I refused to even pick it up for a couple of years. I wasn't interested in jumping on the bandwagon, had heard all the negative feedback and was really just too proud to admit that I read it. Additionally, I'm a professional writer and can't tolerate poor writing--which I assumed it was. Then my aunt sent it to me and told me she had really enjoyed it. I picked it up, expecting to immediately put it back down. I wasn't expecting to fall in love. But I did. I. loved. it. Every page. Every line. It spoke to me right where I was in my own spiritual and mental health journey. I was recovering from my own serious bout of depression and immediately bonded with Elizabeth as she shared her journey in her straightforward, honest, emotionally vulnerable manner. I absolutely loved her writing style and the fact that humor infused every episode of her experience.I don't quite understand the affect her story has on different people. Why do people hate it so vehemently when I found so much direction and comfort? Why did my spiritually-minded, but cynical husband fall in love with the movie? (He found jewels in her story that spoke to him as few other stories have.) "Spiritually lite?" I am a religious lifer, have practiced meditation for years, am a Benedictine oblate, and have studied all the world's religions. I'm not easily impressed, yet, I loved the book. Reading it encouraged, comforted, delighted and guided me. It's okay not to like it. It's also okay to like, even love it.
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