Live Fearless An Adult Coloring Book by Margaret Feinberg

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One of the latest items on the market is the adult coloring book.   I admit I was skeptical. I am not an artist nor am I a child whom I assumed fit the model coloring book enthusiast. But when given the chance to review Live Fearless an adult coloring book by Margaret Feinbeg I decided to try it.  Something new to try, right?

My mail arrived and with it my package from Bethany House containing the coloring book.  I accepted my package from the postmaster but with a blasé attitude.  I wasn’t really giving it a chance was I?  My daughter asked if she could open it and I said of course, after all she is a kid and loves art so she would probably be ecstatic.  From the back seat I hear gushes of oohs and ahhs.

Once home I sat down with my newest acquisition.  I was impressed.  The coloring book wasn’t anything like I was expecting and it was extremely interesting.  I found the book to be devotional in nature but meant to relax and allow one to meditate more on the verse and spending time with God.  The left page is set up and titled, Pray & Reflect with a verse to spend your time contemplating and with an area for you to write your thoughts down.  The right page is the picture that you can spend your quiet time coloring and losing yourself in your thoughts.  The pictures are not simple but actually very detailed most likely to provide you with quality time to become immersed.  Once you are done coloring, and if you stayed within the lines, you may even want to hang some of your pictures as they are that nice in detail.

My first opinion of adult coloring books was wrong and judgmental.  Had I not been given this copy from the publisher then I most likely would have continued on it that thinking.  Now that I have tried it, I did learn of relaxing benefits but more importantly I learned not to judge a book by its cover!  I believe I would find myself purchasing another of these journaling coloring books.

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Christian Living Inspiration

I like to read most every type of genre out there….Ok I don’t like blood and gore except in action movies so I don’t read that.  I do like to sleep at night and reading those just doesn’t work for me! As long as I can find something of interest in the summary you can pretty much bet that I will try reading it.  One of the genres I do love to read is Christian mail order brides, so it happens that I also read inspirational for Christian living.  Through Netgalley I received two such books and decided to blog about them together since both have to do with reading the Bible.  One offers insight into the book of Proverbs and the other the chronological reading order of the New Testament. Yes, I do read my Bible as well as all these other books and having some helpful instruction in these areas is always welcomed…it saves my Pastor from hearing question after question… sometimes!

The first of these books is titled: “2 Minutes in the Bible Through Proverbs” by Boyd Bailey.

Publication Date: August 1, 2015 Publisher: Harvest House Publishers 192 pages

Publication Date:
August 1, 2015
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
192 pages

Boyd Baily certainly has created a great reference for Christian living. I like that he used six different Bibles for his quotations instead of remaining with only one Bible and its wording.  A Bible translation is what makes understanding the message easier for people.  I personally drift away from the King James Version because I just can’t understand it as well, but I do know others that thrive with it.  Having the various translations opens the doors of understanding God’s word much easier for the reader.  I was also encouraged by the related readings each section offered.  Not only were there discussions on each topic but a list of four or more related passages within the Bible were provided to further explore.  The topic ranges were vast showing that the Proverb passages were not just taken for their immediate meaning but torn apart and shown how it can apply to daily living today.  For instance, Mr. Baily wrote on Marriage and used his related passages and the Proverb verse to assist diving into this subject.  Then we read about midlife crisis and more passages are brought to our attention.  I like that we were given material that makes us really think about what we’re reading and then we think of our own lives and how it fits.   I really enjoyed this source of meditating on the book of Proverbs and how it relates to our daily lives.

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The second book I received was titled,”90 Days Through the New Testament in Chronological Order” by author Ron Rhodes.

Publication Date: September 1, 2015 Publisher: Harvest House Publisher 402 Pages

Publication Date:
September 1, 2015
Publisher:
Harvest House Publisher
402 Pages

Mr. Rhodes begins by giving some background to the New Testament.  He teaches of the number of books held within, the authors, the four books of the gospel and the books that follow them.  He closes his introduction with a look at the book of Revelations. There is a wealth of information contained in these introductions.  After reading Mr. Rhodes’ book I do have a better sense of how difficult it is for an author or scholar to place the events of the Bible in chronological order.  Mr. Rhodes provides and discusses what those difficulties are and how he sees the approach to combat them. What you will find in each chapter is an extensive devotion that will make you think,read and learn.  The chapters have introduction material, overviews, insightful thoughts, chapter themes, application lessons and more.  I felt this was more of Bible study lesson than a daily devotion. There was a lot covered with each day, and very in depth, but given the amount that needed to be discussed regarding the whole New Testament I can understand.  If you really want to learn more about the New Testament than what your basic knowledge may be, I highly suggest this book.  Very informative and well worth the time.

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If you are looking for inspirational thoughts either of these or both would be fantastic reads.    One has more depth than the other but each will provide you with a source of meditation and application for daily living. My guess is that there will be a lot of information that you may not have heard before.

I hope you will enjoy these books as much as I did.