Review: Live Free (An Adult Coloring Book) by Margaret Feinberg

March 27, 2016 Christian, Margaret Feinberg, nonfiction 1

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live freeCreate and Relax While Meditating on the Freedom God Brings

Coloring is more than just child’s play–it’s a creatively fulfilling way to slow yourself down in order to refresh your mind and soul. And in “Live Free“, it can also help you connect with the loving God who unburdens you to be all you were meant to be.

Highlighting verses from the Bible that focus on the freedom that comes with knowing who you are in Christ, this beautiful book presents an uplifting message in a fun and creative format. Drink deeply from Scripture as you color the intricate artwork and meditate on the freedom God wants you to experience in your life. Space is included for reflections, prayers, or even doodles.

GENRE: nonfiction, Christian
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: Feb 2, 2016
PAGES: 48

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my thoughts

IMG_6885.JPGOne of my favorite parts of being a teacher is coloring. My degree is in Elementary Education, but I actually teach English as a Second/Other Language to international adults. And while most of my students are light-years more intelligent than I could ever aspire to be (some are on their fifth or sixth language!), I still use a lot of the same vocabulary teaching techniques.  Like…pictures.  A lot of pictures. And sometimes I get to color those pictures.  And then I’m happy 🙂

Adult coloring books are trending like crazy right now, and there’s something so soothing about picking up my box of colored pencils, grabbing one of my coloring books, and spending a mindless hour or so putting hue to page. But to be honest… I do get bored easily. There’s only so much mindless I can take. Live Free is the solution I’ve been waiting for!

IMG_6890.JPGMy favorite thing about Live Free from Margaret Feinberg and Bethany House Publishers is that it puts some purpose to my coloring.  While my mind is peacefully engaged in deciding which shade I should make this butterfly, I am also meditating on the Bible verse that graces the page. As my colored pencil brushes across the words, my mind and heart ingest it at a slower, more intentional, pace that allows me to really consider the meaning behind the verse.

I also really love the adjacent journaling page – for jotting down my “thoughts, doodles, relections, or prayers“. In fact, Margaret Feinberg explains at the beginning of the coloring book that she wants Live Free to help us:

–spend time praying & reflecting

–commit Bible verses to memory

–marinate in the truth of our identity in Christ

–discover our creativity as we express our love for God and the Bible

–strengthen relationships as we invite others to create alongside us

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(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)

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About the Author:

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A self-described “hot mess,” Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive, and Women of Joy. Her books, including The Organic God, The Sacred Echo, Scouting the Divine, and Wonderstruck and their corresponding Bible studies, have sold nearly one million copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and more.

She was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today, one of the 30 Voices who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of the ’40 Under 40’ who will shape Christian publishing by Christian Retailing magazine. Margaret lives in Morrison, Colorado, with her husband, Leif, and their superpup, Hershey. She believes some of the best days are spent in jammies, laughing, and being silly.

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