As a born-again Christian, I wasn't sure what to expect or think about a secular both like this. I am so glad I read it (well, listened to it).
The author's delivery and performance was awesome. More important was her message: what she shared. Some things don't agree with my worldview, yet, over all I was granted this wonderful look and understanding into the world of a woman's mind, and how least one woman, and through case studies other women, think about marriage. It was really delightful, inspiring, and I loved it: I couldn't stop listening.
As a guy in his 40s who's never been married, the biggest benefit I got from this book is it really made love and relationships so much more accessible to me and made me really fall in love with both.
clean movie fan
Liz you have be caught up in the ways of the world and are teaching it's doctrine in a very sad way. You have some good stuff here but not worth having to dig through the mire you have picked up in your journey. Reader if you are after truth there are better sources.
Elizabeth Gilbert writes from the heart and bears her soul. After all, she did write this book for herself, which turned out to be a genius move. I love that she is the voice to this audio book. Not that she has any trouble conveying with her words, but she adds really nice touches. I was ready to be educated about marriage, but I receive so much more.
As one marriage-doubter to another, this book is a beautifully woven historical retrospective, blended with modernity, that certainly makes for a very thought-provoking and inner-turmoil-balancing conversation about the personal and social impacts of marriage and non-marriage.
Liz called the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, not based on secular and religious politics, but rather from the study of society's pattern of societal protectionism. As illogical as that may sway. It is ironic how the original Christian community was against marriage as one could not achieve Christlikeness while married, yet today the Bible is being used as the basis for why some should be "allowed" to marry. AND marriage is only deemed legal, because it can only be authorized and recognized by the state, NOT the Church of any religion.
Liz, (which is what the author calls herself - I'm not taking familiar Liberty here), also beautiful job of layering humanity next to honor next to legal obligation next to multi-generational/cultural personal experiences to show that this endeavor is ever-evolving and thus there is no singular answer about what "marriage is."
This book has not convinced me to marry. That ultimately will depend on the person I choose to join me on that path, but I know this, that person, if they exist, will add another level of fabulous-ness to my life and will certainly need to be a silently strong man with a good sense of humor. 😉
Way too analytical and academic. I expected more of a first-person account of dealing with the journey of marriage, not "the history of marriage." I couldn't make it past the chapter on historical basis of marriage in the early church.
No. I still love EG.
The intro was very interesting and compelling, and was more what I expected. I was taken off-guard (not in a good way) when the book delved into the history of marriage. I turned it off.
Committed bills itself as a book about a skeptic making peace with marriage, but what's lost in that subtitle is the fascinating, in-depth look at the history of marriage and its role in both Eastern and Western societies and cultures. Gilbert is forced to marry her sweetheart if he is ever to be allowed back in the US, and this is the story of her research into the various meanings of marriage in an effort to somehow be okay with being married again. It's a personal, historical and cultural exploration of the ways people do and do not embrace the institution. Lots of fascinating details and you can't beat a story being told by its author.
Elizabeth George does a great job of laying out all her research on marriage that went into her own decision. Plus she is a very professional reader of her own books.
I feel indebted somehow as EPL was the first book I'd read and then had seen in movie version. Of course the book was better than the movie and I finally understood what that meant. I had to find out what happened next as her story with Felipe had to continue.
I love how she states going from exotic country to country as some might speak of going from store to store in a mall. Fly over to Cambodia for a few days? :)
I feel she also painted a respectful picture of the ex spouses and I hope they also see it that way should they choose to seek out this fabulous book.
Bravo, Liz!! :)