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Elizabeth Gilbert—a "Religious Pilgrim" for Our Times

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat claims that if there's a representative "religious pilgrim" for our post-Christian times, it's probably Elizabeth Gilbert. In 2001, at age 32, Gilbert had a rewarding day job as a travel writer, an apartment in Manhattan, a big new house in the Hudson Valley, and a devoted husband with whom she intended to have a child. Just five short years later, her spiritual odyssey began at 3 A.M. with Gilbert locked in the bathroom of her home, weeping over the life she didn't want anymore, and then falling on her knees in prayer. ...

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