Switch Up Crayons and Coloring Pencils for Different Results
As I pointed out in my last post, we’re going to spend a great deal of 2016 focusing on handling stress, coping with anxiety, and creating a more relaxing environment in which to live. One of the first things to notice about these three subjects is the first word in each.. handling, coping, and creating. Action verbs – meaning what?
You guessed it, it’s in your hands, you have to take a proactive step in bringing about the changes you want to bring about. I’m especially excited to bring you a book review today that’ll put relaxation in your hands. Literally!
I’m sure you’ve seen the plethora of new adult coloring books on the market. They’re actually a brainstorm and – get this – they’re something I thought about years ago, but never had the guts to go forward with it.
Ideas? Plenty. Guts? Not so much.
Seriously, though, all that matters is they’re here now. Coloring is one of the most relaxing, peaceful, “anybody can do it” activities in the world. As soon as you begin creating your colorful masterpiece, the cares of the world simply float away.
One of the best ways to deal with anxiety is to master the thoughts that cause you to feel anxious. When you focus your attention on creating something beautiful, your anxious thoughts suddenly become colorful, creative thoughts.
There’s simply not a more beautiful way to turn your thinking around!
Whatever Is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship is the most beautiful adult coloring book I’ve seen yet. The intricate details give the artist (that’s me and you) so many opportunities for expression and creativity. While one of the things I love most about this beautiful book is the perfect way it chases stress and anxiety out of town, as a mental fitness priestess, I also LOVE (all caps) the fact that it engages the part of your brain that’s creative and imaginative.
This Book is FILLED with Beautiful Illustrations
As adults, this area of our brain often becomes a vast wasteland. We get so busy worrying with the realities of life that we ignore the youthful corner of our brain that just to express itself and live in the moment.
As you’d imagine, it’s unspeakably unhealthy for ANY part of our brain to become a wasteland. For optimum mental fitness and brain health, every corner of our brain should be lively and vivid… engaged and encouraged. Whatever Is Lovely is simply a beautiful opportunity to make sure this very thing happens.
Color your way to peace and worship.
We live in such a busy, hectic world—but what waits for you inside this cover is a way to quiet the noise, express creativity, and spend some sweet time with God. Each page features an original design from one of a dozen different artists, beautifully illustrating a contemplative quote from an inspirational writer, a beloved hymn, or Scripture.
When we create, we echo the heart of our Creative God who designed everything and gave us the capacity to recognize beauty.
So go ahead! You have permission to pick up your colored pencil and be reminded of truth in a fresh way.
Not only is this book perfect for unwinding AND ideal for waking up a vital yet dormant area of your brain – it’s also a breath of Spiritual fresh air. The verses, quotes, and up-lifting words, along with the beautiful illustrations revive more than just your creativity, they awaken your Spirituality as well.
I simply cannot say enough wonderful things about this beautiful book – I hope you’ll head over to Amazon and order a copy of Whatever Is Lovely for yourself right away. It would also make a perfectly beautiful and beautifully perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Christmas, graduation, Christmas… ANYTIME, for ANYONE.
Make each moment count double,
Note: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. The opinions are entirely my own.