Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Book Review: Adult Coloring Books from Bethany House

I had the opportunity to receive and review two new adult coloring and devotional books from Bethany House Publishers.

The first is The Glory of the Messiah.  This unique coloring book is written from the Jesus following Jewish women.  The Hebrew word study and verses point the reader towards who the Messiah is.  The characteristics of Jesus and things that point us to him are all highlighted verse studies with an accompanying coloring page.  The paper is high quality so the artist can choose any coloring tool they wish without risking bleeding through the paper.  There is a variety of pages of scenes to enjoy and reflect on from abstract, animals, to people.  While the people pages are not my favorite from a worshipful coloring experience (it felt a little child Sunday school like to me), the artwork is excellent and well done. I loved the corresponding Old Testament and New Testament verses.  The coloring pages are a little large for my taste, simply from an ability to feel finished and accomplished it would simply take a busy mom like me too long to complete.  However, this allowed the artist to include lots of great details.  I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.  It would make a great gift for someone who appreciates art, coloring as meditative worship, and also the Hebrew history of our faith.

The second book is called Words of Grace.  This small devotional is set up as a daily coloring page with corresponding word of encouragement for four weeks (28 total devotions/coloring page).  The paper again is of super high quality.  These smaller pages work great for a person like me who runs out of time or desire to continue the meditation.  I love the scripture verses incorporated into the pretty artwork of each page.  There is a lot of great content jammed into the small written devotional as well.  Verses to read from the Bible, discussion questions, meditative thoughts.  This little book is jammed packed with lots of great opportunities.  A wonderful tool that would make a great gift as well!  5 out of 5 stars!

*I received these books for free in exchange for my unbiased review

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