All books are a personal journey for the reader; we cannot help but put ourselves in the heroine's shoes and wonder what we would do in the same circumstances.
I have a confession to make; I haven't yet read Eat, Pray, Love (I must be one of a very small minority!) So Committed was my first opportunity to 'hear' Elizabeth's voice. One of the hardest things for an author to do I think, is firstly, to find their own voice, and secondly, to be consistent with their voice and remain true to themselves. As Elizabeth herself admits very readily, she had already almost written the book once, but it didn't feel right, she didn't feel like 'herself' in it. So she threw it away and started again! Brava! As a result, what Elizabth has given us is a personal reflection of her own journey into the meaning of marriage for her, through which we can explore our own personal journey of what marriage and committment mean to us.
Not everyone feels comfortable with personal journeys of exploration into the psyche, and it's evident from some of the other reviews that some people are looking for a slightly different book to the one that Elizabth has written. And that's fine, of course! It says more about them and where they are, than it does about Elizabeth.
Personally, as a psychologist and as a woman who has been considering the meaning of my own marriage (after 17 years with a man I have married 3 times!), I found the book insightful and thought provoking.
I loved the book ............... and I shall be getting a divorce.