Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book" by Robin Mead

Coloring is something I do in spurts. I have pretty much zero artistic talent, so drawing and painting aren't really options, but I do enjoy coloring from time to time ... as long as it doesn't stress me out!

Color uplifting depictions of God's creation--from blossoming gardens to smiling children--and vibrant cityscapes, with illustrated scripture and quotes to inspire and encourage. 

Do you delight in spying cheerful birds outside your window? Are you awed by God's creativity as your eyes scan the fields alongside a road of quiet beauty? If your soul craves more moments like these, you'll experience endless joy through coloring the intricate pictures and illustrated scripture in this book. Excite your creativity by filling in creatively rendered cities, gardens, and seas. Reinvigorate your spirit through the uplifting messages of these pages. As you do, you'll feel happily reminded that God is ever-present and looking out for you, because His love touches everything and everyone.

One thing that I've found as I look for coloring books is that many contain such intricate designs that they totally stress me out. (Do a search for "mandala coloring pages," and you'll see what I mean.) I want to use coloring for stress relief, so my coloring book shouldn't be adding to my stress!

That's why the Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book is perfect for people like me. The designs vary in intricacy, but none are over-the-top involved. Here's one I colored when my yearbook deadline was totally stressing me out. See? Simple.

There are Scripture verses on most pages, though a few pages don't have any words, and four have quotes—one each from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Pierre Theilhard de Chardin, and Mahatma Gandhi. All of the quotes are fine, but the inclusion of a quote by Gandhi (and, I suppose, the others) seems odd in a book that is otherwise clearly focused on the Bible. 

The pages have a good weight to them, and, though they're printed on both sides, my markers didn't bleed through. They are not perforated for easy removal, but these aren't really the type of coloring pages you'd want to display, anyway. 

If you're looking for relaxing coloring pages, this would be a good book for you. 4 stars.

Robin Mead
is an independent, self-representing artist whose works include digital and altered art, acrylic and mixed media paintings and watercolor landscapes and gardens. She also creates wonderful vibrant colored crochet afghans and handmade art journals that infuse her love of color into joyful creations that can be used in the home or given as gifts.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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