Posted by: Yvonne | August 21, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love: A Review


Julia Roberts has converted to Buddhism.   (Hinduism.  Thanks,  John!)  While filming her movie, Eat, Pray, Love, she must have said the Buddha Vishnu prayer.  *Said with tongue planted firmly in cheek.*

Unfortunately, the press is presenting her as a former Christian because apparently her parents were Baptist/Roman Catholic, therefore she must have been Christian.   I certainly do not follow that logic, but most of the this world does. 

Anyway, back in 2008, Marcia Montenegro, of CANA,  reviewed the book from which the movie is based.  Here’s a excerpt:

In her book, Eat, Pray, Love (NY: Penguin Books, 2006), Elizabeth Gilbert narrates her journey through three countries, Italy, India, and Indonesia, which parallels the exploration of three stages of her post-divorce experience: pursuit of pleasure, pursuit of devotion, and pursuit of balance (between pleasure and devotion). This is such a neat package, one would think it was planned ahead of time. Well, it was.

On her site, Elizabeth Gilbert states that her journey was paid for with an advance from the publisher ( So this was a journey planned with writing and selling a book in mind. The promotion on Oprah did the rest, catapulting the book onto the bestseller list; additionally, the book has received many accolades from reviewers.

A note of interest: Christian columnist and author Anne Lamott endorsed this book, which thrilled Gilbert, and she appeared with Gilbert for an event on the UCLA campus ( Lamott’s words appear on the book’s cover: “A wonderful book, brilliant and personal, rich in spiritual insight.” Lamott is a Universalist, so maybe it should not be surprising that she has no problem cheering on New Age teachings. Incidentally, this was not the first New Age author Lamott has endorsed; she also endorsed a book by Marianne Williamson.

You can read the rest of the article here.


  1. Hey my friends,
    I think she said she converted to Hinduism rather than Buddhism.

    • OOPS! Thanks, John! I’ve corrected my mistake.



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