Sunday, April 4, 2021

Get Outside from Ink & Willow

I am an outdoor person having been introduced in childhood to the joys of being in nature on family camping trips on the Olympic Peninsula and in the Cascade Mountain foothills. Now, decades later, I still get my daily dose of fresh air on the beaches of the island on which I live or the urban trails surrounding my home.

I have reflected rather infrequently on the spiritual potential of my roaming outdoors. Using this journal has inspired me to do that more often. The fingerprints of God are all over the Pacific Northwest in fir trees, beaches, islands and snow clad mountains. I am encouraged to document my outdoor adventures, recording my memories and impressions. There are pages upon which to write my reflections like noting unusual beauty or hearing the whisper of God in the forest stillness. There are even some blank pages for sketches or mounting memorable photos.

This book includes suggestions for travel, noting places to visit in each U.S. state. There are tips for hiking, information on clouds, navigating by the stars, how to identify animal tracks and trees. My favorite information was on photography. I love to document my adventures with photos and the instruction on nature photography is great.

If your an outdoor person, you'll like the information and prompts in this journal that will help you make the most of your experience. If you are not so much an outdoor person, you'll be inspired to get outside and see the fingerprints of God everywhere you look.

Remember, every journey begins with a single step. Get outside and refresh your spirit.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Ink & Willow, 224 pages.

Ink & Willow is an imprint of WaterBrook Multnomah, imprints of Penguin Random House. Ink & Willow products infuse contemplation and inspiration into the regular spiritual practice of creative-minded Christians, wherever they are in their faith journey. Each thoughtfully curated gift product is based in biblical truth and sparks a reminder of how God reveals beauty in the midst of our ordinary.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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