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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)|
Series: Active Prayer
Praying for Others in Color: with Sybil MacBeth, Author of Praying in ColorParaclete PressParaclete Press / 2017 / Hardcover$8.99 Retail:
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Pray and Color: An adult coloring book from the best-selling author of Praying in ColorSybil MacBethParaclete Press / 2016 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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Stretch and Pray: A Daily Discipline for Physical and Spiritual WellnessMurray D. FinckFortress Press / 2005 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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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:
•prayers for discernment
•creating a personal Advent or Lenten calendar
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 Sybils website and blog: prayingincolor.com.
"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." Publishers Weekly Starred Review 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
Robin Gallaher Branch, professor of biblical studies, Crichton College Christianity Today January 28, 2008
ValerieRJ3 Stars Out Of 5A Useful Prayer Time AidFebruary 23, 2016ValerieRJQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3This 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.
ann5 Stars Out Of 5Praying in ColorJanuary 19, 2015anna wonderful book and a tool to use to help you better focus during prayer times.
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!