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Friday, 29 April 2016


Do ever wish you had the courage to stop what you're doing and follow your dreams?  A new book coming out next week tells how fifty very different women did just that.

Eat Pray Love Made me Do it  looks back on Elizabeth Gilbert's international bestseller and the impact it had on ten million readers.. Here's the blurb:

In the ten years since its electrifying debut, Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love has become a worldwide phenomenon, empowering millions of readers to set out on paths they never thought possible. In this candid and captivating collection, nearly fifty of those readers – as diverse in their experiences as they are in age and background – share their stories.

Featured in the June edition of Red Magazine, the book's  authors Lisann Valentin, Tracie Cornell and Theresa Thornton explain how they were inspired to reinvent their lives.

The feature in June's Red magazine

Unhappy in her job as a corporate lawyer, Lisann Valentin decided to set up a book group 'thinking it could be a way to find insight' to her problems.  The first book the group chose was Eat Pray Love and, almost instantly,  Lisann's self-discovery began. She'd always wanted to be an actor and after making he decision to leave Wall Street  now spends her time acting and directing.

Tracie Cornell, 46, found the courage to leave her unhappy marriage after discovering Gilbert's book. 'Reading about what Elizabeth went through, her years abroad, created a door for women like me to walk through,' she says. 'It created a space for us to leave our unhappiness behind.'

The final author, 55-year-old Theresa Thornton, was juggling her office job whilst raising her two children after a financially- draining divorce. She read Eat Pray Love and decided to  pursue her lifelong fantasy; to be a singer. After saving for a singing workshop in New York she literally found her voice. 'Singing fills my soul and makes me happy,' she told the magazine. 'I sing for me.'

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It  (Bloomsbury £8.99) is available from May 5.


Anonymous said...

I never did understand what all the fuss was about Eat Pray Love. Maybe I should take another look to get a greater understanding of how women's minds work?

Guernsey Girl said...

I think more and more women are realising they can change their lives if they really want to. I waited far too long to get my first novel published but it was worth the wait. Maybe you should read this new book - it might surprise you!

Barbara Fisher said...

Hi Marilyn, I used to wish I could follow my dreams but then when I started selling books many of my dreams came true. Now I’m retired I would like to visit more countries and see more things, but that would take a lottery win. Overall, I’m very content but maybe I won’t read this, in case I discover I’m not content at all.

Guernsey Girl said...

That made me smile, Barbara! You've led such an interesting life and your love of books shines through everything you do. If U win the lottery you'll be the first person I tell 😂

Lisann said...

Thank you so much for sharing this!!! I really appreciate it.

Barbara Fisher said...

I appreciate that Marilyn and if I should win you will be the first to know (after me of course)! Thanks for making me laugh.