Book Review: Every Day A Hope by Marci M. Matthews

July 30, 2015 Book review 12 ★★★★

 

When I was offered a chance to review this book, I jumped at it as it combines two things I love – positivity and colouring/doodling.  If you are looking for a relaxing way to switch off and doodle your way to a more zen-like you, then you might want to consider adding this cute book to your non fiction collection.

Book Review: Every Day A Hope by Marci M. MatthewsEvery Day a Hope by Marci Mathews
on 19 May 2015
Genres: non fiction
Pages: 130
Format: ARC
Source: Received from Publisher
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four-stars

Through tiny stories and illustrations, Every Day a Hope encourages and empowers readers to examine emotionally difficult issues, while instilling confidence, introspection, and creativity. In each page, Marci M. Matthews addresses familiar concepts in a unique manner, designed to evoke thoughts, feelings, changes in perspective, and the ability to embrace the positive. The concepts in Every Day a Hope are taken from Matthews' work with survivors, but the book is accessible to anyone who wants to find new ways to approach life with a positive outlook. Accompanying pages encourage readers to embark on their own explorations by asking questions and providing space to draw, write, keep lists, and create in whatever ways inspire them the most.

I think the best way to review this book is to just show you how I used mine.  Now don’t laugh, I’m no artist but I do love to colour and doodle and I really enjoyed switching off and just allowing my mind to wander and soak up all the positive messages.

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Every page has a different inspirational message and some have action points for an activity and it’s up to you to do whatever you feel like doing on that page.  My word for 2015 is action!  So this was the first page I soaked up, reflected on and just scribbled out all my feels.  There is no right or wrong way to do this, it doesn’t need to be perfect or artistic and when you let go of feeling that it has to be a certain standard then it becomes a great way to just let go and chillax!

 

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The book also comes with some cute accessories like a feather and stickers so even opening it was a fun experience.

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I think if you enjoy adult colouring books then you would also like this.  I really enjoyed all the positive affirmations and just how quirky and fun it was.

Thank to MBM Book Publicity for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

four-stars

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12 Responses to “Book Review: Every Day A Hope by Marci M. Matthews”

    • trish

      It is perfect for someone who likes doodling! As one myself I can say this with confidence. It would be a fun project to work on together too as you could take turns doing different pages.

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    This does look fun! I’ve been trying to work harder on acknowledging the positive and trying to make sure I do things both for myself and with my family that are fun. It’s so easy to lose all that with all the tiny annoyances and obligations that frequently take over our lives. This looks like it would really fit into that. Thanks for sharing! I think I would’ve glanced at the title and just dismissed this but now I’ll have to add it to my next Amazon order.
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Beyond the Books: The Real Me

    • trish

      I always TRY to think positive but it’s not always easy! So anything that reminds me of the importance of it is good. Yes the messages in this book are lovely but aren’t annoyingly preachy either so it gets the balance right. If you do get it, I hope you find it as calming as I did!

    • trish

      It is very therapeutic, the messages were fun and positive. Plus I always find colouring or doodling is really relaxing.

  2. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    Very cute book and worth having! I like to color and doodle, though I go in spurts of not picking my books up then doing it every night while watching TV. It’s a fun way to blow off stress. By the way, my “word” for the year 2015 was “Reflect”.
    R_Hunt @ View From My Home recently posted…Weekly Wrap-Up 7/30/15

    • trish

      I’m exactly the same. I could go months without touching them, I think it’s more of a winter activity but when I do colour I find it so relaxing.
      I love your word. I need to start reflecting on what my word for 2016 will be. This is my first year having a word and it has really worked for me as I’ve stayed conscious of it all year (so far!).

  3. Lola

    I recently bought my first adult colouring book and quite enjoyed it. This book sounds fun as well and relaxing. Those pages you showed are very well done. It sounds like a fun way to relax!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #137

    • trish

      It is a little bit like a colouring book and there are lots of pictures to colour but with the added bonus of positive sayings and quirky phrases that just stick in your head. I found it very relaxing.

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