Author of Eat Pray Love (Penguin) and Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage (Viking)
People often underestimate the power of... Waiting a situation out. As I've gotten older, I've noticed there's a great deal of power in a pause. Sometimes we make problems worse by rushing to fix them.
I felt most powerful when... I took control of my life. Five years of self-examination, painful honesty, and prayer got me out of a bad marriage and depression. It's how I became a woman.
A true sign of power is... Positive impact. Power is a neutral energy source, like tofu. It's what you do with it that gives it flavor.