Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Eat Pray Love

OK, I've heard about this book on Oprah. The author, Elizabeth Gilbert has been on now twice. I have my DVR record Oprah, and I watch it at night as I'm trying to finish my Christmas cards! Some of the people in the audience yesterday called the book their bible, and one even said she became a believer in God after she read it. (this particular girl said that she had not grown up with any sort of religion, and after she read the book felt as if she had that in her life) I am all about finding books that speak to you, and using them as a guide. I have my favorite, How to Hug a Porcupine, that has taught me so much, that has notes, highlighter and post its all the way through it. I guess I kind of hesitate to read a book that people consider their bible. I believe the scriptures are the scriptures. And I know there is a ton in there that we miss because of either the language of it, or our lack of pondering, meditation or prayer. I am one that needs things spelled out for me. Things like "honor thy father and they mother so that thy days are long in the land". OK, so how do you honor them? Does that mean calling them often? Or does that mean that you go and visit them regularly? What do you do if being around your mom for a few days is a problem? What do you do if your mom or dad abused you? This particular commandment is hard for me, and my Porcupine book has really helped me understand that specific commandment better, and others also. And so maybe this book Eat Pray Love will help me also. The author seems honest, and very up front about things. She doesn't know all the answers, and stated that on the Oprah show. I saw the book in Target (and in Walmart today), and thought about buying it. But I was buying Christmas presents, and I have enough books that I haven't read yet. So, have any of you read it? What do you think? I already have Oprahs book club pick Pillars of the Earth to read, that I think I will read on the way to North Carolina.
As a side note to this, I have been packing up my books these last few days. So far I have about 7 or 8 boxes of books. Some of these are Matt's textbooks from previous classes (or mine), but mostly these books are mine that I have either read or are going to read. A lot of them I have bought just this year. My problem is that I love to read, and if I like a book, I don't want to get rid of it. Hence the reason that I just don't go to libraries. And the fact that my kids go crazy and aren't quiet at all. Maybe next year we'll start going......

6 comments:

Jen said...

I haven't read that one, but I have read How to Hug a Porcupine, and its a great book.

It's just me... said...

1) Let's read Eat, Pray, Love together once you get settled. I really want to read it but am waiting for it to come into the library. It would be really fun to read something together!

2) We have eighteen boxes of books in storage. Eighteen! E refused to part with any of them....

3) I still haven't read my Porcupine book - but even though I had a breakthrough I still need to...

Terina said...

its only a little over $12 at walmart. should i send you a walmart giftcard???

Lanes said...

So I've read it, it's a good book . . . I would NOT consider it a "bible" book. But I also hesitate to give reviews on books since everyone's experience is different. My views differed a lot from hers but it was an interesting read. I'll let you form your own opinion about it and then we can book club about it :)

J.Ammon said...

Hugging porcupines sounds like teaching the frenchies. If I had a "bible" book it would have to be... "La Pettite Taupe Qui Voulait Savoir Qui La Fait Sur La Tete."

Terina said...

je suis d'accord avec toi joe.... j'adore La petite taupe.

but the book isn't about teaching frenchies malheureusment..