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Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God

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Come and discover how this new spiritual practice-making crosses-can deepen a life lived for Christ. As she says, "To make a cross is to pray in a new way, but it's not as simple as old-fashioned petitionary prayer; making crosses is a way for God to pray through you."

The practice of making a cross takes you beyond analytic thinking, and offers a way of prayer where understanding comes from doing. Working with the most complex symbol of Christianity-the cross-the pray-er learns...

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Overview

Come and discover how this new spiritual practice-making crosses-can deepen a life lived for Christ. As she says, "To make a cross is to pray in a new way, but it's not as simple as old-fashioned petitionary prayer; making crosses is a way for God to pray through you."

The practice of making a cross takes you beyond analytic thinking, and offers a way of prayer where understanding comes from doing. Working with the most complex symbol of Christianity-the cross-the pray-er learns to co-create with God in concrete and tangible ways, and discovers the meaning of faith.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557256287
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: Active Prayer Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 850,293
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Morris Prewitt is an award-winning writer who turned to making crosses after the tragedy of 9/11. Her writings have appeared in Image, River Teeth, The Rambler, and elsewhere. She was the Peter Taylor Fellow in nonfiction at Kenyon College’s Summer Writing Program and her commentaries aired on the local NPR affiliate for many years. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee where, in addition to making crosses, she facilitates a writing group of men and women who live on the streets.

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Table of Contents

Introduction v

Part 1 A Creative Way of Prayer 1

1 Trying Something New 3

2 Whatever We Do, God Can Work with It 9

3 Getting Started 15

4 Step 1: Find Two Sticks 23

5 Step 2: Holding It Together 29

6 Struggling with Spirituality in Cross Making 35

7 Step 3: Collecting for Your Cross 43

8 The Holy Spirit at Work 51

9 Step 4: Ready for Adornment 59

10 Keep Your Eyes on the Cross 65

11 Step 5: The Cross Maker at Work 71

12 The Cross Speaks 77

13 The Importance of Time 81

14 Step 6: The Story Told by Your Cross 87

15 Sharing Your Story: The Communality of the Cross 95

Part 2 Other Things You Might Want to Know 103

16 The Joy of Themes 105

17 The Value of Gifts 111

18 What to Do with Your Crosses 115

19 The Never-Ending Cross 121

Appendix Supplies and Tips for Individuals and Groups 125

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