I did not appreciate the way this book was put together. Visually, the colors and vibrancy are very appealing. That part was beautifully done and I loved it.
Apart from that, this journal was disappointing. It claims to be a journal to encourage you to hold yourself to a standard grace instead of perfection. The problem? The book has roughly 60 full page photos advertising a lifestyle of flawless, manicured, styled perfection. It provides introspective questions like, "What are your fears and worries about making friends?" and then offers nothing but surface level responses like "God wants you to have friendships." Ok? Now that I dug deep for an answer to your question, I get to stare at a pic of you and your 6 friends modeling Lilly Pulitzer outfits while you tell me "God wants me to have friendships." Ok. Cool. Cool.
I feel like that would be the same as purchasing a journal about how to love and value your body, only to find full page pictures of size 0 supermodels in bikinis, laughing and eating kale on every page. Body Love Question 1: "What are your deep fears about eating healthy?".... Answer: "God wants you to eat healthy!"
That journal wouldn't help with body positivity any more than this journal will help someone learn to hold themselves to a standard of grace instead of the impossible perfection displayed throughout it.
I love guided journals but this one doesn’t feel like it’s for the “everyday woman”. I don’t want to see a bunch of photos of someone else’s family as I’m trying to dive into my journal entry. Not everyone’s life is all smiles and perfection; (hence why someone might want to journal) the photos in the book paint a picture of “perfection” & make it seem like if your not having that type of lifestyle then you’re a failure. Defiantly don’t recommend. (I did not buy this... I got this as a gift & it was one of the worst ever. Returning ASAP!)
Beautiful book! I want to say this book is a breath of fresh air. I enjoy all of Emily Ley's books, journals and products. I actually like her photographs and I am a single mother of two, from an ethnic background-African American-who appreciates another woman's point of view about daily life. So what that it is a personal journal of her photos. It is refreshing to see. This is the trendy branding of nonfiction books including Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon, Chrissy Teigen, and Joanna Gaines-just to name a few. I own all of their respective books and do not have a problem viewing a personal snapshot of their lives.Think of the personal branding of products on the market. Really, it is a reflection of the author and/or designer. Hopefully one day it will be appreciated. I am thinking it is more about the bible verses . . . which I feel is also needed in our society today. I also listen to all types of music and do not have a problem owning a CD cover with the musician on the cover. Emily Ley is very talented and takes what is ordinary and develops an extraordinary product.
First, I feel like I need to address the negative reviews. Yes, there are pictures in the book, and yes, they are of her and her family. The journal is based on her book Grace, Not Perfection and the publisher used the same pictures. That's just continuity, not narcissism. Second, if you are truly familiar with her, her brand, and her mission statement, you know just how far off the mark that comment is. That said, I love this journal. I haven't started it because I am waiting until January 1st because it's a 52-week journal so I'm going to use it for the New year but I love the idea that it will keep me focused on one thing each week that I learned in her book Grace, Not Perfection and hopefully I will be better able to internalize those lessons since I tend to fly through books. Plus, I love that it has Happy Stripe (a signature of EL), that the journal gives space to think & write, and that there is a Scripture for every week. Another great EL product if you ask me.
The written content of this journal is wonderful. It is very aesthetically pleasing on the outside with the happy stripe rainbow. I really do love Emily Ley products but this one seems a bit narcissistic. So many photos of Emily and her family. It comes across like a memoir and not a journal that is all your own. I plan on using the prompts and copying them into my own journal sans photos of Emily Ley and Co.