This August a new film, starring one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses, Julia Roberts, will be released. The movie, Eat, Pray, Love, is based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoirs of the same name. Gilbert’s book hit the New York Times Best Seller list after becoming well known through Oprah’s ardent promotion, in which Oprah calls the book, the modern woman’s Bible. Oprah says that Gilbert is everybody’s guru. The book follows Gilbert in her spiritual journey, which takes her to an Indian Ashram and to a life of meditation. No doubt, with Julia Roberts playing Gilbert, actor Brad Pitt producing the film, and Oprah most certainly promoting the movie, tens of millions of viewers could be drawn toward Eastern religious outlook. Eat, Pray, Love is one of a number of films over the last few years that have had a strong eastern mystical content.
A note of interest to illustrate the paradigm shift that organized Christianity is going through: Anne Lamott, who was just featured in Charles Stanley’s In Touch magazine, endorsed Eat, Pray, Love, the book, and has gone on speaking engagements with Elizabeth Gilbert, expressing her resonance with Gilbert’s spirituality, calling the book “rich in spiritual wisdom.”