Worship with art as you color-in 46 stunning illustrations based on the parables of Jesus, each with a corresponding devotion and prompts for spiritual reflection and artistic exercise.
God's creativity is everywhere. It's mirrored by His creationeven evident in the illustrative teachings of His Son. This stunning book of 46 soulful, colorable pictures is based on the parables of Jesus. Color the parables, be immersed in their valuable lessons in a unique way, engaging your own creativity, and strengthen your faith.
Also included are 46 uplifting devotions, one related to each parable, and 46 thought-provoking prompts for meaningful reflection and artistic expression. These pages provide worshipful exercises to inspire the artist in you, with space for illustrated prayer and journaling.
|Product dimensions:||9.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
LAURA JAMES has been a professional artist and illustrator for over 20 years. In addition to painting sacred images from various religions, she portrays women, families, and everyday life, blending intricate patterns, text, vibrant colors, and surreal imagery. She is best known for her illustrations in an award-winning edition of the Book of the Gospels lectionary (Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, IL). Her style is reminiscent of Ethiopian Christian Art.
KATARA WASHINGTON PATTON has written and edited Christian books for children, teens, and adults and has created supplemental materials for books by T.D. Jakes, Beth Moore, and Joyce Meyer. She served as general editor and writer of Aspire: The New Women of Color Study Bible. She holds a M.Div. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This stunning coloring book is composed of 46 inspiring parables designed to help Christians know how God expects them to live their lives. The coloring pages themselves correlate to the story on the page ahead of it, allowing for a coloring page per story. Take a moment to learn from these parables and color these stunning images. I thought that this was an interesting idea for a coloring book. There are many different devotionals out there, but this is the first coloring book devotional I have ever seen. Sometimes these lessons are hard to keep with us during our busy days, running to and fro trying to get things done, being able to color an image relating to the devotional that you just read can make it easier to remember what you have just read. The images themselves remind me of illustrations from the medieval period. I found this to be very interesting because it fits with the stories, but is not a common style in today's day and age. I am on the fence about this coloring book. I want to say that I liked it, and I did in a lot of ways, but I did not enjoy coloring the images, as much as I have with other coloring books. I believe this is because of the way that the pages are set up, in the medieval style that throws me. Although, I was happy to see that this coloring book works well with a variety of mediums, crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc. I used a wide variety when coloring my first of many pictures. I eventually decided that I preferred to use colored pencils, but this is my usual medium when coloring. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for something new in the devotional world, who also enjoys coloring. I received my copy of this coloring book from the publishers, Faith Words a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. for the sole purpose of providing an honest review and have permission to use the image of the cover artwork featured above.
The Parables of Jesus coloring book devotional is unlike any other Christian coloring book that I have seen. Besides containing a devotional, this book also contains pictures that are a modern artist's rendition of Bible stories. They remind me of some of the beautiful stained glass windows that I have seen at some old churches with their bold lines and beg to be filled with bright colors. The devotionals in this coloring book all contain a Bible verse(s)followed by reflections on the verses for each devotional and concluding with a prayer or a closing thought/activity/question related to the verse. Because this book contains parables from Jesus, as one would expect, the readings are all from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This large, beautiful book roughly measures 10 inches square and contains 46 illustrations that correspond with each devotional. For coloring purposes, each picture is done on heavy paper with a blank back side making it nice to use for various mediums that you wish to work with. I still prefer colored pencils but I know other people like to work with markers or water colors. This book could work for those mediums with pulling out the page or putting protection behind the picture you are working on. The Parables of Jesus coloring book would be a nice book for any creative person to use for their devotional time with God. I highly recommend this book for those who would like something different to color and study. I received this Parables of Jesus coloring book from Hachette Book Group/FaithWords. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
It seems like there is a coloring book to suit every interest and genre and while most started out for just children, now adults are experiencing a sense of peace and creativity in coloring as well. Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, I believe you will love The Parables of Jesus Coloring Book Devotional by Laura James and Katara Washington Patton. This is something a bit different than your standard coloring book because while there are only 46 illustrations to color, the remainder is a devotional based on the parables of Jesus found in the Bible. Each of the 46 illustrations takes Scripture directly from the Bible and applies it to real world learning, like struggling with a difficult boss at work and how we can use this to help us not only get through the situation like God would plan for us, but also incorporating prayer into as well to remind us not only to pray for our own situation but for others as well. Some of the lessons focus on Being Humble, Building a Solid Foundation, Dealing with Debt, Being Aware, Reminding Us About Our Treasures Being Stored in Heaven, Bearing Fruit, When Weeds Grow and so many others, I chose A Fine Pearl to focus on from Matthew 13:45-46. It illustrates not only where pearls are formed and found, but understanding how Jesus uses this illustration pertaining to the Kingdom of God. A person who harvests pearls know when he has found a rare and perfect one, like the hidden treasure it was until it is opened and revealed, much like us. We fail often times to find value in ourselves, but we need to understand how precious we are to God and how important our relationship is with Him to secure our eternity with Him. It isn't something that can be bought or sold. Are you willing to do what is necessary to secure your eternal future? What are some of the things you need to rid yourself of to better enjoy the Kingdom of God today? Then a beautifully illustrated picture follows so you can focus on finding the beauty in what you color and create. I received The Parables of Jesus by Laura James and Katara Washington Patton compliments of FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Groups. The best part of this coloring book is that each image is one sided so that when you use a media form that bleeds through like markers, as long as you add a blank piece of paper in between, you don't ruin other pages in this book. Crayons and Coloring Pencils will not have any issue with bleeding through the pages. What a great way to get some devotional time in while also enjoying the tranquility of coloring as well. I'd give this book a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
The Parables of Jesus Coloring Book Devotional by Laura James and Katarah Washington Patton is both a coloring book and a devotional. The pages are fun to draw, and using the book is also a nice way to brush up on Jesus’ parables. Perhaps a Sunday school class could use this book for a lesson on some of the parables! Because the book is a combination of a coloring book and devotional, it is easy to imagine reading one devotional page and completing one coloring page each day. (Each devotional page corresponds to one coloring book page.) The illustrations remind me of ancient drawings, with an appealing archaic look. The coloring book pages include illustrations that require fine detail as well as illustrations that do not require fine detail. My favorite devotion in the book was “Bear Fruit,” a lesson based on Luke 13: 6 – 9. The corresponding coloring page features a fruitful tree with two people beside it, just waiting to be brought to life through colored pencils! *I received this book for review*