After my daughter's accident, she went to counseling for post-traumatic stress. The counselor told her that coloring would help soothe her, that the coloring of patterns was healing by re-mapping the brain. True or not, I bought my own Mandala coloring book and I did indeed find it soothing and helped me organize my thoughts. I started writing words and thoughts on the adjacent blank page as I colored so that I could see the path that it carried me.
Recently, I discovered Margaret Feinberg's adult coloring book titled "Live Free: Craft God's Word in Your Heart through Creative Expression". The
theme of this coloring book is based on who you are in Christ with
opportunity to reflect on how you define yourself and how God truly
defines you. The truth of who we are in Christ can set us free from
expectations and from always trying to measure up.
Each page has a coloring page with flowery/nature designs and shapes with a verse from the Bible and an adjacent page with a title, the verse, and lines for journaling. The pages are thick and of good quality, so markers may not bleed through. While coloring, I could memorize the verse, meditate on it, pray, write down my reflections, and draw closer to God because coloring gave me focus.
This book could be an excellent tool for devotional time or to carve out a quiet space in your day to slow down and de-stress.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.