Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God
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Maybe you love color. Maybe you hunger to know God better. Maybe you are a visual or kinesthetic learner, a distractable or impatient soul, or a word-weary pray-er. Perhaps you struggle with a short attention span, a restless body, or a tendency to live in your head.
This new prayer form can take as little or as much time as you have or want to commit, from 15 minutes to a weekend retreat. "A new prayer form gives God an invitation and a new door to penetrate the locked cells of our hearts and minds," explains Sybil MacBeth. "For many of us, using only words to pray reduces God by the limits of our finite words."
Find a new connection with God as you "pray with the right side of your brain."
Sybil MacBeth is a mathematics instructor, a dancer, and the spouse of an Episcopal priest in Memphis, Tennessee. She has been leading workshops across the U.S. using Praying in Color for two years, now, and will soon be teaching others to do the same.
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.5 X 7 (inches)
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Series: Active Prayer
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Maybe you hunger to know God better. Maybe you love color. Maybe you are a visual or kinesthetic learner, a distractable or impatient soul, or a word-weary pray-er. Perhaps you struggle with a short attention span, a restless body, or a tendency to live in your head.
This new prayer form can take as little or as much time as you have or want to commit, from 15 minutes to a weekend retreat."A new prayer form gives God an invitation and a new door to penetrate the locked cells of our hearts and minds," explains Sybil MacBeth. "For many of us, using only words to pray reduces God by the limits of our finite words."
For more information, including author events, examples and contact information to request Sybil MacBeth to do a workshop, visit www.prayingincolor.com.
Use Praying in Color to help with:
•lectio divina -- reading the bible for spiritual growth
•prayers for discernment
•creating a personal Advent or Lenten calendar
•praying for enemies
Praying in Color is ideal for:
•Intergenerational Education Classes
•Vacation Bible School and Summer Camp
•Staff Retreats on Prayer
•Summer Sunday School Classes
•Wednesday Night Church-wide Programs
•Senior Citizens Activity
•Youth Confirmation Retreats
•Men's Prayer Groups
•Prayer Therapy During Convalescence
•Kindergarten and Children's Prayer Training
•Homeschooling, grades K-12
•Ministry to the hearing impaired
•Ministry to the disabled
"This is the most invigorating and enabling book about prayer that I have seen in years! Wry, funny, accessible, wise beyond all appearances, and deeply spiritual, MacBeth warms the soul as well as the heart. So will praying in color." - Phyllis Tickle, compiler, The Divine Hours
About four years ago, MacBeth was sitting on her porch praying for a number of friends with cancer. Tired of hearing her own words, she began doodling. Soon she had a whole sheet of shapes with the names of her friends in each design. MacBeth felt it was like spending time with each of them, she said, "and by the end I had a visual prayer list. The images stuck in my mind for the rest of the day. I had prayed unceasingly, and I was able to offer people into God's hands without needing to use words. I was able to put friends in God's care and out of my worry."
Carol Showalter, director of publicity for Paraclete, told RBL, "The idea at first seemed so simple it was almost silly. However, as we tried the process in relation to prayer, we realized something important was happening. The use of color and the action of drawing while in prayer adds a new level of focus." Incorporating art into devotional time is catching on. MacBeth has led about 15 workshops, with more scheduled. She will open Dealers Day at the Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit (RBTE) in St. Charles, Ill., at the end of May. Amy Tracy Publisher's Weekly- Religion Book Line May 9, 2007
Dancer and mathematics instructor MacBeth's charming book may be the first to combine the pleasures of doodling with a discussion of, among other things, lectio divina. Here, she shows how simple drawings-often hardly more than circles and lines with names or ideas or places sketched in and enlivened with color-can focus the praying heart, making prayer something better than a shopping list or a chore and helping the praying believer to carry the wishes and thoughts of the prayer through the day. MacBeth's book is not for unbelievers or those who do not pray; it is directed to those suffering something more like spiritual attention deficit disorder. Still, it is one of the most appealing books on prayer to appear in the last five years. Highly recommended.Library Journal May 1, 2007
Sybil MacBeth would like to help people draw closer to God-literally. She's developed a simple new approach to prayer described in her book Praying in Color, to be released in April by Paradete Press. She talked about her method recently with Associate Editor Mary Jacobs. Here are excerpts.
Tell me about your approach to prayer.
I would describe it as visual way to pray. I started praying this way about four years ago, when I had a whole slew of friends who had cancer all at once. I didn't know what to pray. I got tired of the saying the same old things: "Please, God, make them better, make them comfortable."
I'm a doodler. One day I was sitting on my porch doodling and I realized I had put the name of somebody in one of these shapes. I thought "I don't know what to say but Jean sit with this person in prayer. I can do that by drawing and coloring and constantly keeping my attention focused on the person and lifting him up to God" And that's how it got started.
Do you need to have artistic ability to do this?
Absolutely not. I can't draw a cat. But I love color. I think that's one of the reasons that it works for me.
Describe the steps you take.
I night draw a shape first. Then I'll put the name of a person I want to pray for in the shape. Or, sometimes I'll put a name for God in the first shape. I don't try to force words because the words sometimes get in the way. Then I'll draw around the shape. I'll do squiggles or curlicues or lines, just different shapes-just to keep my hand moving and always my attention on lifting the person up to God.
I'll spend 3-5 minutes on the person. Then I'll move to another spot on the page and do another shape and pray for another person who is on my mind. So it might end up with one person on the page or I might have ten, depending on how many friends or family members need prayer.
Then I'll often carry that sheet with me. Sometimes I'll put it on the fridge, or I'll put the sheet in front of an icon and a candle in the kitchen. So every time I'll walk by the sheet, I'll see it and it jogs my memory to pray unceasingly for the people on the paper. Not necessarily with words-just offering them into God's care.
Diane E.4 Stars Out Of 5March 31, 2009Diane E.Enjoyed this book very much. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to broaden their prayer life.
Susan Spahr5 Stars Out Of 5February 12, 2008Susan SpahrThis is a terrific book about a new way of communicating with God. I used it with our Tween ministry and they loved it! I highly recommend it to anyone who is open to a new way to talk to God!
T. H.5 Stars Out Of 5August 8, 2007T. H.It really opened my eyes to the fact that there are different ways to pray. It made me realize that God just wants us to take the time to communicate with him and it really doesn't matter how we do it, just as long as we do!
Treva Whichard5 Stars Out Of 5July 6, 2007Treva WhichardUnbelievably simple; unbeleivably fun; unbelievably profound. I've watch my 5 yr old grandson do this for 35 minutes!!!!!! It's invigorating, encouraging - excellent for the memory impaired -theraputic - great for those laid up following surgery. Teens love it. So get coloring!
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