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Christian Mandalas† Devotional Coloring Journals:

The Art of Journaling

The Art of Journaling

A Devotional Coloring Journal

Christian Art

This is a Christian coloring book.  It contains 22 Christian Mandalas to color.

Reflection

This is a Christian study book.  Associated with each Christian Mandala is a passage of Scripture.  The image you color is intended to add depth to your understanding of the Bible passage on the opposing page.  Notes are provided with each passage to help unpack either the passage of Scripture, or the meaning of the Christian symbolism in the mandala.

Journal

Most importantly, this is a Christian journal.  With each Christian mandala, and Bible verse, an area is provided to capture your own thoughts as you reflect on God’s Word.

In the book:  Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth, the authors publish the results and summarize their findings on page 167.  The authors write: “If they [church pastors] could do only one thing to help people at all levels of spiritual maturity grow in their relationship with Christ, their choice would be equally clear.  They would inspire, encourage, and equip their people to read the Bible – specifically, to reflect on Scripture for meaning in their lives.”

By reading the Bible, and by reflecting on Scripture as you color and journal, you will grow in your relationship with Christ.

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The Art of Journaling 2

A Devotional Coloring Journal

Christian Art

This is a Christian coloring book.  It contains 22 Christian Mandalas to color.

Reflection

This is a Christian devotional.  Associated with each Christian Mandala is a passage of Scripture.  The image you color is intended to add depth to your understanding of the Bible passage on the opposing page.  Notes are provided with each passage to help unpack either the passage of Scripture, the meaning of the Christian symbolism in the mandala, or both.

Journal

Most importantly, this is a Christian journal.  With each Christian mandala, and Bible verse, an area is provided to capture your own thoughts as you reflect on God’s Word.

In the book:  Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth, the authors publish the results and summarize their findings on page 167.  The authors write: “If they [church pastors] could do only one thing to help people at all levels of spiritual maturity grow in their relationship with Christ, their choice would be equally clear.  They would inspire, encourage, and equip their people to read the Bible – specifically, to reflect on Scripture for meaning in their lives.”

By reading the Bible, and by reflecting on Scripture as you color and journal, you will grow in your relationship with Christ.

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Christian Mandalas† Coloring Books:

The Art of Coloring Book

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Christian Art

This is a Christian coloring book.  It contains Christian themes created with detailed Christian Symbolism.  You will notice a range of styles.  Some pages are traditional stained glass window structures found in Christian Churches and Universities.  In other pages, the designs become Escher-like.  Other pages move further into abstraction.  In each case, I have attached relevant passages from Scripture to reflect upon as you color.

Original Art

The pages are original art.  In a few cases I have borrowed from Church and University stained glass windows that are close to my heart.  In these cases I have altered and enhanced the original windows to read well in the line art format.

Art to make your own

I believe that coloring is an art form.  The intent of this book is to enable coloring at a very high level.  If time and thought is given to the pages the results will be new art of your own creation.

The Artist

The designs in this book were created by award winning Christian Artist Kerry Pierce.

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The Family Coloring Book

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22 Christian Mandala Designs and over 50 Symbols to Color

Designed for Young People

At one level, this is a coloring book full of images using the structure of classic stained glass windows found in Christian Churches throughout the world.

Designed for Families

At another level, the images in the coloring book utilize Christian Symbols.  Each image, like a stained glass window, has a central theme.  The symbols focus on the central theme.  By becoming involved in the book as a family, the Christian Symbols become a language to help children understand the great Christian themes in a new, visual way.

A Learning Tool

There are over 50 Christian Symbols used in this book.  Short descriptions are given for each symbol.  The Symbols are used in 22 Christian designs, or mandalas, covering the breadth of the Bible.  By using the symbols and discussing the imagery as a family, learning takes place on both a visual and verbal level.

The designs in this book are original art created by award winning Christian Artist Kerry Pierce.

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Christian MandalasSmall Group Curriculum:

The I AM Statements of Jesus Study

The I AM Statements of Jesus Study

What is the I AM Statements of Jesus Study? Jesus is recorded as using I AM statements. He used these statements in order to explain who he is. This study will center on the creation of Christian Mandalas for each of the I AM statements. There are seven important I AM statements in the Gospel of John made during Jesus’ earthy ministry: I am the bread of life; I am the light of the world; I am the door of the sheep;  I am the good shepherd I am the resurrection, and the life; I am the way, the truth, and the life; and I am the true vine.

After Jesus’ resurrection we are given two more important I AM statements in the Book of Revelation: I am the Alpha and Omega and I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.

The final I AM Scripture was posed as a question to the disciples, and recorded in the three Synoptic Gospels: Who do you say that I am?

The Christian Mandalas in this study will give the individual profound insight into who Jesus is.

 

 

 

 

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The Interactions with Jesus Study

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From the Baptism of Jesus to his Ascension, we find a series of interactions between Jesus and his disciples. These interactions often take place during pivotal events such as the calling of the disciples, the Transfiguration, the Last Supper, and the post-Resurrection appearances. Through the exchanges in this study we see Jesus calling and making disciples to shape the Church and engage the world. In the process, we observe the 12 disciples understanding of who Jesus is grow. Their reactions and flashes of insight are often dramatic. The Scriptures in this study work beautifully in the mandala study format. By creating mandalas for these interactions you visually and emotionally place yourself into the realities the disciples were experiencing. The visuals you create will give you new insight into the events and new understanding. Finally, the study gives us an opportunity to reflect on our role as disciples and the ministries we are called to.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Psalms Study
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The Psalms Study Visual artists often strive to capture human emotion. A quick look through the works of the European Renaissance or the Baroque period reveal facial expressions full of raw emotion. The works of Rembrandt, Leonardo, Rubens, and Caravaggio are full of vivid examples. Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ is intense. Modern animators have words to help a character convey a message, but the words are backed up with mouth, eyelid, and eyebrow positions that reinforce the mood. Human expressions are commonly grouped into six categories: sadness, anger, joy, fear, disgust, and surprise. Of course, the range of facial expressions is limitless, but these categories are very distinct, and easy to recognize. These expressions convey emotion. When reading the Psalms, one immediately picks up on the raw emotions found there. The emotions associated with the six facial expression categories can be found within the Book of Psalms. Many Psalms, such as Psalm 5 and Psalm 89, convey multiple emotions within the text. The reason why so many emotions can be found within the Book of Psalms is because the Psalms were written at different points during Israel’s history. So one could encounter Psalms from the time of the monarchy, to after the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed around 586 BC. Because of this, the Psalms deal with anything from praise and thanksgiving to bitterness and lament. The Psalms provide a window into how the Israelites interacted with God, both as individuals and as a nation. The Psalms in this study work beautifully in the mandala study format, because of the Psalms’ strong emotions and poetic imagery. The mandalas you create will give you new insight into the poetic expressions of the Psalms, and provide a way to reflect on your own interactions with God.

 

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The Parables of Jesus Study

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Perhaps one third of Jesus’ teaching recorded in the Gospels is in the form of parables.  Matthew and Luke are especially saturated with parables.

The Parables of Jesus are brief, engaging stories spoken by our Lord.  They are excellent.  For me, they are riddles to be dug into.  They require a bit of effort and reflection, but there is treasure to be found.

The Parables of Jesus Study explores ten of Jesus’ parable teachings.   They are as relevant today as when he first spoke them.

Though not a requirement, the Parables of Jesus Study works best for individuals who have already completed one of the other Christian Mandala studies.

 

 

 

 

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The Great Reversal Study

In the Gospel of Luke we find a recurrent theme which theologians refer to as the great reversal.  These are unexpected, almost shocking statements from Jesus that cause us to stop and re-think our value systems.  Sayings like: “Love your enemies”, “whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it”, “some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last”, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”, and “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted”.

These great reversal sayings challenge us. “Love your enemies.”  That is not easy.  Reflecting on these great reversal sayings is often humbling.   But God reminds us that he honors the humble, that the humble will be exalted.

In the great reversal study we find that the value system of the Kingdom is much different than that of our culture.  The great reversal challenges us to focus on the Kingdom, rather than the world.  We are called to use our energy, our love, and our gifts for the Kingdom.

The great reversal sayings, when reflected upon and applied to our lives, cause our focus to shift from our needs to the needs of others.  Creating mandalas for these teachings will deepen your understanding of the great reversal and help you apply Jesus’ teaching to your life.

 

 

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Additional Materials/DVDs

Christian Mandalas: Revelation, Reason, Regeneration

Christian Mandalas: Revelation, Reason, Regeneration

Traditionally, mandalas (Sanskrit for circle or disk) are used in Hinduism and Buddhism to aid in meditation. Psychiatrist Carl Jung broke tradition by popularizing his own version of mandalas in the West to help with therapy. Jung’s ground breaking work with non-traditional mandalas led to the concept of the collective unconscious and eventually the development of the Myers-Briggs personality test. Christian Mandalas build on Jung’s work as well. By creating a mandala based off of Scripture, Christian Mandalas provide a unique way to visually engage with the Word of God. This approach also allows the Holy Spirit to interact with you on a deeper level, giving you even more insight as you create your own mandala. Your mandalas are images summarizing the Scripture you’ve read, and will stay with you throughout the day. By drawing from Scripture and having one-on-one time with the Holy Spirit, you allow yourself to become more like Christ. Loaded with images, this book gives you the essential background to begin your individual journey.

 

 

 

 

 

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Christian Mandalas: The Leader’s Guide DVD

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Christian Mandalas

The Leader’s Guide

The Christian Mandalas Leader’s Guide provides the essential background for facilitators to run a small group or life group together with the Christian Mandala study book materials.

 

26 Minutes/Color/Digitally Mastered/1.78:1 Widescreen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fine Art Books:

Surreal Christianity—A Journey with Jesus, Jung and Dali

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Surreal Christianity explores techniques found in Surrealistic art and goes on to show how Christians can use those techniques to approach Scripture in new ways.  Ways which enable the individual to more fully love God with all their mind.

In this exploration, there are over 70 color images from artists, including: Bosch, da Vinci, Tissot, Chirico, Picasso, Dali, Pierce, and others.  Centering on three passages of Scripture: Psalm 1:1-2, Matthew 22:26-28, and Romans 12:2, we learn how God intends for us to use our minds.

On this journey, you may also develop a deeper appreciation for surreal art and some of the Christians who were, and are, a part of the Surrealist movement.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jesus, Escher, and the Art of Christian Morphing

JesusEscherBookCoverJesus, Escher, and the Art of Christian Morphing explores the unique characteristics of the Dutch Artist M. C. Escher.  The study explains how Christians can incorporate Escher’s qualities into their own interactions with Scripture.   Interactions that enable the individual to morph towards Christ-likeness.

This investigation focuses on the Biblical Artwork of M. C. Escher.  Escher’s visual reflections on Christ, together with three passages of Scripture:  Matthew 17:1-8, 2 Corinthians 3:18, and Romans 12:2 teach us how to move forward on our Christian journey.

In this exploration, you will discover the spiritual side of Escher.  An aspect of Escher not previously examined, but clearly revealed in his art, his lectures, and his personal letters.

You will also discover new techniques for studying Scripture.  These techniques incorporate rules for how the brain learns best.  Rules which Jesus incorporated into his teachings.

 

 

 

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The Great Reversal:  A Journey with Christ and De Chirico

In the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts, we find a recurrent theme which theologians refer to as the great reversal.  These great reversals are unexpected, almost shocking statements from Jesus, and interactions with Jesus, that cause us to stop and re-think our value systems.  Sayings like: “Love your enemies”, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it”, “And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last”, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”, and “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted”.

These great reversal sayings challenge us. “Love your enemies.”  That is not easy.  But, Christ calls us to active discipleship.  He calls us to operate as salt and light in the world.  Engaging in the great reversal teachings of Jesus enables us to become more Christ-like.

In the great reversal study, we find that the value system of the Kingdom is much different than that of our culture.  The great reversal sayings challenge us to focus on the Kingdom, rather than the world; to focus on the spiritual, rather than the sensory.

From late 1909 to early 1919, the artist Giorgio de Chirico painted through his metaphysical period.  This decade is a unique moment in art when an individual bursts forth with a new style of painting.  Thought was translated to canvas that the world had not yet seen.  De Chirico’s works from this period form one of the most curious and fascinating moments in art history.

De Chirico’s works from the metaphysical period are meaningful because, like Jesus’ great reversal sayings, they deal with two different realms.  The images encourage us to focus beyond the sensory and move to the spiritual.  As such, they provide a visual means of understanding the intent of Jesus’ great reversal sayings.

Put another way, de Chirico’s art likely provides the best possible illustrations for Jesus’ great reversal sayings found in the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.

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Bible Commentaries:

Hebrews – Access to God:  A Visual Introduction

The Letter to the Hebrews is unique.  A sermon written to a group of Christians facing persecution and wrestling with doubt, Hebrews is considered to be of the highest literary quality in the New Testament.  The author employs Greek Philosophy, logic, and a wide range of passages from the Old Testament to encourage his audience to hold fast to their faith in Christ.

No other book in the New Testament highlights the supremacy of Christ or the high priestly role of Christ as Hebrews does.

Hebrews teaches us that Christians are the most fortunate individuals on the planet.  Through the work of Christ, we have been given access to God.

Hebrews:  Access to God is a Bible commentary for the rest of us.  The treatment falls between an illustrated study Bible and a scholarly text.  It employs fictional history, art, and explanation.  The study is intended to make the Letter to the Hebrews approachable to all, serving as an introduction to the letter.

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†  Christian Mandalas is a trademark of Kerry M. Pierce.