Live Loved ~ A Colouring Book

I must admit, I was skeptical about a “Christian adult colouring book.”  Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving the adult colouring book craze, and I have several of them — when they go out of popularity, I’ll still have plenty to last me through my desire to colour but not have to colour Disney Princesses.  Not that there’s anything wrong with Disney Princesses…. I just wanted a challenge.

Anyway, so when I got the opportunity to review a colouring book, I cautiously jumped on it.  I love the idea of a colouring book devotional, but I wasn’t sure how it was going to pan out practically for me.

I can tell you though, after colouring in it for just a bit, there are many things about this devotional colouring book that I love.

I love the font that the designers chose to scrawl the scriptures onto the pages.  It’s beautiful, and as I’m a big fan of fancy cursive fonts, I love this feature.  I also love that I get to colour in all the words.

At first I was disappointed that the pictures aren’t as detailed as some of the other colouring books I own, but as I got colouring I realized that while the pictures don’t span the entire page, it gives a beautiful combination of powerful scripture words and white space, combined with splashes of all kinds of colour potential.

I also love that the pages are good, thick paper.  I have several colouring books, it’s true — but I can’t use marker in most of them, and that’s disappointing.  The marker bleeds right through the pages, but not in this one!  The pages are thick and heavy, so you can use any medium you’d like (though I’m not sure I’d recommend paint or Sharpies….).  I used Crayola fine tip markers in the image I’ll show you below.

I like the space opposite the colouring page to journal your thoughts about the verse.  One thing I didn’t expect was how much time my brain spent mulling over the verse while I was colouring — especially how much time I spent focusing on the words while I coloured the words.  I find it’s a great way to meditate on scripture, and I’ll look forward to doing more pages.  I’m obviously not done the whole book ~ I’m not even done the whole page I started that I wanted to show you.  My hand was starting to cramp and get shaky, and I didn’t want to make a mess.  It’s ok though, because I’ll certainly go back to it later.

The only real complaint that I have about this book is that I wish the pages were removable (easily) or that the spine would allow them to lay a bit flatter.  The edges of the colouring pages go right to the spine of the book, but you can’t get your colouring implement into the tight spaces very well.  When you’re looking right at the page, close up, when you’re colouring — you can tell that you haven’t coloured everything.  Otherwise though, once you’re not right ‘in the face’ of the colouring page, you wouldn’t even notice.  I just think it’d be nice to be able to tear some of the pictures out and hang them up if they’ve been coloured beautifully to match your home’s decor — I guess I could use scissors 😉

That’s all I’ve really got to say — I’ll leave you with this:  If you love to colour, and you’re looking for a neat way to meditate on the words of scripture, I highly recommend that you check this out.  It’s very cool!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.


Where She Belongs

This was a beautiful book.  It had me hooked right from the beginning.  I got invested in the characters — especially in Shelby, whose struggle to move past the death of her husband tugged at my heart.

Check out the synopsis from Baker Publishing Group:

Can love redeem a broken past?

Shelby Kincaid is ready to move forward after the death of her husband left her devastated. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family’s homestead, Misty Willow, so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she has her work cut out for her.

AJ Sullivan never wanted Shelby’s family homestead in the first place. His grandfather left it to him as punishment for not following his wishes, and he’s let it fall into ruin. AJ’s more than happy to unload it to this spitfire of a woman. But even after angry exchanges over the state of the house, he can’t get her off his mind.

With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and family history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home–and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.

I did not see the ending of this book coming, as Johnnie Alexander did a beautiful job of crafting a love story and a mystery weaving together throughout the entire book.  I’ll be looking for others from Johnnie Alexander in the future, as I really liked her style and character development.  The next book in the series is reported to be coming out sometime in 2016, focusing on a story line involving one of this book’s secondary characters, which I just might have to check out!

I highly recommend this book if you like a romance novel that isn’t entirely romance, and gives you something else to ponder and focus on while you read.  It was very well done.

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Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.