Bye, NaNo; Hi, Christmas (Coloring Christmas Devotions Review + Photos)

Oh hey, look, November’s over and I survived NaNoWriMo and can rest now.

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist…)

Speaking of which, while I am recuperating enough to get together some form of Ishness post about my Novemberness (look for it Monday!), here: have a review of a coloring book for Christmas, because we all need to relax right now. *ahem*

Coloring Christmas Devotions

by Thomas Nelson Publishing

  • Authors: Published by Thomas Nelson. Illustrations by Lizzie Preston, Claire McElfatrick, and Suzanne Khushi
  • Date read: November 29, 2017
  • Rating: 4 stars
  • Genre: Christian Non-Fiction / Devotional / Adult Coloring Book
  • Age: Any
  • Year pub: 2017
  • Pages: 96 (paperback)
  • Source: Booklook Bloggers
  • Notes: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for purposes of writing my honest review; these opinions are my own.
  • Links — Find the book on: ZondervanAmazonGoodreads

This is a combination of a Christmas devotional and a coloring book, with nearly fifty pages of charming art to color (on the right-hand pages) and 31 pages of devotions (perfect for reading throughout December) alternating with 15 Bible verses (on the left-hand pages).

The devotional topics are varied, on a Christmas theme—some of them moving and relevant, while others weren’t as applicable to me (since I haven’t been in some of those situations or didn’t “get” some of the more modern references), but might be to others. Mostly it was tying in modern struggles with the rush of the holidays, with examples from scripture and a theme of slowing down and focusing on the real reason for the season, which was nice.

The lovely illustrations range from winter or wildlife scenes to nativity scenes, to Christmas associations like bells, candy canes, nutcrackers, ornaments and holly, etc., and some of lovely patterns too.

Being my first adult coloring book, this was a fascinating experience, and so fun! I may be slightly addicted to coloring now. 😉 I’ve heard its relaxing and enjoyable but I didn’t realize until I tried it myself!

I used pencils and colored pens—I think markers or crayons wouldn’t be thin enough since most of the illustrations have very narrow areas that would be a little tricky to color. My pens didn’t quite bleed through the page, but anything darker might.

It’s the perfect book to wind down with and relax in the evening, particularly (in my case) when I had just finished NaNoWriMo and was transitioning from a writing season to a Christmas one at the end of November. I turned on some Celtic Christmas music and curled up with this coloring book, discovering new and wintry delights. 🙂

Overall, it’s a very fun book, and I like the mix of thoughtful section to read (which I read all in a sitting) combined with lovely wintry/Christmas-y art. I can’t really compare it to other coloring books since I don’t have experience with them, but I loved this one! I would recommend it for fans of coloring and really any Christians who celebrate Christmas.

About the Book

Enjoy all the best parts of the Christmas season as you spend time reflecting on God’s greatest gift for His children: the birth of Jesus. This unique coloring book also includes devotions perfect for the season. Take a few minutes out of the busyness of Christmas to spend time in devotional thought, while relaxing through stress-free coloring.

With inspirational devotions on one side and a festive Christmas scene to color on the opposite page, Coloring Christmas Devotions will be a welcome part of your holiday celebrations. Take a few quiet moments to yourself to reflect on the reason behind the festivities as you read through the Scripture verses and devotions and color the pen-and-ink illustrations.

This coloring book is unique with a trim size that is easy to fit into a purse or bag, an embellished cover, perforated pages, and a low price point.

A beautiful gift or a fun treat for yourself, Coloring Christmas Devotions will help you focus your heart on the true meaning of Christmas.

I review for BookLook Bloggers

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

So, the big questions!

Did you survive NaNo? Are you ready for Christmas? And have you ever tried an adult coloring book? Because this was my first one, and now I’m curious about y’all! Thanks for reading! 🙂 I’ll be back soon with some NaNo-ish wrapup posts! ❤

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10 thoughts on “Bye, NaNo; Hi, Christmas (Coloring Christmas Devotions Review + Photos)

  1. I love coloring! I’ve found adult coloring books to be very relaxing and fun as well. Your Christmas one looks lovely – hope you continue to enjoy! 🙂

    One of my favorite adult coloring books has been my Chronicles of Narnia one. ❤ Recently, I received one that has the theme of heaven, and I'm hoping to review it soon.

    Hey, have you heard that there's an adult coloring book coming out for the Tales of Goldstone Wood?? I'm so excited!!! 😀 ❤ ❤

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    • Awesome! It’s fun, yes! ^_^ Still enjoying it! 😀

      Ooh, a Narnia one sounds fabulous! I’ll look forward to your other review as well. 🙂

      YES I JUST HEARD. IT’S SO EXCITING!! 😀

      Hope you’re well, friend! ❤ *hugs*

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  2. Wow, free books. Seriously we live in a special time. It’s literally raining books everywhere you look.

    I’ve known for a while that adult coloring books were all the rage in the publishing industry but haven’t stumbled across many reviews.

    While the illustrations are pretty good, they’re not quite as wonderful as I would have hoped. And looking at the “See Inside” preview on Amazon the devotions were kind of generic and more on the warm fuzzy side than the Holy Incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity, God in human flesh, Emmanual, Prince of Peace side. Then again, that’s the case with just about any modern devotional material I come across, seemingly.

    Maybe there’s more in there, but from your review it sounds like there’s probably not a lot of depth to this. Still, it is a nice idea. And I’m glad you got to experience the relaxation of coloring. Art can be such a stress reliever!

    Again, thanks for sharing this. Always enjoy these “off the beaten path” sorts of posts of yours.

    And congrats on winning NaNoWriMo!

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    • Yes indeed!
      It’s my first time really trying them out myself, so yes, definitely new.

      Yeah, I kind of agree it could have been a lot deeper… but I didn’t really expect it to be, if that makes sense. It would be nice to have more depth, yes. 🙂 And since I haven’t tried other coloring books, I can’t really compare the illustrations, so I don’t know!

      Art IS such a stress reliever, yes! Whether it’s coloring, writing, graphic design… 😉

      Aww, thank you so much! Always pleased to hear when my out of the blue sorts of posts meet with approval.

      Thanks, DJ!

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  3. Congrats on winning NaNo! Get lots of rest! I’m almost ready for Christmas. I’m doing my Christmas baking later this week then I’m all set–except for Christmas dinner shopping. XD

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    • Thanks Tori! I will… try to get lots of rest. Doing a mix of that and busy right now, so we’ll see. XD Hurray for being ready for Christmas — congrats! I hope your backing and dinners shopping goes well! 🙂 *still needs to finish shopping and put up a tree and do cards and and and…*

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  4. This is soooo adorable! I’ve never tried any of the adult coloring books myself, but one day I told my family I’m happy to now live in a world where adults coloring is the social norm. It’s about time! xD And it DOES seem like it would be a great stress reliever. This one especially looks great since it has inspiring devotions in it as well. I love the pages you colored! I actually keep looking at the last pic you shared, of the snowy scene, because it’s sooo serene and relaxing. I can’t stop staring at it! Lol.

    Anyways, this is so cute and nice! What a perfect way to relax after NaNo! ^_^

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    • Much adorable! I’m glad you approve. XD At first I wasn’t sure it WOULD be a stress reliever but it started getting really fun once I got into it! 😀 I loved that snowy scene too! Which is funny because it didn’t need much coloring, just for the gate/trees and the blue sky? But it’s so relaxing, yes. ^_^

      It was! Thanks! 🙂

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