Item description for Journaling as a Spiritual Practice: Encountering God Through Attentive Writing by Helen Cepero...
Overview Describes how journaling can nurture spirituality and help readers bring their own lives and the world around them into sharper focus.
Publishers Description Whether you are a longtime journal keeper or someone who has never kept a journal at all, this book will help you go below the surface of your life with God. It is not about the art of writing, but about how journaling can form us spiritually. Every chapter combines descriptive text, illustrations from journals and the author's own experience with journaling practices integrated along the way to help you bring your own life and world into sharper focus. God wants to surprise you with the beauty of your own life, growing and alive, filled with movement, light and shadow. This is the book to do just that.
From Publishers Weekly According to Cepero, director of spiritual formation at North Park Theological Seminary, we come to know God more deeply by paying attention to our own reality, and in doing so, learn to "tune our hearts to hear God's transforming Word for us." In this lively, encouraging and pastoral book, Cepero shows readers how to journal in a way that moves past simple recitation of events, to writing that reveals God at work in a life. Brief chapters recommend areas to explore, including one's past and present story; suffering; hopes for the future; noticing God in daily life, and addressing the past. Cepero teaches strategies and techniques throughout with examples from journals and her own experiences. She also provides suggested exercises to help writers find focus, particularly beginners or those who feel stuck with their writing. An especially insightful chapter explores how physical movement or exercise frees the mind and spirit to write. Finally, Cepero suggests ways to cope with common barriers to journaling, including our inner critics and censors. An appendix includes helpful guidelines for group journaling. (July)
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Citations And Professional Reviews Journaling as a Spiritual Practice: Encountering God Through Attentive Writing by Helen Cepero has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Century - 10/07/2008 page 48
Publishers Weekly - 04/28/2008 page 131
Christian Retailing - 07/07/2008 page 39
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Journaling as a Spiritual Practice Oct 22, 2008
I originally got this book from the library, started reading and found it to be an excellent book so I ordered it. It simply got me to thinking and seemed to clear some of the grey areas in my life.
Hope for the weary Aug 1, 2008
What a wonderful book! As Christians we often talk of walking with Jesus. Cepero, through her thoughtful and concrete description of journal writing as a spiritual practice, shows the reader how to experience God's abundant and creative presence. The exercises within the book are inspiring. They creatively challenge the journal writer to experience God within all aspects of life: the past and the present; our hopes and dreams; our lives within our bodies. I highly recommend this book for those who are in need of experiencing God's compassionate care for their life and journey.
Get this book Jul 14, 2008
Cepero is thoughtful, gentle, and inspiring. "Journaling as a Spiritual Practice" has motivated me to bring pen to paper again, and to be excited about what I might discover. I highly recommend it.
Contemplative Journalling Jun 25, 2008
This is a wonderful book--both for people who have not journalled before, and those more grounded in the practice. The author weaves simple and lovely exercises through a text rich with personal anecdotes--so the book and the journalling processes are very approachable. She teaches how a self-reflection process can deepen one's relationship not only with self-but also with the Divine. She is writing from a Christian perspective--so this will resonate easily with people used to that language, but I believe that people on other God-paths will benefit from it too. Highly recommended.