Last Chance To Enter and Win an Autographed Copy of Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It!!

Hi everyone!! Spiritual Bahana is giving away a free autographed copy of Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It signed by yours truly, Eduardo Martinez.

For those of you who don’t know, last summer I entered an essay writing contest by the acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert. Liz Gilbert is a New York Times best selling author who’s inspired millions of women and men to look at their lives and change them for the better. Since its release in 2006, over 10 million copies have been sold and it established her as a world famous writer. Eat Pray Love sold over 10 million copies ever since its first release in 2006. Her story of self discovery was also made into a movie directed by Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story and most recently The People Vs. Oj Simpson.

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It is a collection of essays written by fans from around the world who were inspired to go on their own spiritual quest after reading the book. Although I didn’t travel around the world to find myself, I believe you’ll find my simple story of hard work and determination just as inspiring.

As of last week, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It has become number 5 on the New York Times Best Sellers Travel List.

The book and author were also featured on Good Morning America:

You have mutliple chances to win! You can enter by:

  1. Leaving a blog comment lettings us know what you thought of Eat Pray Love.
  2. Following Spiritual Bahana on WordPress (click “follow” on the sidebar—>).
  3. Follow @spiritualbahana on Instagram.

You can chose one or all options for multiple entries. The contest begins today and will run through midnight on Sunday, 5/15. The winner will be announced on Monday, 5/16.

Please click on the link below to log your entries. Best of luck!

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Book Review Wednesday: Conversations With God

While Angelina is away getting acquainted with her new position as middle school counselor,  I get to write this week’s blog post.

Part of the reason Angelina and I decided to create a blog about spirituality is due to our former religious upbringing.  She was raised in an evangelist Christian household while I was raised Catholic.  After many years of slowly shedding our religious upbringing by venturing out into the land of the worldly, we’ve come to the conclusion that God – or some variation thereof – is necessary.  But we’ve decided, as adults, that we will design the idea of God based on our experiences.  Our parents used God as a coping device to make themselves feel better for situations beyond their control and passed that way of worshipping onto us.  Now that we are on our own and understand that life requires personal responsibility, it frees God up from being trapped in a magic bottle while he waits to grant our three wishes.

This week, I just finished listening to the audio version of Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God:

Neil Donald

I’m glad I chose to listen to it because this book is heavy with heady concepts.  It’s a lot to take in.  But, what makes it real fun is when you listen to it, take notes on a super fun writing pad and reflect on the concepts later. Here is my super fun writing pad:

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Hiiiiiiiiiii!!

I approached this book as a graduation from what my parents instilled in me.  Now that I have an idea and experience of God, I can now take that knowledge and learn more.  Instead of using just the bible as a resource, I feel more comfortable learning from other’s examples and experiences.

Neale’s main belief is that we are co-creators with the divine.  We create our own life based on our beliefs and experiences.  Relationship with God isn’t following a set of rules so that one day we may gain a future heaven (sounds a lot like capitalism); it’s more about thought patterns and how we manifest exactly what we want – good or bad.

I came across this Facebook post which pretty much sums up some of the ideas Neale discusses in the book and concepts I’ve adapted for myself.  Instead of teachings, the book would say we already have the knowledge necessary to experience life.

JacksonByyyye!!

Ed