Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Amazingly, I've sort of fallen out of the habit of journaling. I used to do it all the time but lately I'm more concerned that I'll die unexpectedly and that someone will find it and misinterpret what they read. (Hey. We each have our rational fears and irrational ones too. This is one of mine, either which way you choose to diagnose it.) All I have to point to for fostering this fear of mine is Lucy Maud Montgomery's journals and I feel that is enough said. (Because there is always the chance of my being just as famous? Let's move along, shall we?)

That said, I have taken up journaling again. (I fully intend to burn the journal once it's all filled in, by the way, so no need to search for it.) Just like others say that journaling is therapeutic, I think that is true for me in the sense that it helps me to get my thoughts in order and figure out what is important and needs my attention and what is just silly stuff that I can walk away from and quick thinking about. Journaling is a useful thing.

I also use journals to take sermon notes in and those I do keep. I have sermon notes that date back to the mid-1990's and every so often I'll pick them up and review them. It helps to remind me of truths I've heard (and maybe have forgotten about) and to also examine scripture in new-old lights. It is very useful. For this type of note taking, I like to have pretty journals because, as I say, those stay on my shelf and I don't really care who reads them. (Plus I just like pretty things.)

Since the sermon notes stay on my shelf without a plan of disposal in place, I tend to look at Peter Pauper Press journals for these purposes. They kindly sent me two journals to check out from their bookbound journal collection.

All of these journals are very sturdy. The covers vary in including embossing, die-cut insets, or gold foil or black lacquer effects. Each is printed with 160 lined pages on high quality paper. These are not thin, wispy sheets of paper which you can see through to the other side! You'll also note on Amazon that they are very reasonably priced which is a huge plus.

Naturally I like the bookbound style because they look great on a bookshelf when not in use. I was sent a copy of the Classique Journal and the Canterbury Journal. I like the classical look of both, which you can see here:

Peter Pauper Press has several styles of bookbound journals to choose from which I'll list below. These are glorious for personal use but also make really nice gifts, I think.

If you are looking for a solid, beautiful journal, I highly recommend one of these.

One of these days I'll start one for quotes from books that I read. But until that time I have a blog and that works too. Heh.

Do you journal? If no, do you use journals for any different purpose? Curious to hear.

Many thanks to Peter Pauper Press for sending copies of the two journals above for purposes of facilitating this review. I received no additional compensation and all opinions are 100% my own.


*carrie* said...

Had to smile at this, because I have a box full of journals of various kinds, and a couple years ago, I was going to burn them, and I couldn't bring myself to do it.

In my high school and college days, I wrote A LOT of poems (please don't inquire as to their quality--ahem), and those are all in cool or pretty bound journals/notebooks.

For the writing I do now (book notes, lists, prayers and rambles), I actually prefer cheap-o school supplies: composition books for notetaking and spiral bound notebooks for journaling.

Belle Wong said...

Journaling is something I can never seem to do consistently. I have a ton of notesbooks on my shelves with maybe ten or fifteen pages written in them. I keep hoping, though, that I'll develop the habit consistently enough to have a nice shelf of journals :)

Sarah said...

These are GORGEOUS. I love journals. I was a very faithful journaler from age 8 until 22... and then I got married and some how I found myself less prone to journaling unless something major was happening in my life. I'd really like to get back to it. If nothing more, I like to be able to go back and see what I thought at a certain point of my life. It can be very eye-opening. :)

Cassandra said...

I love that Asian landscape journal! I journaled faithfully from my early years through high school. I stopped at that point because, like you, I was terrified someone would read them at some point. I spilled my guts to my journal! I've been considering journaling again but haven't done so... maybe I should give it a try.

Soozie4Him said...

I've been journaling pretty consistently since 1999. It's great to look back and see the things I was so worried about and how God worked those things out. It's also been great to look back and remember details about 2 of my daughters weddings, then the birth of 6 grand babies! I will probably go with a disclaimer in my journals rather than destroying them. Haven't done it yet, though!!

BerlinerinPoet said...

I've gone through soooo many journals in my lifetime. And I've definitely also destroyed some that I'd rather no one see. Those are some wonderful journals. Especially the ones in the middle!

Shonya said...

I"m so far behind in reading blogs (or writing my own posts!) But I am drooling over these journals (and just added one to my Amazon wish list).

I have recently resumed journaling, but I'm doing it differently than a "diary". I am making a spiritual journal recording my personal studies, verses I'm memorizing, prayer requests and answers,notes from seminars I attend, quotes, etc. It's a "line upon line, precept upon precept" journal divided by subject so I can go back and add to a topic as I learn more about it. I'm loving it!

I hope to blog about it. . .someday! :)

Bluerose said...

I saw this post shortly after it posted, and you inspired me to take a look at my old journals(from my teens and early 20s...I lost motivation after that). I was shaking my head constantly at the nonsense, and suddenly felt that they needed to be burned immediately. I DO wish I could go back in time and talk some sense into myself! I stood in the (sprinkling) rain, praying that they burned completely before the downpour came.(God answered that prayer with a "yes", by the way.) (My)Jonathan made fun of me, but at least if I'm gone tomorrow nobody can laugh at the craziness within them. :P (and there were probably 10 of them)

I did discover some short stories and poems I'd wrote in elementary school that still makes me smile, though.

I DO like the idea of using these beautiful ones for sermon notes! I've thrown most of my other notebooks full of sermon notes away at this point. :(

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