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All Is Bright: A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas Paperback – 1 Oct 2016
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From the Back Cover
Contemplate the promise and coming of Jesus as you create colorful designs.
Relax and retreat from the chaos of the Christmas season by reading these short devotions and meditating on Christ as you color. Your family's Advent and Christmas will be transformed from a time of busyness to a time of rest with every page of All Is Bright. Designed to reconnect you with the story of Christ's coming, each day of rich devotion by popular author Nancy Guthrie-- accompanied by intricate drawings--will lead you into a Christmas filled with worship and adoration.
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The book has gorgeous pictures that call out for me to color them, and they lend themselves well to colored pencils. For those coloring on something that may bleed, be aware that the Bible study is on the back of the coloring page for the previous day, so if you use Sharpies or another marker that may bleed, you may run into problems reading the next day's study... that said, I haven't tried it with markers so this may not be a problem at all, it's just a note on the page format.
I love this book for giving me a peaceful, spiritual way to take a moment of quiet during the holiday season, and I love that it's filled with Christian imagery rather than just wreaths and holly like so many other options on the market. The dual Bible Study/Coloring book format was great for reminding me to really take some time with God during my quiet time coloring each day, and made it feel more like an illustrated prayer than a coloring book. I'll definitely be buying more copies next year to gift to friends who love to color!
I jumped on the chance to review the book, All is Bright: A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas, written by Nancy Guthrie and illustrated by Lizzie Preston. This takes the idea of a coloring book and adds in a devotional for each day of December. This book is for adults and children alike and includes bonus family activities. If you want to see a sample, you can view that here.
The description from Tyndale:
"For all those seeking connection, interaction, or inspiration to share amongst loved ones, this gilded book is a rich and stunning gift that
keeps on giving all throughout the Christmas season—an ideal way to celebrate the birth of Christ the Savior through beautiful design and worshipful devotion. Filled with intricate artistry and colorful bonus activities for everyone in the family, any and all creatives, coloring book lovers, and readers alike will be eager to grab their colored pencils, cozy up with a favorite blanket and cup of tea, and settle in for a night of peace and wonder with All Is Bright…with intricate designs that will reconnect readers with the heart of Christ, this coloring book devotional journey reminds us all of what the season really calls us to: worship."
The cover of the book has gold foil and bright lettering, making a very beautiful book to simply hold in your hands. I loved this Advent-style approach with a devotional for every day of December, along with the family activities in the back, coloring sheets for each day and extras pages in the back to color, cut out, or create with. The devotionals are short for the very busy Christmas season, allowing you to work it in to your day. The “Discussion Starters” in the back are simple questions to keep the spirit of worship in your home, along with a prayer for each one.
I simply love the illustrations throughout the book as well. The coloring page with each devotional repeats the theme. For instance, December 7th is entitled “Name Him Jesus” about the meaning and significance of the name of Jesus. The coloring page is illustrated with a manger scene and the words “JESUS” in big, bold print. I like the layout of the book from front to back. The attention to detail which is geared to families using this book as a devotional is evident throughout the pages. The devotionals are centered around the worship of Christ, making the entire book a helpful resource for families around the Advent season as they come to worship Christ together.
One last note, Tyndale has a board on Pinterest called "Inspire Creativity" where you can download samples of their books from this coloring line.
Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Unlike most coloring books, this is one that you can use over and over again. Well, you can't color it over and over again, but you can capture a moment with your coloring and go back to the devotional and activity portions time and again. The devotional is for the entire month of December! WOOHOO! Thank you for including the days after Christmas!!
The family activities are short and simple enough that you might even be able to include younger kids. The best part of the activities may be the reproducible coloring pages. Where as the devotional section has very small detail coloring pages from Lizzie Preston, the reproducible pages are perfect for larger crayons and markers.
The images are beautiful, the devotions are thought provoking, the family activities are doable. I'm not sure if there is anything more you could want from an Advent coloring devotional.
This book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishing for the purpose of review. I'm never required to give a positive review, but always thankful when I can.