What a fun week we’ve been having in Advent Illustrated. I know some people in the group have been struggling to keep up with the daily prompts (myself included), but I’m so happy to see the page flooded with new artwork every day. This blog post is an attempt to showcase some of the different interpretations of the work we’ve seen this past week. I have attributed everyone by first name and last initial, or by Instagram handle. However, if you were featured and you have a blog you’d like me to link to, please comment below and I’ll get on it!
Let’s jump in.
One of the biggest joys of this year has been seeing the Advent Illustrated project flourish and grow. My favorite part by far is seeing everyone’s artwork in the Facebook group and on Instagram. People from all denominations, walks of life, and artistic abilities are coming together to share their work and meditations on the daily readings. Best of all is seeing the different interpretations of each verse. There are common themes, but each person brings their own vision to the table.
Today I’m sharing my first weekly round-up on Advent Illustrated. I’ll be including each day’s verse and a few of my favorite pieces from that day. With over 2,000 people participating, there is no way for me to include everyone’s art – though I wish I could! This is not meant to be a popularity contest or a showcase of artistic skill (though all the work in the group is beautiful). Rather, I’m trying to show a range of different interpretations of the same verses from each day. To see more, join the Facebook group!
Advent Illustrated has been such an unexpected success so far, and I’m so grateful for that! Both the adult version and the kids’ version of the challenge have been featured as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in their respective categories. There’s also a gorgeous new website with features the daily verses and will later highlight some of my favorite work from the community for each day.
I know that many people are eager to buy the book, but don’t know which version to buy for their kids. As someone who is not yet a parent myself, it’s hard for me to say what is right for your child, so I thought I would make a post comparing the different versions and offering a sample of each book, so you can see which is better for your family.
Thursday was one of the best and strangest days of my life. The highlight reel went something like this:
- 9:15 AM: Approve the print version of Advent Illustrated for publication. Receive email saying it will take 3-5 days to appear in Amazon.
- 9:45 AM: Receive email that it is on Amazon.
- 10:00 AM: Share this news with the Advent Illustrated Facebook group.
- 3:00 PM: Go out with my godmother to see Rachel Held Evans.
- 7:00 PM: See Rachel Held Evans.
- 9:00 PM: Hug Rachel Held Evans. Twice.
- 10:00 PM: Return home.
- 10:10 PM: Find out that the Advent Illustrated guide has hit #1 in its category on Amazon.
Oh friends. What an amazing and overwhelming few weeks it’s been for me. What started as a challenge on my blog turned into a Facebook group with 2500 people, which turned into an eBook and a print book. All in less than two weeks.
It seems we have some catching up to do.