Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God, by Sybil MacBeth, is a delightful guide to prayer which uses color. It is not a coloring book but a book about the many ways that she uses color in prayer. I get so inspired every time I pick this book up! I haven’t yet read it all the way through because after a few pages I am pulling out paper and colored pens.
This is a book for non-artists and artists alike. Sybil MacBeth tells us right away that she can’t draw a cat. Hooray, I can relate! She can doodle, though, and so can you, and so can anyone really.
She used to teach mathematics, and I was amused by an example of her mathematical mind. Most people would call the first chapter of a book Chapter 1, but she starts out with Chapter -5. It goes from there to Chapter -4 and on to Chapter 0. These are all in Part 1, From Pen and Paper to Prayer. It isn’t until you get to Part 2, Getting Started, that Chapter 1 appears! I laughed out loud when I noticed this.
By the way, the other sections of the book, each with a few chapters, are
- Part 3, The Practice,
- Part 4, Using Praying in Color to…
- Part 5, A Palette of Final Thoughts
This would make a marvelous book for a gift!
Here’s the image of the cover, and clicking on it takes you to its page on Amazon.com, where you can look inside the book and also read some of the many enthusiastic reviews.
Clickable Table of Contents
More Books by Sybil MacBeth
This edition of the book I’ve just been writing about is called the portable edition, and it happens to be the one I bought. I think it is very similar to the larger version. They are the first two in this table showing everything she has written… so far, anyway!
Praying In Color: Drawing a New Path to God–Portable Edition (Active Prayer Series)Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God (Active Prayer)Pray and Color: A coloring book and guide to prayer by the best-selling author of Praying in ColorCount Your Blessings in Color: with Sybil MacBeth, Author of Praying in ColorPraying in Color Kids’ Edition: Kid’s EditionContemplate Scripture in Color: with Sybil MacBeth, Author of Praying in ColorPray for Others in Color: with Sybil MacBeth, Author of Praying in ColorThe Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany ExtremistPraying in Black and White: A Hands-On Practice for MenRezando en colores: Dibujando un camino nuevo hacia Dios (Spanish Edition)Praying in Color Journal
The Website About Praying in Color
Named (not surprisingly) PrayinginColor.com, it is worth taking a look around. On the homepage, I like the eight reasons to pray in color…here are the first two:
1) You want to pray but words escape you.
2) Sitting still and staying focused in prayer are a challenge.
And here is a page where you can get a quick idea of what the process is. Praying in color = Prayer + Doodling, says the title, and there is the story of how Sybil MacBeth got started with this method. If you keep scrolling down, you’ll see a simple list of supplies–you probably have all of them handy– and then four steps to get you started.
Another page I liked is a group of examples of praying in color, done by different people. If you click on any one of the images, you can then start a slideshow that will go through all of the images.
There are handouts you can download, a blog, and more.
By the way, the name of my website here, Colorful Prayer, isn’t derived from hers. My husband came up with it one day when we were talking about the prayer coloring books I was excited about creating.
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