Before I got the book, I had heard so much about the author, about how great the book is, and about how people's lives changed because of it. Even Oprah invited Elizabeth Gilbert to her show twice! I am always very alert to those "life-changing" books,especially with those books that bring with them mentally and spirtually changing power.Because I enjoy my own spiritual journey no matter how slow is goes, how twist it could be, I reasure my every growing steps so much that I seldom let any "life-changing" books, moives or speeches snatch that away from me. I started the book with caution, but soon my caution caved in under Liz's special sense of humor. The way she describes her first time meditaion brought me back to my first clumsy meditation try-out moment where I couldn't control my thoughts at all, I may had 2 seconds of silence, but always ended up thinking again like this "Yeah!!2 seconds!!". It was the chapter she describes how much she is addicted to a foreign language really softened my stiff arms and started to embrace her and the book. I myself is a language nuts too, but to be honest, I am a jack of few trades, and master of none,even my mother tongue-Chinese. But the way she fall for Italian is just like how I feel for Japanese and maybe French in the future. We feed on the mad love for languages.I can feel the vibes of Liz from her words. I love this 30 something big girl. with her I travlled Italy, India, and Bali, talked to the people she met, witnessed the changed occured inside her, learnt that it is us who ultimately have the strength to help us to grow, it is the love that imbeded in us even before we born always lend us the momentum to cope with any tough and rough moments. In addition, I love the wording in the book, I learnt many new words and expressions. I grew a lot. Thanks to the book and to Liz.