Cover Review: Love Big, Be Well

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Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church by Winn Collier

Oddly enough, I started this review as a Thumbs Up. As I started to lay out the negatives, they just seemed to pile on. The more I looked at it, the more I found. Eventually they overtook the positives. And that’s upsetting.

On the one hand, this has a great vintage feel with a rural touch. The photo was a good choice with an immediate link to the subtitle. The title and subtitle set at different angles is a pretty good touch as well. Also love the type selection.

On the other hand, I found the endorsement, smack in the middle and taking up excellent “white space,” started to annoy me. That endorsement strikes me as completely unnecessary on a front cover, especially being the size it was, and the placement. It detracts and distracts. That needs to be saved for the back cover or the marketing materials. Additionally, the coffee rings are superfluous. They serve no direct connection to a small-town or a small-town church.

And there’s also a fixable issue with the alignment of the subtitle text “small-town church.” Why can’t they align?

One might think those negatives don’t outweigh the positives, but I think we need to raise our standards. Most negatives tend to be fixable issues, things that can be handled through looking at it a couple more times, and having a desire to make it the best you can.

Published by Eerdmans.

Cover Design: unknown at this time

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