Here's Some Happy: A Coloring Journal To Lift The SoulGina GrahamFaithWords / 2017 / Hardcover$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Colorful Inspiration - Works Perfectly With MarkersSeptember 19, 2017Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Here's Some Happy: A Coloring Journal To Lift The Soul by Gina Graham is a unique combination of scripture (taken from various translations) and original artwork designed to brighten your mood and lift your spirits as you reflect upon your day. Like most coloring journals, the artwork and line format utilizes both sides of the page. However, Gina has done a wonderful job at alternating between full page drawings and journaling pages. This means that every place you open the book you'll find one full page drawing accompanied by a lined page with a smaller complimentary image skillfully placed along an edge or corner so as to add embellishment to your writing, rather than interfering with it.
The pages are thick and just slightly textured, so that I was able to use my Crayola adult fine line markers with no smearing, shadowing, or other adverse side effects. The journaling lines are spaced only slightly smaller than wide-ruled notebook paper, so there's little worry about writing too big or using wide tipped instruments.
I greatly appreciate the size of the book itself (10"x10") - making it too big to carry in a purse, but perfect for a lap desk or simply resting on your lap due to it being a very sturdy hardback design. I found the artwork itself to be very creative while still being realistic, giving me the option of sticking to realism or using colors appropriate to the mood or feelings I wished to convey. I also found it helpful that, unlike some coloring books, the picture on the front cover is a very good indicator of the artwork style found inside.
I would recommend this coloring journal to anyone looking to add a bit of coloring inspiration to their journaling time, or a bit of journaling to their coloring time. The scripture references are well chosen and suited to each picture, and each page will leave you with something positive to reflect on. 5/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A perfect hard cover coloring book and prayer journal all in one! LOVE it!!!August 29, 2017Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I read on social media somewhere that someone believed that coloring books are dying out. Whether that is true or not, I love coloring. It is a way to pass the time. It allows me to slow down and take a moment to simply breathe, cast aside my worries for a moment and just allow God to speak to me as I color. While there may be a coloring book out there geared for just about everyone and their personal interests, I wanted to share one of my favorites. It is called Here's Some Happy by Gina Graham and it has something unique that most coloring books don't.
First of all, it is hard cover. That is perfect because you don't always have the perfect surface to color on and this make portability while coloring more manageable. I just love the weight of it too! It's solid, a reminder of what my spiritual life should be like. Within this coloring book are plenty of wonderful pictures to color, but also scriptures geared to spark a sense of personal prayer time while meditating on the coloring. This is the perfect time to just escape and get some alone time with God. I love putting on some upbeat praise or worship music while I am working on my pages. This coloring book is meant to be a prayer journal as well. Whether you choose to use a page for every prayer or simply a way of capturing something you feel God is laying on your heart, there is a perfect place to capture that.
When I was selecting my picture to color for this post, I happened upon the Psalm 4:8 "I will both lie down in peace and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." This is perfect for me, as I have been dealing with a horrible case of tonsillitis for three weeks and sleep has been skipping me. Not only that but with all the flooding in Texas, its a reminder that while I have a place to lay down that is warm and dry, many tonight don't. They have lost everything. But as children of God, we know that there isn't anything God can't do. He can move financial resources where they are best needed and even material things can be replaced. Perhaps it was His way of waking the world up to what is important in this life. Life. Not things. Not money. Not our jobs but those we love and who love us. This journal entry I made was my personal prayer for those in Texas, a reminder that we still serve a God who cares and has not left them. New days are coming and with it, the promises of His unfailing love and provision.
I received Here's Some Happy by Gina Graham compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups. This is such a great way to keep all those Scriptures, thoughts and prayers in one place and you can look back to see how God has answered those needs as He reminds us to stay faithful. There is something fun in this journal for everyone to enjoy. I could even see doing this with your children together and adding both of your prayers as a way of teaching them how to journal and use their creativity at the same time. What a great gift as well to someone who could use a little happiness in their life right about now. The pages are single sided so depending on the type of media you use, it might bleed through. I use Prisma Coloring Pencils so I had no issues. I would easily give this a 5 out of 5 stars.
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