To say that I am a fan of Margaret Feinberg and her Bible Studies would be a huge understatement. I find that she writes about things in a way that comforts and challenges all at the same time.
I was delighted to see that she had designed an adult colouring book. I recently discovered the calming effect that these books have, and was excited to be able to spend some time with this one.
Each page has a floral colouring design, as well as a Bible verse to focus on while adding your own flair to the creation. I found it a form of lectio devina. To be able to pray the words of the verse, to say them repeatedly while working with my colours – it was a very soothing time of refreshing.
To take the experience one step further, each page has a complimentary on that allows for you to write your conversation with God. It’s a loosely guided reflection. I have been quite skeptical of this approach, but gave it a couple of honest attempts.
After having coloured the page, praying about what God might be saying to me through the Scripture passage – I remained in a prayerful attitude and let the pen just be on the paper. I was amazed at what flowed as I wrote. A true conversation with God. Truths about how much of God’s love I often miss appeared on the page. Reminders about the promises that he makes to his children were a great reminder to carry with me through the day.
I found each coupling took about 1 hour to complete and reflect upon. A wonderful, guided way to spend some quiet time – just the individual, the pens and God. Honest moments of “be still and know that I am God”. I know I need more of that in my life – and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
While the Adult Colouring Books are quite trendy right now, I can see this book playing a part in the devotional life for people who are looking for a creative outlet at the same time. I am grateful to Graf-Martin Communications and the Nuts About Book program for the opportunity to independently review this Bethany House publication.