Monday, September 12, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway - Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit: Coloring Designs to Nourish You with Love, Joy, Faith, Peace and More

Book Synopsis

Every Christian knows that putting the Fruit of the Spirit into practice takes a daily effort and commitment, and it takes a lifetime to master any one of them, let alone all nine. In this new coloring book for adults, Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit celebrates these powerful virtues that help to fortify us throughout life’s joys and challenges.

Each empowering verse alongside inspiring images reminds us of how acts of kindness, gentleness, or self-control can make a difference, not only in our own lives, but more importantly, in the lives of others. The more we focus and allow God to work in us, the more His spirit can shine through us.

Illustrator Lorrie Bennett is known for painting vintage Bibles. Dating back to the early 1900s, many of her Bibles have been discarded because they are so worn. Inspired by the thought that the Bibles provided spiritual guidance for generations of people, she decided to give them new life by using them as canvases for her unique artwork. This style is adapted to many of the coloring pages within Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit, so that the Word of God becomes a literal and figurative backdrop for your creations. Now you can color your day brighter, turning your art into meaningful and memorable keepsakes that show God’s Love and Grace.

Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit includes: 

  • More than 30 original works of art to uplift and inspire 
  • Empowering scriptures for individual or group reflection and meditation 
  • Special binding that allows for pages to lay flat for a better work surface
  • Perforated edges make it easy to tear and share finished colored pieces

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My Review 


I started coloring again for the first time since childhood when I received a couple of adult coloring books and a box of colored pencils last year for Christmas.  This is such a lovely, quiet, relaxing pastime.  I find that I relax with coloring the same way I do with meditation.  I enjoy unwinding with coloring at night while listening to my favorite music.

 

Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit is a beautiful and uplifting adult coloring book.  I really like the format of this book.  You will read a Bible passage on one page, and then the facing page has a picture to color.  For instance, with the birdhouse I colored above, the Bible passage was:  "Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house!'  And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him, But if not, it will return to you."  (Luke 10:5 - 6, ESV).  I was tired and a bit stressed when I started coloring this picture, and by the time I finished, I felt much more relaxed.

 

Inkspirations begins with a section of coloring techniques, a color wheel, harmony how tos (coordinating colors), and a section on "Pick Your Palette."  


There are over 30 pictures to color in this book.  The book is well designed to lie flat when open, and each coloring page is perforated so you can remove it if you like.  I love the variety of designs, including flowers, dress ("Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentlesness, and patience ..." Colossians 3:12), tea cups, birds, elephant, hot air balloon, bunny in the woods, lantern, anchor - ocean, tree and roots, lighthouse, fish undersea, and more. 

Some of the pictures are big and bold, like the birdhouse I colored.  Others have very intricate and detailed patterns.  I like the assorted design styles, enough to suit any mood. 

 

Inkspirations is such a lovely book, and I cannot recommend it highly enough!  If you have not tried adult coloring, it is a wonderful way to relax.

 

Illustrator Bio

Lorrie Bennett is blessed to live her life as an artist, crafter, teacher, graphic designer, and best of all, a mother. She is passionate about the divine inspiration that is the source of her creativity, and the happiness and beauty that it can bring to others.

 

Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Inkspirations.  Giveaway ends midnight 9/19 and is open to US/Canada.  The winner will be notified by email and needs to respond within 48 hours.  The book author or her publicist will mail the book directly to the winner.

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I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.