Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God by Sybil MacBeth
Like the original 2007 book, the new Expanded and Enhanced Edition introduces an active and visual prayer practice for the word-weary and restless pray-er. With a handful of colored pencils or markers, a black pen, and some simple doodling vocabulary, have a conversation with God. This book offers a little bit of memoir, a little bit of theology, and a lot of how-to. Step-by step instructions in Part 2 introduce “praying in color” as a way to do intercessory prayer. With 50% more material than the original book, additional chapters explain how the practice can be applied to learning Scripture, practicing lectio divina, celebrating Advent and Lent, 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
Pray and Color: A Coloring Book and Guide to Prayer by the best-selling author of Praying in Color
Try coloring as a bridge to an island of inner quiet and prayer.
Since 2007, thousands have enjoyed learning a new prayer practice called Praying in Color from Sybil MacBeth. This new coloring book and guide allows anyone to quiet the mind and pray while creating something visual and inspired. Slowing down isn’t easy in our culture where stimulation and constant virtual connection are the norm. If you find the transition from busyness to stillness difficult, follow Sybil to a slower, more contemplative pace through coloring as prayer and as spiritual practice. Includes an introduction and guide to fourteen types of prayer, along with 32 pages to color.
“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
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.
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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.
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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
“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
The Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Extremist by Sybil MacBeth
This Season of the Nativity sets the stage the liturgical year, our yearlong journey through Scripture and salvation history. Sybil MacBeth’s memoir, front-porch theology, and pages of practices and activities invite individuals and families to enjoy this season in a way that has more peace and more Christ and less chaos and guilt. She offers simple tools for busy people – perhaps to reclaim a joyful and yes, serious nativity season for the first time.
“This beautifully designed book caters to those of us for whom waiting for Christmas is the very best part about the holidays. With activities like Advent calendars, games, doodles, carols, and my personal favorite—“flaunting the color purple”—Sybil MacBeth helps us see the Nativity as an entire season stretching from Advent through Epiphany, each day an opportunity for Technicolor grace.” Jana Riess, author of Flunking Sainthood and Flunking Sainthood Every Day