Book Review: The Daily Question
The Daily Question: My 5-Year Spiritual Journal
The Daily Question: My 5-Year Spiritual Journal is exactly what is says. Every day, there is a new question for you to answer. It’s a 5-year journal so every year you will answer the same question, on the same page but for a different year. For example, one of the questions is “The most unusual thing about today was__________.” So you’ll have an answer for 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. It will be interesting to see the different answers each year brings because it’s unlikely that your answer will be the same year-to-year. At least for a question like the above.
One of the things I love about these types of journals is that it removes the pressure to write a lengthy entry. If you give me a blank journal, I feel like I have to fill at least one page, if not more. There are only four lines for each year in this journal so it allows you to keep it short, keep is simple, but still capture your thoughts.
While it is a spiritual journal not all the questions have to do with religion. Some examples are, “What are you afraid of?” and “If you were to write a book, what would it be about?”
Another thing I appreciate about this journal is that it gives you space to question God. While some questions are positive like, “What aspect of God brought you hope today?” there are also multiple questions such as “What frustrates you about the Bible?”, “The last time I felt angry with God was______________.”, “Do you believe God is good? Why or why not?” I think allowing for this kind of dialogue will be welcome among those who may struggle with some aspect of their faith. However, those who are more devout may not like these sorts of questions.
I don't think the journal would work for any religion outside of Christianity. Of course, everyone is different, but there are many references to God (with a capital G) so I think it would be difficult to overlook those.
The physical format: The journal is about 6 1/4 inches tall and 4 1/4 inches wide and about 1 1/4 inches thick, so it’s easy to carry with you and won’t take up much desk space. The pages are smooth and thick and I had no bleed-through or shadowing with my Pilot G2 ink. They are great for journaling.
It's a beautiful book and I love gold foil, the colors, and the design. I love the idea of the 5 year journals because I think it's really interesting to see how your answers change from year to year. I have to be honest, though, and say that I don't know if I would purchase this for myself. But I can see giving it as a gift.
*I received a copy of The Daily Question from Blogging For Books in exchange for this review.*