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Journaling Power: How to Create the Happy, Healthy Life You Want to Live

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  24 reviews

2018 COVR Visionary Health and Healing Award Winner

Journaling Power is a candid, beautifully-written self-help book, filled with warmth, wit and wisdom.” ~ Dennis Palumbo, psychotherapist and author, Writing From the Inside Out

“Remarkable, riveting and transformative.” ~ Peggy McColl, New York Times best-selling author

Journaling Power teaches you how to put th

Kindle Edition, 148 pages
Published September 29th 2016 by Hasmark Publishing
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Melanie Faith
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This wonderful book includes helpful exercises as well as practical, engaging advice for developing a journaling practice. What I love about Mari's prose is that it is clear and also like sitting down with a good friend whose honesty, bravery, and insight are won through experience and peppered with great joy. "You owe it to yourself to cast off all the labels that have been given you, and re-define yourself in your own terms," she encourages. Great quotes at the beginning of each chapter, too. ...more
Sylvia Mcgrath
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Getting my life back on track.

This is the second time I have read this book both times in very stressful times. The first time this book and journaling helped me work through my problem. After my husbands recent death this is helping me get my life back on track.
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is a book that gives you a roadmap to managing your own wellness. This book could easily replace most of my self-help books. There are three things that make this book special: an open, relatable narrator, who is also the case study; excerpts and quotes from top experts in the healing benefits of writing; and easy, tried and true exercises to inspire your daily writing practice.

Her genuine self-account on silencing her inner critic, reclaiming creativity and finding her true self is just wh
Billie Wade
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Journaling Power is a comprehensive guide to journaling practices and how to use them. The author, Mari McCarthy plumbs the depths of her own experiences and how she came to journaling as a healing practice. She shares her deeply intimate story with a transparency that maintains her personal dignity. In Journaling Power, Mari details the benefits of journaling to the whole of life and how every exercise can easily be adapted to fit the situation. She includes information on relevant scientific f ...more
Anne Greenawalt
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I used to journal almost every day from my preteen years through my first year of graduate school. And then life took over and my journaling practice faded. I discovered Mari McCarthy and her Create Write Now community at a time in my early adulthood that I felt like I was losing myself. Journaling, with the assistance of Mari's prompts, brought me back to my authentic self. And when I lost my way again, I knew I could return to my journal for guidance. Now, after one of the most dramatic life c ...more
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
One of the things that I made a resolution for this year was to find some happiness within me. I’ve been lost since having kids, and the stress from 2020 really showed me how much I had strayed from my dreams. Like a beacon of light, this book came across my Kindle that is a great starting point.

So what should I do to find my happiness again? Enter Journaling Power by Mari McCarthy. This book discusses how the process of journaling can help you discover things about yourself you never knew. This
Katherine Parsons
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have often tried to start journaling, whether to keep better track of my day-to-day life or as a method of clearing my mind - but never have I managed to stick with it for more than a few weeks at a time. I think a lot of the benefits of this practice seem to be relatively common knowledge - I certainly didn't begin reading this book with any great hope of learning anything new, despite my optimism that it would shake me into restarting this practice of daily journaling.

However, my expectation
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
As an avid journaler, I already was aware that journaling has many benefits. It is also something that I always like to learn more about.

This book has a lot of very, very good journaling prompts and exercizes. I started using some of them, and plan on using them all - which says a lot, because usually I am very picky when it comes to journaling promts and exercizes. It partly being a memoir made it feel personal, and there are quite some good sources and studies noted.

The only downside to this b
sophie clark
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
In this book the author provides many journaling writing prompts as well as a discussion of the potential health benefits of regular journaling. Some of the potential benefits include: reduced stress and suffering, cultivating a deeper understanding of the self and foundational life experiences, and assisting with goal setting. She is clear in the book that, of course, journaling will not benefit every person in the same way, but it is interesting to read about her personal experiences and how j ...more
Rev. Linda
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A resource for a series of Spiritual Journaling workshops I am creating for our church's Women's Conference -- From the publisher: Discover the Ultimate Self-Healing Tool! Journaling Power teaches you how to put the best holistic self-healing tool right at your fingertips – journaling. Through Mari L. McCarthy’s moving personal story, you’ll discover how pen-to-paper journaling can lead to self-growth and life-changing transformation. You’ll also learn that numerous medical studies prove journal ...more
Michelle Cornish
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Journaling Power is an exceptional little book. Whether you're new to journaling or you've been doing it for years, you will find something in these pages to make your journaling practice even more powerful. Exceptionally written, journaling power is candid and vulnerable while at the same time inspirational. Each chapter provides new lessons (backed by research and Mari's own experiences) on how journaling can change your life, as well as examples and journal prompts, so you can put this book t ...more
Yvonne Glasgow
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a professional poet, I know the importance of words, and I know the healing power they can have on people. However, after reading Mari's story, I learned that the healing power of writing is much more profound than even I knew. In this book, Mari lets us in on her own health issues and the failure of modern medicine when it came to helping her with her illness. She then takes the reader on a journey with her. This journey will teach you how to use daily journaling to find better health and we ...more
Mark Smith
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are a million of self-help books promising to enlighten the reader and fix their lives. But author Mari L. McCarthy doesn’t make those promises. She instead uses a tried-and-true method that helps readers connect with their thoughts and understand their lives through journaling. Journaling Power doesn’t just teach readers how to keep a record of thoughts and emotions. The book helps us evaluate why we feel and act. It serves as a tool that helps journal writers understand the whys. McCarth ...more
Liliyana Shadowlyn
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I always say this it is - this is the year I'm going to start keeping a journal. I'm always interested in books like this. Sometimes they're really helpful, sometimes not. This definitely falls into the helpful category. While I can't say it's fixed any of my physical issues, it has helped lower my stress levels - a lot. If you're stressed, or just wanting to get to know yourself more, this is a great book to start with. Not only are there journaling prompts, but you get to hear about the scienc ...more
Valeria Teles
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Journaling Power is well, powerful! The healing benefits of journaling are endless.
Mari’s work teaches and inspires us to understand the inner world and how to live with joy and inner peace.
This book is a wonderful gift to all of us!
It was a joy to have had a conversation with Mari L. McCarthy during a podcast interview! His peaceful presence and wisdom reflected her commitment to deeply connect with and help others.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for harmony and healing.
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There's much to love about this slim but mighty memoir/how-to/self-help book. Mari's story inspires and her suggestions for how others can help themselves through journaling will "prompt" (pun intended) many to take similar action. It's also a perfect gift!

Read my full review on my blog.

Tasha Mahoney
Mar 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
This is an interesting book designed to help one take more control of their wellbeing through journaling.
The author shares her own experiences and the benefits that she herself found by the practice of journaling and how it can make one focus on ones wellbeing.
I will be interested to implement some of these practices and look forward to seeing the benefits. I would be remis if I didn't express some doubt that this will benefit me but I have a journal, I have this book and I have hope..
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read. At only 129 pages long it can be read in far less then a week if you have the time. I absolutely love that the author has included exercises in this book.
The author also includes helpful tips and hints for journaling.
Do not be afraid to spend some time on yourself daily. You will thank yourself in the end.
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am new to journaling and this is such a good informative book. The journaling prompts were very helpful. And learning the benefits both physically and mentally from journaling. I think this is a great book to read no matter what your journaling habits may be.
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've read through it once and it really resonated with where I am now. Plus, I love the fact she uses Cameron's Morning Pages as a basis for her journaling. Can't wait to go through the book again and apply the exercises with my own resumed morning pages. ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lot of information which one can use to keep on journaling. Journaling is important for body and soul. Mari gives examples and exercises one can use and follow. "Stay committed to a daily pen-to-paper journaling practice and positive action" ...more
Dorrie Baker
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nicely done!

I found Mark's story inspiring and helpful how she wove it in with examples. I find myself ready to try this one and hopefully ease some of my own health issues.
Renee Roberson
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ve journaled on and off over the years, but have only recently realized that the powers of therapeutic journaling can extend to many different areas of our lives. While I knew a little bit of Mari’s background with multiple sclerosis before reading Journaling Power, the whole picture of how she tackled her symptoms through journaling is fascinating. She writes:

"Pen-to-paper journaling solidifies the link between mind and body in many ways. It enables us to discover that we really live in our w
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