When I first sat down to read Invoking the Scribes of Ancient Egypt I was a little afraid. While I like reading about Egypt and I love journaling (of course!), I’ve always been a little on the fence when it comes to reading books that have any focus on spirituality. Hmmmm…
Based on my appreciation of two of the three subject areas (Egypt and journaling), I decided to give it a try. The first few chapters proved a little difficult for me, so I decided to focus purely on the travel and journaling topics. And then – something very interesting happened.
By the end of the book I was in love with the authors, the group that had made a unique spiritual journey, their tour guide, their journaling exercises and… wait for it… I had started to read the spiritual bits. And I liked them!
So what did I do then? I turned back to page one and read the entire book again! I thought I’d gotten the substance of the book on my first go-round, but I found that I hadn’t really. The second time through I started picking up on the subtle nuances of the book – the way each writer saw things in a different way, the way the journaling exercises connected so wonderfully with the spiritual features. The book was so much MORE than I had thought based on the first read-through.
Reading and working through Invoking the Scribes of Ancient Egypt: The Initiatory Path of Spiritual Journaling is like being invited to a feast! As noted in the book’s description, Invoking the Scribes:
- Reveals how to create meaning from one’s life experiences and manifest new destinies through spiritual writing
- Contains meditations and creative writing exercises exploring sacred themes in the Egyptian Book of the Dead and other hieroglyphic texts of ancient Egypt
- Shares transformative and inspiring pieces written by those who’ve attended the authors’ Egyptian sacred tours
This isn’t a book that you will just read through once and then put it away on your bookshelf to gather dust. This is book you will savor as you read. This is a book that will, if you open yourself to the experience (as I heartily recommend!), connect you with a universe that is so much larger than you may have imagined. You will find that your “inner scribe” is much more than just a “journaler” who makes quick notes about your daily life or responds to various off-the-cuff prompts. This is spiritual journaling, an oh-so-different beast.
Invoking the Scribes of Ancient Egypt: The Initiatory Path of Spiritual Journaling is a book that I have added to my very special “books to re-read” calendar. My what? This calendar is one in which I make notes about the books I feel should be re-read on a regular basis because they impart important life lessons and, by doing so, refresh my soul. I’ve also started up a folder that I will use as I start to make plans for my very own spiritual journey to Egypt!
I highly recommend that you take the opportunity to refresh your soul with Invoking the Scribes of Ancient Egypt: The Initiatory Path of Spiritual Journaling!
About the Authors
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Normandi Ellis is an award-winning writer, workshop facilitator, and director of PenHouse Retreat Center. The author of several books, including Awakening Osiris, she lives in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Gloria Taylor Brown is a university lecturer, Alchemical Healing teacher, and recognized mystic and visionary. A lifelong student of Egyptian studies, she is the president of Alchemy Arts, Inc. She lives in San Diego, California.
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Title: Invoking the Scribes of Ancient Egypt: The Initiatory Path of Spiritual Journaling
Authors: Normandi Ellis, Gloria Taylor Brown, Nicki Scully (Foreword)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bear & Company; Original edition (October 28, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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(Disclaimer: Author received a complimentary copy of Invoking the Scribes of Ancient Egypt: The Initiatory Path of Spiritual Journaling for the purpose of this review.)