Sunday, December 13, 2009

Shalom Friends,

Hello, friends and fellow travelers ~ Not so many weeks ago Israel filled our senses. We breathed in the sea and the desert; we saw with our own eyes rich and varied colors; we felt the coolness of Jerusalem stone beneath our fingertips; ate hummus and dates; and we heard the voice of honest teaching.

I had kept a travel journal of my time in Israel - jottings of information, sights, questions and notes of cherished teachings. My paints and brush accompanied me as well and I added some simple watercolor sketches to the pages.

A number of fellow travelers expressed interest in obtaining a copy of this journal. It is now completed: printed, and hand bound, ready for you to relive this joyous journey.

You get it all. The look and feel of the original hand bound journal, the impressions and wonder I found while on tour. I soon discovered the entire experience was beyond my imaginings and my vocabulary! This book as been professionally printed, then entirely built by hand. Each page edge is hand torn, then the pages are hand sewn and bound in a hardback cover with an elastic closure. There are over 80 full color pages of watercolor sketches and script as well as several blank pages to record your own insights. Extra care was taken to present to you a copy as similar to the original as possible.

Come, retrace the paths we traveled together to Mt. Carmel, across the Sea of Galilee, to Megiddo, and Capernaum. Ascend with songs to Jerusalem, on to the Mount of Olives, the house of Caiaphas, the Old City, Masada and then on to Petra plus more sites that filled our days. I welcome you to share this journey into the Holy Land. Perhaps some of your own memories will be renewed as your fingers trace our days through these pages.

If you have never been to Israel, may this journal give you a glimpse into the profound richness that is every believer's heritage.

May you enjoy these pages, but more importantly, may the memories of this Holy Land bring to our minds the truth of His glorious Word. May we remember that our time here is short, that we as believers have a purpose and a responsibility; a treasure beyond all treasures. May the teachings and Scriptures recalled urge us on toward completing the course set before us.

A personal thank you to each of my traveling friends for your laughter and insights, for sharing your days with me in this holy place. Each of you have added to my joy and memories of this journey. And, thank you for your interest and encouragement in this project. May your days lived for Him be blessed indeed.

Please feel free to contact my email with any questions you may have. (

Blessings and Shalom,

~ Colleen Pope

(Happy traveler on the Orange bus)

Journals sell for $75.00 each, US currency.
Please include $12.00 for shipping and handling.

Every effort is made to send out your order upon receiving it. However, because these journals are entirely handmade, there is the potential for delay as I am binding more books. Should a delay occur, please know that you will be contacted as to the anticipated time your order will be sent. Thank you.

A bit of the book binding process: