My thoughts on faithbooking…
What is faithbooking? I first saw the term in a scrapbooking magazine interview with Lisa Whelchel. I went to her site looking for more information. It referenced a faithbooking class at her Mom Retreats, but no real information on what it was. Then I saw a short post referencing faithbooking on a christian list I am on. This prompted me to do some research and learn more about faithbooking. My intentions are to share those findings here. I welcome your comments, criticisms, and suggestions.
Where did faithbooking originate?
In my research, I believe the term “faithbooking” originated from Rhonda Anderson, co-founder of Creative Memories and co-author of Creative Memories Way. In an article, she wrote: “I began doing what I call “faithbooking” — creating a photo album specifically with the stories of miraculous moments in my life. We are in essence recording history and helping ourselves remember the memorable times God has intervened, reached out, and changed our lives. Now, as my family and I look at our faithbook albums, our faith grows as never before.”
To read this article, visit http://www.family.org/focusoverfifty/lifewise/a0022748.html
More on faithbooking…
I have been researching the internet, trying to learn more about faithbooking. I have run across several sites expressing their opinion on what faithbooking is and is not. Here is what I found:
- A means to express our faith. A journey of faith
- The ability to capture life’s lessons that God teaches us.
- A way to remember God’s faithfullness and presence in our daily lives.
- An eternal legacy for our children
- A witnessing tool
- An incredible, permanent reminder of our God Moments and His hand in our lives.
- Obedience to God’s command to remember what he has done for us. (Ps. 78:4)
- Scripture, Thoughts, Prayers, Blessings, Memories, Letters, and Stories combined with our photographs to always remember our personal, spiritual journey with the Lord.
Many of the above were found at www.LisaWhelchel.com
While I believe the original term was meant for scrapbooking, you can still participate in faithbooking with journaling. If you are looking for a new journal, check out the gallery or store on FaithfullyYours.
Faithbooking is not:
I have read that faithbooking is not “a scrapbooking thing with creativity, paper, stickers and die-cuts”. Ok, this one I have a problem with. Perhaps because I am a crafty, creative person who enjoys making “pretty” things. While I understand the basis for this statement, to not spend extra time making pages pretty, but to concentrate on glorifying God. Here is my thing: my girls see me creating items for others. They craft with me. They know how I like to be creative as much as possible. So if I am working on a faithbooking album to hand down to them and to future generations, how can I not express my creativity? I can see my girls asking me why I can make pretty items for others but not in their books? I think if I were to take away the “prettys” than I wouldn’t be true to myself or to the talents that God has given me. Does it take more time? Yes. Will it distract from the original intention? I don’t think so. Some people can flip through an album quickly and others take their time. Those who take the time to read the journaling and get to know what is going on in the pictures will be the ones touched. The “prettys” will just reinforce the rest. Ok, yes, this is something I feel pretty strongly about. I don’t like attending scrapbooking parties that make me feel bad for wanting a pretty album. Faithbooking is a personal journey of faith that is yours to create in the way that works best for you!
Having the “prettys” in faithbooking:
Since I love to create with the “prettys”, I hope to help cut down the time spent on your faithbooks by giving you lots of ideas via the gallery as well as items in the store that are already done for you! Now you can have your “prettys” and faithbook too!