A complimentary copy of this book was provided by BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Published by Zondervan on October 3rd 2017
Source: BookLook Bloggers
Genres: Christian Life, Christmas & Advent, Coloring Books, Devotional, Games & Activities, Holidays, Religion
Enjoy all the best parts of the Christmas season as you spend time reflecting on God's greatest gift for His children: the birth of Jesus. This unique coloring book also includes devotions perfect for the season. Take a few minutes out of the busyness of Christmas to spend time in devotional thought, while relaxing through stress-free coloring.
With inspirational devotions on one side and a festive Christmas scene to color on the opposite page, Coloring Christmas Devotions will be a welcome part of your holiday celebrations. Take a few quiet moments to yourself to reflect on the reason behind the festivities as you read through the Scripture verses and devotions and color the pen-and-ink illustrations.
This coloring book is unique with a trim size that is easy to fit into a purse or bag, an embellished cover, perforated pages, and a low price point.
A beautiful gift or a fun treat for yourself, Coloring Christmas Devotions will help you focus your heart on the true meaning of Christmas.
I love Christmas. So much that my friend calls me a Christmastist. She swears that’s a thing—not sure about that but anyhoo…
Let me get right into what I loved and disliked about this book. First off, the illustrations are lovely. I am definitely enjoying sitting down in the evenings by my fireplace with a cup of coffee and this book. It’s just cozy and it oozes Christmas cheer. I practically want to put my tree up in September when I sit down to color. Oh come on…don’t roll your eyes at me. Keep your bah humbugs to yourself!
So, what’s the problem? Well, I’m going to nitpick for a moment. When I got this book, I imagined a lovely devotional that I could pass down to my children and that they could pass to their children. After all, wouldn’t it be really cool to see something your grandmother colored in? Maybe I could leave pages for my children to color and they could leave a little for their children to color. You have to admit that it’s a very good idea.
So, I set about reading the devotionals and something just didn’t sit well with me. I know, I’m nitpicking but the book went from historical facts to a more casual mention of a Youtube-family. Now, I guess I’m living in the stone ages but I had no idea who the Holderness family is. I looked them up and sorry—twenty years from now my children will read this and say, the who family? This book fits the present, the now. It doesn’t take into account that when the five minutes of internet fame is up…I mean, I’ll just be honest, I didn’t even know who they are NOW.
If you’re looking for a book that is relevant to the now and something you can color in for a season or two then sure, this book is perfect. If you’re a weirdo like me and you’re looking for a book that will be cherished for ages—maybe not so much.
Don’t get me wrong I like the book. I know it sounds like someone crinkled my wrapping paper. But, I just didn’t like this singular part of the book. Overreacting? Yeah, probably. But, a Christmastist takes her Christmas very seriously!