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A Bead and a Prayer

A Bead and a Prayer

A Beginner's Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads  

by Kristen E. Vincent
Creativity Prayer Spiritual Practice

NOTE: Prayer beads are sold separately. Order beads at Kristen's site:

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 who is passionate about helping people discover God's deep love for them. She is the author of five books, including A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner's Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads and Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness. Kristen travels extensively to lead retreats and workshops. She has a master of theological studies from Duke Divinity School and is a graduate of The Academy for Spiritual Formation (#34). She is married to Max Vincent, a United Methodist pastor, and they live in Atlanta, Georgia, with their son, Matthew. To learn more about Kristen, visit


*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*

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