BOOK REVIEW – JOURNALING WITH JESUS - HOW TO DRAW CLOSER TO
BY CAROL ROUND
This is a great
combination how-to and inspirational book of its kind which I have just read.
As the book offers sound, solid and valid approach of journaling our Spiritual
Christian should have such a good discipline. Through this book, Carol will
teach you how with a very practical, step by step approach. I am able to see
with clarity and confidence as to how the author was transformed from her
Christian walk journey by the recommended approach. I also find this approach
very beneficial as an aid to know God more intimately and to better understand
His plan for me. Wouldn't you like to do the same?
So get hold of the
book yourself and start to cultivate this good habit which will definitely
bring great benefits to you to be used as God's vessel to bring glory to Him.
Trust you will enjoy reading it so as to draw God closer to you.
talents together with her well precise crafted skills truly deliver the message
clearly and vividly. You will be surprised to find it so easy to read yet you
will flow with it in such a powerful and insightful manner. Amazingly well
done, I must say. This is a quick, easy and good read, yet filled with
very strong sensation for you in building intimate relationship with the
Creator to grow your faith.
There is a good
reason for Carol Round to share her own gifts and experience to shed some light
especially to those who do not have any clue to draw closer to God. Her belief
in Christ and how she grows her faith through her journey is well reflected in
her writing and guided by the Holy Spirit. This book is truly enlightening with
God’s wisdom. It definitely serves as timeless spiritual-growth book.
I received a review copy of the book for the purpose of writing a fair and
honest review and no other compensation.
“Journaling with Jesus; How To draw Closer to God ” is a book of its kind which
provides us not only a road map to keep track of our spiritual journey, but
grow with it. Cultivating such a good habit and continuously having
communication with God is one of the surest ways to draw closer to God exactly
prescribed by the title of the book. It serves wide and diverse needs
especially for those who want to be exposed and learn the highest and divine
perspective on life. Don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself.
This book also gives you a deep understanding in growing up in Christ. It gives
you a solid, profound and sound understanding for having communication with God
through frequent journaling.
What I enjoyed most about this book is its fascinating way of discovering the
power of journaling of our spiritual journey- a tool for examining your life.
You will tend to apprehend the benefits of keeping a journal to lead our
insight and growth. That’s what makes this book truly worth reading.
As you read through the book, you will be able to visualise how this habit will
further enhance your prayer life and deepen your relationship with God. I must
say that this exercise will further enhance clarity of your thoughts, the new
discovery of yourself and allows more freedom to express yourself and gain the
appropriate perspective. This book is not meant to persuade or dissuade you –
it’s meant to spread the gospel and live in a live in a way that shines and
glorifies the Living and Mighty God.
This book is highly recommended for spiritual development. It is definitely
well placed as a Christmas' and festive gifts. The Title of the book is Short,
Simple and Precise to the point.
with Jesus How to Draw Closer to God” is definitely a fundamental book which
guide us to cultivate good habit in journaling our spiritual journey; a healthy
perseverance of spiritual discipline that will draw you closer to God. It is a
marvelous tool! In short, you will be empowered by it. Then you'll grow up
mature and whole in God.
This book is
also ideal for anyone who has lost direction and is living life with vanity,
and dislike heavy reading.
Last, but not least, this book would make a lovely valuable and meaningful
I must deeply thank Carol for this great book and am also deeply delighted that
the Author finally found her peace. I pray that Lord will continue to use her
mightily so as to transform abundance of people for His glory.
About the Author CAROL ROUND, self-syndicated columnist, Christian author and inspirational speaker, began her journey with the Lord in October 2001 when she admitted her need for His guidance. Since that time, she has sought a deeper relationship with Him through reading scripture, Bible study and the personal discipline of keeping a daily prayer journal. After being encouraged by other Christian women, she has compiled her experiences with prayer journaling into Journaling with Jesus. Here is the interview.. James: When did you begin to write?
Carol: Since I was able to write my name, I have been writing poems and stories. After retiring from a 30-year teaching career in 2005, I began to pursue my love of writing full-time as a self-syndicated columnist, freelance writer and book author.
James: When did you first discover that you were a writer?
Carol: I majored in journalism and English when I was in college. I had always loved to read and write so I began writing news and feature stories while in college.
James: How much did you write before you were published?
Carol: I began being published as soon as I started writing news and feature stories for the college newspaper and local and state newspapers. However, my first book, A Matter of Faith came out in 2006.
James: What is your favorite part of writing?
Carol: My favorite part of writing is the creation process. I love putting pen to paper or composing at the keyboard to write a newspaper column or a book. I forget the time as I weave words into a creation.
James: Tell us about your latest release.
Carol: My latest release is The 40-Day Challenge, a companion workbook to Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God.
James: Wow! This book sounds really good. Are you planning on writing more in the years to come?
Carol: I sent a children’s manuscript to a publisher in May. I am still waiting to hear back. I am currently working on a novel while continuing to write my weekly column.
James: So far, what are your worst criticism/attacks, and how have you overcome it?
Carol: Out of 36 reviews for Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God on Amazon, I received two negative ones. The first one made me sad—as well as mad—because the reviewer admitted he had not read the entire book. I thought it was unfair for him to give it a negative review without having finished the book. I think what helped me to overcome the negative reviews was receiving so many positive ones.
James: What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Carol: I am most proud of the fact that I have been able to continue—with God’s Holy Spirit—to write a 500-word column each week for almost 8 years. My column, “A Matter of Faith,” runs in 12 Oklahoma newspapers and 2 international publications. I would not be doing a column without God’s nudging and continual guidance.
James: What does your writing process look like?
Carol: When I write a column, I compose it at the computer after I pray, asking God to give me the words He wants me to use to reach the people He wants me to reach. My column ideas come from various sources: scripture, news events, other people in my life and events in my life or others.
James: How did you get published?
Carol: I self-published my first two collections of columns, which read like daily devotionals. I used Instant Publishing. Then, I learned that an author friend had started a small publishing company and was seeking inspirational titles. I submitted my books to him and he accepted them, combining the two into one volume. A year later, he released my second collection of columns.
Westbow Press released my third book on prayer journaling in 2012, but I chose to use CreateSpace for the companion workbook because I am able to keep more of the profits from the sales. I still have to promote my books whether I am traditionally published or self-published.
James: How do you come up with title of your books?
Carol: I brainstorm ideas. I just start making a list of possible titles and then narrow them down. I also ask for input from friends.
James: Can you enlighten us a little more about your books?
Carol: Three of my five books are collections of my weekly columns. The titles are A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. The columns are like daily devotionals. I decided to put them in book collections because my readers were responding with positive feedback.
My book, Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God, is a small book but gives the reader the tools and encouragement to start keeping a prayer journal. I wrote the book after 10 years of keeping a prayer journal and speaking at women’s retreats on the topic. Women started asking me if I had a book about prayer journaling. I knew that God was leading me on the journey to write one.
The companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge, came about because at the end of Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God, I challenge the reader to sign a covenant with God to keep a prayer journal for 40 days. The workbook offers prayer journaling challenges for each day.
James: Tell us your guiding principle that governs your life?
Carol: The guiding principle governing my life is “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
James: How have you cultivated these values?
Carol: Reading the Bible every day and keeping a prayer journal draws me closer to God and His guiding principles for our lives. If everyone practiced this one principle, our world would be a much better place.
James: Do you have any advice for writers looking to be published?
Carol: Practice your craft by
Taking online writing courses
Attending writing conferences
Subscribing to writing magazines like Writer’s Digest
Seeking constructive feedback
Getting your manuscript professionally edited
Reading—read and read some more—not just in your genre either
Joining a writers’ group
Never giving up Thank Carol for her time and effort to attend this interview. Wishing all the best to her.