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Adult Coloring Book Review: The Beautiful Word, Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering

153Find peace in the beauty of scripture as you color and reflect on favorite verses from the Bible. Each of the 50 verses is accompanied by intricate pen-and-ink illustrations for you to color. As an added bonus, you’ll learn simple techniques of hand lettering with easy-to-understand tutorials, tracing templates, and space to practice hand lettering verses.

Featuring perforated pages to allow for easy display, this deluxe coloring book will help you remember and take to heart scripture as you hand letter favorite Bible verses.

The Basics: Images are printed on both sides of thick paper.  Pages are perforated.

My Thoughts: One of the things that attracted me to this particular book the most was the promise of Hand Lettering. And this was the area that was the biggest let down for me. I would have liked to have seen more in the way of tutorials. Instead they offered only a quick rundown that didn’t offer much direction. There are a few coloring pages without script where you can add your own. And a single page of letters to trace.
The graphics, I think will be a hit for several, although it’s not my personal favorite…but my preferences aren’t trending right now, so I assume I’m in the minority. The pages are made up of  a wide variety of animals, flowers, and the occasional landscaping scene. The images have a patterny style to them.
Some pages feature only scripture, some a blend of scripture and coloring picture, and some only the coloring picture.

Rating and Review: I’m giving it 4 stars and I recommend it to anyone looking for a new Christian coloring book who enjoy the pattern styles.

~I received a copy from Book Look Bloggers. I was not compensated for my review. All thoughts are my own. 

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Book Review: Be Bold, An Adult Coloring Book

21Be Bold offers an outlet to simultaneously focus on God’s Word and express creativity. Using scripture as the foundation for her designs, Ellen Elliot takes readers through a series of inspiring verses reinforced with short devotional writings. Topics include joy, hope, self-image, peace, and more. Each coloring page and corresponding devotional will help the reader develop a closer relationship with the Heavenly Father.

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The Basics: Devotions are printed on one page with a matching coloring page on the opposite side. Pages are NOT perforated.

My Thoughts: The images are whimsical and designed with busy patterns. Each coloring page is designed with either an inspiring phrase or short scripture.
The devotions are short. The messages are timeless and meaningful, however, they aren’t heavy. I think the messages will be inspiring for a woman of any age, but the book is aimed for teens. Overall, as a coloring book, I think this is a very meaningful choice. As a devotional, I think it’ll help encourage you to walk the righteous path, but it isn’t a very deep study of the Word.

Rating and Recommendations: I’m giving it 5 stars. And I recommend it to anyone looking for a more meaningful coloring book.

~ I received a copy from Tyndale House. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one. All thoughts are my own. 

Samples:

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Review: Colorable Scripture Stickers

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Attention scrapbookers, Bible journalers, and sticker lovers!! The new spin on adult coloring is the colorable stickers.

My thoughts: The graphics are attractive and the scriptures used are ideal for applying to various crafts. My only complaint is that so many of the areas are super small and difficult to color if you plan to stay in the lines. I would recommend pulling out the gel pens for some of these.
Faith that Sticks sticker packages would make great gifts to add to a gift basket, stocking, reward bin, or for your personal use.

Basics: There are 4 sheets of stickers in each package. 2 of each style.
You can see both on the package. One sheet looks like a full paged scene while the other is made up of smaller stickers that go along with the overall theme.

~I received a complimentary assortment of stickers from Tyndale House. I was not required to post a review. All thoughts are my own.

To view more coloring products from Tyndal House, visit the Living Expressions page. 

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Book Review: All is Bright, Devotional and Adult Coloring Book

7.jpgThe perfect gift for the creatives and coloring-book lovers in your life! Includes bonus activities and kid-friendly coloring pages for the whole family!

This Christmas season, celebrate the birth of our Savior through beautiful design and devotion. 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. For lovers of the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books, All Is Bright is the perfect way to transform the Advent and Christmas seasons for your whole family, re-centering the holidays on the miracle of Jesus’ birth. Combining 31 days of rich content by the beloved and inspirational Nancy Guthrie with intricate designs that will reconnect you with the heart of Christ, this coloring book devotional journey reminds us all of what the season really calls us to: worship.

My Thoughts: We always need something to help us slow down during the Christmas season and focus on what’s most important. All is Bright is a great tool!
There is a quick devotional for all 31 days of December that helps focus the heart and mind on Christ. I love that this wasn’t JUST a devotional but also a coloring book. But better still was that this devotional has the whole family in mind and included specially designed pages for children to color.
The bulk of the graphics didn’t suit my particular style, but I believe most will find them appealing. I would have liked to have had the children’s pages perforated or in a separate book so that sharing would be easier. But the concept behind All is Bright was unique and executed well.

The Basics: Pages are not perforated.
Markers are welcomed.
Images are printed on one side with a devotional on the other side.
Includes pages for children to color.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving All is Bright 5 stars and recommending it to anyone looking for a way to unwind and refocus during the Christmas season or those looking for a new family devotional for the Christmas season.

~I received a free copy from Tyndale House. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.

For more adult coloring product, visit Tyndale’s Living Expressions page. 

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Adult Coloring Book Recap

2016_0623summer20160032I’ve reviewed quite the collection of adult coloring books so far this year. I thought it would be handy to stop and take a look at them again. Maybe you’ll find something you like or a new book to add to your Christmas shopping list. 
*All links take you to my original review, complete with sample images. 

Coloring Notebook:
This is a gem. It’s part classic notebook, part coloring book. There is a wide collection of images here and perfect for just about everybody.

Coloring Inspirations:
This one took a different approach by allowing you to download it and print your own copies. It allows you to select your favorite type of paper without fear of markers bleeding through.

Cats in Paris:
A cat-lovers dream. This coloring book will keep you entertained with a variety of feline-filled pages.

Paris Steet Style:
This compact book mixes fashion and Paris together.

Wonders of Creation: 
If you’re an animal lover, then this book is a must. There is a wide variety of animals here to color and enjoy.

Gratitude, A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal: 
This one is a fun twist to the coloring book scene. You’ll find sections to color, places of reflection, and areas of prayer all in one colorful package.

For I Know the Plans:
This is another compact book but it packs a TON of scripture. Every page sports a different verse, each is meant to edify and encourage you.

God Bless America: 
This is one of my favorites. It mixed history and Christianity together. Plus it’s patriotic!

Godey’s Fashions:
For the history lover, this is a must have. It covers nearly 50 years of ladies’ fashions.

Civil War Fashions:
Another gem for the history lover. This one is similar to Godey’s except that it focuses ONLY on Civil War fashions and it includes men and children in the images.

Now it’s your turn! Have you joined the coloring fad yet? Do you have a favorite coloring book? Did you find something in my collection that you’d like to add to your wish list? 

Coming Soon: My review on the latest adult coloring book to hit the shelves: All is Bright. It’s a Christmas devotional coloring book! How cool is that?!

 

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Book Review: Gratitude, A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

101Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal invites you to bring creative journaling and the calming act of coloring into your quiet time with God. This beautifully designed interactive prayer book from Tyndale’s Living Expressions collection helps guide your thoughts as you pray about concerns such as health, overcoming stress, personal relationships, and more. Gratitude gives you a way to celebrate and give thanks to God for the many blessings he provides. Filled with over 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling and sketching, and 40 needs-based prayers, Gratitude helps you express your devotion to God with your whole heart!

What I Loved: The Gratitude journal is very compact and easy to carry along with your Bible. The book itself is very well done. Tyndale used quality paper and lots of colorful designs. This journal is very different from your average coloring book or devotional. It’s a healthy blend of both. Some pages were 100% colored. Some are waiting for you to add the color. And some are a blend of both ideas with select images colored and others left blank for you.

Gratitude is a very thought provoking journal. Each page is a different theme and encourages you to meditate on God’s goodness in your life and even add your own personal prayers or notes to the pages.

What I Didn’t Love: With a coloring prayer journal, it’s hard to have enough space for everything. In this particular book, I would have liked to have seen more space for personal notes or prayers.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving Gratitude 5 stars and I think it would make a great gift or an addition to your Bible study.

Visit Tyndale’s Living Expressions Page for similar products.

~I received a copy from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 

Sample Pages:

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Review: Coloring Inspirations: Vol One: Enjoyment

95Enjoyment is a feeling of pleasure you get when experiencing or doing something you like. Experience pure relaxation as you use your favorite colored pencil or gel pens on these 25 coloring designs. Be sure to check the Look Inside feature for a sneak peek. Back of pages is left blank so that you can frame any of the designs should you so desire. For best results put two or three pages of blank paper under the page you are coloring to avoid bleed through to the next design. We have furnished three extra pages at the back of the book you can cut out to use for this purpose.

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My Thoughts:
~Disclaimer: I’m reviewing a pdf copy of this coloring book so I’m not able to judge the quality of paper or binding of the book.
Coloring is a great way to unwind and if you enjoy picking up some colors and tackling an intricate pattern, then this book is for you! The images reminded me of something you’d find in a kaleidoscope. My only complaint is that the same border was used to frame every image in this book.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving Coloring Inspirations 4 stars and recommend it for anyone who enjoys kaleidoscope-inspired coloring pages.

~I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Samples: 

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Review: God Bless America, An Adult Coloring Book

46.jpgEnter the pages of this coloring book for adults, and you will find a peaceful way to reflect on what makes America a truly amazing country: our values of equality, opportunity, faith,family, character, generosity, justice, and perseverance. Each coloring page features an original design from one of nine different artists, illustrating an inspirational quote from one of the Founding Fathers, an historic document, a patriotic hymn, or another of America’s heroes.
Slow down, quiet the noise, and express creativity as you color your way through history.
So grab your colored pencils or markers, find a comfortable spot to relax, and spend some time celebrating America. To help set the perfect patriotic mood, a link to the “Coloring America” playlist is included inside.

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The Basics: Images are printed on one side of thick paper.
This coloring book is marker friendly.
Pages are perforated.

Images: Every picture displays a quote and the author’s name. On the backside of each page is a brief history behind the quote, which easily became my favorite feature. This coloring book is more of the scenic sort. You won’t find any mandala prints in this book. Even without the use of mandala prints, I still found a nice variety of images here. Some pages use more shading. Other pages have a sloppier appearance as if they traced a watercolor painting. Some are more detailed and others have a simplified look to it. I look forward to seeing a finished page in this “watercolor” style. I have a feeling these pages are going to turn out nicely.
For me, God Bless America incorporated some of my favorite things in a coloring book: Scenic pages, famous quotes, and historical tidbits. I’m rating it 5 stars.

~ I received a copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 

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Review: ColoringNotebook, An Adult Coloring book

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Paper notebook with coloring pages for adults. 
Beauty outside. Amazing inside.
Imagine your favorite paper notebook with lovely coloring pages for adults. 
The ColoringNotebook is a happy combo of stylish paper notebooks and traditional adult coloring books.
It has a beauty, leathery hardcover, quality acid-free paper, smart dimensions, and it lies flat when opened.
Each ColoringNotebook has been specifically designed for jotting down notes, sketches, and ideas.
Also, it will provide hours of stress relief and mental relaxation.
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A coloring book that doubles as a notebook?! A notebook that encourages me to daydream while I brainstorm?! How brilliant!! This concept is especially helpful for authors during the brainstorming process. You can unwind and collect notes at the same time. Or the perfect notebook to ponder the verses and quotes you’ve collected.
The Basics: 
This notebook is durable, comes with a ribbon bookmark and a band to keep it closed, and is the perfect size for stuffing in your bag or purse.
Images run into the spine of the book.
Color pencils are preferable since the pages are a bit thin and the markers bleed through. The backside of the coloring page is notebook paper so die-hard marker fans might not mind letting it bleed through.
Images and Ordering:
This is one of my favorite coloring books currently in my collection. There is such a wide variety of images to enjoy here. You’ll find scenes, random objects, even vintage objects (which was my favorite), busy patterns, cute animals, and even aliens! Most images are on a single page with 3 pages of notebook paper in between. Some images spread out over two pages. I happily give the Coloring Notebook 5 stars.
You can order one for yourself, your friend, your neighbor, or someone you love by visiting the link. When ordering, you get to select the style of notebook pages: Lined, Dotted, or Plain.
Samples: 
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~I received a copy from the creator of Coloring Notebook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 
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Review: For I Know the Plans, An Adult Coloring Book

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Life is full of demands. Appointments, deadlines, obligations, and constant digital chatter occupy every moment and build a mountain of unhealthy stress and tension. Eliminate some of that stress as you meditate on the hope found in God, as beautifully illustrated in the images and Scripture verses in For I Know the Plans, a travel-size coloring book. Watch each page come alive as you allow your creativity to flow freely, filling the intricate images with the beauty of color. Spend some quiet time relaxing with this inspirational adult coloring book. The worries of life can wait.

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The Basics:
Images are printed on ONE side only.
Markers are welcomed here.
Travel sized and perfect for stuffing in your bag or purse.

Images:
I love the wide variety of pictures found in this book. You’ll find busy patterns, large font, animals, scenery, and tiny patterns for fine point markers and pens.
The collection of scripture here is encouraging. I was tired and heavy-hearted when I first flipped through the book, and greatly uplifted by the time I finished.
This would make a wonderful gift, especially for someone who is sick or in the hospital.

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And last, but certainly not least, a full length picture of Pretty in Pink. You can read the story behind this special picture and how coloring it had changed my life.

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