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Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal Hardcover – April 18, 2017
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Each 2-page spread is different. Some have lots of coloring to do and others have minimal coloring. Then there are pages where it asks you to draw/illustrate an idea or person.
The cover is beautifully illustrated and it is also a hard back. Therefore, it protects the pages inside. The pages are thick but I noticed that if you are using a heavy pen like a gel pen or marker it can bleed through to the other pages but yet not completely. So you can use them but I would be careful of how think the ink is in the media that you use.
For someone like me this is a beautiful journal and I would love to receive this as a gift. With Mother’s Day coming up this might be an idea for mom.
First of all, if you’re anything like me, you often find yourself wondering where the month went…or week…or day. Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal is the perfect tool to help me slow down, pay attention, and calm my heart. The book is brimming with beautiful, blank drawings which invite you to add your own color and words as you reflect on the inspirational sayings, Bible verses, and decorative drawings the artist has provided to evoke a sense of peace and calmness.
Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal
The pages in the Tranquility Journal are set-up as spreads with each theme carrying across both pages. The layout of the spreads vary between:
1. A guiding prayer*, Bible verse or inspirational quote, space to journal, something to color across the spread; and
2. A suggested activity or reflection with ample space to draw or journal and something to color on the facing page.
The prayers were compiled and adapted by Amie Carlson from 365 Pocket Prayers for Women: Guidance and Wisdom for Each New Day and are perfectly paired with Bible verses or inspirational quotes to enhance the theme of the specific reflection on that spread.
Gorgeous Spreads with Thoughtful Words (See uploaded photos)
Each spread is specifically designed to calm your heart and mind so you can focus on the Lord and what He has for you that day. There is ample space for you to write your own prayer and or reflection for that day, and the pictures really are beautiful. The only negative comment I have about Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal is that some of the pages are either already colored or have some color on them which somewhat limits creativity for people who, like me, care about clashing. But the upside of this negative is that the colors they have chosen are lovely and do not detract in any way from the content.
The book itself features a reinforced cover (thick board) which protects the inside pages from curling and provides a firm surface for coloring. The pages are thick enough to use gel pens without fear of bleed-through. I would not recommend water-based markers, Sharpie pens, or Koi pens, though. I personally prefer to use good-quality colored pencils which work well for blending and detail work.
Here are links to a couple of my favorite “tested and tried” coloring tools:
- Glitter Gel Pens by Doodle Art Pro - 40 Pack Unique Glitter-Neon & Glitter Colors - 25% More Ink - Professional Gel Pens Set For Adult Coloring Books
- 48 Colored Pencils with Sharpener and Zipper Carrying Case
>> HERE'S A CREATIVE IDEA FOR USING THIS JOURNAL TO BUILD FRIENDSHIPS <<
Friends Who Pray Together Stay Together. At the beginning of my review I mentioned that I intend to do something special with my Tranquility Journal, and I’m excited to share this idea with you, in case you’d like to do it, too. Rather than keep this treasure all to myself, I plan to share it with a few trusted friends at church (probably a group of 4-5 ladies total, but we’ll see what the Lord has in mind). I have started the process by coloring the spread of my choice and journaling some thoughts in the notes portion and will pass it along to my mentor. Over the course of a week, she will select a spread to color and add her thoughts to those pages. The following week, she will pass it along to another woman at our church. The plan is for each of us to have the journal for a week, and pass it on to someone else on Sundays. Additionally, while we have the journal, we are to pray for the person who passed it to us, as well as the woman we’ll be passing it to the next week. I can’t wait to do this, and I look forward to sharing with you how this works. Once all the pages are colored, I’ll pass it onto my mentor.
I’m happy to recommend the Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal to you, and I would love to hear how you plan to use it—whether personally or between trusted friends. You can connect with me on social media: @thezwomann.
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Each section of the journal has two pages on a specific theme with a short prayer, scripture verse, quote, and several lines for journaling. Although it invites people to color portions of the pages, it is very colorful for those who prefer to use it for journaling only.
What I like is that it offers short meditations for people who are on the go and may only have a few minutes in the morning. They can read the prayer and verse while jotting down some notes. The coloring portion can serve as a good meditation for the focus of that section and perhaps helpful for unwinding at the end of a busy day.
What I did not like was the amount of coloring already in the book. Although it does make the book more attractive, since I enjoy coloring, I would like to have more black and white throughout. Overall, it is a nice book for combining coloring with journaling.
Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review..
Tranquility describes this journal well. The introduction page says tranquility is a state of calmness, peacefulness, quietness, serenity. Sounds wonderful already. Just typing those words felt good. The book has small drawings on nearly every page that may be colored, a few lines (or more) to use as the reader sees fit, and a short paragraph to encourage some prayer.
The overall size doesn’t exceed a child’s book. No giant designs to labor over. One a day would require probably less than 30 minutes time each. You can fit this into your schedule without rearranging your life totally.
The cover is my only nit and it’s just an unusual combination of a board cover and a paper cover. But, that helps protect the inner pages if you are one to carry it wherever you go.
If you haven’t tried a coloring book yet, this one would be a great place to start. Gentle, thoughtful, and just a nice set of pages to help you to tranquility.
I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.
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