Thursday, September 1, 2016

BOOK REVIEW- Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal invites you to bring creative journaling and the calming act of coloring into your quiet time with God. This beautifully designed interactive prayer book from Tyndale’s Living Expressions collection helps guide your thoughts as you pray about concerns such as health, overcoming stress, personal relationships, and more. Gratitude gives you a way to celebrate and give thanks to God for the many blessings he provides. Filled with over 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling and sketching, and 40 needs-based prayers, Gratitude helps you express your devotion to God with your whole heart!   AMAZON   4.5 STARS

When I pulled this book out of the wrapper, I was struck by how much nicer the cover was than the picture on Amazon showed it to be.  I guess its one of those things that can be hard to capture in just a picture.  The pages were also thicker and had a good feel to them.  

Here are some other thoughts as it was put to use:

i still say think it should have a built in bookmark.  Because it is not set up to be done from front to back and you could end up skipping around doing different pages.   You could take days doing one picture because it's so detailed. Or just because can tend to get interrupted, it would be nice to be able to mark where you left off. 
i wish they wouldn't have partially colored some of the pages themselves. I would have preferred to color them myself in full.
Although maybe I can see why they partially colored the pages. It hink it would have been too boring just black and white inside. The coloring they did was maybe inspiration for the user to continue coloring

I like the size of the book overall though. portable, purse size.
One thing to note, pages are not as super thick as I thought at first. 
 So markers and maybe even some inky pens could bleed through, both of my pages bled through. 
I tend to color using all the different media, crayons (which was too thick an option for these detailed pages), markers, gel pens and colored pencils. Colored pencils were the best option for this book as it doesn't bleed and could get into the tiny areas.
I wasn't sure at first about the binding. If it would stay flat while I colored a picture, but it did great. I was especially glad that it didn't flip shut while I used Gel pens because they can smear.
As far as content. I liked the journal part of the book because it was assorted. It wasn't just one type of entry. Some were prompts for lists or it asked you to draw something. Others were scripture and devotion like with an area for you to free write after.
One thing that's a plus is that i haven't seen this kind of journal/coloring combo. 
Maybe they are out there but usually you only see a coloring book or a journal.
Iwould say its more than just ok any issues were more about personal preference. So having a  book mark, the partially colored pages are the only things that  caught my attention.  
Just slightly thicker pages would have been better. not everyone wants to use colored pencils. 
So I'm giving it 4.5 Stars on Amazon, because its almost perfect.  

I received a copy of this book via Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. 

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