Recommended Books related to Journal Writing

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Books about journaling in general:

John Robson has written an excellent book, Going Deeper…Reaching Higher. The book offers useful, creative, and growth-inspiring exercises, as well as offers a cornucopia of ideas, philosophy and real-life experience for journal writers of all kinds. It’s an e-book, so you can receive it immediately and it’s well worth the reasonable $17!The New Diary : How to Use a Journal for Self-Guidance and Expanded Creativity by Tristine Rainer is a very practical, readable, and information-packed book for novice and experienced journal writers alike.

Kathleen Adams Journal to the Self : 22 Paths to Personal Growth is a tool box of ideas, exercises, and very practical information for journal writers who are using the journal as a tool for self-exploration.

A Year in the Life: Journaling for Self-discovery by Sheila Bender is filled with journal writing wisdom. The initial chapters explore practical matters of journal keeping; the later chapters are filled with inspirational, original, and depth-encouraging writing exercises.

Writing for Emotional Balance by psychologist Beth Jacobs offers readers clear, simple, yet sophisticated explanations about emotions–how we experience them, how they can become problematic, and step-by-step examples how we can manage them, but not control them– by writing.

A Voice of Her Own : Women and the Journal Writing Journey by Marlene A. Schiwy is full of insights about journals and journal keeping, especially from a woman’s perspective. One of the best books on journaling!

Loose Ends, A Journaling Tool for Typing up the Incomplete Details of Your Life and Heart by Eldonna Bouton, offers over thirty exercises to help facilitate closure on your past so you can move on and live in the present. This attractive 176-page book is filled with inspirational quotes and inviting stationery on which to write your heart out.

Life’s Companion : Journal Writing As a Spiritual Quest by Christina Baldwin offers many ideas about using your journal as tool in spiritual self-exploration and journey. This book may wisely be used as source for building a deeper relationship with oneself.

At a Journal Workshop : Writing to Access the Power of the Unconscious and Evoke Creative Ability by Ira Progoff is rambling, and even enigmatic at times. However, Ira Progroff, the grandfather of therapeutic journaling, creates a serene and deeply contemplative atmosphere that gently infects you as you read this classic about the intensive journal program.

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Journaling by Joan R. Neubauer is a straightforward, popularized overview of journal writing. Neubauer’s volume includes information about the history of journal writing, the basics of getting started, different kinds of journals, suggestions about what to write, elements of good writing, how to organize your journal, and how to learn from what you write.

Write it Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want -And Getting It! by Henriette Anne Klauser, encourages you to write out your goals so that you will attain them. Although this process at first sounds simplistic, Klauser supplies evidence that the act of writing your goals is a set-up for reaching them. A key point, and one that is especially significant for those of us who write, is that writing down what you want helps you define your goals.

Here are some books about writing your autobiography:

Tristine Rainer writes skillfully about the art of writing your autobiography in Your Life As Story: Discovering the ‘New Autobiography’ and Writing Memoir As Literature. It’s an extraordinarily helpful, complete, and advanced book about writing your life’s story.

In Your Autobiography Ray Mungo offers a step-by-step book to help you write you personal history.

Below are some terrific books about writing:

Julia Cameron’s latest book The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life infects you with the writing bug through 40 very readable and personal essays. Bestseller Cameron once again provides wonderful support, advice, and encouragement about writing. She reminds us that the essence of writing is about connecting to our deeper and higher selves.

John Fox’s Poetic Medicine motivates you to write poetry as a way to awaken and strengthen your intuitive voice. There are exceptional exercises that make writing poetry accessible to all. An uplifting read!

Bonni Goldberg’s wonderful book, Room To Write, is a storehouse of essays inspiring you to write. Goldberg creatively and ingeniously opens the door to your own room to write. Full of superb ideas and guidance for writing.

In her book, Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg speaks about capturing your inner self and telling truths when you write. Goldberg is direct, original, and at times, startling. Read it.

Deep Writing: 7 Priniciples That Bring Ideas to Life by Eric Maisel, candidly and skillfully imparts valuable information–from pragmatic to inspirational–for all who write. A very insightful book.

Pain and Possibility: Writing your Way Through Personal Crisis by Gabriele Rico teaches you writing tools to help transform pain into constructive behavior. There are evocative exercises which incorporates sketching and drawing into the writing process. A highly recommended book!

Books about dreams and dream interpretation:

A Little Course in Dreams by Robert Bosnak is a down-to-earth, gem of a book with exercises for remembering, working with, and understanding dreams. It is a hands-on manual for applying the principles of Jungian dreamwork.

A few other recommended miscellaneous books related to journaling:

Jean Houston’s books take you to new places. She uses exercises to awaken the body, senses, brain, and memory to encourage readers to draw on their inner resources. Although, none are about journaling as such, each of her books is inspiring, thought-provoking and very highly recommended. Here’s a sampling: The Possible Human, A Passion for the Possible, and A Mythic Life.

Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions by James W. Pennebaker, PhD, discusses the research about the health benefits of expressing emotions, both verbally and writing. He provides solid evidence that writing about deeply emotional topics not only boosts one’s mental health, but also one’s physical well being.

A Book of One’s Own: People and Their Diaries by Thomas Mallon describes and examines a group of interesting people—dancers, philosophers, travelers, soldiers, housewives, statesmen– and their diaries. Samuel Pepys, Anais Nin, Virginia Woolf, Soren Kierkegaard, Alice James, Albert Speer, Allen Ginsberg traipse through these well-written and illuminating pages.

Emotional Longevity is a superb book for those who are looking for a full examination of ways to enhance their lives. The Andersons offer hundreds of well-researched and practical suggestions (including journal writing, of course!) about how to increase your emotional well-being to live longer, healthier, and more satisfying lives.