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Prayer bead books

Prayer bead books

Although there are many prayer bead resources available online, I am a big fan of prayer bead books.

I prefer books to computers for use during my prayer time because I find them to be less distracting as I follow along with prayers. I also find them to be easier to carry with me into my work room for use in learning new techniques for making prayer beads.

Here’s a list of some of the books I’ve found useful. The links under each title go to the publisher’s website to allow you to learn more. I’ve also included links to Amazon (due to its popularity) and Bookshop.org (if you prefer to support indie bookstores). Titles are listed in alphabetical order.

A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner’s Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads by Kristen E. Vincent

This book is set up as a four-week introduction to the use of protestant prayer beads (Anglican rosaries) for use by small groups. It includes information about their history, how to use them, ideas for prayers to use with them, and how to make them.
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Bead by Bead: The Ancient Way of Praying Made New by Suzanne Henley

This book is a beautiful introduction to the use of prayer beads. It includes ideas for prayers to use, but it also really dives into how to use prayer beads to deepen your prayer life with many ideas for creating your own prayers and your own ways of praying that go beyond the beads themselves.
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Bead One, Pray Too: A Guide to Making and Using Prayer Beads by Kimberly Winston

This covers the history and use of prayer beads, and then focuses on how to make your own prayer beads. It covers a variety of prayer bead making techniques and helps you choose the parts of your prayer beads that best meet your needs and intentions.
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Contemplative Prayers: For Use with Anglican Prayer Beads by Tami Allen (independently published)

This short book contains a variety of prayers to use with Anglican rosaries (protestant prayer beads).
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Mindful Beads: 20 inspiring ideas for stringing and personalizing your own mala and prayer beads, plus their meanings by Alice Peck

This book covers the making of a wide variety of prayer beads styles from malas to rosaries and all kinds of other unique designs. It includes the techniques you will need to make different types of prayer beads, how to choose meaningful materials for making them, and includes resources for finding beads and other materials.
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Praying with Beads: Daily Prayers for the Christian Year by Nan Lewis Doerr and Virginia Stem Owens

This book provides a unique set of prayers to use with an Anglican rosary (protestant prayer beads) that rely heavily on Scripture and are based on the Anglican Book of Prayer’s daily scripture readings to cycle through the church year with its various seasons.
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Praying the Psalms with Beads: A Book of Daily Prayer by Nan Lewis Doerr

This book uses the Psalms to create prayers for use with Anglican rosaries (protestant prayers beads) that cycles through the entire book of Psalms every six months.
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I will continue to add to this list as I add to my own collection. What books have you found useful for making and using your own prayer beads?

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