"I want to make clear that I never advertised this as a universal prescription," Gilbert told George Stephanopoulos on "GMA" today.
Divorce and travel are not the point, she said. "The important thing is not to do what I did, it's to ask what I asked."
Wendy Walsh, a psychologist and relationship expert, said the book resonates at this moment in time, a difficult one for many. In the midst of a recession, many are working hard to hold on to the material trappings of life. "They're clinging onto a big house or a big car, for what reason?" Walsh said. "It's time to figure out who you are and what makes you happy, both in love and career."
"I think the biggest message that's impacting people from the book is trying to figure out who you are," she added.
As for love, while in Bali, Gilbert worked to raise money to help an Indonesian family build a house.
"She found love during a time in her life when she was actually doing some charity, philanthropic work," Walsh said. "Her powers of empathy and compassion -- very important for love to bloom -- were highly attuned."
Walsh suggests that seekers of love find some volunteer work in their communities. And, she said, the best place to look for love may be at home, on the Internet.
Follow your interests, she said. There's no need to seek out conventional dating sites. Instead, look to make new friends through your interests via social networking. Those new friends will have friends and they'll have friends, and so on.
Gervais is hoping that'll be the case for her.
After reading one of her four copies of "Eat Pray Love," she knew she could not take a year off from her life, but she could make some changes, she said.
Among the many pieces of herself she'd given up in the name of marital harmony was a passion for photography. Once her marriage was behind her, she resurrected the hobby. Hesitant to go out shooting pictures on her own, she took a risk and organized a MeetUp.com group for amateur shutter bugs. She wondered if anyone would show up for the first outing. Eighteen months later, the group numbered 303 members.
With any luck, she'll find love among them.