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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (December 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553352024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553352023
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Minnesota psychotherapist Baldwin's intent can be grasped from the title of her previous book, One to One: Self-Understanding Through Journal Writing ( LJ 9/1/77); she argues that such understanding leads to empowerment and action. At first this work seems programmatic, combining New Age lingo with vaguely pluralistic beliefs. But, like a spiritual quest, it gradually deepens in tone. Baldwin's thought-provoking and serious topic suggestions assist readers in looking within to discover who they are, and the interspersed writing examples and quotations are also (for the most part) first-rate. Life's Companion encourages reflection, silence, forgiveness, trust, and acceptance--the essential qualities of a spiritual life.
- Carol J. Lichtenberg, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In Life's Companion, Christina Baldwin points out that writing is a means of expanding our inner horizons, of relating more meaningfully to the world we live in and to other travelers on the spiritual path. Baldwin, a leader of the renaissance of personal writing, has taught personally more than 30,000 people the joys of journaling.



The book illuminates its text with enlightening quotations, exercises, questions, and techniques to nurture the writer and seeker within. Centered in a broad spiritual philosophy, Life's Companion shows readers how to transform writing into a tool for self-growth, heightened awareness, and personal fulfillment.



The stunning cover and beautiful interior art was designed by renowned spiritual artist Susan Seddon Boulet.

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This book helps you use your journal as a tool for self-growth and fulfillment.
"carolannem"
I have read and used many journal writing books, and this is one of the best because it is so readable.
Robert L. Rose
An excellent book i recommend to anyone interested in a journey thru the written word.
Alpha F. Reed

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123 of 123 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
My copy of this book is dog-eared and worn, highlighted in pink and feathered with little yellow stickies. I recommend it as one of the best introductory journal writing books around. The format is unique. On the left hand page there are quotes, poems and insights. On the right hand page is the actual book, which combines literary, spiritual and psychological insights. I've been journaling for almost 10 years now and I still go back to this book for more inspiration.
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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Kim Ross (cherokee@gdi.net) on March 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
I cannot believe I am the first to review this book, and I have already owned it for five years. This book helped me transform my spiritual quest from a meandering walk through the universe, to a path of enrichment and purpose. It gave me a new basis for my personal theology. Additionally, it fueled my creativity in a way I did not expect and my journaling has been much more meaningful and therapeutic since. If you are feeling that itch deep inside, a feeling that SOMETHING inside your soul wants to have its story told, this book will help you more than you can imagine.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By "carolannem" on February 19, 2000
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This is the book that got me interested in journal writing. This book helps you use your journal as a tool for self-growth and fulfillment. One of the things that I really liked about it is that the exercises in the book can be used by anyone. It's not just for women, and it's not geared towards a specific religion/spiritual path. The exercises are extremely thought-provoking.
In my opinion, this book is a "must have" for journal writers.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By "karlar" on October 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have journaled almost as long as I could write, and I have had my copy of this book for probably ten years, and I still come back to it over and over for insight and inspiration. Not just a journaling book, it's a book for growing as a human being. I can't recommend it highly enough
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Rose VINE VOICE on March 25, 2004
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I have read and used many journal writing books, and this is one of the best because it is so readable. A wise and enchanting tool for deepening personal reflection and transformation.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sarah N. MacDougall Ed.D. on October 5, 2001
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This book is a classic!! We are using it in a Master's program to help teachers become better reflective practitioners. There is such a wealth of material to help anyone become more aware of their inner voice, to listen to inner truth. The meditations, which are available on tape, are an added bonus. If you journal or want to start journaling, you need to buy this book and use it as a reference.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ann Eyerman on October 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Life's Companion is an essential tool to anyone going through life's transitions. I have had it with me since 1991 - ready to use when I needed some help sorting through what I was experiencing. It will never be passe, old stuff - the words are as meaningful and helpful now as they were the first time I used this book. I especially appreciated the right-hand page of journal entries, quotes and exercises. If you have one book on your shelf to nurture your self-growth, it should be this one.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Sampel on September 28, 2005
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Ms. Baldwin's book on journaling as a spiritual process is simply the best in its field for encouraging, developing and inspiring humans to know who they are and to excel in their professional and personal life choices. For anyone who coaches individuals on life choices and paths and career options, this is an invaluable tool for that process work. Baldwin is a master at creating questions and tools that allow individuals to explore their inner worlds and ask the right questions for themselves. Plus, the format itself in thought-provoking and extremely easy to use. An outstanding addition to any personal coaching library!
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