I love Easter time. I love that we get to celebrate the life of Jesus and how this period acknowledges his life and death to be real and not some fictitious story, made up and put into a book. There are so many cool ways you could celebrate this time with your kideos. I’ve recently spent some time celebrating with my Inspire Bible but I know many people opt for Easter egg hunts and chocolate parties (and hey, I love chocolate yo!). This is one of those times where I can’t wait for my girl to be a bit older so that I could explore the other ways of celebrating the cross.
Which brings me to my next topic… I had a total freak out the other day when I opened the special package that Christian Art Media had sent us for our upcoming #ecmeetup blogger event. If you’ve been in a deep coma, and only woke up yesterday, then you probably don’t know about our Eastern Cape bloggers meet up that will be happening on the 14th of May. But that’s okay, I’ve got you covered. You can read more about it here. My pleasure. It’s going to be fab! Please hollar at me or Elle (She’s over at JustEllaBella) if you’d like to purchase one of the 3 remaining tickets!
Besides for the amazing goodies that they’ve added to our meet up swag bags, the CAM box held a very special surprise for me: My very own Inspire Bible – A Bible for creative journaling!
This aquamarine luxleather hardcover Bible is the first of it’s kind in that it’s a coloring-in Bible. I’m sure you may have seen that the adult coloring-in craze has really taken off. Experts claim that the break away from technology is what appeals to most adults who pick up colouring pencils. Colouring-in apparently helps to calm the thoughts in your head and can serve as a natural anxiety reliever. Well, all of that aside, I found the idea of having a Bible where I could meditate on the Word, while applying my creativity, to be simply amazing! I mean, why spend money on therapy and self help books when you can simply set aside a quiet time for yourself (I’ve spoken about the importance of quiet time before) and realign yourself and your focus, for free!
Tyndalehouse Publishing has managed to combine scripture and art by allowing readers to personalise the pages and creatively express their faith, without having to be a skilled artist. There are also columns on each page that allows you to jot down your notes, as you get into and meditate on the Word. And if you’re sentimental (like I am) this would be the perfect keepsake Bible to pass down to your children and grandchildren. This is definitely something I would consider giving to my girl for Easter! (Let’s face it, my boys would only be interested if it came with an XBox. Hmmm *jots down: develop Bible XBox game*)
This New Living Translation Bible is in single-column format with a generous 8.65 font (which my eyes are thankful for!). The margins are ruled and wide enough for adequate note-taking and journaling and there are about 400 Scripture-based lined-art illustrations to colour in, if you like. And if that’s not enough to wow you, check out the Bible’s beautifully-designed full-color page edges! It also has a pretty, matching ribbon and an elastic band closure.
The Bible is available in CUM Book Stores and is availabe in Afrikaans too, under the title My Kreatiewe Joernaal-Bybel