Thursday, December 24, 2015

Review: "Whatever is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Relection and Worship"

The Whatever is Lovely coloring book contains 45 one-sided illustrations. The pages are large and square, a nice size for full-page drawings. The designs take up the whole page, but there are often large white spaces featuring a Bible verse or a religious quote. The overall effect is that even the most intricate designs aren't too intimidating because it's not just the entire page filled with tiny lines.

On the reverse side of the illustration, there is a short description of the meaning, whether it be a more extended version of the Bible verse, lyrics from a song, or explanation from a blog post. The illustrators did a nice job of representing the meaning or theme in their art work. Here are a few of my favorite texts that appear as part of the coloring page:
  • Serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13)
  • Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. (Corrie Ten Boom)
  • I am with you always (Matthew 28:20)
  • May we be sensitirve to the ways our words land in the hearts of others (Emily P. Freeman)
  • So be truly glad there is wonderful joy ahead (1 Peter 1:6)
  • We can put God first by giving him our first moments of the day (Lysa Terkeurst)
  • He has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiatstes 3:11)
There is a wide variety within the images themselves as well, from flowers and leaves, to an elephant, a deer, an eagle, and more. Coloring the pages is not only soothing, but also provides quiet time to reflect on the verse or quote provided. Whatever is Lovely was a brilliant idea for a relection/worship coloring book and this book really saw the idea through to a beautiful outcome.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

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