A creative way to pray – across faith traditions – made new for all who seek a more intimate experience with God. Lushly illustrated.
Divided into three parts, the first part of Bead by Bead takes a historical look at prayer beads across centuries and cultures. Part Two showcases opportunities for heart/mind/body ways to “pray the beads without the beads,” including activities that are whimsical, ordinary, and spirited, to inspire readers to create their own. The book concludes with an invitation to contemplate one’s own life as a rosary. Readers are encouraged to draw their own set of prayer beads and, with discernment and prayer, label each bead. They then can keep and literally hold their life in their hands in prayer, gratitude, and awe.
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 18 Years|
About the Author
Suzanne Henley is a former community college English instructor, college development director, and hospice volunteer director. She is an artist focusing on mixed-media wall sculptures and mosaic glass installations, as well as a jewelry designer, a creator of prayer beads, and a residential contractor who renovates early 20th century houses. She and her husband live in Memphis, Tennessee.
Table of Contents
Rebranding Prayer: The House Guests ix
l Talking to God in Braille 1
2 If Lady Godiva Only Knew: Early Christian and Roman Catholic Prayer Beads 7
3 Protestant Prayer Beads 17
4 Clearing Your Cache and Beginning to Pray 25
5 Prayers. Poems, Lectio, Music, Silence 31
6 Praying the Beads Without the Beads 41
7 Homework: Life as a Set of Prayer Beads 51
8 The Cruciform Beads of Life 69
9 The Crucible 81
What People are Saying About This
“Bead by Bead is not just a book about an old way to pray. This is a deft and frolicking journey. As Southern raconteur, jarring theologian, and reluctant prayer warrior, Henley invites us to walk out the door and see the whole world aglow with the shimmering beads of the Holy Spirit.” -Sybil MacBeth, author of Praying in Color and The Season of the Nativity “What a beautiful exploration of hurt and heart, love and loss, gratitude and thanksgiving, all within the fascinating framework of prayer beads. Henley’s unique collection of stories provide healing and hope for anyone navigating the tumultuous twists and turns of life. In other words, this is a book for everyone.” -Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Perennials “With insight, passion, and wit, Henley shows us how to hold our prayers in our hands as well as our heart.” -Richard Rohr, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation; author of Falling Upward and Immortal Diamond