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Bead One, Pray Too: A Guide to Making and Using Prayer Beads

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In stories and pictures, this book shows how people of all faith traditions use prayer beads as a spiritual tool and a means of expressing their creativity. Every major world religion has a tradition of praying with beads and all are explored here, including the history and use of beads and specific prayers. Describes in detail and with diagrams how to make sets of prayer ...more
Hardcover, 173 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Morehouse Publishing
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I made a decade of a rosary for a friend for Easter, and I'd like to read this to get inspired to make more.
Took a look at this book this weekend and I'm very pleasantly surprised by it. I did not know there was an Anglican rosary. How wonderful that non-Catholics can also enjoy this form of prayer, substituting prayers that they feel comfortable with.

Catholics actually use the rosary for more than just rosary prayers. They also use it for the Divine Mercy devotion, which involves totally dif
I have another book on this topic called A String and a Prayer which makes me wonder why the topic of prayer beads calls for punning titles. Both are good, but this one is probably a bit better. It has a lot of history of the Catholic and Anglican rosaries, and describes prayer beads from other faiths as well. There are clear directions for making and praying with both types of rosaries, as well as a number of examples of prayers one might use.
This is a gorgeous book. I wouldn't love to make a set of prayer beads for my Grandmother's birthday and include the book as well.
Good description of various types of Christian prayer beads and how to use them. The author's primary focus is on the Anglican rosary, but Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and other types are illustrated and discussed. The craft section seems very detailed, but as I am not a crafter, I only skimmed this part. The real benefit I derived from this book was in the many quotes from theologians, poets, and others. I ended up going back to Emily Dickinson, Christina Rosetti, and Julian of Norwich for inspira ...more
May 08, 2009 JayeL rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I heard about this on the CraftSanity podcast and it sounded really interesting.

I borrowed the book from the library and found it to be a really great book. The book is calm and explanatory in a non-judgmental way. The author has done her homework and everything you want to know about prayer beads from how to use them in a traditional manner to how to create your own traditions are covered. Winston includes different prayers one can use.

One of the most fascinating parts of the book was her descr
The title says it's a guide to making and using prayer beads; the cover has an intriguing picture of some prayer beads with a tree and a labyrinth. While malas are mentioned in the discussion of different types of prayer beads introduction, this book is about rosaries. How to make and pray rosaries. There are very few pictures, and even fewer of any finished rosaries. Mostly the pictures are metal crosses in piles of beads. The rest is text. Lots of text about how to make and pray ... rosaries. ...more
Some online reviews (and the intro) imply that this is an ecumenical overview, but *really* it's mostly Catholic and Anglican, with a little mainline Protestant thrown in. Nicely written and conceived, just not what I thought.
Karen Sage
Very informative about prayer beads and some good suggestions of prayer.
Merys Kelleher
This book was my introduction to the idea of prayer beads beyond the Marian rosary and the Hindu mala. The freedom that Anglican prayer beads allow me to craft my devotions to suit the particular needs of my spirit and my faith journey from moment to moment has radically shifted my practice. Five stars for liberation and inspiration, well deserved, each sparkly point of light!
Good info on prayer bead use in various cultures. Good detail on Catholic rosary. I found the book interesting.
You need this book if you love rosaries of if you're a protestant wishing you could use a rosary - you can!!!!
Vicki Luschek
Just what the title says....making prayer beads
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