Resources to Stir Creativity In Prayer

by Christine Sine

Prayer is waking up to the presence of God no matter where I am or what I am doing. Barbara Brown Taylor An Altar in the World.

There is a difference between prayer and prayers. We are called to co-create with the living God yet often feel that expressing our creativity is discouraged. What stirs our creativity to pray without ceasing? Here is a list of the best books we have found.

Bill, Brent and Booram, Beth: Awaken Your Senses: Exercises for Exploring the Wonder of God

Benner, Juliet: Contemplative Vision: A Guide to Christian Art and Prayer

Brazzeal, David: Pray Like a Gourmet: Creative Ways to Feed Your Soul

Brookes, Mona: Drawing with Children

Brussat, Frederic and Mary Ann: Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life 

Cameron, Julia: The Complete Artist’s Way Creativity as a Spiritual Practice

de Mello, Anthony: Wellsprings: A Book of Spiritual Practices

Edwards, Betty: Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain

Fox, Matthew: Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet 

L’Engle, Madeleine: Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art 

MacBeth, Sybil: Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God

Sark: Make Your Creative Dreams Come RealJournal and Play!

Sine, Christine: Return to Our Senses: Reimagining How We Pray

Smith, Mandy: Making a Mess and Meeting God: Unruly Ideas and Everyday Experiments for Worship

Stanley, Kelly O’Dell: Praying Upside Down: A Creative Prayer Experience to Transform Your time With God

Scandrette, Mark: Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love

Taylor, Barbara Brown: An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

Tutu, Desmond and Mpho: The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World

Valters Paintner, Christine: Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice; Lectio Divina: the sacred art: transforming Words and Images into heart-Centered Prayer;  The Artist’s Rule; Illuminating the Way;

Wolpert, Daniel: Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices

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