It has some weaknesses, I found a few chapters very out of place in “Writing Your Soul Down,“ they seemed inserted there just for the sake of making the book longer (like the whole chapter about different names of God).
But the actual core about journaling? It was great.
I would also have sent a terse response to the author about the name of “the Voice.” This book could have been perfectly Christian.
In order to satisfy political correctness and her publisher, a good book was spoiled.
I was captivated by the message, but heck, the whole book I needed to translate Voice into God, to put it in the proper context. Plus universe and power and divine and a few other such phrases. That was excruciating. I lost half the reading experience because of that.
Apart from the unnerving translation of God into whatever-won’t-hurt-others’-feelings I found most of the book very interesting.
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Janet described how she activated her subconscious mind with daily journaling. Her breakthroughs and transformation were nothing short of amazing.
Among others, she tells a story about when she desperately needed $10,000 and wrote about this asking God for help. Sure enough, she got the money two days later.
Once she asked in her journal for two thousand dollars. “And I need it now,” she added. An hour later her sole remaining client called and said the strangest thing: “I don’t know why, but I just feel you should send us an invoice for two thousand dollars.”
I write in my journal 6 days a week since May 2013. I also keep three gratitude journals and use them every day.
Pen and paper are not foreign to me, and I found the author’s experiences very similar to mine. My traumas were not so dramatic, but I had my share. Strangely enough, my writing took me through all of them.
I also write 700+ words a day for my books, articles and blog posts, and I try to be completely transparent in my writings. Even when writing according to the outline, I was surprised more than once by what appeared on the pages. I felt tempted to remove those unexpected fragments, but I didn’t and I don’t regret it. They were often my best pieces.
I liked the author’s passion and her transparency.
I appreciated the insight into our dark side and how to heal it – by love and forgiveness. We are so similar to our oppressors, we are not so different. Forgiveness is always a solution for any wrongdoing.
By far, the best part of the book, apart from personal experiences and testimonials, was the list of 200 insightful questions. I asked myself over 2,100 questions during the last few years and still found most of the author’s questions attracting my attention.
I’ll go back to them many times in the future. It will take me a looooong time till I finish them off and, as the author says – there will be many new questions born out of them.
All in all, “Writing Your Soul Down,“ a worthwhile read. As far as you pick what works for you, what’s good for you, and discard the more “magical” parts as a pure attempt to buy non-believers’ new-agey crowd – you will surely benefit from this read.