Book Notes: 3 Unique Spiritual Journals

"Book Notes: 3 unique spiritual journals" by Barb Szyszkiewicz (

Copyright 2017 Barb Szyszkiewicz. All rights reserved.


Journals are a favorite gift to give and to get, but there’s always the danger of the recipient feeling the pressure: what am I going to write about in this beautiful book? Three unique spiritual journals from WaterBrook Press take the writer’s block out of the journaling process.

Two of these journals are thirty-day books, packed with writing prompts in the form of questions, quotes and action items. These are great for people who enjoy doodling and other creative ways to journal. As the pages of these journals are undated, you can start journaling in these books at any time! At the end of each book is a two-page spread where writers can create their own playlist, including an invitation to share it with the publisher via Spotify.

30 Days to Peace boasts quotes from Scripture (especially Psalms) as well as notables such as St. Francis of Assisi, Corrie Ten Boom, Vincent Van Gogh, and St. Teresa of Calcutta. Here’s a sample writing prompt from this journal:

What are three simple things you can do to cling to peacefulness when you are beginning to feel unsettled?

3o Days to Joy features quotes from Scripture, St. Teresa of Calcutta, Henri J.M. Nouwen, Helen Keller and Eleanor Roosevelt, among others. Among the 30 writing prompts in this journal, you’ll find this one:

In pencil, write those things that most frequently steal your joy. Next, in a colorful pen or marker, write ways ou can choose joy in those situations.

The third journal, The Daily Question, is a five-year spiritual journal, with a question on each dated page, followed by five spaces (with room to fill in the year) to write a one-sentence answer. The idea is that you answer the same question on the same day for five years running. Then you look to see how your answers have changed! I think you could use this book as a family as well, giving each person one of the spaces to initial and then fill in an answer. This would fill the book in a single year but would be a fun family activity for families with kids 10 and up. Try these three sample questions with your family or in your journal:

  • If you could have dinner with anyone tonight, who would it be?
  • Who provides spiritual leadership in your life?
  • What is one nonphysical thing you’d like to change about yourself?

All three of these journals are small-format hardbound books that are beautiful inside and out. The covers have lovely end papers and textured finishes (a linen texture on both of the 30-day journals and a pebbled finish on The Daily Question) that really elevate these books to gift quality. A bound-in ribbon bookmark ensures you’ll never lose your place, and the pages are made of thick, high-quality paper. All three are Christian journals, not specifically Catholic.

If you’re planning to give a journal, don’t forget to include some special pens with it! I recommend these Triplus Fineliners from Staedtler. They come in many brilliant colors, dry almost immediately (no smearing!) and really do write with a fine line. They also don’t bleed through most paper.

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Copyright 2017 Barb Sszyszkiewicz, OFS
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About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

1 Comment

  1. Ooh, these look great! I mostly go with blank journals, but as I’ve aged and grown away from cataloging my days, some prompts would be nice. I’ll probably burn my journals one day, but these are the kind you could save and pass on to family.

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