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This book has everything women are interested in - marriage, divorce, travel, spiritual matters, dream interpretation. It will appeal to all women and especially those who have read Gilbert's Eat Pray Love and Committed - its a reply to Gilbert's claim that her husband's divorce was "horrific". It is the first "Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It" book! It is also one of the few books on women and retirement.
Elizabeth dedicates her book to “all the women out there who work hard to make their divorces gracious”, in it she tells how her prime concern was to look after the welfare of her two children in her divorce split."There are lots of women who make sacrifices so their children can have a father. I did what I did because it was the right thing at the time. And I would do it again, despite what happened." Australian Women's Weekly
The main theme of the book is an inner spiritual journey, the application and use of Buddhist principles to overcoming deep grief. It chronicles a six-week retreat in a Buddhist temple in Brazil where spiritual progress is outlined and temple life is discussed.
The book also discusses women and retirement. "Making hard decisions about whether to retire, where she might retire to and having her children fly the nest were all issues Ms Lowrie was dealing with, making her book not only a redressing of her own truth but also the tale of a year of spiritual discovery and insights." Hervey Bay Chronicle"
"There is no doubt that Committed Undone comes from the heart. Lowrie had to accept that a huge publicity machine would make it difficult to confront Gilbert and Nunes, without creating even more grief to her and others, so after a challenging "spiritual battle", she decided instead to write her truth. Some might say it's sour grapes, others might think "get over it", but after reading the book, I got the sense that Lowrie simply wanted to set a few things straight, if only for her own inner peace." Writenotereviews.com"
Back Cover: It is not a good year for Elizabeth Lowrie. Everything she is committed to is being undone: her work, the day-to-day responsibilities of family and a commitment made to the ex.
In the process of considering whether or not to retire, Elizabeth’s world begins to fall apart when Liz Gilbert publishes Committed, the sequel to her best seller Eat, Pray, Love. In Committed, Liz and her new beau (Felipe) are described as survivors of ‘very, very bad divorces’. This is a huge shock to Elizabeth Lowrie, ‘Felipe’s’ ex-wife: she had always believed their split had been gracious.
In order to try and make sense of the chaos around her, Elizabeth embarks on the trip of a life time – to move ‘the energy’ to a better place and to make decisions about her future. She explores what a professional woman considers when retiring.
This is the story of Elizabeth’s journey of healing from her initial feelings of grief and betrayal to finding inner peace and compassion. It is an 18-month memoir of personal, emotional and spiritual growth as Elizabeth white water rafts down the Grand Canyon, meditates for six weeks in Brazil, and travels across Canada by train.
This story is Elizabeth’s truth.
“I had worked really hard to make the divorce great,” she said. “And here I was reading an account of my own marriage and divorce from someone who wasn’t there, who I’d met only once. She was writing about my life. I was extremely upset and very hurt.” Newscom