Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Review: Restore my Soul: A Coloring Book Devotional Journey by Ann-Margaret Hovsepian



Review: Restore my Soul: A Coloring Book Devotional Journey
Ann-Margaret Hovsepian
Momentum
2016

Product DetailsReview a coloring book? Look a bit closer at the full title and this is also a devotional book.  I think I’m beginning to understand the coloring book thing more than I have before.  And I think it’s a good idea.  It’s not some idle waste of time.  Away with all those 30 second devotions!  Be gone those 15 minutes with God books!  These are a step toward a devotional time that matters.  Unless you can color bunches faster than I can, of course.  These force you to sit still for much longer than 15 minutes and during that time what goes through your head? They may even take a couple of days to complete.  Eventually after the “Do I use orange or yellow here?” questions drift away the devotion you read on the opposite page begins to echo in your thoughts.  Now you’re getting somewhere.  All those you’s in the bit above are really about my experience with this particular coloring book.  Yes, I’m a caffeinated, can’t sit still person, but for some reason this works for me.  This time.  Why?  I tried another one before and just couldn’t do it. 

I really think the devotionals that accompany the artwork help.  They gave me more to hang on to and then I began to apply the Scripture verse through it.  Backwards, I know, but it worked for me. The time spent coloring is not as intimidating as the regimen I’d given up on long ago. So, now I intend to find some better pencils and work with this.  

As you might have guessed I like this particular coloring book devotional and would recommend it to you.  The paper weight is good, the surface smooth.  I don’t know if markers bleed through.  Maybe someone else has investigated that point.  The pages seem secure.  The designs are varied i.e. not all doodles or flowers.  Some are more complicated than others.  The only nit I see is the designs sit a bit tight on the inner margin next to the binding, but not impossible to reach.  If you’re like me and have tried this before, maybe this one will fit your personality better.  Give it a try.  I’m glad I did.

I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.

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