• Wednesday , 23 August 2017

Coloring as a Centering Prayer Practice:
A “Hot New Release”

Praying with Mandalas by Sharon Seyfarth Garner (Upper Room Books 2017) has received “Hot New Release” acclaim from Amazon in the Ritual Religious Practices book category

Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore. In recent years, adult coloring books have become popular as many grownups have discovered that coloring can quiet their thoughts and reduce anxiety.

Garner found that coloring offered her a new way to pray. She felt especially drawn to mandalas’ beautiful circular designs containing geometric patterns. Contemplative coloring is a simple, enjoyable, and tangible way for adults to “be with God on purpose,” as Garner defines prayer. Praying with Mandalas blends the relaxing practice of coloring with the ancient spiritual practices of lectio divina (savoring the words of scripture), intercessory prayer, centering prayer, and Examen (seeing God in the events of our daily lives). This coloring book guides adults through a heartfelt, tangible experience of prayer, helping them create a visual prayer journal.

The book is also available in The Upper Room online bookstore:

For information about the Praying with Mandalas eCourse, featuring video, audio, and other tools for personal reflection, visit the UReLearning website:


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