Review: Picturing Heaven: 40 Hope-filled Devotions with Coloring Pages
Randy Alcorn, Illustrated by Lizzie Preston
Tyndale House Publishers
Alcorn writes in the introduction that the value of this book is perhaps that “Coloring the imagery---the trees, lakes, animals, and people enjoying a redeemed creation---will help you develop a vital view of the magnificent New Earth God is preparing for us! As you ponder these pictures and participate in the art, you’ll more fully appreciate Christ’s promise---not of a ghostly existence, but of resurrected bodies and minds in a fantastically beautiful resurrected universe ruled by Jesus, the King of Kings, our Savior and Lord.” (9) Indeed, the time spent thinking on all that will not be a wasted time.
Short devotional readings drawn from several of Alcorn’s previous works are accompanied on the facing page by the illustrations by Lizzie Preston. They are printed on a good quality paper that accepts colored pencils or pens readily without smearing or bleeding. This book does not lay totally flat making the center edges difficult to reach. All the illustrations have been printed with a gold tone color that I found less than attractive, but that does blend well after the surrounding areas are colored. But, the intent of the book is not lost in either of the objections I have mentioned.
I have used coloring books before and find the time well spent. Slowing down, relaxing into the text enabled me to engage more fully with the Scripture and its Author. You might find this one just what you need about now.
I received this book from the publishers in exchange for a review.