Life is crazy. Family, work, school, obligations, social pressure, politics, drama, and on and on - we seem to run from one thing to the next, our heads crammed so full there's no space for taking a moment to breathe, to listen to God's voice in the midst of the chaos.
That's why I believe in the power of coloring, especially combined with the simple strength of God's word.
For the last twenty years, I’ve been keeping my hands busy and my mind focused at church by doodling thousands of words in notebooks, on programs, and anywhere else I could find a blank spot of paper. This year I set a goal for myself: to help me “meditate upon the scriptures” – and help others do the same – I would create a coloring page each week that focused on a scripture that I was studying. The long process of drawing out the page gave me time to really ponder the meaning of the words in my own life. Giving yourself the time to add your own creative love to these powerful words can do the same for you.
I also struggle with anxiety, sometimes severe, and I have found that giving myself time to relax and focus my mind on the words and creating is a huge help. I hope that this coloring book and journal will help you feel God’s love and have your own faith strengthened as you give yourself time to relax, focus, and ponder on His beautiful word.
"The Colorful Word: Meditate Upon the Scriptures" combines the best of a coloring book and a scripture study journal. Each beautiful coloring page is accompanied by a page with a more extensive version of the scripture, and then space for you to journal your own feelings, thoughts, and impressions as you color. In the end you'll have a book full of beautiful art that is as vibrant as your own faith.
The initial plan is for 40 coloring pages with accompanying journal space. Our stretch goal at $5,000 is currently being decided - please head over to the updates to cast your vote!
The images are lovely, varied, and full of interesting details to color. I've also designed them to be totally doable - no page has so many details that you'll feel overwhelmed or unable to finish in a reasonable amount of time. "The Colorful Word" will be printed on nice thick paperstock so that you can color to your heart's content without worrying about bleed through.
I've included many different pledge configurations, but if you think of something that better fits your needs, or if you have any questions at all, please send me a message!
"The Colorful Word: Meditate Upon the Scriptures" is for anyone who wants to give themselves time to express their creativity and delve deeper into the scriptures. Whether your faith is ready to move mountains or you're feeling more like a mustard seed, these wonderful words and uplifting art are for you! This book also makes a really lovely gift for friends or family of all ages - share time and inspiration with the ones you love!
Nearly 3/4 of the images for "The Colorful Word" are already finished and ready to print, and by the time the pledge period is over, the book will be ready to send directly to print! I should have the finished books in my hands by December 1st, giving us plenty of time to get them to you in time for Christmas!
Risks and challenges
I have already produced much of the artwork for "The Colorful Word," and I have a great printer all lined up and ready to go. I also plan to print a first run regardless of whether the project funds - if that does happen, I'll be sure to let backers know!
The greatest risk I see is that something could go amok with printing and the books will not be able to be delivered by Christmas, but I believe that risk to be very small. I'm ending the funding period with a couple week's extra cushioning time, just to be on the safe side.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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