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Journal keeping : writing for spiritual growth
Budd, Luann.
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Publication Information:
Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, [2002]

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190 pages ; 21 cm
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BV4509.5 .B83 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Would you like to journal, but you're not sure how to start?Do you love to journal, but need some fresh ideas?Here's a book to help you discover (or recover) the power of writing as a spiritual discipline. In these pages you'll find intriguing and encouraging insights on topics like "ordinary things," "discovery journaling," "drawing from another's well" and "dialogue journaling with Scriptures."In each brief chapter, Luann Budd draws on her own life and writing. She shows how to put each of her ideas into practice. And she provides additional inspiration and examples from significant men and women throughout history who have journaled.Read this book to discover the transforming power of journal keeping!

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"I find my private writing is at the core of my search for deeper intimacy with God and my ability to nurture a progressing faith," explains Luann Budd in Journal Keeping: Writing for Spiritual Growth. She encourages readers to become journal-keepers, taking time out of their busy lives for reflective moments of writing and wondering. She also tells them to keep it strictly private; real journals, she says, should not be for public consumption. Apart from that cardinal rule, she is refreshingly open about various tools to help individuals become journal-keepers, and offers beneficial (but not overbearing) tips on organizing, revisiting and enjoying a journal. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Part 1 Exploring the Possibilities
1 Why? An Invitation to Write
2 Getting Organized: Considering the Possibilities
3 Steppingstones: Principles to Follow
4 J Strokes: Staying the Course
5 Return: Revisit Your Journal
6 Pearls and Snakeskins: Our Preparations
7 Honesty: Our Commitment
8 Intimacy: Our Goal
Part 2 Uncovering the Process
9 A Best Friend: Discovering Our True Feelings
10 Three Lights: Discovering the Voice of God
11 Fingerprints: Discovering the Lord in Nature
12 Eyes Wide Open: Discovering God in the Usual
13 Go West! Discovering New Insight
14 Toward Reconciliation: Discovering the Grace to Forgive
15 Treasuring and Celebrating: Discovering the Value of Remembering
16 Seasoned with Salt: Discovering How to Make the Most of Each Opportunity
17 A Taste of Honey: Enjoying the Lord
18 In Our Own Voice: Enjoying the Scriptures
19 Brushstrokes: Enjoying a Story
20 Experience the Beauty: Enjoying Poetry
21 Beyond Words: Enjoying Artistic Touches
22 Insight: Writing to Learn from an Author
23 Integration: Writing to Think and Synthesize
24 Approach: Writing to Invite the Word of God In
25 Reflection: Writing to Walk into the Scriptures
26 Dialogue Journaling: Writing to Respond to God's Word
Part 3 Venturing Out
27 Attic Gold: The Art of Letter Writing
28 A Gathering Place: Keeping a Writer's Notebook
29 Spiritual Hypothermia: When We Can't
30 On a Ledge: Risk Develops Faith
Appendix 1 Fifty Journaling Possibilities
Appendix 2 Bible Studies
Appendix 3 Books of Interest