- Series: The Daily Question
- Diary: 384 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook; Gjr edition (October 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735290814
- ISBN-13: 978-0735290815
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.3 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Daily Question: My Five-Year Spiritual Journal Diary – October 3, 2017
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A journal subtitled “My Five-Year Spiritual Journal” isn’t something I’d normally pick up, being an atheist and all. And probably this same quality also means I’m not the best person to review THE DAILY QUESTION. So, grain of salt and all that jazz.
Two out of three of the sample questions on Blogging for Books seemed secular enough, so I decided to give it a try. And while there are some overtly religious (read: Christian) prompts – “How does Jesus love people through you?”; “How has God tangibly shown love to you this week?”; “What in Scripture are you grappling with these days?” – most are much more general and applicable to people of all faiths (or none). In fact, it feels a lot like another five-year, guided journal I reviewed called Q&A A DAY: 5-YEAR JOURNAL … just with a few Christian-themed questions sprinkled in here and there.
In fact, many of the same issues I had with Q&A a Day are applicable here, too: the dimensions of the journal are small, just a tick over 4″x6″. But it’s very thick (1 1/4″), which makes writing anything below the top third of the page very difficult (your hand just kind of falls off the cliff edge to flop around awkwardly). Each page provides space for five answers – one a year over five years – which is cool. But the lines are very cramped and don’t leave a whole lot of room for elaboration. A more generously sized journal would be so much nicer, don’t you think?
I do like the design of the cover – it’s hardcover, with a rich and soothing texture to it – and the bookmark ribbon is a nice touch. The prompts are engaging and varied, though devoutly religious users may desire more Biblically-inspired items. I counted this as a positive but, as I said, grain of salt.
** Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Blogging for Books. **
The concept of this book is relatively simple. Each page is one day on the calendar. Each day has a question for refection (e.g. March 4's question is, "What truth from God do you need to start believe about yourself?"). And for each question there are blanks to answer for five consecutive years. The point is to do the journal for five years in a row, not just reflecting on your current answer, but also how you have grown and changed since last answering the question.
When I first heard about this book and read through descriptions, I anticipated a bunch of Elizabeth Gilbert style, touchy-feely stuff. This, however, is not the case. The questions at times are kind of whimsical like, "What is something that needs to be invented?" while other questions are more poignant like, "Today was ____?"
I read through each question without thinking too much into them because I wanted to be surprised by the questions when I went through the journal for real; I also read through all the questions because I wanted to decide whether or not I actually wanted to commit the time to reading it. After going through the questions, I can say it definitely is something I want to invest time in.
The Daily Question is a book that on its surface seems like a straightforward concept, but in reality is a lot more complex and will provide a lot more growth for the person who sticks with it faithfully.
I received my copy of this book for free through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for reviewing it. I was not obligated to publish a positive review; the opinions expressed are mine.