Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Review - Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

Book Synopsis
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!

My Review
Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal is such a unique and delightful book! It is at once a gratitude journal, a prayer diary, and a coloring book. I have never seen a book like it before, and absolutely love it!

You will find features like "Love One Another" (with space to list new friends who may need prayers), "I Am Grateful" (with space to sketch people and things you are grateful for, along with a beautiful bird illustration to color), "Friends are the Family I Have Chosen" (with space to journal about friends), "Count Your Blessings" (with space for sketching and a beautiful Blessings illustration to color).

The book has a sturdy sketchbook type cover, with a beautiful, colorful flower illustration. The pages of the book are not perforated or folded at the binding, but I found they stayed open well for sketching, coloring, and journaling.

I love the way this book incorporates so many things I love at once - gratitude, prayer, sketching, writing, and coloring. To open Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal is to begin a creativity journey. I recommend this book so highly for your own enjoyment, or for a special gift.

Please also visit the Tyndale Inspire Creativity board on Pinterest for free downloadable coloring pages.

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

Book Review - 365 Pocket Morning Prayers

Book Synopsis
Each morning when you arise, take a moment to talk with God about the day ahead. Ask Him to prepare your heart so that you can be ready to face any challenge that comes your way. 365 Pocket Morning Prayers can guide this time of life-changing conversation and help you express your needs and concerns to God. Don’t worry about what the day will bring. Instead, release your troubles and concerns into God’s care by reading and meditating on the prayers featured in 365 Pocket Morning Prayers. Begin your day in joyful anticipation, trusting that God is in control of your life and wants only the best for you.

My Review
365 Pocket Morning Prayers is a lovely and unique devotional book.  It is divided into 365 days.  Each day begins with the topic of the daily prayer, a summary of the prayer, the prayer, and then a relevant Bible verse.

The prayers are sensitively written, and the Bible passages chosen for each day are perfect for each topic.  (They are NLT, New Living Translation.)

I particularly like the topical index in the back of this book.  It allows you to look for prayers on any topic, and read a prayer relevant for your thoughts and the day ahead.  A few sample topics include: aging, anger, annoyance, appearances, asking for help, awakening, balance, benediction, change, children, comforting others, contentment, decisions, and more.

The book is beautifully designed, a compact 4" x 6" with a faux-leather cover in pale blue.  The cover design of palm tree and birds is very peaceful and appealing.  

I found 365 Pocket Morning Prayers both uplifting and comforting, and will keep it on my bedside bookshelf to turn to again and again.  I recommend it very highly.   

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

Book Review - Pumpkin Patch Blessings by Kim Washburn

Book Synopsis
It’s fall and there are blessings all around us, especially in the pumpkin patch! Children will love the sweet rhyming text by Kim Washburn and the whimsical illustrations by Jacqueline East as they take in the fun of the fall season and remember how much they have to be grateful for.

My Review
Pumpkin Patch Blessings by Kim Washburn is a very cute board book for young children.  It is die cut with a colorful cover featuring bunny rabbits playing on pumpkins.

The story is told in rhyme, and would make such a good read aloud for young children at home or in a classroom.   Readers of Pumpkin Patch Blessings will find much to be thankful for in fall including sweater weather, colorful leaves, roasting corn, a hay ride, and of course pumpkins!

An example of the upbeat read aloud quality of this book:

"This time of year
the trees are so bold,
exploding with colors,
red, orange, and gold.

The green leaves turn crispy
and then start to fall.
They crunch as you step
and kick through them all."   

The illustrations by Jacqueline East are colorful and appealing.  They show young children enjoying all the aspects of autumn.

The book is sturdy and well made, with board book pages -- great to read again and again.  I recommend it for a home or preschool library.  It is perfect for a fun fall read!

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.