Monday, January 18, 2016

Live Loved

Confession time.

I'm horrible at devotionals and quiet time.
The problem is my brain is rarely quiet (please tell me I'm not the only one, anyone?)
So when I find a few minutes in this house full of boys to sneak into a corner my mind doesn't get the memo that it's time to quiet down or it goes into research mode where I'm looking up secondary sources, thinking out plot lines, or going off on rabbit trails, . . sort of like this one could become (has become).

Live Loved  offered a different spin on traditional devotionals and, turns out,  it's exactly what a busy mind like mine needed.

I'm actually amazed at the simplicity of this "devotional" and how well it fits both my personality and learning style.

The book itself is divided into sets of 2 pages each.

The first page provides a place to journal thoughts, ideas, complimentary verses, rabbit trails, or cross referencing - whatever you want or need to help out your understanding of the focus verse. On the second page is a picture to colour centered around the same focus verse (also colourable).

The concept is brilliant.

Colouring has been in the news a lot lately for its affects on stress and anxiety, however, colouring out your verse also serves as a fantastic way to settle the mind and meditate on the verse at hand. For the first time ever I haven't struggled to stay focused and have even found memorizing to be more of a natural byproduct thanks to the size of the lettering in the picture (staying in the lines required careful movements on my part thanks to a lost pencil sharpener and really gave me the time and repetition I need to remember anything)

I also found that the ability to colour and keep my hands busy allowed for better focus when it comes to my rabbit trailing.

Obviously, like any tool it's only as useful as you want to make it. If you want to make use of the colouring, the journaling, and the ability to look up context on your own Live Loved can provide a great way to bring some new skills, learning styles, and disciplines into your devotionals that may have previously been overlooked.

4.5 out of 5 stars

I received this book for free from Nuts About Books in exchange for my honest opinion, The views expressed are entirely my own.