Describes in detail and with diagrams how to make sets of prayer beads for personal use.
- ISBN-13: 9780819222763
- ISBN-10: 0819222763
- Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
- Publish Date: March 2008
- Page Count: 173
- Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.55 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 61.
- Review Date: 2008-01-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Part history, part missal and part crafting how-to, this is a treasure trove of faith and spiritual contemplation. Winston, an award-winning religion journalist, occasional PW contributor and avid beader, takes readers on a fascinating journey through the tradition of prayer beads. From the third century B.C. through the late 20th century, she touches on a variety of world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, the Baha'i faith and others. A thorough introduction to both the Catholic and Anglican rosaries, complete with stunning photographs and instructional diagrams, rounds out the historical portion of the text. The second part, which is even more inviting, reveals myriad ways to use the tactile to reach the spiritual. From poems to psalms to saints, Winston offers bead-by-bead suggestions, all the time emphasizing that “prayer beads are a tool for prayer and not an object of devotion... they are not there to be the focus of your prayers, but to help you focus your prayers.” Practically, the final section provides the nitty-gritty of tools, materials and techniques necessary for creating individual rosaries and chains, complete with resources for choosing and finding particular types of beads. The combination of Winston's personal anecdotes with her obvious knowledge of and love for the practice makes this a lovely addition to any praying person's repertoire. (Mar.)