Monday, October 3, 2016

Book Review :: Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

I usually wait until the end of a review to sum up how I feel about a book, but I am just going to say it up front: the new Gratitude Coloring Journal is fantastic. 

The Gratitude Coloring Journal is sold as a hardcover, but the cover is pretty unique. It is like a paperback book with two hardcover panels on the front and back covers. The corners on the open edges of the book have rounded corners. This unique cover treatment means that the spine is smaller than the open edges of the book. This cover treatment creates a sturdy cover with the flexibility to be able to lay the book open where the pages lay almost flat (perfect for getting into all the nooks and crannies when you are coloring).
The cover is not the only unique part of the Gratitude Coloring Journal. It is also unique in how it approaches the "coloring book" portion of the pages. The Gratitude Coloring Journal isn't all black and white line art as you would find in most coloring books. Some pages have colored backgrounds with black and white line art to color in, some have partially colored designs on the pages (you can fill in the rest), some have colored lines for the artwork (instead of plain black lines), and there are a few pages included where there is nothing obvious to be colored in (the pages look finished with lots of color already). The styling and artwork is just beautiful, and if you choose not to color anything in it will still be pretty to look at.

The Gratitude Coloring Journal uses 2-page spreads for each day. Most of the 2-page spreads feature a short (one paragraph) prompt that is written from the perspective of being to God, from the reader (much like a prayer). These are very short, but still very thought provoking. Like a 30-second kick in the pants. There is also a verse (or verses) to read and some lines to write/respond. The Gratitude Coloring Journal has 41 of the 2-page spreads described above. After a set of three of the previously described 2-page spreads, there is a 2-page spread with a different approach. These spreads have some open, unlined space and a simple prompt/idea on how to use it (some variation of collage, writing, and/or drawing). There are 13 of these spreads. At the end of the Gratitude Coloring Journal is one lined page for notes. If you do one entry per day, this book will take you just under 2 months to complete. 

I have been really impressed with the Gratitude Coloring Journal - inside and out. It is a great book to purchase for yourself or to give as a gift. (I would love to give a copy to each of my friends.) 
Definitely five stars. 
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

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