My teen-ager has been journaling for a few years now and is always encouraging me to do it as well. However, I wanted to do more with it than just record the events of my day. Don’t get me wrong – sometimes those are worthy of a journal entry, but often they are not. My goal is to learn more about myself and improve certain areas of my life – like setting and completing goals and developing a healthier, happier outlook on life. This book really helped as it gave me some good foundations from which to start. It also opened my eyes to different ways of journaling (handwritten, digital, photo, etc) so I can find the process that works best for me. What I loved most though were the numerous journal prompts featured at the end of the book. This way there’s no excuse for me not to write as I can pull a topic off the list if I’m having a day when I don’t know what I want to explore. This is a really valuable resource for anyone interested in journaling.
This is a good guide if you are looking to start journaling. It covers a lot of the basics such as different types of journals (career journal, dream journal, etc), different programs and apps for recording journals, and developing good journaling habits. These were short and to the point, and yet still extremely helpful. There's a great list of prompts at the end of the book that will help get your creative juices flowing. These prompts will also be very helpful in exploring different feelings, behaviors - all the better for more self-discovery.
This "book" is extremely basic and focuses more on things that for me, were common sense. "You can write about anything..." No kidding! The only thing I found worthy of purchase in this "book" (which is 28 pages if you include the preface, intro, about the author, etc) were the journal prompts; I can see those being useful on days that you need a jump start and are forcing yourself to continue with the process. But considering the title of the book and it's reference to healing, I would think that someone has an idea of some of what they want to get out (like, the traumatic experience, perhaps...). If a person is looking to heal, they probably know why they need to. For me starting at the trauma and tracing it backwards to figure out how I got there was highly beneficial. I am giving two stars for the journal prompts alone.