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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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NOTE: Prayer beads are sold separately. Order beads at Kristen's site: www.prayerworksstudio.etsy.com.

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 include

  • a 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.


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*