Book Review: Tranquility

Book Review: Tranquility

Tranquility JournalTranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal immediately sparked my interest. It combines several things I’m interested in at the moment: Prayer, peace, and coloring.

As I’m watching my 14-month-old daughter and wondering when she’ll be old enough to appreciate coloring (as though I need an excuse to break out the art supplies), I’m enjoying a foray into the wonderful world of grown-up coloring.

The hard cover and thick paper stock of Tranquility are top notch quality. The designs are varied and interesting, prompting new ideas with each turn of the page. Each spread is vastly different, some requiring more coloring than others, some suggesting more writing than others. They are all beautiful and creative. The colors that are printed in the journal are rich, gentle tones. Read more

Book Review: All is Bright

Book Review: All is Bright

All is Bright by Nancy Guthrie AdventI am absolutely loving this Advent coloring book. Might this be the one that finally pushes me to complete an entire Advent season of devotions??

All is Bright, by Nancy Guthrie and Lizzie Preston, is a beautiful adult coloring book and devotional for the Christmas season.

Grab your colored pencils, cozy up with your favorite blanket and a cup of tea, and settle in for a night of peace and wonder with All Is Bright.

I have already admitted my love of coloring, and when I saw this special holiday coloring book focused entirely on “a devotional journey to color your way to Christmas”, I thought this would be right up my alley. Sure enough, it’s a lovely collection of reminders of anticipation of our Lord’s birth (and, in fact, all the way to December 31). Most of the coloring pages are absolutely lovely, a few leave something to be desired. But I think that’s typical, as not every drawing is going to speak to every person.

The author of the devotionals, Nancy Guthrie, is familiar to me through the GriefShare program that she and her husband developed and host and through a women’s conference where I heard her speak. I know her teachings are Biblical and on point. Read more

Book Review: Whatever is Lovely

Book Review: Whatever is Lovely

Whatever is LovelyI’ve always loved to color — so much so that I have a habit of purchasing children’s coloring books from the dollar store and pulling out the crayons at least once a year. But the childish scribblings eventually bore me.

When I saw the trend of adult coloring books pop up on social media and even my local bookstore, I was immediately intrigued. Coloring intended for adults? Count me in!

In a completely different way, I have also been looking for a new study guide for my personal devotion time. I’m involved in other Bible studies, but I was in search of something that would bring me peace as I meditate on the Word of God, especially as we prepare to welcome our first little one into our home.

So when the opportunity arose to try Whatever is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship, I realized that it was exactly what I was looking for. In fact, the very day it came in the mail, I ripped open the package and pulled out my colored pencils and immediately set to work.

And was it everything I thought it would be? Oh, yes. And so much more.

I love the beautiful designs paired with inspiring Scripture. I am able to draw into my own little world of quiet time with God as I meditate on the message on each page. Peace follows as I shut out the stresses and struggles of the world to simply color for a few moments.

I would highly recommend Whatever is Lovely for anyone looking for a moment of peace and creativity — it has been the path to both for me.

In fact, I think I might have to invest in some higher quality pencils for my new endeavor…

I received a complimentary copy of Whatever is Lovely from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.