The ABA Book Club Reviews – Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

At the ABA Book Club, we review and recommend a great book for you to practice reading in English.

Our recommendation today is Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book: Big Magic. Do you know this author? She became a household name after the huge success of her book Eat, Pray, Love, which has now been translated into over 30 languages. She is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction.

Reading Level Advanced
Genre Self-help
Length (pages) 288
Original Date of Publishing 2015

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. In Big Magic, Gilbert explores her own creative process and shares her wisdom and perspective on the topic. As always, her profound empathy shines through the book, which is packed with insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration.

As the review from Wichita Eagle says: “Part pat-on-the-back, part slap-in-the-face, [Big Magic is] a permission slip for readers to stop making excuses and get to work… a fresh and modern surprise that fans of her work will relish.”

“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”

Big Magic, which became an instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, is just what it says in the title: magic. Read it and tell us what you think!


Household name – known to many people : familiar or common.

Fiction – written stories about people and events that are not real : literature that tells stories which are imagined by the writer.

Non-fiction – writing that is about facts or real events : all writing that is not fiction.

Walks of life – used to refer to people who have many different jobs or positions in society.

Drawn – attracted to.

Empowerment – to give power to (someone).

Pat-on-the-back – to praise or give credit to (someone) for doing good work.

Permission slip –  a formal, written statement from an official group or place allowing you to do something.  

Relish – enjoyment of or delight in something.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Book


To read more reviews and find out where to buy this book, if you think you’d enjoy reading it, visit Goodreads.

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