Growing up I could always count on finding my mother writing in a journal, a cup of coffee sitting beside her that had long since grown cold during the early, early morning hours. I admired her persistence in keeping to her routine of having her devotion time. Over the years I’ve tried following suit, but I’ve learned since I do not enjoy the wee hours of the morning, even after three cups of coffee. I also found, even though I thrive off the joy of writing fiction, I am not such a fan of writing in reflection to my own life. Still, it’s never stopped me from adoring a cute journal when I see one, or even occasionally buying one when I just can’t help myself. But something about those blank pages can be intimidating. I was far more comfortable bending to the artist in me and sketching my feelings onto paper. I may not have been putting my feelings into words, but I was still letting out those emotions that tend to bottle up inside of me. Just the feeling of putting pencil to paper without the obligation of thought helped relax my spirit. Little did I know there was a journal that could do just that.
When the opportunity arose to review Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal, I was actually very excited. Not only was its cardboard cover beautiful, but this journal also doubled as a coloring book! Each page turned opens up to beautiful designs and characters waiting to be filled with color. Within those beautiful black and white designs was a short devotional, and a page to journal your own thoughts.There’s even pages for those like me who enjoy sketching what they’re feelings. This is the perfect journal for a relaxing, carefree devotion time. How you spend your time in your journal is up to you. For me, when I first sat down with it, I pulled out my brush markers, found a page that intrigued my creative interest, and spent some time quietly coloring. The amount of time spent filling in the delicate empty spaces, and choosing which colors to put where, cleared away any train of thought i had going on, leaving me feeling peaceful, and in a way rather kiddish. I don’t believe God wants our devotion time to be a stressful time. He calls for us to be like the children. He wants us to come to him happily, and excited to be in his word, even if it means taking a few moments to color a picture.
-I received this book for free through Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.