Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Parables of Jesus Coloring Book Devotional Illustrations by Laura James and Text by Katara Washington Patton

Adult coloring books are popular, encouraging people to slow down in our frantic culture. This book presents the opportunity of relaxing through coloring and being inspired by parables of Jesus. The text page contains the text of the parable, from one of a variety of translations, then a devotion based on that parable. A prompt for spiritual reflection or a prayer is included as well.

Next is a blank page and then a page including an illustration that can be colored. I found this odd as there is a blank page in between the text and the illustration. When coloring the illustration, opposite it was a blank page, the text for the illustration being on the previous page. I would much rather have had the text opposite the illustration. I could have then reviewed the parable while coloring. As presented, the text and illustration seemed disconnected. I suppose it allows for removing the text and illustration pages and displaying them, as the backs of both pages would be blank.

I found some of the illustrations a little disconcerting. The unusual positions of mouths and the oddly tilted heads seemed to make me less relaxed, not more. (An illustration I colored is to the left.)

I found the devotions based on the parables to be insightful and encouraging. I do recommend this book to those who enjoy coloring or doodling. You will have the opportunity to do so as well as read good devotions based on the parables.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

Laura James provided the illustrations. You can find out more about her and her art at http://laurajamesart.com/. (Photo credit: Janis Wilkins)
Katara Washington Patton wrote the devotional text. She has written and edited Christian books for children, teens, and adults and created supplemental materials for books by T. D. Jakes, Beth Moore and Joyce Meyer. She has a M.Div. From Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. (Photo credit: photobyvega)

Faith Words, 192 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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