Journal Keeping: Writing for Spiritual Growth  -     By: Luann Budd
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Inter-Varsity Press / 2002 / Paperback

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Would you like to journal, but you're not sure how to start. Or do you love to journal but want some fresh ideas? Here's a book that can help you discover the power of writing as a spiritual discipline. In these pages, you'll find intriguing topics, such as:
  • Ordinary Things
  • Discovery Journaling
  • Drawing from Another's Well
  • Dialogue Journaling with Scriptures
  • When We Can't
Each chapter is brief but insightful. Luann Budd draws on her own life and writing to show how these ideas can be readily put into practice. And she provides examples and inspiration from the lives of great men and women throughout history who have kept journals. In these pages you'll discover the transforming power of journal keeping.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0830823379
ISBN-13: 9780830823376
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Publisher's Description

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!

Author Bio

Luann Budd has taught writing at San Jose State University. She is the Chair of the Board of the Network of Evangelical Women in Ministry (www.NEWIM.com) and is a frequent retreat speaker for organizations like NEWIM and The Springs Retreat. She is the author of (now out of print). If you are a woman looking for a retreat that is designed specifically to help you grow deeper in your love for the Lord through the contemplative approaches IVP Formatio books describe (reflection, prayer, listening, silence, solitude, fasting, reading the Word), please join Luann at The Springs in California. See the NEWIM website (www.newim.com) for additional information.

Publisher's Weekly

"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.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

" Journal Keeping: Writing for Spiritual Growth is filled with motivation and practical, creative tools that will challenge people to journal their way into a deep and vibrant intimacy with Jesus Christ. I am truly blessed to know Luann and the authenticity of her writings; what a joy to see it finally in print for others to learn and glean from."
"As a 'journaler' and also as one who conducts spiritual renewal workshops on journaling, I find Budd's book to be an excellent road map for our Christian journey, guiding our jottings as we weave in and out of 'traffic'--most all of the stuff that makes up our daily life under God."
"Deep calls to deep! Journal Keeping helps bridge the disconnection between our outer life and our inner life through the practice of reflective writing. Budd's approach is winsome and disarmingly honest as she gently invites us to discover how God works with the 'real stuff of our life' through the adventure of journaling. Rather than rigid rules or strict guidelines, Budd's profound insights will persuade even the skeptics among us to pick up their pens!"
"Budd has captured the magic and mystery of writing. Her book makes me want to stop reading--and write!"
"Budd helps us all think outside the box, and form new, fresh and innovative journaling habits that will help bring clarity to life and intimacy with God. We highly recommend this book, because it will help renew your hope each day, even long after you are finished reading its pages."

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  1. Chris Hildebrandt
    Morton Grove, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 10, 2009
    Chris Hildebrandt
    Morton Grove, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This is one of the most helpful book I've found for journaling. The author gives great examples and suggestions concerning how to get started, what kind of journal or paper to use, using more than one journal or combining several journals into one notebook. It was just what I needed to get me started at journaling.
  2. Nan E
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 12, 2008
    Nan E
    I bought this book to help my journaling practices, but came away with so much more! When I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. There is so much more to this book than journaling; the author's strong faith is evident, she provides scripture and glimpses of herself that show her compassion for God and others. Get this book...you won't regret it!!!
  3. David R. Bess
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 26, 2002
    David R. Bess
    If you are looking for a book to provide guidelines for Christian journaling, your search will end with reading this work by Luann Budd. This devout Christian and minister's wife shares valuable insights gleaned from years of journaling. Her book is an easy, enjoyable read.Budd begins by making a case for effective journaling. She covers organization, direction, and preparation. After having made her case for the necessity of journaling, she moves to the bulk of her work, the process of journaling itself. She elaborates on various methods, one of which will surely appeal to every reader. She closes with some practical tips on putting all the knowledge presented into practice. She also adds three helpful appendices: fifty journaling possibilities, a brief list of Bible studies, and a substantial bibliography of books on journaling and other closely related issues.I recommend this book enthusiastically to anyone wanting a practical guide for Christian journaling. My sole complaint is that the volume is not available in a hardback edition. Before you start your journaling, read this book and benefit from a wealth of training!
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Luann Budd
Located in: San Jose, CA
Submitted: April 07, 2002

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am married, mother of 5 children. My husband and I have been in ministry since 1983. I work at the University Library at San Jose State. I'm the executive vice president of the Network of Evangelical Women in Ministry. I have a Masters degree in English from Long Beach State.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I was asked to teach a workshop about what I do with my journal. People found the idea helpful and asked for copies of my handouts. Every time I taught the workshop I added to the handouts. Someone suggested I pursue publication so that people looking for a resource on how to keep a journal for spiritual purposes would have one.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  A deeper love for Jesus.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I have greatly benefitted from the ministry of so many faculty and spouses at Dallas Theological Seminary. I've had several people who have mentored me. I have greatly benefited from the writings of John Stott, Henri Nouwen, the Ragamuffin Band, Jill Briscoe, and Cynthia Heald.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Writing is not hard. It's not expensive. It's been proven valuable in the lives of hundreds of people over that last 4,000 years. Give it a try!

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