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A creative way to pray – across faith traditions – made new for all who seek a more intimate experience with God. Lushly illustrated.
Divided into three parts, the first takes a historical look at prayer beads across centuries and cultures. Then the author describes how she was introduced to beads. Part Two showcases ways to “pray the beads without the beads,” including activities that are whimsical, ordinary, and spirited, to inspire readers to create their own. The book concludes with an invitation to contemplate one’s own life as a rosary, and create a set of prayer beads, allowing the reader to hold their life in their hands in prayer, gratitude, and awe.
“Bead by Bead is not just a book about an old way to pray. This is a deft and frolicking journey. As Southern raconteur, jarring theologian, and reluctant prayer warrior, Henley invites us to walk out the door and see the whole world aglow with the shimmering beads of the Holy Spirit.”—Sybil MacBeth, author of Praying in Color and The Season of the Nativity
“Henley’s unique collection of stories provide healing and hope for anyone navigating the tumultuous twists and turns of life. In other words, this is a book for everyone.” —Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of Perennials
“With insight, passion, and wit, Henley shows us how to hold our prayers in our hands as well as our heart.” —Richard Rohr, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation; author of Falling Upward and Immortal Diamond
Suzanne Henley is a former community college English instructor, college development director, and hospice volunteer director. She is an artist focusing on mixed-media wall sculptures and mosaic glass installations, as well as a jewelry designer, a creator of prayer beads, and a residential contractor who renovates early 20th century houses. She and her husband live in Memphis, Tennessee.