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Digging Deep
Digging Deep

Digging Deep

A Journal for Young People Facing Health Challenges



140 Pages, 8.25 x 10

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: October 2014

ISBN 9780989103916

Rights: US & CA

Resonance House, LLC (Oct 2014)

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When a child is seriously or chronically ill, parents, friends, and other supportive loved ones want to help. This beautiful guided journal for kids and teens with health challenges offers young people the empowerment they need to take an active role in their emotional health by working through dozens of relevant and meaningful exercises. The colorful art and progression of target questions, through sections such as Exploring My Life, Love and Gratitude, and Your Journey and Heart's Desires, will inspire kids to explore their deepest feelings, challenges, hopes, and dreams. By discovering their own inner strengths and learning to communicate better with everyone around them, kids will regain the self-confidence and control they need to heal.


"Digging Deep is a remarkable resource for children and adolescents living with serious illness. The simple, yet powerful, words and the vibrant images gently guide them through their experiences. By digging deep, these young people will, in fact, emerge into clarity and light." —Barbara M. Sourkes, PhD, professor of pediatrics, Stanford University, and author, Armfuls of Time: The Psychological Experience of the Child with a Life-Threatening Illness

"Severe illness is also surrounded by uncertainty, which causes psychological distress and reduced quality of life. Tools such as diaries and journals kept during this stressful time in a patient's life can assist in forming accurate memories, provide an outlet for thoughts and feelings, and serve as a platform to facilitate discussion between the patient, family and health care team. Digging Deep is an excellent example of this type of tool for ages 10-18."  —Christine A. Zawistowski, MD

"Therapists tell us that children and teenagers with chronic illness can also benefit from processing their pain and fears in a journal. Now, a book called Digging Deep: A Journal for Young People Facing Health Challenges can help show the way."  —Dorothy Kupcha Leland, VP for Education and Outreach,

Author Biography

Rose Offner, MFA, is a writer, motivational speaker, and visual artist who specializes in journaling. She teaches workshops that inspire kids, teens, and adults to write and illustrate their most intimate moments. She is the author of Journal to Intimacy, Journal to the Soul, Journal to the Soul for Teenagers, and Letters to the Soul. She lives in Castro Valley, California. Sheri Brisson, MA, has a lifetime devotion to working with children with special health challenges and has facilitated support groups for children with illness and their families for over twenty years. She has developed trainings and conferences for issues surrounding chronic and life threatening illness for professionals, volunteers, and families. She lives in Atherton, California.