BEST OF RNS: Coloring books for grown-ups: A spiritual practice?

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A stack of adult coloring books inside an A.C. Moore craft store. Religion News Service photo by Leslie Miller

A stack of adult coloring books inside an A.C. Moore craft store. Religion News Service photo by Leslie Miller

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(RNS) Were there coloring books and crayons in your Christmas stocking? They're a hit with many adults. ICYMI: Here's RNS' look at what some consider a spiritual practice.

  • Dominic

    Yeah, let’s color instead of practicing our Faith. I can imagine the liberal eggheads believing this activity a great answer to religious hostility. Like cave painting used to be.

  • Candy

    how do i order coloring books

  • Loren Haas

    Dominic, why are you so mean and bitter? How can anyone see the love of Christ through your comments?

  • Leslie Miller

    Hi Candy – click on the links above in the story to, or Michaels or Sybil MacBeth’s website, and you can find lots of options. Thanks for your interest!

  • @Dominic,

    Yeah. Why relax and enjoy life when there is so much work to do?

    “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! – JESUS (Luke 12:49)

    So humble and peaceful…that Jesus of yours.

    “Hate them all or you are not worthy of me” – Jesus (Luke 14:26)

    Seriously? Religion would do much better to abandon Jesus, Mohammed, Yahweh – ALL OF IT – and take up coloring books instead.
    “My peace I give you”, Said Coloring Book.

    Now, there is something I can believe in!

  • Dominic

    How can’t they? Replacing Mass for coloring at home is not spiritual at all…it’s a money making New Age gobbledy gook that people…..avant garde people….will see as a fabulous “breakthrough”. Color at work.

  • Dominic

    Believing in coloring books is the only goal you could master, Max.

  • Dominic

    You borrow one from your kids.

  • Loren Haas

    Is it possible that you do not personally own Christianity? Could there be other expressions besides your practice?
    Reading your posts makes me sad for you brother.

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  • Dominic

    Save your sadness for others. Replacing actual duties towards God and calling them similar is misleading and presumptuous. No one can just decide how to worship God, when it has been revealed how to do so. Everything we do can be offered to God, but it must be worthy and God-centered. Coloring books do not replace prayer.

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  • Shannon

    Dominic I don’t think they are promoting coloring instead of church and worship. I do it in addition to going to church and my daily conversations with God. Praying with color brings me peace and closer to the Lord.

  • Ken

    Coloring books are way better than prayer. Coloring a book actually makes something change.

  • Ken

    The coloring has way more effect than the prayer.

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  • wendy

    Exactly! Not instead of church or traditional prayer but alongside. I attend service and bible studies and am active in the church, but find my prayer life enhanced by coloring. With adult ADHD I find that sometimes when my hands are occupied my mind can focus. And my prayers find their way onto the pages.

  • joy curtis

    In previous eras, many (mostly women?) occupied their hands with knitting, needlepoint, sewing, quilting, etc. Many of those people probably prayed while they were working with their hands; especially those who were making kneelers for the church, clothing for their family members or friends, etc. I often pray while I am kneading bread. Probably farmers prayed while they were plowing the field or sowing the seeds. Using your hands while praying is a long-established tradition. However, it should not be used instead of worshiping God. The article mentions the lady who stays home with her child on Sunday mornings, and they color together. To me, coloring cannot replace worshiping. It might be used as a tool towards meditation, but it is NOT a replacement for worship.

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  • helen fountain


    After speaking with you last week, we’ve discovered several publishers that had coloring books in the queue to be released, so we will now be adding them to our online store. Thank you for your interest in this.

    Helen Fountain

  • Ed

    Yeah, why replace an activity that has no result (worship) with one that does (doing something productive like knitting clothing or kneading bread)?

    Oh, wait, that would be a reasonable decision…

  • Leslie Miller

    Thanks for the update, Helen!

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  • anon

    Technically, Catholicism practices idol worship, prays to people other than Jesus, alters the holy bible, thinks they are saved by works, have sin absolved by a priest(as if that’s what the Word of God says to do) while refusing to believe you are not only saved by grace, but the fact you can talk to God through Jesus at any time just as you talk to a friend. No special “religion” or methodology. Religion strung Jesus up on a cross… You would think we have learned…and the list goes on. Completely contradicting the words of Jesus. Nobody gets to the Father but through Him folks…

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