When we create new works, we like to make sure we’re just concentrating on what we’re doing while we work. But when we’re listening to read-alouds, podcasts, and sermons, or when we want to listen to music and relax, my teen boys and I tend to pick up a coloring book.
We do NOT regard coloring as a meditative activity, nor do we use them in the place of Bible study. Rather, it’s something creative and relaxing that can be done in a short(ish) period of time.
We read a lot of books aloud in our home (we’re currently reading John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress). My boys really enjoy coloring in history coloring books as I’m reading. Coloring Scripture verses is a great way to think about God’s Word while listening to an audiobook!
Bible verse coloring books need to be high-quality. The paper needs to be think and able to hold watercolor, which is my preferred method of coloring.
You and your teens will love these young adult coloring books from Bethany House.
These are all great gifts not only for your teens (some are great for boys–really!), but also for your mom friends, and for yourself.
Scripture Coloring for Teens (and their moms!)
Near the bottom of the post, I’ll like to a bunch of really great adult Bible coloring books from Bethany House. Check out four — and how you can use them!
1 ) Creative Moments of Grace by Gayla Irwin
2) Pocketful of Promises by Margaret Feinberg
3) The Glory of the Messiah by Susan Perlman and Shelley Skoropinski
4) Words of Grace by Jacqui Grace and Dee Arrand
Young Adult Coloring Books from Bethany House
Bethany House has more lovely adult coloring books for teens. I love the books by Margaret Feinberg, as they have journal pages opposite the Bible verse coloring pages so you can write out the entire passage or journal your own thoughts. The Glory of the Messiah is a will help teens (or you!) learn ways that Jesus fulfilled individual prophecies about the Messiah. The illustrations lend themselves to a masculine audience, making The Glory of the Messiah perfect for teen boys yet enjoyable for teen girls. I expect that All Things Bright and Beautiful and God’s Amazing Love will also be suitable for both boys and girls.
Live Loved: An Adult Coloring BookLive Fearless: An Adult Coloring BookLive Free: An Adult Coloring BookPocketful of Promises: A Prayer Journal Coloring BookPromises of Joy: An Adult Coloring BookPromises of Blessing: An Adult Coloring BookThe Glory of the Messiah: An Adult Coloring BookAll Things Bright and Beautiful: A Creation Coloring BookThe Beverly Lewis Amish Coloring BookBountiful Blessings: A Creative Devotional ExperienceConnecting God’s Promises Dot-to-DotCount God’s Blessings Dot-to-Dot: Extreme Puzzle Challenges, Plus Devotions
My Favorite Coloring Tools for Teens (& Their Moms)
Half the fun of coloring and painting is the supplies, right? I’m going to point you to my favorites.
Artist’s Loft Fundamentals Pearlescent Watercolor Pan SetHeartybay 10Pieces Round Pointed Tip Nylon Hair Brush Set, BluePrismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72 PackPrismacolor Premier Pencil Sharpener 1786520 with PC1077 Colorless Blender Pencils, 2 Pieceuni-ball 207 Colors Retractable Gel Pens, Medium Point (0.7mm), Assorted, 8 Count
- Artist’s Loft Pearlescent Watercolor Pan Set – These are awesome. They’re student-grade watercolors, but they spread nicely and cover well if you want them to. But that’s not what I love about them. I love them because they’re lightly sparkly. Honestly, the sparkle makes me happy, so I figured it would make you happy too.
- 10 Piece Nylon Hair Brush Set – To use watercolors with a coloring book you need a variety of brush tip sizes, and these work nicely.
- Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils – Prismacolor Colored Pencils are excellent, and worth trying out. They come in different sized packs.
- Prismacolor Premier Pencil Sharpener – If you use Prismacolor colored pencils, they’ll need to be sharpened. This sharpener has great reviews.
- Uni-Ball 207 Medium Gel Pens – These are my favorite pens to journal with. They write smoothly–they don’t smear or drag. I also really like the width of the tip. The multi-color pack has lovely, bright shades.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible
You want your kids to learn and love the Bible.
You want to teach the Bible…
As parents, we deeply desire the best for our kids. We look for the right schools, we make them eat right and exercise, and we get them involved in extracurricular activities. We take our job as parents seriously.
But are we also putting our time and energy into
teaching them the Bible? Giving them the life-changing, soul-nourishing words of Scripture is not only doable, it’s an essential part of parenting kids for Jesus. And the good news is, studying God’s Word as a family doesn’t have to be difficult!
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV, says:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Our job, as parents who love Jesus, is to help our kids become approved workers, unashamed and rightly handling the word of truth.
The good news? Teaching the Bible isn’t hard. Your family can learn the Bible together.
…and you can!
A Crash Course in Teaching the Bible to Your Kids
Danika Cooley’s book, Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible, will give you the tools and confidence to study the Bible as a family. It will help you identify and overcome your objections and fears, give you a crash course in what the Bible is all about and how to teach it, and provide the guidance you need to set up a family Bible study habit.
You will finish this book feeling encouraged and empowered to initiate and strengthen your child’s relationship with the Lord through His Word.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible will equip you with everything you need to know to teach the Bible to your kids!
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