When I was in graduate school, I decided to try coloring to relax.  After all, I enjoyed coloring as a kid. . .However, this was before the age of adult coloring books, so even though I tried to find the most sophisticated kids’ coloring book I could find, I still felt pretty silly.   I quickly abandoned the notion of coloring to relax.

Fast forward to this fall, when I started using Tyndale’s Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Journal (currently discounted from $14.99 to $11.24).  I love this book!

About Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Journal

img_8454This book is compact, just 6″ x 8″, which I love.  There are over 100 pictures to color, and interspersed, there are 40 needs-based prayers.  There are also blank pages where you can write your own thoughts, express your gratitude for all of the good in your life (even on days when life is difficult), or draw your own picture.  This is really a very open-ended journal that fosters both praise and creativity.

img_8455My daughters saw me coloring, so they each asked to do a page.  They chose the page they wanted, and then they took turns coloring while I was homeschooling the other one individually.  The system worked beautifully, and I loved watching their concentration and focus while coloring.

The Living Expressions Collection

This journal is part of the Living Expressions Collection available through Tyndale.  Other titles include:

  • All Is Bright: A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way Through Christmas
  • Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal
  • The One Year Chronological Bible Expressions
  • Inspire: Psalms
  • All Things New: Creative Coloring and Journaling 365 Day Devotional
  • Inspire Bible
  • The One Year Bible Expressions

Whether you want to relax with beautiful adult coloring illustrations or you want to grow deeper in your faith, you’ll likely enjoy this journal.  (Go to Pinterest to see more examples of the types of coloring pages found in these books.)  I also think they would make excellent, low-cost Christmas gifts.

Note: I received a complimentary copy of the Gratitude Journal in exchange for my honest review.   All opinions are my own.

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