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A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood

A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating MotherhoodTitle: A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood
Illustrator: Stephanie Corfee
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 978-1-4789-4741-7

“Enjoy moments of peaceful creativity while being reminded of your special place in the hearts of your loved ones and your wonderful God-given purpose …” the back jacket states in Stephanie Corfee’s A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood.

~ What ~
This ninety-six-page paperback targets mothers who enjoy down time coloring. With forty-six illustrations, the right side of the pages have black and white artistic designs to color. The left side is usually left blank so that the art medium does not bleed through the pages. While focusing on motherhood, the designs celebrate the topic with a Bible verse or saying often incorporated into the drawings. The NKJV, NLT, NIV, MSG, and NLV versions of the Holy Bible are referenced.

Including a verse from Psalms, Proverbs, Matthew, or Romans to name a few, also added are quotes from well-known individuals such as Lincoln,  Graham, Mother Teresa, and Chapin. The drawings involve lovely patterns of mothers, flowers, leaves, hearts, birds, foods, objects, and mandalas as a few examples.

~ Why ~
Moms who love to draw, doodle, or fill in coloring books will love this book that concentrates on them. I like that the written words are short and to the point, while the charming illustrations are clear, crisp, and creative.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not mothers or do not have time on their hands may not appreciate this book. Others may not care for coloring or doodling.

~ Wish ~
I wish more coloring books were available like this that had one side blank in case the paint or markers bled through and that they could be removed and framed.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a special gift for a mother or to give to children to color, cut out, and frame as a gift to give, this would be a keeper and appreciated greatly by a mom.

Thanks to Hatchette Books for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book

Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book: With Illustrated Scripture and Quotes to Cheer Your SoulTitle:  Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book
Illustrator: Robin Mead
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 978-1-4555-3934-5

“Reinvigorate your spirit through the hopefulness of these pages,” the back jacket states in Robin Mead’s Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book.

~ What ~
This ninety-six-page paperback targets those who enjoy a coloring book devoted to mostly Biblical inspirations within its illustrations. With bold and beautiful drawings in black and white on all the pages, there are Bible verses from the Old and New Testaments as well as various quotes from Emerson, Stevenson, and Gandhi typed on a majority of the pages.  The KJV, NIV, NLT, And NKJV versions of the Holy Bible are referenced.

~ Why ~
Those who love to draw, doodle, or fill in coloring books will love this book that promotes God and the beauty that surrounds us on Earth. I like that Bible verses and sayings are written out and to the point. The designs have detail that will reduce stress as one colors flowers, animals, birds, insects, buildings, cities, fields, children, and a plethora of other things. It is thoughtful the illustrator added tips and tricks at the back of the book.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with the Almighty may not be interested in this type of coloring book. Others may not care for coloring or doodling. Some may wish the cardstock used were thicker to avoid ink or markers bleeding.

~ Wish ~
Since the illustrations are on both sides of the pages that are not thick, colors may bleed through to the other side. I wish the book had one side blank so the artist could cut out and frame the finished design.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a creative coloring book of delightful and joyful depictions of God’s creation, this one that includes Bible verses and famous quotes will make an artist happy.

Thanks to Hatchette Books for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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The Parables of Jesus Coloring Book Devotional

The Parables of Jesus Coloring Book DevotionalTitle:  The Parables of Jesus Coloring Book Devotional
Text: Katara Washington Patton
Illustrator: Laura James
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 978-1-4555-9642-3

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-ninety-two-page almost ten-inch square paperback targets those who enjoy a devotional abut Jesus while coloring matching-the-story designs. With forty-six devotionals based on the parables of Christ, the right side of the pages have a devotional that starts with a written out Bible verse followed by a short discussion and question to answer or prayer. The next page includes a corresponding black and white artistic design to color with a promise of God highlighted on the left side. The Bible versions used are the AMP, AMPC NLT, MSG, NIV, NKJV, ERV, MEV, NCV, ESV, and NRSV.

With no table of contents, the parables cover being the light of the world, anticipating the Master’s return, and the mustard seed to lost sheep, wise stewards, and the prodigal son to name a few. While the illustrations include people, animals, food, and scenery, a climbing vine is located on a corner all the devotional pages.

~ Why ~
Those who love to draw, doodle, or fill in coloring books while focusing on Jesus and His parables will appreciate this coloring book. I like that there are often questions or challenges at the end of the devotions with space to write or draw. Using cardstock paper, the right side of the pages are left blank, so the medium such as felt tip paints or markers will not bleed through to the other side.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ may not be interested in this type of coloring book. Others may not care for the dark black thick lines or that most of the drawing include people often with the same facial expressions.

~ Wish ~
Because there are so many human depictions in the book, it may not interest those who prefer designs of nature that are more colorful. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Biblical devotional about the parables of Jesus with pages to color, this will make a thoughtful, retrospective approach to connecting with God.

Thanks to Hatchette Books for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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Esther: Finding Yourself in Times of Trouble

Esther: Finding Yourself in Times of Trouble (Drawn In Bible Study)Title: Esther: Finding Yourself in Times of Trouble
Series: Drawn In Bible Study
Author: Eugene H. Peterson
Publisher: NavPress
ISBN: 978-1-63146-787-5

~ What ~
Part of the Drawn In Bible Study series, this 112-page hardbound targets those who like a creative way to study the book of Esther in the Holy Bible. The story is divided into four sections that are twenty pages each and include black and white illustrations to color, questions, commentary, and author’s notes. The Message of the Holy Bible is quoted, and it ends with notes per chapter on how to lead a Bible study and advertisements.

The story of Esther is told within four chapters that explain her relationships with pagan King Xerxes, cousin Mordecai, evil Haman, and God. With drawings to color, questions with areas to write in answers, and a few highlighted author’s notes, the reader can spend time focusing on how this iconic woman saved many Jews from genocide through her faith in the Almighty.

~ Why ~
Many readers find a deep connection to God by reading His Word and doodling as they concentrate on what is being taught. With Esther being one of my favorite Bible characters, I enjoyed reading her story again and how she trusted God through her trials and tribulations. Including over twenty drawings that include scenes or wording, the story flows between the pages with a total of sixty-five questions spread throughout, ending with comments and prayers.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship may not be interested in this type of coloring Bible study book. Others may not care for coloring or doodling. The book does not lay flat so may be hard to color, and some pictures are on both sides of the paper, so felt tip pens may bleed through the pages.

~ Wish ~
Being a fan of the King James Version of the Bible, I do not care for The Message. I wish the illustrations were only on one side of the page so they could be removed and framed.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Biblical devotion on Esther with coloring pages for someone creative, this will make an excellent choice.

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Yellow Owl Workshop’s Make It Yours

Yellow Owl Workshop's Make It Yours: Patterns and Inspiration to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize Your StuffTitle: Yellow Owl Workshop’s Make It Yourself
Author: Christine Schmidt
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3365-9

“My intention was to get you to think critically like a designer and teach you the skills you need so you can adapt the techniques to make awesomely personal goods that suit you,” Christine Schmidt writes in the introduction to her book, Yellow Owl Workshop’s Make It Yourself: Patterns and Inspirations to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize Your Stuff.

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-ninety-two pages, this oversized paperback with folding cover flaps targets do-it-yourself crafters. After an introduction of studio essentials, six chapters of crafts are followed by templates, two appendices, principles, resources, further reading, acknowledgments, and an index.

The six divisions cover abstract and geometric patterns, everyday patterns, custom motifs, occasions and celebrations, flora and fauna, and travel-inspired patterns. From dyed washer paper, a carve-a-stamp, monogram leather clutch, drawing with chocolate, animal tessellation, and a mud cloth pillow, over thirty projects are given. Each design has the time, level of difficulty, type of learning skill, remix, and materials in a column on the left side of the page with a description, numbered instructions, and photographs on the rest of the opened pages.

~Why ~
Having a degree in art, I love working with different mediums, including working with tie-dying silk. I like the layout and plethora of information and suggestions in this book as it helps both the novice and seasoned artist. The projects that I may try are stamped clay ornaments, wax seal, and the DIY delftware. With the materials needed listed, the book gave me more ideas as I have never worked with embossing powder, Saral transfer paper, and solar dye and wash. I love that the book included the vast array of templates and explanation of materials and tools at the back.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like DIY crafts or creating homemade items will shy away from this designer book. Others who learn by visuals may wish there were more details and photographs of the steps to each project.

~ Who ~
Artist and founder of a paper goods company, Schmidt is also an author of several books with her company’s products sold worldwide.

~ Wish ~
I wish more than thirty projects were included in this well-written book. Unlike the author, I use vinegar and a microwave to set my dyes into the silk.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a step-by-step guide on stamping, stenciling, and customizing creative items, this is a keeper.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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The Beginner’s Bible Activity Book

The Beginner's Bible Activity BookTitle: The Beginner’s Bible: Activity Book
Illustrator: Denis Alonso
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-75979-9

“Color this letter to God. Trace the letters. Sign your name,” the ending project states in Zondervan’s children’s book, The Beginner’s Bible: Activity Book.

~ What ~
Part of The Beginner’s Bible series, this numbered sixty-four-page oversized paperback targets young children from four to eight years old. The book involves several well-known stories taken from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible in the form of creative activities for children to do.

The illustrations are taken from other The Beginner’s Bible sources and cover Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah, Joseph, Moses, Ruth, David, Daniel, Jonah, and Jesus’s birth, ministry, miracles, crucifixion, and resurrection, plus John’s revelation. The activities range from word searches, counting, mazes, dot to dot, finding differences, and matching to tracing letters and numbers, drawing, and coloring.

~ Why ~
What makes this activity book special is that a child can read one of the other books in The Beginner’s Bible series and see the same pictures in color and copy them or make a different colorful design. The projects range from a preschooler to beginner reader to comprehend. I like that there are so many different topics, including letters to complete telling Jesus you are sorry for your sins and you love Him, as well as a Dear God letter to color and sign.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to promote teaching a child about Bible stories will pass on this book. Some drawings that may concern some might be Goliath dead and Jesus being taken and crucified on a cross. Others may misconstrue that baptism is necessary for salvation when it states Peter quoting, “Tell Jesus you are sorry for your sins and be baptized.”

~ Who ~
No information is provided on the illustrator.

~ Wish ~
I wish more coloring books were published that mimicked stories in books for children to color. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Biblical activity book that syncs with other books in The Beginner’s Bible series, this will keep children occupied during quiet time or a rainy day inside.

Thanks to Zondervan for furnishing this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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The Beginner’s Bible Coloring Book

The Beginner's Bible Coloring BookTitle: The Beginner’s Bible: Coloring Book
Illustrator: Denis Alonso
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-75013-0

“With loads of coloring fun and faith especially for little ones, the finished pages can be displayed to encourage creativity and memory of the classic Bible stories,” the back jacket book cover states in Zondervan’s children’s book, The Beginner’s Bible: Coloring Book.

~ What ~
Part of The Beginner’s Bible series, this sixty-four-page oversized paperback targets young children from four to eight years old. The book involves thirteen well-known stories taken from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible in the form of sixty black and white illustrations to color.

The drawings are taken from other The Beginner’s Bible sources and cover Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, David, Daniel, Jonah, and Jesus’s birth, ministry, miracles, crucifixion, and resurrection, sometimes listing the corresponding chapter or chapters in the Bible.

~ Why ~
What makes this coloring book special is that a child can read one of the other books in The Beginner’s Bible series and see the same pictures in color and copy them or make a different colorful design. The pictures are expressive while being detailed enough for advanced artists. The finished artworks could be removed from the book and displayed.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to promote teaching a child about Bible stories will pass on this book. Some drawings that may concern some might be the ten plagues, Goliath being killed, the fiery furnace, Jonas in the big fish, and Jesus’s crucifixion.

~ Who ~
No information is provided on the illustrator.

~ Wish ~
I wish more coloring books were published that mimicked stories in books for children to color.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Biblical coloring book that syncs with other books in The Beginner’s Bible series, this will delight a young artist.

Thanks to Zondervan for furnishing this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker & Activity Book

The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker and Activity Book (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)Title: The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker & Activity Book
Authors and Illustrators: Jan & Mike Berenstain
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75384-1

“Jesus’ friends found an empty tomb on Easter morning. Follow the maze. Help Jesus’’ friends find him,” the instructions state in Jan and Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker & Activity Book.

~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this numbered thirty-two-page oversized paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those that like games, puzzles, and activities of the well-known family of bears and Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. Included at the back of the book are over fifty reusable stickers.

Set up as an activity book involving Easter, the pages are filled with projects related to the Berenstain bear family. There are mazes, counting, patterns, alphabet games, finding objects, following lines, crossword and word puzzles, spotting differences, matching seasons, key coding, connect the dots, coloring, and attaching stickers.

~ Why ~
This is a fun activity book at Easter for young ones as there are so many different things to do. I like the colorful designs, and many of the activities encompass Jesus being risen from the dead and the Berenstain Bear family participating in church and family events. Several of the games incorporate God’s creation, candy, springtime, going to church, dressing up, and spending time with the family, as it innocuously explains God’s love, Jesus’s Jerusalem entrance, His Last Supper, and the angel announcing His resurrection.

~ Why Not ~
Since the book is aimed at beginner to early readers, those in the four-to-five year age bracket may not know how to do some of the tasks regarding crosswords or key coding. Those who do not celebrate Easter’s true meaning may not like the inferences to Jesus’s resurrection although there are no Bible verse references, and it is one way to spread the Word. The stickers are mainly about the bears and spring, not Jesus’s death and resurrection.

~ Who ~
Since Stan and Jan passed away years ago, their son Mike continues to follow in his parents’ footsteps with the Berenstain Bear series and products. He lives in Pennsylvania.

~ Wish ~
With some of the more difficult activities, the book should be for six to eight-year-olds. It would have been nice to add a few Bible verses and mention Christ died on the cross for our sins. I prefer all pronouns of God to be capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If your child likes the Berenstain Bears series, he or she will be creatively occupied with this activity book during Easter and springtime. While a four-year-old may want to play with the stickers and color, older children will enjoy the more complex games and puzzles.

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Promises for You Coloring Devotional

Faithgirlz Promises for You Coloring Devotional: 60 Days Discovering God's Hope and LoveTitle:  Promises for You Coloring Devotional
Series: Faithgirlz
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-76119-8

“Inside are coloring backgrounds you can fill in before or after your time with God,” the introduction states in the book, Promises for You Coloring Devotional: 60 Days Discovering God’s Hope and Love.

~ What ~
Part of the Faithgirlz series, this one-hundred-and-twenty-eight-page hardbound targets girls eight to twelve years old, but it could be used by older females. With sixty devotionals, the right side of the pages and part of the left side have black and white artistic design to color with a promise of God highlighted on the left side. The topic includes a written out verse or two from the Bible, followed by a paragraph or two about the subject. Below are several blank lines to write thoughts and notes. The ending has a page regarding asking Jesus into one’s life with a full blank lined page for notes. The New International Version of the Holy Bible is quoted.

The sixty short titled devotions are divided into five sections of promises of strength, courage, and hope; forgiveness, comfort, and safety; truth, wisdom, and beauty; faith, trust, and joy; and gifts and blessings. The drawings involve flowers, leaves, hearts, birds, foods, objects, and patterns to name a few.

~ Why ~
Girls who love to draw, doodle, or fill in coloring books will love this book that promotes discovering God. I like that the written words are short and to the point, hopefully stimulating a young girl to consider all God offers while improving her relationship with Him. The paper used is thick so the ink should not bleed through to the other side.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship may not be interested in this type of coloring book. Others may not care for coloring or doodling. Parents may wonder if the child will spend more time coloring than concentrating on the devotion to God, but it is a good starting point to be in His word over a sixty-day period if one is done each day.

~ Who ~
No information is given on the author or illustrator of this Faithgirlz book.

~ Wish ~
Although the last page is about eternal salvation, it does not mention Jesus shed His blood on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. Including a ribbon marker would be thoughtful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Biblical devotional with coloring pages for a young artistic girl, this will make an excellent choice.

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The Berestain Bears Hugs and Kisses

Title: The Berenstain Bears Hugs and Kisses Sticker & Activity Book
Authors and Illustrators: Jan & Mike Berenstain
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75382-7

“Use the code to find out what the Bible says about love,” the instructions state in Jan and Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears Hugs and Kisses Sticker & Activity Book.

~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this unnumbered thirty-two-page oversized paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those who like games, puzzles, and activities of the well-known family of bears and the subject of love and God. Included at the back of the book are over fifty reusable stickers.

Set up as an activity book for Valentine’s Day, the pages are filled with projects related to the Berenstain bear family and love. There are mazes, counting, patterns, alphabet games, finding objects, following lines, crossword and word puzzles, spotting differences, matching seasons, key coding, connect the dots, coloring, and attaching stickers.

~ Why ~
This is a fun activity book during the “love” holiday for young ones as there are so many different things to do. I like the colorful designs, and how many of the activities encompass the theme of compassion and love involving the Berenstain Bear family. Several of the games incorporate grandparents, parents, siblings, and friends. Topics from the Bible include God’s creation, Noah’s ark and verses from I Corinthians 13 and I John 4.

~ Why Not ~
Since the book is aimed at beginner to early readers, those in the four-to-five year age bracket may not know how to do some of the tasks regarding crosswords or key coding. Those who do not correlate Valentine’s Day with God and His love may not like this book although there are few religious references. The stickers are a little hard to remove but are reusable.

~ Who ~
Since Stan and Jan passed away years ago, their son Mike continues to follow in his parents’ footsteps with the Berenstain Bear series and products. He lives in Pennsylvania.

~ Wish ~
With some of the more difficult activities, the book should be for six to eight-year-olds. It would have been nice to add a few cut-out Valentines to give to others.

~ Want ~
If your child likes the Berenstain Bears series, he or she will be creatively occupied with this activity book during Valentine’s Day. While a four-year-old may want to play with the stickers and color, older children will enjoy the more complex games and puzzles.

Thanks to the Z Blog Squad for this book that I am evaluating freely.

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