Good Reads

Dear Fellow Journalers,

There is a book that I have on my desk to remind myself to do one kind thing a day no matter how I feel or what is going on in my world. The book “Random Acts of Kindness” is a compilation of short stories interwoven with inspirational quotes. The book was published by Conari Press in 1993. While I am sure that many more like it have been published since, this paperback speaks volumes about the human spirit and how one simple act of kindness can change a person’s life forever.

There is one story related by Mrs. Nat King Cole that really touched my heart. This book is one to savor and inspire you to practice Random Acts one day at a time.

 

~Sallie

Walking on Water

 

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Dear Fellow Journalers,

Have you ever read a book that you knew had changed your life? For me, “If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat” by John Ortberg is such a book. It profoundly changed the way I look at my relationship with God and the relationships in my life.

The reference to “walking on water” comes from the Biblical account of Peter’s encounter with Jesus on the Sea of Galilee. First Jesus had to get the apostles’ attention Then, because He wanted them to do something extraordinary, He told Peter to “Come” and “Do not be afraid”. Wow, now that’s what is called a tremendous opportunity!

Ortberg goes on to explain about water-walkers and we discover what our boat represents.  He talks about the fear of leaving our comfort zone, of the challenge of risk, of “seeing  the wind”, of learning to wait, and finally, our response.

For those of you, who are wondering why I would recommend a “religious” book, well, I’ll tell you. The author, without being “Preachy’, takes you on a great adventure. He invites you to pack your bags and take a risk. I had always been shy around people I did not know. If attending a meeting, I always scanned the room for someone I knew first. I hardly ever volunteered to do something out of my comfort zone. My “boat” was fear. After reading this book, I became more assertive, friendly and I took on assignments at work and church that had once terrified me. I now recommend this book to everyone I meet.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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Creativity Now

th-198Dear Fellow Journalers,

I recently finished a book entitled Creativity Now by William Wyatt. Even though the book only has 10 chapters, it packs a punch for  the person who needs a key to unlock the best version of themselves.  This is a motivational book in which the author provides tools and techniques for the person who needs to understand the creative process.

The topics include the different types of creativity, characteristic traits and how to develop them, what to do if you are blocked and how to combat the symptoms. The author also covers J.K. Rowling and Steve Jobs and their unique insights into creativity.

This is a good book for the novice creator.

‘Til next time,

 

~Sallie

 

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Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given

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A Good Read

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Like all of you, I am constantly seeking out inspiration to write and create. I recently found a book that I want to recommend to you. The title is “Dreaming from the Journal Page”  by Melanie Testa.

This is a really good book for journalers who are new to this media. Some of the topics are paint, color, techniques, drawing and challenges.

The author goes into great depth on all subjects. I especially liked the way the author “talked” to the reader. It was  like having a conversation with a person who really knew the subject but didn’t talk down to you.

 

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~Sallie

Copyright – 2014 by Uniquelyyourscraftjournal

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Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given

To Sallie and uniquelyyourscraftjournal with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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