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Grade 7 Up–Having been a journal-writer most of her life, Johnson offers teens this guide to self-discovery. Her advice is to stop seeking the illusion of what is real and instead find the reality within. The book covers 15 topics, including nature, spirit, school, death, and love. Each chapter has inspirational quotes, poems, stories, and discussions and asks questions to encourage personal focus through journaling. The order of the chapters is irrelevant; readers are encouraged to select those that best suit their personal needs. Though this title initially appears religious in nature, it is more specifically about the spirit. It might also interest teachers, parents, counselors, and youth ministers who wish to help young adults find their internal flames.–Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH
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“What a wonderful book to help a teen or young adult gain insight into their identity and life's purpose! Lots of writing exercises, but this book is constructed to make these a joy instead of a homework-type chore. . . . Spiritual Journaling: Writing Your Way to Independence is a great book for a young person interested in self-exploration or going through a transition.” (Galina Pembroke, New View, May 2006)

"This is a powerful tool for awakening the imaginative voice in any young adult and helping them realize their very own creative potential, truly a priceless gift." (Vision Magazine, May 2006)

"Throughout the book are stories, discussions, and exercises, all aimed at showing us how, through the tool of journaling, we can gain a clear view of our past so that we see where we came from, how we got where we are today, and how we can stay on our individual paths for the future. This book is meant to tear away the illusion of what we are hungry for, and allow us to discover what the real thing is, and how we can get it for ourselves." (Angelfire.com, April 2006)

“. . . written with the young adult in mind . . . . Its inventive, different journaling techniques use meditations, oracle consultation, visualization rituals and more to aid the writing process, providing a satisfying mix of new age technique and writing advice.” (Diane Donovan, California Bookwatch, May 2006)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bindu Books (February 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594770565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594770562
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Julie Tallard Johnson, MSW, LCSW is known for her authentic voice and grounded writing. She is an award winning author of 10 books and is a licensed psychotherapist who maintains a private practice, Healing Services On the River in Wisconsin, since 1995. Here she offers the AWAKEN TO THE ZERO POINT circles, spiritual journaling classes, one-on-one transpersonal counseling, and consultation.

Follow the right force in your life! "As an adult, you must discover the moving power of your
life. Tension, a lack of honesty, and a sense of unreality
come from following the wrong force in your life." -Joseph Campbell

She offers a variety of workshops in the area of creativity, writing, awakening the zero point, meditation and thought transformation.

She teaches writing through the UW-Madison Continuing Studies.

For more check out her website at: www.julietallardjohnson.com

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Reinhardt, Ph.D. on June 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Though Ms. Johnson's most recent books have been aimed at teens (an those adults who are in relationship in some way with teens), this book (though it has a teen on the cover and several writing entries by teens and young adults) is for spiritual seekers of all ages. Neither is it necessary to be extremely comfortable with the process of writing in general, nor journaling in particular, in order to make use of this book's wisdom. It is so accessible, so rich with visual stimulants, quotes, suggestions, and examples that I would defy anyone to open it to any page and not be inspired to move deeper into themselves, be that through writing, "dreaming," ritual, movement, or seeking connection with others, nature, or All That Is. I have personally used and professionally recommended many spiritual journaling books over the years, and this one brings fresh energy and new life to a rather staid genre. Bravo! Kudos to Ms. Johnson and all of her contributors.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you wish to find ways to express individuality without being judged, SPIRITUAL JOURNALING is for you: SPIRITUAL JOURNALING: WRITING YOUR WAY TO INDEPENDENCE is written with the young adult in mind - but it's reviewed here because many an adult won't want to miss its message. Its inventive, different journaling techniques use meditations, oracle consultation, visualization rituals and more to aid the writing process, providing a satisfying mix of new age technique and writing advice.

Diane C. Donovan, Editor

California Bookwatch
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Orchid Woman on June 8, 2007
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I loved this book and have used it to assist with stimulating teens who are stymied in self-expression. The material presented in this book is comprehensive and includes more themes and open-ended questions for journaling than I can chronicle. In addition, quotes of famous people are inserted to support the themes of each chapter. The book is an excellent tool to be used for assisting teen to till the soil of their lives and unearth blocked feelings that they have been unable to express or were unaware even existed. In addition, the material is presented with a multi-cultural format that honors our global connectedness. Gift someone with this book or use it as a teaching tool with groups. Adults looking for a way to embark upon a desire to journal their feelings would also benefit from its use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Hartman on June 21, 2010
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This book put a whole new spin on the journaling I'd done for so many years and has become a dear, trusting friend. I have given it to many friends and family members of all ages, keeping extra copies on hand for gifts. All of them love it and some even started their own "support circles" using this book as the facilitator.
Ms. Johnson lures you into yourself and your spiritual make-up by offering practices and writing prompts, incorporating her own life experiences as well as those of spiritual adventurers she has touched along the way. The book is loaded with wisdom, practices, and quotes from many traditions.
Above all, Ms. Johnson demonstrates that listening to your intuition, personal stories, and imagination is not New Age, but an Ancient, time-honored means for deepening your spirituality. Pen and paper are simply the vehicle and map for however you choose to find your independence. Spiritual Journaling: Writing Your Way to Independence is a book for anyone, not just teens or those who keep journals. Independence and freedom from our own trappings is something from which we can all benefit and Ms. Johnson has produced a remarkable guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela on June 2, 2010
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Five stars because:
-It's insightful. This book does NOT talk down to you. Finally, someone who respects writers and seekers of all ages. The author goes deep and helps you do the same. This is not some fluff book. If you want to know more about yourself, no matter how old you are, this is the book for you.

-It's progressive. You start where you are, and you go further. Simple as that. But it's not something I could have done on my own. The exercises and "lessons" are laid out strategically, so you can ease into this, but you don't stay in that place -- you want to move into deeper stuff as you go.

-It's encouraging. I felt respected for being on my path and for being where I am. It's almost like the author is standing on the other side of a divide, encouraging you to come forward, to move more into who you really are.

I recommend this book to people who are ready to delve deeper into who they are and why they're here. It doesn't matter what your background is, because all cultures and religions are represented and respected here. You will never want to put your pen and journal down again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Braunger on May 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Ever think there could ever be a work that would help you find peace and yet inspire you to your full potential?
Ever want to know someone who could open the wisdom of God and His creatures from Jesus to Buddha to Nature to Jung in one of the most delightful books possibly ever written?
Lord knows how Ms. Johnson ever did it. Within this book's covers are the most profound and insightful ideas in simple, colorful language. The wisdom and truths are heartwarming, too.
The book is simply a distilled wine of ancient and modern truths to make your heart sing.
A skeptic? Do yourself a huge favor and read the sample pages on this site. You'll then understand why Amazon has such trouble keeping this book in stock and why you'll turn to it again and again for joy and self-healing!
Tom Braunger, writing lab instructor and professional writer
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