Teri Meloche-Greb spent more than 30 years of her life in a physically and emotionally abusive relationship where her soul was “slowly sucked out” of her. During that time, she lost her identity. To begin understanding who she really was and to authentically love herself, she started journaling. In Love Me Just as I Am, she provides readers with journaling and drawing prompts, encouraging them to use her book to live out their unique soul journeys.
Meloche-Greb tells readers she has “no secret spell, no special dress code” to offer. Instead, she wants them to help themselves. Her book is designed to “help you get to know you. Learn to understand you. Start putting you first.” To that end, she provides prompts, encouragement, scattered images, and scores of blank pages to allow readers to express themselves, suggesting that they do so with unlimited depths of emotion. Meloche-Greb notes that it’s important to live your life to the fullest, even if your choices don’t match preconceived notions placed upon you by others.
Prompts range from just a few simple words to one that takes up more than a page. They include questions such as: “What does natural beauty mean to you?”; “Do you flow freely in the stream of life?”; “Who is your special person?” Some prompts are reasonably specific, while others are open-ended. The author encourages readers to feel unconstrained in where each prompt leads them.
A significant majority of the book consists of blank lined pages. As a result, this doesn’t seem like a fully developed collection of prompts, but rather a nice start. Readers may find value in writing responses and sketching images in response to what’s offered, but overall the book would be enhanced by further content.
Also available as an ebook.