- Series: Active Prayer
- Paperback: 110 pages
- Publisher: Paraclete Press (April 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557255121
- ISBN-13: 978-1557255129
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God (Active Prayer) Paperback – April 1, 2007
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"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
"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
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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 -memorizing Scripture -prayers for discernment -creating a personal Advent or Lenten calendar -praying for enemies Praying in Color is ideal for: -Intergenerational Education Classes -Women's Meetings -Praying Workshops -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 -Prison Ministry -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 incolor."" - Phyllis Tickle, compiler, The Divine Hours"
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For the most part, this book helps the reader find new ways to pray for the long list of people that has been accumulated, and for whom the reader is either uncertain how to pray or doesn't know what to pray anymore. If you need a new way to pray for your list, then this book might be for you.
The author very briefly describes ways to use color and drawing for other things as well -- "Some days we just want to dump all our complaints, whining, grumpiness, and misery on God" (67). There is also a very brief mention of ways to use this creative process for thanksgiving, forgiveness, laying out your spiritual journey, celebrating mentors, a personal mission statement, names of God, Christian words (like salvation, sacrifice). The author also shows ways to memorize and explore Scripture, to remember an event, and to practice discernment through this creative practice.
About half-way through the book, however, I began to wonder about the definition of prayer. It was only towards the end of the book that I read even a glimpse about hearing from God - mainly through the practice of lectio divina. Perhaps I missed it somewhere in the book. And perhaps my expectations were off, but when I picked up this book I was hoping for new and creative ways to hear from God, not go through my long list of requests. I will definitely utilize the general creative ideas that the author puts forth in the book, just not for the laundry list.
I use this method myself, and I have taught it to younger teenagers in a confirmation class. Their parents were awe-struck watching their teens using this method at home - one said, "It's like meditation - I never thought he could sit still that long!" Yes, it is like meditation, but it's much easier for most people to learn.
You do not need artistic skill or expensive materials. I use colored pencils and an inexpensive discount store sketch pad. I sometimes return to "prayers" from weeks before and find I can still connect with the peace and depth of that moment.
I highly recommend this book - there is a similar book for children, and a DVD that demonstrates how to use the method with children, and both of those are good, too.