I initially had reservations about reading this since I am not particularly religious and have a healthy skepticism regarding man's word vs. God's word. But Ms. Gilbert's brand of spirituality is like an all-inclusive resort, where everyone is welcome, even the skeptics like me. She did a great job describing the orbit of her life from serious depression back to vibrant health. She brought everything full circle, which I like. I do not like loose ends at the end of a story.
I found it interesting that almost everyone I spoke to found the India part of the story the hardest to get through. They thought it was dry and a little boring. I, however, did not. I have been practicing Anusara Yoga for about 18 months and I struggle with taming my mind during meditation. I joke with my instructor (see her blog Graceful Transformations in my blog links) that Savasana is the hardest pose for me because I can't turn my brain off. So I could completely relate to Ms. Gilbert's struggles.
In the end, it was also a great story with Ms. Gilbert herself both the protagonist and antagonist, which is hard to pull off. I am a writer and it is way easier to show conflict external to your main character than it is to show internal. I was rooting for her the entire time. I am also interested enough that when I find time I want to google her and see what she is up to now. Better yet, she has motivated me to take a second look at my own beliefs and to spend some of 2011 getting my own mind under control.