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!
**I received a copy of this book from the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Ever since the coloring book trend has started, I’ve enjoyed seeing all the different styles of books and journals that are coming out. One of which, is Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal. This book is part of Tyndale’s new Living Expressions line. They state their products purpose is to be used “to explore God’s Word and express your creativity in ways that are refreshing to the spirit and restorative to the soul.”
Before I even opened this one, I want to share that this cover is amazing. I love the vibrancy of it. Also, I love the thick carboard on it. The spine is quite flexible, but these heavy duty covers mean that this journal will stay closed when you are not working in it.
But, once I crack open the cover, I had so much fun flipping through these pages. They are bright and colorful. Nearly every page has an area for doodling, writing, or coloring. With most of the pages, you’ll find a two-page spread. On most spreads, there is a suggested prayer, a corresponding passage of scripture, a short takeaway statement, an area to color or doodle, and a section of blank lines for you to write out your own prayer, notes, or another scripture passage– in other words, do with it what you want. On the other spreads, there is usually more of an activity prompt. The book suggests that you draw some of our favorite things in the blank space, or to make a collage of things that worry you. Some of these have some verses that go along with them, suggestions of things to pray about, and all of them have some things to color.
The book definitely gets a higher rating just for the quality. It would make a wonderful gift for someone that you know enjoys being a bit creative. Personally though, I wish there were more of the “activity” type pages. I love the idea of having an area to doodle or mindlessly color while thinking through God’s blessings in one’s life or praying over worries. But if you are interested in getting some sort of coloring book journal to try out or get as a gift, this is one that I would reccommend. You would be getting a good quality book with some very thoughtful prayer suggestions and prompts.