Book Review: Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab
You guys, I am IN LOVE with this book. I don't have enough amazing words to describe the impact it had on me. Every single page held some nugget of wisdom where I nodded my head along with it, or teared up, or smiled. If you have any interest in telling your own story - in whatever form that takes - you have to read this! OK, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
First, here's a little bit more information about the book:
A personal narrative can truly have healing and transformative powers. In her inspirational new book, Writing for Bliss, Diana Raab, Ph.D., examines how life-changing experiences can inspire you to write a compelling narrative of your life. A how-to guide for anyone interested in growth and personal transformation, Writing for Bliss will take you on a unique journey of self-discovery, and guide you to your own personal bliss.
Geared for the emerging writer, the seasoned writer, and those in academia, this book leads spiritual seekers down the path of self-discovery through writing prompts, tools for journaling, and embodied and reflective writing techniques; and offers ways to find the best vehicle for profound self-expression.
Those who can benefit from writing a life narrative may have been exposed to early-life trauma, loss, or addiction. Writing your story is a way to reclaim your voice, reveal a family secret, or simply share your story with others. Journaling is a cathartic and safe way to work through your feelings and “direct your rage to the page."
With the help of this indispensable guide to therapeutic writing, you’ll understand yourself better and be able to deal with various challenges in your life, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, loss of loved ones, diseases, and life transitions.
Offering step-by- step practical exercises for journaling your thoughts, emotions, and memories, along with techniques to jump-start your writing, Writing for Bliss will help you achieve the therapeutic results of writing for healing, and provides essential information for using this technique to transform your life in a meaningful way.
And here's some information on the author, Diana Raab:
Diana Raab, MFA, PhD, is a memoirist, poet, blogger, speaker, thought leader, and award-winning author of nine books and more than 1,000 articles and poems. She holds a PhD in psychology—with a concentration in transpersonal psychology—and her research focus is on the healing and transformative powers of personal writing. Her educational background also encompasses health administration, nursing, and creative writing.
During her 40-year career, Dr. Raab has published thousands of articles and poems and is the editor of two anthologies: Writers and Their Notebooks and Writers on the Edge. Her two memoirs are Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal and Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey. She has also written four collections of poetry, her latest collection is called, Lust. As an advocate of personal writing, Dr. Raab facilitates workshops in writing for transformation and empowerment, focusing on journaling, poetry, and memoir writing. She believes in the importance of writing to achieve wholeness and interconnectedness, which encourages the ability to unleash the true voice of your inner self. Dr. Raab serves on the board of Poets & Writers (MagazineCommittee), and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Santa Monica, California. She is also a Trustee at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
I was intrigued by this book from the moment I read the blurb. If you know me at all, you know that telling my own story has been something I've tried to pursue in some fashion for many years. From writing poetry and personal essays, blogging, and my work with Holl & Lane Magazine - writing and telling stories is in my DNA.
In the book, Diana Raab offers seven steps for writing that include practical, actionable tips and advice on mindfulness, creativity, journaling, poetry, memories, and more. I have an electronic copy and I lost count of how many passages are electronically highlighted. Sprinkled throughout the book are writing prompts that help you explore your own story and brainstorm content. I absolutely plan to go back and re-read this book again (and again!) so that I can complete the prompts.
What I liked best about Writing for Bliss was that it can apply to anyone who wants to write about their own life. Whether you choose to write a memoir, a poem, an essay, a journal entry - the tips for self-exploration will work in any situation. Writing can be a way to heal and to process the events (good and bad) of our lives and I think we can all benefit from it.
Raab also weaves in quotes and advice from other writers, psychologists, mindfulness experts, and more. There is a list for further reading at the end of the book that I will be exploring immediately.
So, in short, READ THIS BOOK. Go. Read it now. It's available now on Amazon in a variety of formats.
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. This review was coordinated by Poetic Book Tours.