April Knight has created two amazing devotional books that are so much more than just a devotional. "ScriptureDoodle" and "ScriptureDoodle: God's Promises" each cover a 6-week period. Each devotion consists of a short reading, a verse or passage and then space to doodle, add to a design by following prompts and guided suggestions. These books are so enjoyable and relaxing while at the same time helping me to connect with God and His word. I found this to be just what I needed to force myself to really take that quiet time that is so necessary and to really escape into the word and allow myself to create and worship creatively, really coming from the heart.
Even in my wildest dreams, I am not an artist. No one has ever called me that, and I doubt that anyone ever will. That gene and the musical one did not make into my genetic map!! Still, I am a doodler and evidence of that could be found across all my high school, college, and grad school notebooks, if I still had them, that is! Agendas from decades of teachers' meetings would show the same, but alas those have been long tossed. And I have been known to keep tiny grandkids amused with my renderings of silly animals and outrageous bald headed men. Then last year, I jumped on the adult coloring craze which I find most relaxing, but really don't allow myself to do very often.
And for the longest time, my thoughts would flow most readily when writing in long hand, not on the computer. Often those thoughts began as a sentence or two (or even a few fragments) on a scrap piece of paper, and ended up morphing into the assigned paper.
Why all that personal sharing? I wanted to set the stage for why I was attracted to April Knight's two new devotional books: Scripture Doodles, God's Promises and Scripture Doodles, a Six Week Devotional Experience. Both begin with several pages of basic instruction on how to use a visual devotional book. Really there is no right or wrong way; those instruction pages are really encouragement and creativity driven. The rest of the books are set up with a devotional page including key Bible verses and directions (creative prompts) for the following doodling page. The devotional page and the doodling page always have April Knight's own art to start the creative juices flowing. These devotional journals provide an opportunity to connect with God's word through your own drawing, coloring, and written words. Just as God does not expect a literary masterpiece when we pray, he is not expecting that we fill the pages with Renaissance-quality art, but that we take the time to express our feelings and move closer to understanding his will for our lives.
I received copies of these two books from Litfuse for my honest review. I plan to gift at least one of them to a daughter in law so she can share it with a nine year old granddaughter who I spied doodling the other day. They may not have the time for these devotions 90 days consecutively, but over the year I think they will find using the book together very meaningful.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
Throughout the Scripture Doodle books, youll receive tips and guidance on sketching, drawing, and doodling. The simple devotionals fit into your daily schedule and can be used as a springboard for further studies.
The books are well made with heavy paper that is nice for coloring, sketching, and doodling. The covers are sturdy and clean up nicely if you have the occasional spill or mess.
A great new way to study your Bible in a creative and fun way!
December 6, 2016
I've been wanting to dive deeper into the Scriptures after going through my Bible now for a third time. Even though I find new meaning each time, I revisit those familiar books I wanted more in my personal study and devotions. Now there is a great way to do just that, thanks to April Knight, author of Scripture Doodles and Scripture Doodles: God's Promises. These beautiful books incorporate a deeper study into the promises we find in the Bible along with some colorful coloring to accompany your personal or small group studies. Each of these books incorporates a six-week devotional experience for the reader through your own individual creative expressions with God.
There are enough exercises to do one per day for six weeks with a few bonuses at the end, but you can work at your own pace or with a small group Bible study meeting one a week. It is intended to be progressive, so you might want to follow the books in chronological order, but you might want to jump around to whatever inspires you or for a specific Bible Book study you might be working on. There are no rules and the only way to do it wrong is simply to not do it at all.
Some things you need to have on hand when completing either book is a Bible, a sharp pencil or two any color, pencil sharpener, a large eraser, colored pencils or your media of choice, pastels, ruled notebook paper (for lettering practice) and some blank index cards. The books come with some great tips to get you started. Each exercise begins with a Bible verse and proceeds into a creative worship activity. Don't worry about trying to be perfect, just go with what creativeness you feel at the time and let God inspire you. The books also encourage you to share your creations with others at (at)scripturedoodle or (hashtag)scripturedoodle.
I received Scripture Doodle and Scripture Doodle: God's Promises by April Knight compliments of David C Cook Publishers and Litfuse Publicity. For me, these books have allowed me not only to focus on specific Scriptures in the exercises but to remember these verses better, something I have been struggling with more as I get older. Now I can create something truly beautiful while I work on these each day. I would love to get a group together to work on them over the duration of a year and share not only our own artistic creations but also to see what God does in each of our lives along the way. I would easily give these books a 5 out of 5 stars.