Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God by Sybil MacBeth introduces the active, visual prayer practice the author calls “praying in color.” The book provides a little bit of memoir and theology and a lot of how-to. Step-by step instructions in Chapter 3 introduce “praying in color” as a way to do intercessory prayer. Additional chapters explain how the practice can be applied to learning Scripture, keeping Advent and Lent, practicing lectio divina, and praying in other ways.
“MacBeth makes it astonishingly clear that anyone with a box of colors and some paper can have a conversation with God.” Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review
Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God (Portable Edition)
Praying in color 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 MacBeth. “For many of us, using only words to pray reduces God by the limits of our finite words.” 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 helps to communicate with God. This smaller, “portable” edition has also been revised and updated by the author for the new format.
“Praying in Color is, without exaggeration, the most important thing that has happened to my spiritual life in the last five years. When I pray as Sybil McBeth has taught me to pray – seriously, it is the only time in my life that an hour of prayer goes by and I think it has been 10 minutes. NB: I cannot draw a credible stick figure; fellow non-artists, fear not!” —Lauren F. Winner, author of Still and Mudhouse Sabbath
Praying in Black & White: A Hands-on Practice for Men
When Men pray, they bring distinctive gifts – and challenges – to the spiritual enterprise of prayer. Praying in Black and White honors the unique wiring of men and offers a simple, concrete way to pray. With a pen and a piece of paper, men are free to bring their skepticism, task-orientation, self-sufficiency, and independence into a new conversation with God. Try this new method of prayer that works for men – and anyone who likes to keep things simple.
Praying in Color: Kids Edition by Sybil MacBeth
Now kids can pray in color, too! This first-of-its-kind resource will forever change the way kids pray—and how adults try to teach them to do it. This is a prayer that makes sense to kids. One minute a day will do. Any time of day will work. Drawing with markers or crayons is half the prayer; the other half is carrying the visual memories throughout the day.
“I was so glad to discover Praying in Color, a prayer style that fit my personality and temperament perfectly. This past year we used it with our Confirmation candidates and their sponsors.” —Annie Kitching, St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Praying in Color: Journal by Sybil MacBeth
With paper and markers, you will draw closer to God. Thousands of people have already discovered this truly simple, transformative spiritual practice. Now this companion to the surprise bestseller Praying in Color provides the perfect journal to help you experience a whole new way of talking with God—by “praying in color.”
Rezando En Colores (Praying in Color – Spanish Edition)
Praying for the right side of your brain… Now in Spanish! It is rare to find a book that is so simple and profound. Praying in Color has forever changed the way that tens of thousands of people pray.
This prayer form can take as little or as much time as you have or want to commit. Drawing is half the prayer, the other half is transporting the visual memories or actual physical images with you to pray throughout the day.
“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
- Arrival of participants and introduction to the practice
- Getting Started
- Beginning to Pray
- Bringing your prayer time to a close
Praying in Color: Kids DVD by Sybil MacBeth
Imagine a group of kids on the floor of a gym, or filling a classroom, or on a weekend retreat, praying in a whole new way–so silently that you can hear a pin drop! It happens everyday with Praying in Color. And now there’s Praying in Color Kid’s Edition and Praying in Color: Kid’s Edition DVD – a visual tool that guides you, the leader, step by step, in creating a simple workshop
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“Praying in Color has been a valuable asset to my ministry for many ages, from 5th graders all the way through young adults. The book and DVD are straight-forward, easy to follow, and, more importantly, easy to teach and adapt to your own needs. I would recommend Praying in Color to anyone serious about expanding and improving their prayer life.” —Brian Salvatore, Youth and Young Adult Minister, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church