Praying with Mandalas: A Colorful, Contemplative Practice

Praying with Mandalas: A Colorful, Contemplative Practice

by Sharon Seyfarth Garner


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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780835816342
Publisher: Upper Room Books
Publication date: 12/28/2016
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Rev. Sharon Seyfarth Garner is a United Methodist pastor, spiritual director, and retreat leader in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the founder and director of Belly of the Whale Spiritual Direction & Retreat Ministries. Sharon is the author of Praying with Mandalas: A Colorful, Contemplative Practice. She enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, making pottery, singing loudly, and taking long walks with her husband and dog.

Home town Bay Village, Ohio

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