Introducing a thoughtfully designed grief journal that combines the therapeutic benefits of writing with the sacred, spiritual practice of lament.
when life hurts, this journal offers a safe place to release your pain + find rest
A safe space for processing your pain and finding hope in grief.
A safe space for processing your pain and healing in grief.
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If you’ve endured a heart-breaking event or any type of loss in your life, then you know what it’s like to walk through a dark season—a time marked by sorrow, grief, depression, or even despair.
Maybe you’ve tried to push through the pain silently or pretend it isn't there. You may feel numb, unsure how you’ll ever find hope again.
Instead of turning away from your pain or searching for someone to "fix" your pain, it's time to honor your experience and listen to what you need.
This is where journaling your laments can help. Rest: A Journal for Lament can help you enter the depths of your experiences during the darkest nights. You can process your pain honestly in a safe place and discover that healing and rest are possible.
If you feel far from God, this journal offers a practical, no-pretense way of drawing near to Him. Through the powerful process of journaling laments, you’ll learn how to release your unrest and hold on to hope.
Discover hope + healing in hard times through lament.
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You can find your way to Hope even in the darkest nights of pain.
You can find your way to Hope even in the darkest nights of grief.
Find space to weep and wrestle, releasing overwhelming emotions, thoughts, and questions holding you captive.
Uncover how to be vulnerable and honest so you can process pain and find your way through the pain that can paralyze.
Get unstuck from spiraling and ruminating thoughts and find a new path to healing that invites you to be authentic.
IF YOU'RE LONGING for a safe space to rest the turmoil of your hurting heart, THIS GUIDED GRIEF JOURNAL CAN HELP YOU:
Does life feel like too much to bear?
REGAIN a sense of control when life feels out of control THROUGH THE ACTION-ORIENTATED NATURE OF JOURNALING
MOVE THROUGH spiritual DISAPPOINTMENT AND FRUSTRATION BY turning toward God through the practice of lament
Discover an easy to use 4-part journaling system that will HELP YOU renew YOUR mind
JOURNAL daily or as needed; this journal can HOLD A season, year, OR lifetime of SACRED laments
MAKE space FOR your painful emotions, process difficult questions, and find rest
You need a journal that’s adaptable and addresses your specific feelings of loss.
Whether you’re feeling hopeless, helpless, or spiritually distant with God because you're mourning a death, facing a season of unknowns, or aching from past trauma, the Rest Journal invites you in.
The Rest Journal is designed to help you process your honest experiences in a way that invites you to pivot your weary heart toward Hope in an authentic way (no forced positivity here).
Like we've already said, this journal is not just for the loss of a loved one (although it’s perfect for that).
You'll be better able to process your thoughts and feelings so that you can move toward rest and hope in the dark moments in life.
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When I felt weighed down by grief—whether from the loss of a loved one, nagging uncertainty, or regret—Lament helped me to name what I was feeling, lay it before the Lord, and remember who He is in the midst of my pain."
When we feel stuck in our weeping and wrestling, Kristin Vanderlip gently guides us to the healing and hope that is always possible when we trust God with our heart's deepest laments. The thoughtful four-step framework and pages for checking in with ourselves make this journal a helpful and safe place to truly find rest during the storms and changing seasons of our lives."
During the time of using the journal our family had gone through a very traumatic experience. It was vital I not keep the feelings of anger, disappointment, hurt, and bitterness stuck in my heart. The way I was able to keep my head above water was journaling. This journal was exactly what I needed to get started. Once I started, the words continued to flow. Kristin's journal helped walk me through several weeks of intense pain. This journal gave me space to express my feelings - even the hard ones."
Kristin Vanderlip is passionate about spreading the love of writing as a source of healing and hope. She is an author, freelance editor, writing coach, and journaling advocate, whose writing has been featured at (in)courage, Proverbs 31 Ministries, and DaySpring.
Kristin leads journaling workshops, hosting anywhere from 5-50 people a session, and has coached hundreds of writers on using daily journaling.
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This journal is inspired by the Christian biblical practice of lament and includes references to various scriptures. However, the Rest Journal can be used whether you feel far from God, question God, or aren't even sure about God. But please do know that this journal invites you to explore your faith in your grief.