The perfect gift for the creatives and coloring-book lovers in your life! Includes bonus activities and kid-friendly coloring pages for the whole family!This Christmas season, celebrate the birth of our Savior through beautiful design and devotion. Grab your colored pencils, cozy up with your favorite blanket and a cup of tea, and settle in for a night of peace and wonder with All Is Bright. For lovers of the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books, All Is Bright is the perfect way to transform the Advent and Christmas seasons for your whole family, re-centering the holidays on the miracle of Jesus’ birth. Combining 31 days of rich content by the beloved and inspirational Nancy Guthrie with intricate designs that will reconnect you with the heart of Christ, this coloring book devotional journey reminds us all of what the season really calls us to: worship.
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All is Bright
A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas
By Nancy Guthrie, Lizzie Preston
Tyndale House PublishersCopyright © 2016 Nancy Guthrie
All rights reserved.
The Promised One
When someone promises us something wonderful, we can hardly wait for that promise to be fulfilled. If the promise is something good, we want it now! We really don't like to wait. And yet the very best things are worth waiting for.
A long, long time ago, God made a promise to his people, Israel. In fact, he made many promises to them. But God's most important promise — the promise all his other promises depended on — was that he would send the Messiah, the Anointed One, who would save them from the difficulties of living life in this world broken by sin. The Messiah would not be an ordinary person, but God's own Son. The people he made the promise to had to wait, putting all their faith in the One who made the promise.
The season leading up to Christmas is called Advent, which means coming. During Advent, we remember the thousands of years God's chosen people anticipated and longed for the coming of God's salvation through the Messiah. Then, at Christmas, we celebrate the fulfillment of the promises God made. Jesus — the Savior God had promised — was born to us. No more waiting. Jesus came.
When John the Baptist was born, his father, Zechariah, recognized that the long years of waiting were finally over. God gave him a special understanding that his son, John, was going to prepare the way for the promised Messiah. Zechariah celebrated that God was about to fulfill his promise. He said, "Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people. He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago" (Luke 1:68-70).
God promised that he would send a Savior, which he did when Jesus became a human baby. And while Jesus did everything necessary to save us when he came the first time, he also promised to come again. Then all God's promises will be completely fulfilled. So again we are waiting. Waiting patiently for God to fulfill his promises is what it means to have faith.
Putting faith in God's promises is not something a person does only one time on the day he or she becomes a Christian. The essence of being a Christian is placing all our hope in God, knowing we can trust him to fulfill all his promises — even the ones that haven't been fulfilled yet. We are willing to wait, trusting that "God's way is perfect. All the Lord's promises prove true" (Psalm 18:30).
PRAISE THE Lord.... HE HAS SENT US A MIGHTY Savior
Most days we set specific times for when we will go to school, have piano lessons, or get picked up from our friend's house. But sometimes there is not a specific time set for something, and we're left waiting, wondering when the package will be delivered, when the plumber will arrive at our house, or when our ride is going to show up. We wonder if we've been forgotten.
By the time Jesus was born, the Jewish people had been waiting for hundreds of years for God to send his promised Messiah. It had been more than four hundred years since they had even heard God speak to them through one of his prophets about the Savior he would send. It seemed like God had stopped talking to them, and some people had grown weary of keeping up their hopes that God would come through for them. While they were waiting, the Romans occupied their country and ruled over them. This made them long even more for the great Deliverer God had promised.
Though it is hard to wait on God, and though it sometimes seems to us that God is slow, God's timing is always perfect. He is never late. He always acts at just the right time.
God knew when the time was just right to send Jesus, the Messiah, into the world. He knew when the exact religious, cultural, and political conditions were in place. Paul wrote, "When the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman" (Galatians 4:4, emphasis added). You see, God is not making up plans as he goes. All the grand events of God's plan for our redemption have been scheduled in advance, from Creation to the enslavement and exodus of God's people from Egypt; to David's taking the throne in Israel; to the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus; to the day when Jesus will return. Paul said that God "has set a day for judging the world" (Acts 17:31). The course and timing of history is not a mystery to God. Time is in his hands, and he will bring about his plans and purposes in our world and in our lives right on time.
Family Activities: Conversation Starters and Coloring pages
While the Advent season is a good time for individual reflection, it's also a good time to instill in the children we love a sense of anticipation for the coming of Jesus. The following pages include discussion questions and kid-friendly coloring pages for you and your young ones to work through as you consider together the significance of the coming of Christ into our world. Some pages were even created to be colored and cut out — bookmarks and ornaments to remind you of the season, wherever you are. My hope is that as you spend some time with the children in your world coloring and talking, you'll be able to help them escape our culture's consumer approach to Christmas and instead spark a sense of gratitude for Christ's first coming and anticipation for when he comes again.
The Spirit of Giving
It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35
What do you find yourself dreaming of getting? What do you find yourself dreaming of giving?
When have you experienced or observed someone else enjoying the happiness that comes from outrageous giving?
This Christmas, how can our family avoid the trap of making Christmas only about getting stuff?
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Generous, giving God, we want to put your word to the test this Christmas. We want to find out for ourselves how happy it will make us to give. We want to become generous givers like you are, confident that you will take care of all our needs.
Excerpted from All is Bright by Nancy Guthrie, Lizzie Preston. Copyright © 2016 Nancy Guthrie. Excerpted by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
All Is Bright is an advent-coloring book. Being a creative soul, I enjoy integrating inventive designs with spiritual devotions and activities. Coloring is not only fun and relaxing, but (in this case) puts us in a spiritual mind and heart. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, and this Christian-themed coloring book contains inspiring devotions and illustrations celebrating the gift of Christmas and its true meaning. The craftsmanship of this paperback book is sturdy, and the pages don’t bleed through when coloring with a gel pen. It is filled with full-page devotions, pretty designs, verses, and a family activity section in the back with discussion starters and prayers. I received a review copy from the publisher.
Adult coloring books are all the rage right now! So many of them are fabulous. After experimenting with All is Bright: A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas, I’m hooked! If you’re looking for an Advent to do this Christmas season, you’ll want to check this one out. It’s perfect for both individual use or to do with your family. It’s kid-friendly. There is a short devotional to help you focus on Jesus Christ during the chaos season of Christmas along with a coloring page for each day of the month of December. The content of this devotional focuses on the birth of Jesus Christ starting with God’s promise for a Saviour and ending with Paul’s message of pressing on into the future. img_20160921_205503 img_20161109_122830 These are just a sample of what some of the pages look like. Each day, beginning with December 1st, is a short devotional with a title and scripture with a coloring page on the other side. Unlike most advents, this doesn’t finish on Christmas Day. This goes until December 31st so you have an entire month. I used colored pencils in the pictures above, but markers, water colors, or whatever you prefer to use should work. I did experiment with markers and was impressed that they didn’t bleed through the pages. Even though the pages are thick, there aren’t any blank pages so that would be something to take into consideration if using markers or sharpies. The back section is full of conversation starters and prayers that focus on worship. These are perfect to do with your kids or as a Bible study group. There are also tons of simple coloring pages that kids would love to color and use to decorate. There are ornaments and bookmarks to color and cut out. I had so much fun coloring these and I can’t wait to really use the book for my own personal use this December. During a busy time of the year, this is a great way to spend time with God and to worship Him. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
I LOVE Christmas! And I LOVE coloring books! What better way to celebrate the season than by coloring a Christmas book? Beginning on December 1 this devotion will carry you through Christmas to New Year's Eve. Each devotion is only one page long and the opposite page is a full picture to color in. The perfect way to relax and express creativity while keeping Christ at the focus of Christmas. Filled with beautiful pictures of angels, nativity scenes, stars, winter, scripture, and patterns. At the end of the book there are Family Activities. Verses and conversation starters and prayer, to discuss Christmas as a family and keep or sights on Jesus in the middle of a busy season. Extra coloring pages are included at the end of the book as well. A beautiful way to bring the story of Christmas into our daily routine. If you enjoy coloring books, this is the perfect one to begin your holidays. I received a free copy of All is Bright from Tyndale Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
All is Bright is a really nice combination of Christmas devotional and adult coloring book. My teenage daughter and I have found many illustrations that we enjoy and we are both looking forward to working through the devotional with our family this Christmas. The quality is nice and the pages feel sturdy. I like how each devotion has a coloring page to go along with it. Also, at the back of the book are coloring pages that are geared for younger members of the family. I plan to let my younger daughters color on these pages as part of their Christmas devotional activities. Overall, this is a nice combination of creativity and passages to aid in reflection on the many joys of the Christmas season. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ALL IS BRIGHT is a devotional journey to color your way to Christmas. This devotion/coloring book is set up a little different. There isn't a verse at the top, nor a prayer at the bottom. Instead, it is all straight-devotional. Read and reflect on the story of the birth of our Savior in a way you probably never have before. I know my family will use this devotional as we prepare for the upcoming holiday season. It will be a great use in our family devotions each day, and coloring the pictures will be a fun activity for the family to have sitting out on the coffee table with a set of coloring pictures for anyone to color the picture as they have time or inspiration. It will be a sure keepsake for Christmases to come. If you are looking for a Christmas devotional, or one to give to a friend, to get your mind on the upcoming holiday season and not on material things, then take a look at ALL IS BRIGHT. Great for shut-ins, nursing homes, parents, grandparents, couples, singles, and as gifts.
I love this book! I was so happy to get it. Filled with beautiful pictures to color in, I can't wait to color them all! What I loved about this book as well is that it wasn't just another coloring book, it is also a devotional! Perfect for the coming holidays. These devotions will get you in the Christmas spirit and remind you of the wonderful miracle that is Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ. The real reason we celebrate and what fills out hearts with hope! This book makes a perfect gift for family, friends, or even yourself! In the back there is even family activities you can do as a family together, especially if you have little ones. It's a wonderful coloring book to have this year. I received this book for free from the publisher’s in exchange for this honest and unbiased review for Tyndale Blog Network.
LOVE this book. Each day in the month of December there is a devotion (left side) and an image to color (right side). There are some additional activities at the end of the book as well as a few larger coloring pages for little ones. The pages are thick so if using a marker it won’t show through. You could copy the devotional/coloring pages to make this a family activity. Since I have 2 year old at home, I’ll probably not complete each coloring page this year but add to the coloring next year. I highly recommend this book for oneself or gift giving. Both the devotions and images are very nice. It’s a great way to start December. This coloring advent calendar is available October 1, 2016.
This year I am starting out with a gift to myself with this coloring book. I love love love the beautiful pages that offer such inspiring words along with the de-stressing task of coloring. I am so excited for December to get here so I can get to my coloring! There is so much in this book that I am excited to get to go from the first page to the last. The pages are thicker than some of the other coloring books I have used previously which is great for carrying the book from room to room, and being rescued from my children that want to color all the pretty pictures too. Sorry kids, this one is mine! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.
I was happy to find "All is Bright." It's a 31 day devotional journey to color your way to Christmas. It has a beautiful cover and the devotional pages are very well written. I enjoyed the way it just talked to me, it was easy to read and easy to understand.. This will be a wonderful way to relax during the Christmas season and read about the story of Christ's coming. The coloring pages are beautifully done and so.. well adult Christmasy!! There is even a section at the back with some fun family activities to enjoy. I know I can enjoy reading and coloring this beautiful book any time of the year and I will be certainly be pulling it out every December to once again enjoy reading the devotions. I was gifted a copy by Tyndale House Publishers to read and review. This is a book I would buy for myself or as a gift.