October 6, 2016
Herald Press releases first art coloring book for adults
HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ontario—Herald Press is moving into the devotional coloring book market with its first entry into the field, Beloved Amish and Mennonite Quilts.
The coloring book includes more than 40 designs based on popular Mennonite and Amish quilts through history and across the United States and Canada. These include Baskets, Pinwheel, Center Diamond, Rail Fence, Log Cabin, Garden Maze, Jacob’s Ladder, and other popular designs. Short descriptions of the history or traditions surrounding each quilt design are included, along with loosely related Scripture verses for further inspiration.
Journal space offers readers a chance to write prayers or reflections while they color. The pages are perforated so artists can easily tear-out pages from the coloring book to give to someone, to frame, or both.
Barbara H. Cline, a master quilter, teacher, and designer from Dayton, Virginia, wrote a preface for the book, “Notes from a Mennonite Quilter,” and illustrator Rebecca Solow created the coloring pages.
Adult coloring books intended for Christian audiences focus on the act of coloring and help persons slow down, meditate, relax, pray, and breathe more slowly. Editorial director Amy Gingerich said, “We wanted to offer those looking for inspiring coloring books a rich collection of quilts in the Amish and Mennonite tradition.”
A second coloring book titled Amish Prayers: A Coloring Book will be released in early 2017. Featuring Fraktur, a Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, Amish Prayers will include coloring pages designed by artist Lynn Sommer and prayers excerpted from a prayer book used by Amish households across the centuries.
Beloved Amish and Mennonite Quilts is available for $12.99 USD from Herald Press at 800-245-7894 or www.MennoMedia.org, as well as at bookstores.
—MennoMedia staff; High-resolution book photo available.
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