I love the adult coloring book craze and think it is a wonderful way to relax. My six-year old daughter Penelope also loves to color with me in my adult coloring books, especially on camping trips. The following are three fabulous Christian coloring books that I took with me to color this summer.
The Parables of Jesus: Coloring Book Devotional by Laura James and Katara Washington Patton
The Parables of Jesus is large and beautiful adult coloring book. It contains the parables of Jesus including the actual Gospel reading, a description and discussion of that reading, and some questions to ask yourself about the passage. Afterwards follows a detailed picture illustrating the parable for the adult to color. The pictures are on thick white paper that is easy to color. The binding is glued. The pictures were of good detail for me to color with my coloring pencils, but not very fine detailed – which I like. Some coloring books are so finely detailed, I have a hard time coloring them with my coloring pencils. What I liked best about this book was that it is an excellent way to relax while you are coloring and also spend devotional time reading and thinking about the parables. The parables are wonderful parts of the Gospel and I like how this book applies them to everyday life.
A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood by Stephanie Corfee
This would make a perfect birthday, Christmas, or Mother’s Day gift for any mother. Bible verses or inspirational quotes are on one page and then the opposite page is a detailed drawing to color. You don’t need to worry about bleed through from your coloring page wrecking another coloring page as it’s either blank or has a quote on the other side. My favorite quote is “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless” by Mother Theresa. These pictures are also on thick white paper with glue binding. The pictures are very detailed so it can take quite some time to color if you are looking for fabulously detailed pictures and something to spend a lot of time working on.
Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book with Illustrated Scripture and Quotes to Cheer Your Soul by Robin Mead
Joyful Inspirations has delightful illustrations that include a lot of flowers, outdoor scenes, cities, churches, children, etc. with inspiration quotes from famous folks and Bibles verses. My favorite quotes was “find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing” by Robert Louis Stevenson.” I really loved the drawings, they were calming and really were joyful. The only downfall of this coloring book is that the pages are double sided and medium weight, which can lead to bleed through the page. Coloring with colored pencils works best for this book.
Book Source: These three books were given to me by Hachette Books for review. Thank-you!