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The Jewish Journaling Book
By Janet Ruth Falon
Jewish Lights Publishing, 2004
ISBN: 1-58023-203-5

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - February 27, 2007

Whether you call it keeping a diary or keeping notes for your future autobiography, journaling is an age-old tradition. In The Jewish Journaling Book, Janet Ruth Falon takes a look at the art of journaling from a Jewish perspective. This book serves as a comprehensive overview of journaling, from picking out just the right type of paper or book for your journal to how to rewrite an old journal.

In this book, Falon discusses why you should keep a journal, and why journaling has Jewish roots. She also examines how journaling can be used not only to chronicle your life, but also as a tool for spiritual growth and exploration. The first part of the book includes an introduction to journaling and how keeping a journal works. In the second part, which makes up the bulk of this book, Falon offers 52 different tools for journal writing. A chapter is devoted to each tool. These tools range from writing prompts and how to form a journal group to trying different writing styles and how to encourage your kids to start keeping a journal.

The Jewish Journaling Book is written in a gentle, friendly style that reads as if you are having a conversation with the author in your own kitchen. Within the pages of this book you'll find a wealth of advice, tips, and inspiration that will get you started on the journey of keeping a journal. If you are already an old-hand at journaling, this book will serve to encourage you to improve your journaling skills and to work at rewriting your older journals, turning them into 'histories' that you'll want to pass on to your children, share with your family, and perhaps even share with the world.

Throughout this book, Falon has provided examples taken from her own journals, as well as personal insights into her own life and what journaling has meant to her. She explores the historic origins of Jewish journaling. She also offers some wonderful advice on how you can use journaling to promote Jewish values and ideals in your own life, and how journaling can be used as a spring board to unleash your creativity in all aspects of your life. The combination of Falon's personal insights and journaling tools turns this book into a handy guide to the art and practice of journaling. Best of all, this is an inspirational book that will not only encourage you to keep a journal, but one which will encourage you to reexamine your spiritual roots. Whether you are Jewish or not, if you are interested in starting a journal, or improving your journaling skills, this is the book for you!

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