When’s the last time you took on a task with childhood joy and abandonment?
The responsibilities of life and the constant pressure to do more can rob us of our peace, if we are not mindful to embrace moments of rest and activities that awaken joy. Recently I rediscovered a childhood past-time–coloring. Pulling out my copy of Whatever is Lovely coloring book has been the perfect way to quiet the internal rehashing of my day, to de-stress, and to find my way back to a peaceful place of solace.
It’s been said you can’t judge a book my its cover but when selecting this book through the Blogging for Books program, the cover design was one of the first things that attracted me. And it didn’t disappoint seeing it person. This beauty contains 45 pages of illustrations that are interlaced with a faith theme scripture or quote.
Things I liked
- Includes a mixture of intricate and more simple designs: While I do find the intricate designs pretty on some days I’d much rather tackle just a simple page and find the intricate details stressful.
- Paperweight is heavy and the coloring book is one-sided
- Contains scriptures along with quotes from hymns, writers, and popular bloggers
- Spotify playlist: The inclusion of a playlist is a nice addition as the books purpose is to help you engage in a rich worship experience and to uplift your spirit and soul. I have never really connected coloring with worship but I do find both coloring and listening to music relaxing.
Adding perforated pages to the book would be the one thing I believe would enhance the book. My niece was surprised to find my coloring book and she wanted to color and I would have loved to be able to easily tear a page out for her to carry home.
Here’s a sample of my coloring art:
About the Book
Whatever Is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship by Waterbrook Press
Published by WaterBrook Press on December 15th 2015
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What activities bring you delight and peace? Have you joined in the adult coloring trend?