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by Randy Alcorn
Illustrated by Lizzie Preston
From the back cover:
Jesus said, “I am going to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).
Let the power and majesty of Heaven fill your heart with joy as you color these 40 designs carefully interpreted from the pages of Scripture. Each illustration is paired with a devotion from bestselling author Randy Alcorn, a leading authority on Heaven. Savor a respite from daily life as you meditate on each hope-filled message. Picturing Heaven will offer you comfort and relaxation while encouraging you with the restful assurance that God prepares a special place for those who love Him.
About the author:
RANDY ALCORN is an author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching principles of God’s Word and assisting the church in ministering to unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions, and opportunities to invest in need-meeting ministries that count for eternity. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying biblical truth.
Before starting EPM in 1990, Randy served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has a bachelor of theology and a master of arts in biblical studies from Multnomah University and an honorary doctorate from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and has taught on the adjunct faculties of both. A New York Times bestselling author, Randy has written more than fifty books, including Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and the award-winning novel Safely Home. His books have sold more than ten million copies and have been translated into more than sixty languages.
Randy has written for many magazines, including EPM’s Eternal Perspectives. He is active on Facebook and Twitter and has been a guest on more than seven hundred radio, television, and online programs.
Randy resides in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife, Nanci. They have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five grandsons. Randy enjoys time spent with his family, biking, snorkeling, underwater photography, researching, and reading.
You may contact Eternal Perspective Ministries at www.epm.orgor 39085 Pioneer Blvd., Suite 206, Sandy, OR 97055, or 503-668-5200.
Follow Randy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/randyalcorn; on Twitter: www.twitter.com/randyalcorn; and on his blog: www.epm.org/blog/
Coloring is trendy, but for good reason. We need time to decompress, and what better way than to spend that time reflecting on the truths of Scripture?
Randy Alcorn’s devotionals in Picturing Heaven focus on what the Bible says about heaven. They help us visualize (as much as we can with our limited understanding) the ultimate goal in our lives.
Paired with each devotional is an image to color. Detailed spaces allow you to create interesting designs. The pages are fairly thick, and I was pleased that there was minimal bleed-through. (I used water-based markers; alcohol-based colors will likely still bleed through.)
Since heaven is known for having streets of gold, the images have “gold” pre-filled in every picture. Unfortunately this is not a shiny gold like the cover, but it’s a dark mustard color instead. Cost would prohibit the use of foil on every page, but the mustard color did not blend well with the color palette of my markers, so I was disappointed that it was already in the pictures.
While the pictures themselves might not have drawn me to make a purchase, the devotionals will likely lead me back to working on these pages. Keeping our eyes fixed on the finish line will help us to race well!
(I received a complimentary copy of this book. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)