Whatever Is Lovely: a Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship

Reviewed by Susan E. Richardson

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” With their new book, Whatever is Lovely: a Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship, WaterBrook Press offers a convenient way to do just that.

Coloring books for grown-ups are the new rage, drawing some from art therapy and some from pure nostalgia. WaterBrook reworks the basic idea by focusing on coloring as a medium for spending quiet time with the Lord. Pictures vary in detail. Some are intricate while others are less so.

Wording varies on each picture. Some have phrases from Scripture. Others feature familiar hymns or quotes from various authors. The reverse side of each picture gives further information. In all, you have forty five illustrations to enjoy.

The publisher also provides a musical background on Spotify to encourage your worship. The website address is on the last page. If you don’t have an account, joining is free and easy. A click will connect you using your Facebook account. The music is primarily contemporary with vocals, but they mix in a few traditional hymns and the occasional instrumental along the way.

Whether you enjoy coloring as a stress release or are looking for something new and different for your quiet time, Whatever is Lovely is a good choice. Get your year off to a colorful start!