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Windows Into Christ: A Coloring Book for Prayer and Meditation Paperback – September 1, 2016
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Our Lady's Garden is an adult coloring designed for prayer and meditation. The images in it are primarily flowers arranged in beautiful patterns or forming hearts. In addition to flowers though, there are images of birds, butterflies, fish, and the Blessed Mother. These images surround various prayers to Mary and different words Mary delivered at her apparitions. Some of the prayers included are the Hail Mary; Hail, Holy Queen; and Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. And some of the apparitions are Fatima, Lourdes, and Guadalupe. Overall, it is a very beautiful coloring book, but I think it is one that my wife would be better at than I would be as some of these patterns are too complex for my poor coloring skills.
Windows into Christ is an adult coloring book that contains images of the stained glass windows found in the Cathedral of Chartres, France. The images begin with the four major prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel) carrying the four evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). It then walks us through the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, starting with the Annunciation and ending with Pentecost. Each image then contains a prayer or Scripture passage to meditate on while coloring. The images in this book are more simplistic in nature, but they do not lack in beauty. If I were one who wanted to color in a religious coloring book, this is the one I would pick as it looks to be more my skill level.
Adult coloring books are not my cup of tea. In all honesty, I didn't like coloring when I was a child, and I still don't as an adult. However, if one is into coloring, then these books are a welcome Catholic alternative to the new age ones that are out there in the market. I am curious to see how long this trend of adult coloring books will stay hot, but while it does I hope the Catholic publishers use their resources to continue to publish these books and combat the secular society.
The title says it all "Windows into Christ: A Coloring Book for Prayer and Meditation." The images are taken from the Cathedral of Chartres in France and are accompanied by scripture. Of course, the rose windows of the church lend themselves to "mandala" like images. There are other images, too - those of the stained glass windows that actually depict a story from the Bible. I'm not sure these images lend themselves as much to the repetitive nature of coloring and avid fans of the new books may not enjoy them as much.
Avid coloring fans may be dismayed, too, to discover that the images are on both sides of the paper. But maybe not? I'm not sure how many coloring books actually leave one side of the page blank anymore.
I loved it. I'm a bit of a Francophile at heart, and have always loved Chartres. In fact, I never really understood the nature of meditative coloring until I picked up my trusty Prismacolors and set to work on the first page of this book. I "get it" now. I'm a colorer.
I received a complimentary copy of this book with the hope that I would provide a (favorable) review. Free books don't make good books, though. My opinions and reviews are my own.
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This Catholic book, with high-quality paper, invites you to consider a new method of contemplative prayer: coloring.
A copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes by the publisher.