Sunday, April 10, 2016

Adult Coloring Books

By Kelly Bridgewater

Grab your colored pencils and get ready to refresh your spirit with this coloring book devotional journey!For lovers of the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books, Restore My Soul is a beautiful, interactive devotional designed to celebrate our unique creativity and connect us with the ultimate Creator. Find refreshment in short reflections on Scripture and be inspired as you color accompanying intricate illustrations created for meditation and prayer. Both contemplative and imaginative, Restore My Soul is the perfect space for the artist in us all.

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 My Thoughts: 

Coloring was not my chosen past time when I was a child. I would rather play with my Barbies, run around outside with my best friend, Robin, or read a book. But the latest craze of adult coloring books has even befuddled the publishing companies. No one knows why they are in every bookstore and even in Wal-Mart. I have skimmed a number of them when I have gone to the grocery store, but nothing has grabbed my attention. But when Tyndale offered a chance for me to have one for review, I thought why not?

The problem I have with coloring books is that I don't have the patience to sit and color for hours. In the new adult coloring books, the detail is so fine and busy that anyone who wants to spend hours coloring can and will get lost for hours. When I worked on my page, I used a brand new box of Crayola coloring pencils. I spent an hour working on one page, and I didn't even finish the picture. I got frustrated. Too much for me. I could be working on my writing or reading another book in my ever growing TBR (to-be-read) pile. 

While the coloring aspect did not really appeal to me, the writing did strike a cord in my heart. I enjoyed the number of devotions. They weren't long, but they gave me something to think about. Ann-Margaret Hovspian gave me some new areas to think about with my walk with God. I really enjoyed her style of writing. I would love to see if she would write a devotion strictly for adults. She has written some devotionals and books for young girls. 

While I have no patient for this growing trend in adult coloring, Ann-Margaret Hovsepain's coloring devotional Restore My Soul does cause me to pause and ponder her words. I do know a number of adults who have sat down and colored with these adult books and have allowed their stress to leave, so this trend does work for some. Just not for me!

I received a complimentary copy of Ann-Margaret Hovsepain's Restore My Soul from Tyndale Publishing, and the opinions stated are all my own.

Ann-Margret Hovsepian
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Ann-Margaret Hovsepian's Bio:

Ann-Margret Hovsepian is an award-winning writer, editor, and illustrator from Montreal, Quebec. She has had more than 300 articles featured in a variety of Canadian and U.S. print publications. Her devotional for tween girls, The One Year Designer Genes Devo, was released by Tyndale House Publishers in 2007. She is also the author of Truth & Dare: One Year of Dynamic Devotions for Girls (David C. Cook Publishing, 2011) and Truth, Dare, Double Dare: Another Year of Dynamic Devotions for Girls (Cook, 2014), and she was the lead author and senior editor of Blossom, a tween BibleZine (Thomas Nelson, 2006). As an illustrator, she contributed five original drawings to Whatever Is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship (WaterBrook Multnomah, 2015) and her own devotional coloring book, Restore My Soul, will be released on April 1, 2016.

How to connect with Ann-Margaret Hovsepian:
Author Website

If you are looking for more devotional coloring type books, there is a Bible entitled the Inspire Bible (NLT-New Living Translation) by Tyndale. It might be worth looking into!

What do you think about adult coloring books? Do you have any? What do you look for in a good, relaxing coloring book?  Would you buy a creative journaling Bible? If you have the Inspire Bible, do you enjoy your purchase?

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