I’ll be honest, I don’t get the grown up coloring book craze (sorry, adult coloring books make them sound like something else entirely). Perhaps it’s simply the fact I’d much rather immerse myself in a good story than spend the time worrying about coloring inside the lines. Or maybe it’s because the details of these coloring books are so intricate I spend more time focusing on how much I still have left instead of on the motions and mindlessness of the actual act of coloring. And then there’s the problem of choosing the right book. A lot of the books seemed kind of new age-like to me (is that even still a term these days?).
All that said, when Tyndale House Publishers offered the chance to review one of these books that included devotionals, I decided to give one a try. Restore My Soul, written and illustrated by Ann-Margret Hovsepian, offers thought-provoking devotionals and if you’re not one who has to concentrate on the actual coloring, you will have plenty of time to meditate on the words.
While I’d much rather pick up a dollar kids coloring book, I know several people who enjoy these more complex designs. And the addition of the devotionals adds something you’re not going to get anywhere else. All in all, grown up coloring books still aren’t for me (it’s taken me over a month to color one page and I’m still not finished with it), that doesn’t mean it’s not for you. If you’re looking for something to keep your hands busy while focusing on the love and grace of God, Restore My Soul is for you.
****Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.