A long trip around the world to renew the sense of self. Who doesn’t enjoy a true-life tale of adventure, particularly when the adventure is soulful and inspiring?
Can this book help me overcome depression?
Possibly. I found it helpful to read about a woman going through an emotional crisis who makes a bold plan to address it–then actually carries it out. An inspiring read, to say the least.
Does it address depression specifically?
The memoirist does discuss her own depression, but the book is certainly not prescriptive.
What does it say that can help?
Ah, good question. What does it actually say? That will depend on who’s doing the reading. For me, Eat Pray Love said that living authentically is the only way to live well.
For those who don’t know the book, here’s the plot description from Amazon:
In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.
To what degree do you think this book can help me overcome depression?
Depression effectiveness rating: 3 on a scale of 1-10
Where can I find it?
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