Spiritual Practice

Try a Book Journal

Enuma Okoro

I keep a book journal in which I record my reflections about books I read. After finishing a book, I write a brief summary paragraph; then I write my immediate thoughts and feelings about the book, using these questions as my guide:

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  1. What do I know now that I didn’t know before I read this book?
  2. How has this book challenged the way I think or live my life?
  3. What parts of this book made me feel excited, nervous, afraid, joyful, or uncomfortable?
  4. Would I recommend this book to others? Why?
  5. In what ways has this book encouraged me to grow in faith?

Try keeping a book journal, using these five questions as your guide. Start with a book you read recently that made an impact on you. Make this a practice for several months, and see how the books transform into pages to live by.

Enuma Okoro of Raleigh, North Carolina, enjoys writing, leading retreats, salsa dancing, and yoga. Don’t miss her memoir, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community, and be sure to visit her blog at

—from devozine (September/October 2011). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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