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Book Review: Big And Little Coloring Devotional

8 Nov

Kids crave constant activities and attention. Adults crave quiet moments of refreshment. How can we achieve both? Big and Little Coloring Devotional engages adults’ minds with appealing biblical devotionals while providing a creative outlet through coloring to diffuse stress.

Let’s have fun with our children through coloring and facilitate their spiritual growth with Scripture. Big and Little Coloring Devotional will incorporate physical, spiritual, and emotional refreshment by providing authentic faith-filled devotionals combined with therapeutic doodling for both the adult and child.

 

 

Rachel Swanson is a dental hygienist turned author, speaker, and accredited christian life coach helping women discover their unique purpose and pursue their dreams. She inspires others by sharing personal real life refining moments with relatable truths on her blog, social media pages, in-person speaking events, and through her high-level online coaching program.

Rachel is married to her husband Jeff of 10 years. They have three children: identical twin boys (Gavin and Rylan) and 19 months later a baby girl (Aria). They reside in a wannabe country town in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California.

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Jacy Corral (pronounced “Jackie”) is an illustrator, hand lettering artist, graphic designer, wife, and mom. After enjoying an extensive career in corporate marketing and design, she traded fancy slacks for yoga pants to focus on the great privilege of raising her daughter, investing in her home and marriage, and creating artwork that helps people to connect and reflect. Jacy lives with her husband, daughter, and miniature poodle in West Los Angeles, CA. She shares her creations regularly on Instagram and at http://www.hyssopdesign.com.

 

 

My Impressions:

While I have seen my share of adult and children’s coloring books, I have not seen one that combines both and can be be shared at the same time. The Big And Little Coloring Devotional does just that. It’s format allows the adult and child to face each other with compatible designs while allowing each to explore God’s word and work out their own creativity. Each two page spread includes a simple design with a Bible verse and a more complex design with devotional thoughts that expand on the scripture. Rachel Swanson has created the perfect way for mom and child to interact, have fun, and talk about the promises of God. And there are lots and lots of designs — this book will last a long time. The author shares how the book came about as she looked for ways to spend time with her daughter in prayer and Bible study. She says that the book is a creation orchestrated by the Creator Himself for you and your “little” to enjoy! Swanson has a hit on her hands as she combines God word, her devotional thoughts, and the beautiful designs of Jacy Corral. You are going to love it! Consider adding this one to your holiday shopping list.

Recommended.

Audience: parents and children

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to B&H Publishers for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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Book Spotlight — Adult Coloring Books Devotionals

14 Apr

Adult coloring books are all the rage. But what can be better than combining a relaxing and creative pastime with truths from God’s word? If you want to go a bit deeper with God, consider these two from Bethany House.

The Glory of The Messiah 

An Immersive, Creative Journey with the Messiah

While we may know what the Bible says about the Messiah, do we truly know him? In the rush of life, it can be hard to quiet ourselves enough to see and experience his glory. But now you can.

In this one-of-a-kind coloring experience, you will go on a journey through the Bible. Each beautiful, hand-drawn picture illustrates a pivotal prophecy and its fulfillment in the Messiah. Every spread features Old and New Testament Scripture passages from the Tree of Life Bible translation as well as a key Hebrew word, and its English translation, from the text.

As you color and create, open your heart to meditate on these prophecies — and their fulfillment in Jesus — and discover the glory of the Messiah anew.

To purchase, click HERE.

Words of Grace

Let Creativity and Color Reinvigorate Your Time in God’s Word!

God’s Word wasn’t meant to be dry and stale, but sometimes we rush through devotions on our way to something else. Bring new energy to your time in God’s Word by incorporating beauty and creativity! This coloring book devotional will help you focus your attention and calm your soul.

The theme of grace is front and center in this exciting new travel-sized coloring book from Jacqui Grace. Each page includes Scripture, brief devotional thoughts, and images to color.

As a gentle tonic for the busyness and complexity of your life, let this book inspire you creatively while it reconnects you with the God who created you and knows your every need.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to Bethany House for complimentary copies.)

Book Review: ScriptureDoodle and ScriptureDoodle God’s Promises

15 Dec

scripture-doodle-hiScriptureDoodle: A Six-Week Devotional Experience (David C. Cook, October 2016)

With inspiring exercises and prompts, this unique interactive guide introduces readers to a creative connection between Bible study, artistic expression, and worship.

Often, in the busyness of life, Christians forget that God created them to enjoy creativity. With guided instruction and completed examples, this beautiful book invites readers to draw closer to God through their own art.

More than a coloring book, ScriptureDoodle is a combination of Bible study, creative expression, and artistic community with artwork shared online at #scripturedoodle. Exploring topics such as being generous, finding rest, and facing grief, ScriptureDoodle gives the heart the creative space it needs. This book stimulates the reader’s imagination and helps integrate God’s Word into everyday life.

 

9781434710437_hiScriptureDoodle God’s Promises: A Six-Week Devotional Experience (David C. Cook, December 2016)

Some of the most incredible stories in the Bible are of God’s promises and faithfulness to His children.

ScriptureDoodle God’s Promises refreshes believers who are feeling burned out or stuck in a rut in their relationship with God. Each of the creative worship prompts in this interactive guide includes biblical encouragement and ideas for worship through art. Artist April Knight includes creative lettering tips, color ideas, and completed examples to inspire readers to respond to promises in Scripture related to trust, faith, and the power of God’s Word in all circumstances.

This unique blend of Bible study and creative expression provides the opportunity to connect with God as Creator in a new, life-changing way.

 

aknight-413April Knight is a worship artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Knight’s work includes live worship painting and leading ScriptureDoodle workshops online and at conferences and retreats around the country and internationally. Her family of four is her greatest joy, along with serving alongside her husband at their local church.

Find out more about April at https://scripturedoodle.com.

 

My Impressions:

Is the coloring book craze reaching saturation point? Recently a friend shared coloring book fails (The Golden Girls, really?), but the two ScriptureDoodle books put together by April Knight are a coloring book WIN! By combining the creativity God gifts all His people with (we are made in His image after all) with His Word, you can have days and days of meditating, creating and resting in His presence. The two books are designed as 6-week devotionals with each exercise to be completed daily. But I can see the user coming back to past designs to experience anew the comfort and refreshing that God promises. Besides providing scriptural guidance, Knight also helps with the fine points of doodling. I have a friend that loves adult coloring books and has been looking for something exactly like the ScriptureDoodle books. I guess I have my Christmas shopping done with this one!

I recommend both of these books who want to unleash their creative urges and spend some quality time with God.

Recommended.

Audience: older teens to adults.

To purchase these books, click on the titles — ScriptureDoodle and ScriptureDoodle God’s Promises

(Thanks to LitFuse for making available complimentary copies. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Garden of Eden: Beautiful Bible Scenes to Color And Inspire

18 Jul

61A2Xes9zYL._SY493_BO1,204,203,200_God created humans in his image and likeness and put it in a garden. In the Garden of Eden Coloring Book, you will find beautiful biblical scenes for coloring, relaxation, and delight. This book, with eighty-four pages, is an invitation to use all the creative potential that God has given you to create and to escape from the stressful activities of everyday life. Unleash your imagination, relieve your stress, reflect on biblical messages and see how good it feels.

Appeals to all ages looking for a unique coloring experience.

 

To purchase this book, click HERE.

 

My Impressions:

The adult coloring book craze seems here to stay! If you love to spend time de-stressing with colored pencils and beautiful images, then Garden of Eden is a good choice for you. The story of Creation comes to life with the beautiful illustrations for you to bring into living color. Accompanied by the corresponding Bible verses from Genesis, Garden of Eden celebrates God’s intricate and unique creativity. It also show mankind’s self-will in the depiction of the Fall. This coloring book is great for mother-daughter time because of its variety of designs. This one is sure to bring hours of enjoyment for older children through adults

Recommended.

Audience: ages 9 to adult.

(Thanks to Zondervan for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Book Review: Inspiring Words

8 Jan

61I1HQpsB4L._SX387_BO1,204,203,200_Take time to relax, sit back, and meditate on God’s Word. Inside these pages, you’ll find thirty unique and creative illustrations focusing on key verses from the Bible, each offering an opportunity to connect with Scripture while exploring your creativity. Throughout, NIV verses are paired with detailed line art, and each page is printed on high-quality, thick paper stock that won’t bleed through. And when you’re finished coloring with markers, pens, watercolors, or colored pencils, the completed page can be removed, allowing you to display your work for even more daily inspiration.

 

 

My Impressions:

Coloring books for adults are all the rage. Many of my friends received them as Christmas gifts and are enjoying coloring while de-stressing from the day. Zondervan has added a coloring book to its list of books with Inspiring Words. Thirty Bible verses surrounded by intricate line drawings will provide you with hours of enjoyment while you meditate on God’s truth. What a wonderful way to relax and immerse yourself in God’s word! As I paged through Inspiring Words I was struck by the incredible detail and surprise images that will emerge as you color. This book is earmarked for encouragement for a special friend.

Do you want to join in on the coloring fun or do you have a friend who needs some down time? Then consider Inspiring Words.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Zondervan for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)