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

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Eleanor Wiley and Maggie Oman Shannon have taken an ancient practice and made it new. A String and a Prayer recounts the history and symbolism of prayer beads, teaches basic techniques for stringing beads and a host of other objects into prayer beads, and offers a variety of prayers and rituals to use those beads on a daily basis. Beads have appeared throughout history. Pr ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Red Wheel
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Oct 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Susan Leutheuser
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent little book full of ideas to make memorable keepsakes using beads and other found items.
Sep 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirit
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
Apr 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-and-craft
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,
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Gave me what I was looking for, some instruction on making prayer beads.
The history and cultural use of prayer beads was also covered, and that was good.
The one thing this book really could have benefited from its color photographs. Black and white pictures of, no doubt, brilliantly colored beads, did the creations no justice what so ever.
Still, a good starting point for anyone interested in taking up beading.
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
It'd be interesting to have something like this but I've no interest in making my own.
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Like the idea/concept, but this book didn't draw me in and meet my expectations.
Mar 22, 2008 rated it liked it
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!
Anita Scholtens
Aug 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and helpful. Enjoyed reading about different prayer beads and how to make some for myself.
May 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: craft, bead, spititual
Overview how history of use followed by making various ones. Would be better with larger, color pictures.
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