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A String and a Prayer recounts the history and symbolism of prayer beads, teaches basic techniques for stringing beads and a host of other objects into prayer beads, and offers a variety of prayers and rituals to use those beads on a daily basis.
Beads have appeared throughout history. Prayer beads are used in the spiritual practices of cultures as diverse as the African Masai, Native Americans, Greek and Russian Orthodoxy, as well as the religious rituals of Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, and Buddhism. But prayer is highly personal. By infusing prayer beads with personal associations, we can keep our spirituality fresh. The beads are a device to help build and rebuild meaningful ritual in our lives.
With myriad ideas about what makes objects sacred and where to find sacred objects from the personal, perhaps beads from a grandmother's broken rosary, to the unusual, maybe seashells from far away found in a thrift store this book offers many suggestions for different ways that beads can be made and used, exploring the creative roles they can play in our relationships, ceremonies, and rituals. "You are the expert, trust yourself. Let the instructions be a guide to your own creativity," write the authors.
No matter what you believe about the power of beads, you will find your creative haven in Beading for the Soul .
26 Amazing projects from an eclectic and talented group of contemporary designers, plus their personal stories about each creation, take the craft of beading to deeper levels.
Step by step instructions and illustrations encourage beaders to adapt, borrow, and combine techniques in ways that are most meaningful to them.
Written by Deborah Cannarella and featuring Eleanor Wiley.
There are no "Shoulds". There are only choices. It's a simple premise and it can change lives. Karen Casey, author of Each day a new beginning, All we have is all we need, and Change your mind and your life will follow says "The bite-size suggestions for living fully and comfortably, regardless of your circumstances, are food for thought for anyone longing for more joy and greater inner calm. I loved the quiet spaces this book created in my mind as I sat with it. I am certain it will 'call to me' again and again."
Written by Eleanor Wiley with Caroline Pincus