A String and a Prayer: How to Make and Use Prayer Beads
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A String and a Prayer: How to Make and Use Prayer Beads

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Prayer beads are used in spiritual practices of the African Masai, Native Americans, Greek and Russian Orthodoxy, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism. Taking an ancient practice and making it new, this book teaches basic techniques for stringing beads and other objects into prayer beads, recounts their history and symbolism, and offers a variety of prayers and ritua...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Red Wheel/Weiser
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May 06, 2010 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beaders, people interested in prayer beads
If you're new to prayer beads, and would like a short (I breezed through it in a couple of hours), inexpensive primer that adequately covers the history of prayer beads in different cultures, the symbolism of their construction, establishing a prayer bead practice, and creating prayer beads for your own personal intentions, this is the book for you. In addition to a broad spectrum of basic information, it includes a few exercises for you to practice crafting your own, a recipe for making your ow...more
As children, many of us may remember sitting crossed legged on the floor, stringing wooden beads on thin twine at some point during our first years of grade school. Still later, we may have tried our hands a beading on a small bead loom usually found at a local crafts store. A String & A Prayer shows us through the origins, meditative and spiritual aspects of bead work that creating, stringing and using our own prayer beads need not be a tedious, frustrating time consuming exercise in patien...more
For anyone who has ever wanted to make meditation beads, this is a great "get started" book. It goes through the meditation beads from various cultures, talks about significance of numbers, talks about materials to use (including wood, stone, glass, etc.) and what they signify, discusses symbols and amulets, and then gives instructions on how to make a few projects.

It also has stories of people who have made meditation beads for various purposes along with pictures of the beads. Unfortunately,...more
Read this book thinking I might have time to add prayer beads to my spiritual practice. Nice idea but I think it'll have to wait until my kids are out of the house!
Overview how history of use followed by making various ones. Would be better with larger, color pictures.
Anita Scholtens
Very interesting and helpful. Enjoyed reading about different prayer beads and how to make some for myself.
Like the idea/concept, but this book didn't draw me in and meet my expectations.
It'd be interesting to have something like this but I've no interest in making my own.
Sep 27, 2010 Ashe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: spiritual folks
fantastic, detailed history of prayer beads. a few good patterns/instructions. kind of "fluffy" in the middle with color/number/material symbolism, because i already know that stuff. i think if i hadn't known it already i would have found it useful.
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