Gift Book Review: Choose Joy

Choose Joy book coverInformation

Relax and enjoy a creative approach to gratitude with this beautiful coloring book for adults filled with breathtaking illustrations and inspirational quotes from writers, hymns, and Scripture.

In today’s hectic, stress-filled world, taking stock of our blessings and truly experiencing gratefulness isn’t always easy, but this coloring book offers a beautiful and unique way to find moments of peace and quiet to meditate on gratitude. Each beautifully illustrated page features an original design from one of seven talented artists that illustrates a corresponding quote.

Features include:

  • Large format 9.75″ x 9.75″ (25x25cm) pages
  • 45 single-sided coloring pages
  • High quality, bright white paper stock–heavy enough to use pencils, pens, or markers
  • Quotes from the Bible, hymns, and variety of inspirational writers, such as Charles Stanley, Henry Ward Beecher, Maya Angelou, Louisa May Alcott, Martin Luther King Jr., Shauna Niequist, Bob Goff, G.K. Chesterton, Mr. Rogers, and more
  • A link to the “Gratefulness” playlist to help set the mood for worship, contemplation, creative expression, and a spirit of gratitude
  • Illustrations by Holly Camp, Jennifer Tucker, Ann-Margret Hovsepian, Katie Howe, Laura Marshall, Bridget Hurley, and Radha Carlson–all artists previously featured in the bestselling Whatever Is Lovely and Everything Beautiful.

Review

Disclaimer: Although I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the words and opinions below are my own.

Let’s face it: 2020 has not been a stellar year. Some had it better than others, admittedly, while some had it much worse. In some ways, my household was fortunate as my husband was considered front-line (he’s a physical therapist) and kept working, and I work from home. Our income dipped a bit, but not considerably, and neither of us became ill. The year didn’t start great for us, however. My father-in-law died on New Year’s Day after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

So, who doesn’t need a break filled with joy? Probably no one, and that need is why I looked at this coloring book from WaterBrook’s new line of Christian gift books. I came late to the world of adult coloring, by a good couple of years. I didn’t get it. Until one day I gave it a try. Now, I have coloring books and pencils everywhere. Even my Bible is a journaling/coloring Bible.

My coloring efforts

The reviewer’s efforts

I LOVE Choose Joy. The only downside I can find is that it’s a bit too big to throw in a bag and take with me. But I like that the paper is strong, and that the designs vary in style and design. You can color everything from stained glass to birds to… cupcakes. The designs contain plenty of clear space to fill with color (I don’t care for too much shading in a design), and most will entice you to vary the colors you use as well. On the reverse of each page, you’ll find information and context about the quote used and its author. Oh, and the pages are detachable so feel free to remove your finished artwork and display it in a place of prominence. That way, when 2020 has you down, you can look to it to remind you to always Choose Joy.

Disclaimer: Although I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the words and opinions above are my own.

Product Information

Publisher: Ink and Willow

Publication Date: 22 September 2020

Book Information

About Sally M

I'm all about books, history, rail trails, craft beer and wine, and dogs! I'm a Partner with Trades of Hope: my paid job empowers women around the world out of poverty, helping them raise their families, and rebuild their lives after abuse and human trafficking. We can change the world. We can be each other's neighbor.
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