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Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God

Paraclete Press / 2007 / Paperback

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"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

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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.5 X 7 (inches)
ISBN: 1557255121
ISBN-13: 9781557255129
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Series: Active Prayer

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Publisher's Description

(Not a coloring book)

Need help communicating with God? 
Maybe you hunger to know God better. Maybe you love to doodle. 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. Praying in Color is an guidebook for a new way of approaching prayer, not a coloring book. Draw your own path to God, doodling your prayer requests, moments of gratitude, Scripture study and more.

This 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
•memorizing Scripture
•prayers for discernment
•creating a personal Advent or Lenten calendar

Author Bio

Sybil MacBeth is the author of Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God (2007) and Praying in Color Kids’ Edition (2009). Praying in Color uses doodling and coloring as a way to get still and listen to God. Sybil combines her lifelong love of prayer with her experience as a community college mathematics professor to offer workshops and retreats throughout the U.S. and Canada. Her workshops, both prayerful and playful, engage people of varied learning styles. Sybil is married to Andy MacBeth, an Episcopal priest, and is the mother of two adult sons.
 
Praying in Color has been translated into Spanish, Italian and Korean. Her 2014 book The Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Extremist (Paraclete Press, Fall 2014) invites people to experience the richness of the holiday season at home. Learn more at Sybil’s website and blog: prayingincolor.com.

Editorial Reviews

"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


"Just as Julia Cameron, in The Artist's Way, showed the hardened Harvard businessman he had a creative artist lurking within, MacBeth makes it astonishingly clear that anyone with a box of colors and some paper can have a conversation with God. Frustrated by a laundry list of what she calls "prayer dilemmas," and the unfortunate situations of more than half a dozen friends and family members on her "critical prayer list," MacBeth, a math professor by trade, spent an afternoon doodling before she realized she'd in fact spent the afternoon in prayer. As she takes particular care to emphasize, this method most effective for intercessory prayer, but adaptable for other approaches requires absolutely no skill, merely a desire to connect with God. (Readers should therefore ignore any lingering self-doubt planted by a first grade art teacher.) Amid gentle personal anecdotes, MacBeth illustrates each step of the process, providing not just instruction but inspiration by sharing her own prayer pages as well as those of her students. She even includes a chapter on using one's computer for the process. Readers of all ages, experience and religions will find this a fresh, invigorating and even exhilarating way to spend time with themselves and their Creator." Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review 2007

"Sybil MacBeth, a mathmatics instructor by profession, and dancer by avocation, has written, and doodled, a daring devotional. Praying In Color: Drawing a New Path to God**** chronicles her 'experiments in intercession and challenges readers to take pens and paper in hand and, well, intercede. Although the daughter and granddaughter of artists, MacBeth was convinced by her own ugly artworkthat something "had gone awry in the tossing of the genetic salad." Her point: The absence of skill presents no barrier to an individual's discoveries linking doodling and prayer. That's because prayer involves trust and being real before God.MacBeth's doodling discoveries came from a crisis. About three years ago, a litany of cancers—lung, brain, breast —struck among family, friends, and colleagues. The suffering within her circle was overwhelming. Worry became her starting point—but not her stopping point. Even now, she writes, "worry invites me to prayer." As a teacher facing a summer off, MacBeth had no papers to grade but instead possessed what she calls a "critical prayer list." Going to the back porch, she doodled a random shape and wrote a name in its center. "The name belonged to one of the people on my prayer list. I stayed with the same shape and the name, adding detail and color to the drawing. Each dot, each line, and each stroke of color became another moment of time spent with the person in the center."When she sensed the time was right, she moved to another part of the page and drew another shape and put another name in its middle. She embellished it with lines, dots, colors. She continued drawing new shapes and names until her friends and family formed a colorful community of designs. "To my surprise," she writes, "I had not just doodled—I had prayed."MacBeth has been leading workshops in the U.S.about praying in color for two years. Her book contains balloons, labyrinths, vegetables, clovers, triangles, kites, quilts, calendars with prayer requests and names, and purposefully shaped squiggles. She recommends 15 to 30 minutes for the process, half spent in drawing and the other half in carrying the visual memories or actual images throughout the day.Instead of being a prayer warrior, she calls herself "a prayer popper," one who prays in fits and spurts with "half-formed pleas and intercessions, and bursts of gratitude and rage."MacBeth is transparent, accessible, and human. She exercises what she calls spiritual imagination as she works on, in, and through prayer.She trusts herself enough to experiment, mess up, and try again in prayer. She trusts God enough to guide her as she falters, succeeds, and grows stronger. Her book emboldens others to trust their instincts, too."
—Robin Gallaher Branch, professor of biblical studies, Crichton College Christianity Today January 28, 2008

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    A Useful Prayer Time Aid
    February 23, 2016
    ValerieRJ
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 3
    This books provides a hands-on, interactive way to jumpstart or maintain your prayer life.

    It consists of creating little icons both to focus on during prayer, as well as reminders to keep you continually in prayer. The process of creating the icons is also a prayer process, whereby you focus on the person or situation you wish to pray for during the time it takes to design it.

    The author suggests several ways to create your designs, reasons why you should do it, and purposes for prayer. I'm not sure it really needed so many pages to do so as after a while I started to lose interest in what are really simple explanations for a simple process.

    It's primary purpose, however, is twofold. First, to assist those who are struggling to incorporate regular prayer into their lives by giving them a hands-on, right brain sort of method to get started and maintain their focus.

    Second, to create reminders to pray that will, over time, help make prayer a continual process.

    For someone who is trying to acquire a prayer mindset, this is a good way to start. For those who already have a reasonably steady prayer life this is probably a step backwards.
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    Praying in Color
    January 19, 2015
    ann
    a wonderful book and a tool to use to help you better focus during prayer times.
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    March 31, 2009
    Diane E.
    Enjoyed this book very much. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to broaden their prayer life.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 12, 2008
    Susan Spahr
    This 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!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 8, 2007
    T. 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!
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