The Journal Keeper is the openhearted and unflinchingly honest memoir of six years in writer Phyllis Theroux's life. As she ages into her sixties, Theroux uses regular journal entries to reflect on the void left by the passing of her remarkable mother and the thrill of allowing a new source of joy into her life. A natural storyteller, Theroux slips her arm companionably into yours, like an old friend going for a stroll. But Theroux's stride is long and her eye sharp, and she swings easily between subjects that occupy us all: love, loneliness, growing old, financial worries, spiritual growth, and caring for an aging parent.
A compelling tale in journal form, The Journal Keeper is a rich feast from the writing life -- with an unexpected twist. After the death of her mother leaves Theroux feeling adrift, she finds the love that she believed was closed to a woman of her age.
Not until Theroux sat down to edit her journals for publication did she realize, in her words, "that a hand much larger and more knowing than my own was guiding my life and pen across the page." She makes a good case for this being true for us all.
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The Journal Keeper has been a personal book of inspiration for me. The writing is marvelous. It is for everyone. If I had had the opportunity to read it years ago I might have been able to hear my own voice. "The Journal Keeper" has given voice to the silence within me. It has led me to offer it as a gift to many women in my life and as one of them said last night when we were talking about the book and the author, " The Journal Keeper is like a warm blanket I can wrap myself in every night. I eagerly anticipate turning the pages and being swept away by the author's life and wisdom." I believe she captured it perfectly. Few books have had such a profound impact on me. There are classics, yes, but The Journal Keeper deserves a shelf of its own. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone, it is the perfect gift because it's meant to be shared - just as the author shared a glimpse of her inner soul with all of us.
I first got to know this author while reading her article in the "Why We Write" column of a recent issue of Poets & Writers magazine. I was immediately drawn to the lyrical quality of her writing, which spoke to my heart in many ways. I felt I was enjoying afternoon tea with a good friend, sharing experiences and secrets at a level rarely achieved in friendships today. Her honesty, warmth, compassion, and humility drew me in completely. When I came to the end I didn't want to say goodbye, so I went online and found "The Journal Keeper: A Memoir" at the Kindle bookstore. My Kindle was practically virgin; I'd downloaded a few free classics and one awful fiction book that I couldn't get through and deleted. I was ready to read something contemporary and brilliant. This was the perfect book companion for that moment.
I love reading autobiographies and memoirs. I must admit, though, that I'm weary of reading stories of tortured drug addicts, unwed mothers, and child...
This book may be the reason I am in love with my Kindle app on my Samsung. I found THE JOURNAL KEEPER based on suggested reading from other books I had purchased through amazon. I sampled away. And, I couldn't wait for this beautiful book to arrive in the mail. I had no idea that this book would strike a cord so deep with me. Phyllis Theroux has been writing for many years. Yet, I just discovered her so I will be ordering her other books soon. In The JOURNAL KEEPER you are given an up close and personal glimpse of Phyllis's daily life and routine when she was taking care of her mother at the end of her life. Their snippets of conversation, the local town feel and Phyllis's down to earth, sharp style of writing had me slowing down my reading speed so I could drink in each word with love and tenderness. The image of Phyllis as a young mom lying down in the cool grass in a park looking up at the stars and wondering about her meaning, the meaning of life and really where is...
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