Five Books by Gwendolyn Carole Tipton
New Book: LAMENTING THE PANDEMIC SEASON
Gwendolyn Carole Tipton believes King David kept a journal that became part of the Psalms. He wrote of his sorrow, pain, joy, and gratefulness and concluded each message with praise to God. Lamenting the pandemic season is her book of Psalms. Like King David, Tipton's Journal examines the day's events with myriad observations and aspirations. During the pandemic, she wrote about things happening in her and others' lives that fostered abrupt changes about how to be still. Throughout this book, the author puts forth numerous Bible verses to validate her belief in God's covenant with us and presents prayers of supplication, petitioning God for help and intervention. As our lives change, Journaling helps us get through today and the days ahead and remember the past. Testimonial "Combining her expertise in journaling, her day-to-day challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the isolation that accompanied it with the strength and supplications provided in Bible verses and prayer, Ms. Tipton has given us a guidebook for therapeutic journaling that is useful in facing many of the issues we encounter in life. Journaling helps us get through today, the days ahead, and to remember the past."—Dan Yount, editor-in-chief, Cincinnati Herald. The price of this book is $15.00. Buy it at www.wipfandstock.com or www.amazon.com.
Journal It! Take Hold of Your Life by Journaling
Embrace Life Changes Through Devotional JournalingMy own writing began in a diary in the fourth grade. I wrote about my daily life and dreams of the future. Through devotional journaling, I keep myself on track while recalling God’s promise of faithfulness and his words of engagement for my life. Journaling strategies in this book direct and guide the reader to program opportunities that create a new you or transform your life. I write and grasp a spiritual equilibrium that admits his presence into my surroundings because I believe this life is training for eternity as we live it with a view toward God’s kingdom. And no matter how out of control life becomes, we awaken each day to “the bright and morning star…” (Rev 22:16). I pray you will journal and record the signs, miracles, and wonders that God’s Spirit gives you to take hold of your life. I communicate in prayer through my journal. See the excerpt below from Journal It! The price of this book is $15.00. Buy it at www.wipfandstock.com or www.amazon.com.
The Prayor: One Who Prays
"Gwendolyn has done a hard, painful task of finding Bible verses and creating honest and sincere prayers to go with them. " Dr. Blair Kenney. These Bible verses and prayers may help with your special needs. They can also help you start a daily devotional journal. The price of this book is $24.95. Buy it at www.amazon.com.
This book explores the entire book of Isaiah through the use of devotional journaling and prayer. Isaiah, a prophet whose messages and clear advice are still relevant today, provides a path for continued spiritual growth. The price of this book is $15.99. Buy it at www.amazon.com.
This book is filled with poetic messages of celebration, reflection, emotions, prayers, and Bible verses. Gwendolyn has gotten positive comments on her journaling and spiritual books but takes a different approach here with spiritual poetry and songs. The price of this book is $19.95. Buy it at www.amazon.com.
Excerpt from Journal It!
An Excerpt from Journal It! Take Hold of Your Life by Journaling For something to change in life, one of two things must happen: either life changes or you must make a change. It’s up to you. At some point, your life mandates that you “take hold of your life” and transform it “ . . . to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph 4:23–24).This book is meant to support you as you engage in changes. Through journaling, you can step back for a moment, evaluate your life, and determine what you want your ideal life to become. Then, journal your way to the destination, keeping in mind that you must: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15).To start, write your life story from beginning to end with extravagant descriptions and massive details just as you want it. This is the first step in taking hold of your life by journaling. You cannot change the past, but you have the tools to plant and create the future. Writing about you is your chance to review and revise your life, then make changes based on your guidance from God. Listen for his messages and look for his signals for new ventures that offer undertakings beyond your dreams.You are going to write your story as you want to live it. Write out the pluses and minuses of the limitless life changes you want to make. Create plans to overcome the difficulties and expand upon the opportunities that will help you get to the final chapter. Outline your life story. Begin to write with a spirit of hope. “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Rom 15:4).This is what happened today . . . It’s all about you in your space at your place. Your opinions are the only ones that matter. Choose a place to write what is worth describing carefully in your journal. Every day there is a happening that must be included in your journal. The more exciting the event, the more space it takes in your journal.Taking hold of your life and having hold of your life are very crucial principles.As an adult, you are solely responsible for your choices. Many people blame others or circumstances for the things that are not right in their lives. When we analyze the past, we recognize exactly what brought on the situation and how it was or was not resolved. We often forget that it is from our mistakes that we learn the most. If we deny our mistakes or fail to take responsibility, we fail to improve. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).Most people make mistakes and try again. Every mistake and every catastrophe are life-changing experiences. They are part of your life story in which the forgiveness of God represents a blessing.We must journal our stories day by day. Reread, review, and then we can rewrite the story by getting hold of our lives, by getting out there, by not being terrified of making mistakes, by learning from past chapters of our lives as we embrace each moment as an opportunity to learn and do better. END.
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