- david adams
Come closer: your creative spiritual journal
The Good Book Company, UK, 2022
Spiritual journaling – the process of recording your thoughts on scripture, sermon notes, prayers and other aspects of your relationship with God – has had some success in recent years and publishers have been quick to jump on this interactive trend.
This journal – the work of UK-based artist and calligraphy teacher Sophie Kilingley – is a bit different – while it’s what she describes as a ‘Bullet Journal’ (described as a ‘planner, journal and a self-reflection tool” using bullet points), it is also designed to encourage your creativity in these reflections.
The book begins with a monthly section that Killingley says aims to “help you start thinking about how to engage with the Bible creatively” with artistic prompts based on Bible verses resembling Psalm 103 and Ephesians. 1 as well as a “spiritual habit tracker”. to help you develop good spiritual habits.
It’s followed by a week-by-week breakdown of the year that allows the user to record their thoughts and notes (but the weeks aren’t dated, you can dive into them at your leisure, as Killingley says , “the strange trip of guilt if you ‘fall behind'”). And there are plenty of blank pages for your doodles or random lists.
An expressive way to approach spiritual journaling, Draw Near is not, as Killingley notes, “producing groundbreaking masterpieces.” Rather, “it is about stepping into a richer embodiment of the connection with God”.