Beads of Healing

Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness

Kristen E. Vincent • March 2017

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Healing from trauma begins with telling your story. Many trauma survivors carry deep wounds, such as fear, shame, grief, and anger. Even if they have had years of counseling and have healed from physical and emotional pain, they still may hold spiritual wounds. They may think of their trauma as God's abandonment. Some may wonder how they can ever trust a God who allowed something so awful to happen to them. Kristen Vincent shares her personal story of childhood trauma. She tells how, over 35 years later, she encountered God as never before and found healing and peace—through prayer, scripture reading, sharing with others she trusted, and reflection. In Beads of Healing Vincent offers ideas for readers to use prayer beads as a safe way to enter conversations with God, talk honestly with their Creator, and open themselves to God's healing love. Vincent's powerful story of healing extends hope to all trauma survivors, as well as those who have experienced loss, hurt, or other spiritual wounds. This book will also serve as a valuable resource for pastors, counselors, and others seeking to provide support for those who have experienced trauma. Includes a Leader's Guide with an outline for a 16-week study, links to instructions for making prayer beads, and a guide to using prayer beads. BEADS NOT INCLUDED.

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: 978-0-8358-1635-9

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1636-6

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1637-3

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: 20170301

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x 0.309 in (d)

Page Count: 144

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

BISAC1: REL012120

BISAC2: REL012080


Praise for Beads of Healing Beads of Healing is a wonderful resource for survivors of trauma. Kristen Vincent skillfully weaves personal narrative, scripture, and guided prayer experiences with beads into a beautiful invitation to healing. A survivor herself, the author gently draws readers toward the healing practices of silence, solitude, and other classical spiritual disciplines. I highly recommend this book for anyone who companions survivors of trauma through ministries of spiritual formation. —Elaine A. Heath Dean, Duke Divinity School Author of We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse Beads of Healing is an honest, heartfelt telling of God’s divine healing and abundant love that are available all of us. Vincent’s voice is stronger than ever as she shares her truth and offers practical guidance for using prayer beads in the path to wholeness, gratitude, and peace. This book is for trauma survivors, prayer warriors, and anyone interested in speaking truth, healing wounds, and experiencing God’s love. —Reba Riley Author of Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: One Woman's Desperate, Funny, and Healing Journey through 30 Religions Before Her 30th Birthday This is a lovely book about the use of prayer beads. Often, when we find ourselves truly hurting, we are almost in too much pain to know how to pray for ourselves, especially for long-term injuries. Kristen Vincent, from her own experience of prayer and healing, offers a truly useful guide to the reader, useful in the same way as talking with a wise and nonjudgmental friend. I recommend this book to anyone in need of such help. —Roberta Bondi Professor Emerita, Candler School of Theology, Emory University Author of Wild Things: Poems of Grief and Love, Loss and Gratitude