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A Bead and a Prayer

A Beginner's Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads

Kristen E. Vincent • August 2013

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A Bead and a Prayer introduces Protestant prayer beads to Christians who have no experience in praying with beads.

Author Kristen Vincent explores the history and art of using beads in prayer, explains how to use prayer beads, includes instructions for making your own set of prayer beads, and offers a variety of prayers. Through this book you will learn how prayer beads can help you deepen your faith, understand Christian beliefs, and listen to God.

A wonderful hands-on way for individuals and groups to grow in their prayer life!


Kristen E. Vincent is an award-winning author, speaker, and artisan whose passion is spiritual formation, including the use of prayer beads. She is the author of three books: A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner’s Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads, Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness, and We Are Beloved: A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads. She is the coauthor, with Max Vincent, of Another Bead, Another Prayer: Devotions to Use with Protestant Prayer Beads. Kristen travels throughout the US and internationally to lead retreats and workshops. She is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and The Academy for Spiritual Formation (#34). She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, Max, a United Methodist pastor, and their son, Matthew. Kristen loves words, the mountains, gatherings on her porch, and dark chocolate. Find her at www.prayerworksstudio.com.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1217-7

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1218-4

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1219-1

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: 20130801

Trim Size: 5 in (w) x 7 in (h) x 0.234 in (d)

Page Count: 112

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Prayer

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A Bead and a Prayer is one of the most accessible and downright delightful books I have ever read on prayer itself, not to mention being far and away the most informative about the making and use of prayer beads. Vincent has given us a veritable treasure trove of history, practical counsel, and, most important, loving instruction. —Phyllis Tickle, founder of religion department, Publishers Weekly and prolific author on religion/spirituality, including "The Divine Hours" series A Bead and a Prayer engages our God-given senses of touch and sight to coax prayer from the head deep into the heart. A groundbreaking book—even for those of us who don't have a clue how to string beads. Vincent's encouragement and instructions have convinced this novice-artist that even I can do it! This is a must-read for anyone on an intentional journey to God. —Linda Douty Spiritual director, retreat leader, author of Praying in the Messiness of Life