Life’s Companion by Christina Baldwin–Book Review

If you love writing in a journal, or want to develop the discipline of spiritual writing, this book is an excellent place to hone your skills or just get started. However, be advised that it is not exclusively Christian. In an effort to appeal to more people, the author uses terms like “the sacred”, “the universe” and “errors”. To adapt the suggestions to my worldview, I would simply substitute “God”, “Jesus”, “sin”.

That being said, this book is chock full of good questions and suggestions for journaling. Each chapter is, in effect, two chapters. The pages on the right comprise on essay on the topic being discussed, with examples from the life of the author. The pages on the left include quotes, examples from the journals of others, and questions to use for journaling. I used the book by reading all the right hand essay first, then reading the left side and journaling with some of the questions. Doing one chapter completely each day became part of my early morning devotional time.

Some of the topics covered are:

*How to write a spiritual journal

*Writing your spiritual history

*Dreams and intuition

*Rituals

*Love, forgiveness, trust and acceptance

*Paying attention

This is not an exhaustive list. If you’re interested in journaling, you will surely find some things that speak to you and your spiritual journey.

VERDICT: 4 STARS. I found it helpful and would recommend it.

For more about journaling see these posts:

Joan’s (Jumbled) Journal

H.E.A.R.

SPURGEON JOURNAL – A Review

The Art of Prayer Journals