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Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to Godby Sybil Macbeth
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Need help communicating with God?
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
-prayers for discernment
-creating a personal Advent or Lenten calendar
-praying for enemies
Praying in Color is ideal for:
-Intergenerational Education Classes
-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
-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 in color. - Phyllis Tickle, compiler, The Divine Hours
"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 situation 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 experience time with themselves and their Creator." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A simple yet profound method of prayer that, according to the author, Rgives God an invitation and a new door to penetrate . . . our hearts and minds.
This new prayer form can take as little or as much time as one has or wants to commit. Half of the prayer involves drawing while the other half is transporting the visual memories or actual physical images to help the believer pray throughout the day.
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