The use of prayer beads, which has a long history in practical spirituality, is now becoming more widespread among Protestants. Doerr and Owens here show readers how to use what have become known as Anglican or Christian prayer beads. Readers can then use the basic prayer structure provided by the beads to pray their way through each day -- morning, noon, and night -- and through the church year. These prayers -- a thoughtfully chosen combination of quotations from Scripture and gleanings from the Book of Common Prayer -- can be enhanced and enriched by the mindful and meditative practice of using beads.
Doerr and Owens encourage readers to use beads as "something to hang onto, a lifeline to the Presence that lies, often hidden or forgotten, at the center of our lives." Praying with beads, as outlined and embodied in this little book, has the potential to transform one's prayer life.
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Yet Pamela Hawkins says this word softens the edges of her heart. "I cannot say this word without moving, without extending and lifting a hand, palm open, toward the object of my attention," she remarks.
Enter Advent this year with an attitude of curious expectancy and trustful anticipation. Linger for a while and pay close attention to the meaning of the season as you focus on a single word each week, pray the beautiful prayers and hymn texts, and try various forms of prayer.
You can follow all the spiritual practices Hawkins suggests or choose the ones that most capture your attention. The spiritual practices includereflection silence prayer reading scripture reading or singing of hymn texts Christian service and action
You will learn how to use the following prayer methods:Praying with Images Silent Prayer Prayer Beads Compline (Night Prayer)
Behold the Word with new eyes, new ears, a new heart, and a sense of new possibilities. Let Pam Hawkins encourage and help you behold the "news of great joy," Christ the Lord, who is coming to make all things new!
4-week study for individuals or small groups
Includes Leader's Guide
Do you ever struggle with prayer? Maybe your mind wanders, you wonder if God even hears your prayers, or you just don't know what to pray.
A Bead and a Prayer introduces Protestant prayer beads as a tool for connecting with God. This 4-week Bible study is designed for people with no experience in using prayer beads. You will discover answers to such questions as:Why use prayer beads? Is it really okay for Protestants to use beads in prayer? What do the beads mean? How do I use prayer beads?
Other features of the book includea brief history of the use of prayer beads easy instructions for making prayer beads prayers and devotions to use with the beads resources for making or purchasing your own set of prayer beads
Praying with beads may be exactly what you need to stay focused in your prayers. Consider sharing this experience with your prayer or Bible study group. Youth also enjoy making the prayer beads and learning to use them. The book includes a Leader's Guide for groups.