Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Journals and Coloring...Perfect Ways to Relax

I received these books from Penguin Random House for review.  These books are great gift ideas!  Keeping a journal and spending time coloring are great methods for relaxing a busy mind.  Journals can help you work through your problems, or record important events in your life.  Coloring calms your mind and eases tension.  In these crazy times we're living in, it's more important than ever to have outlets like these when you're feeling stressed out.  And sometimes you just need to reflect on all of the things that you are grateful for in your life.  These books are extremely helpful for achieving the peace and relaxation that you seek.  They are written by Ink & Willow.  They publish books to inspire and deepen a reader’s faith experience.  Their thoughtfully curated gift books are designed to spark a reminder of how God reveals beauty in the midst of our ordinary.

Choose Joy - A Coloring Book of Gratitude and Wonder ($14.99): 
Relax and enjoy a creative approach to gratitude with this beautiful coloring book for adults filled with breathtaking illustrations and inspirational quotes from writers, hymns and Scripture.
  In today’s hectic, stress filled world, taking stock of our blessings and truly experiencing gratefulness isn’t always easy.  But this coloring book offers a beautiful and unique way to find moments of peace and quiet to meditate on gratitude.  Each beautifully illustrated page features an original design from one of seven talented artists that illustrates a corresponding quote.  This book features 45 single sided, large format (9.75″ x 9.75″)  coloring pages.  It's printed on high quality, bright white paper stock that is heavy enough for coloring with pencils, pens or markers.  It's filled with quotes from the Bible, hymns and a variety of inspirational writers, such as Charles Stanley, Henry Ward Beecher, Maya Angelou, Louisa May Alcott, Martin Luther King Jr., Shauna Niequist, Bob Goff, G.K. Chesterton, Mr. Rogers and more.  There's a link to the “Gratefulness” playlist to help set the mood for worship, contemplation, creative expression and a spirit of gratitude.  With beautiful illustrations by Holly Camp, Jennifer Tucker, Ann-Margret Hovsepian, Katie Howe, Laura Marshall, Bridget Hurley and Radha Carlson;  this coloring book will take you on a journey towards deeper gratitude.  Whether you are embarking on this journey by yourself or in a group, pick up your favorite art supplies and color your way to a new understanding of what it means to be truly grateful.

Whatever is Lovely Postcard Book ($12.00):  Spread joy and inspiration with twenty-four colorable postcards to send to friends and family (or enjoy yourself!).  Featuring inspirational quotes and beautiful artwork, this set of twenty-four detachable, colorable postcards offers a peaceful escape from the stress and busy pace of everyday life.  Quotes from contemporary voices, familiar hymns and Scripture are included on the back of the cards.  Each card has a splash of metallic ink, so they are pretty enough to send before being colored.  That way, you can color them yourself or let the recipient have all the fun!  You might even decide to keep them yourself to display in your home!  Artists of all ages will enjoy coloring and displaying these beautiful cards!

52 Weeks of Gratitiude - A One Year Journal To Reflect, Pray and Record Thankfulness ($16.99):  Infuse spirituality and thankfulness into your daily life with this beautiful gratitude journal that offers a simple way to lower stress and improve happiness.  Scripture says, “In every thing give thanks:  for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  But we could all use a little help actually making room for gratitude among our everyday busy pace and concerns.  52 Weeks of Gratitude offers you a space to record and reflect on your blessings each week as you focus through the year on four major themes:  Home, Community, Faith and Beauty.  With its lovely full color photographs and illustrations, this textured hardcover book is a perfect keepsake.  The weekly format offers just the right amount of encouragement to inspire, motivate and create a grateful heart in all who write in its pages.

To Read or Not To Read - A Literary Journal For the Book Lover's Soul ($14.99): 
Keep track of the books you read, record thoughts on your favorite books, get inspired for your next read and reflect on your literary spiritual journey with this beautifully designed journal for readers.  The perfect addition to any personal library, this book encourages readers of all genres to immerse themselves in a classically illustrated reading journal complete with DIY book review pages and inspirational reading lists.  It allows readers to step into the book critic role and determine which books to recommend, and which ones to skip based on their reflections throughout the journal.  It includes a “How Bookish Are You?” quiz and spotlights on authors such as Flannery O’Connor and Frederick Douglass, whose published works have greatly influenced the combined spheres of faith and literature.  With additional fun facts and helpful conversation starters for literary discussions, this journal will become the signature accessory at book clubs, on nightstands and on every book lover’s shelf.

Our Daily Question - A Three Year Journal For Couples ($16.99): 
Spark daily and meaningful conversations, deepen your bond as a couple, and create a unique time capsule of your relationship by answering the 365 questions in this fun, thought provoking guided journal for couples to share over three years.  In our frenetic, fast paced world, it can be hard to pause long enough to notice and appreciate the little things you love about your significant other.  Fortunately, Our Daily Question offers an easy and interactive guide for doing just that.  By answering each of the 365 introspective questions together on the same date each year, you will get a unique and precious picture into the development of your relationship.  Some of the questions focus on your spirituality and faith journeys (When was the last time you felt God nudging you to do something?), while others are meant to capture your creativity, spirit and sense of humor (What is something you did with your childhood friends that seems ridiculous now?).  All questions spark conversations and memories that span well beyond the pages of this book.  Compare your answers from one year to the next to have a written record of your thoughts, interests, faith and love for each other.  Drop a favorite photo into the picture frame slot in the front cover and you will have a personal keepsake to treasure forever!

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