Spiritual and personal growth is possible. Over the centuries, journaling has emerged as one of the most consistently transformative practices, recommended by leaders across spiritual traditions, therapists, coaches, and others. Why then are so many people intimidated by journaling today, while others try it only to give it up? Incorporating both ancient spiritual wisdom and current neuro-biology, Journaling for Spiritual Growth teaches you how to be present to your life and hear what the Spirit is doing within you. Through a gentle step-by-step process over six weeks, you'll learn:
- Why diaries and goal tracking can't transform us,
- What expectations undermine journaling's effects,
- What mindsets and questions are most helpful for lasting growth,
- How structure can be a gentle friend,
- How to create a sustainable habit for your life and temperament.
"I kept waiting for this book to disappoint; for it to turn into something harsh rather than kind, rigid rather than flexible, even more harmful than helpful. It did not and I am grateful. If you have a nudge to find accessible ways to get your inner world out, Marc's step by step contribution to this adventure is for you. Read slowly, take your time, play with the work, and thank me later!" - Wm. Paul Young, Author, The Shack, Crossroads and Eve.
"Marc Alan Schelske's manual on journaling is among the most accessible and practical guides that I've encountered...his contribution of patterns and principles that become healthy habits is an invaluable tool." - Dr. Bradley Jersak, Dean of Theology & Culture, St. Stephen's University, author, Out of the Embers: Faith After the Great Deconstruction.
"Some books about spiritual disciplines load up heavy burdens on the reader: ought's, should's, more, better, now… but not this one. Marc...guides the reader into the easy gift of journaling. This resource is a treasure." - Matt Tebbe, Co-founder Gravity leadership, co-pastor, The Table, co-author, Having the Mind of Christ: Eight Axioms to Cultivate a Robust Faith.
"...Written for everyone from the merely curious to the deeply religious, you will find tools, training, and companionship for your journey... - Jonathan Puddle, Pastor and author, You are Enough: Learning to Love Yourself the Way God Loves You and Mornings With God: Daily Bible Devotional for Men.
"...This book is a friend for the journey, walking with us to discover the craft of journaling with curiosity and a sense of adventure." - Mandy Smith, Pastor and author, Unfettered: Imagining a Childlike Faith Beyond the Baggage of Western Culture and The Vulnerable Pastor.
"Journaling for Spiritual Growth invites you to a reflective and meditative life of spiritual growth and health. This gentle, intentional, step-by-step guide makes the abstract practical and doable. If journaling feels intimidating to you, or if you've tried and failed to develop this practice in the past, this grace-filled guide removes the stumbling blocks, equipping and encouraging you in a sustainable life of journaling. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you'll find space with Marc to bring your life before God through reflective listening and learning." - Susan Carson, Director, Roots&Branches Network, Author, Rooted (IN): Thriving in Connection with God, Yourself, and Others.