Monday, December 03, 2007

Praying with Beads. Beads?

Praying with Beads: Daily Prayers for the Christian Year
Nan Lewis Doerr, Virginia Stem Owens

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I am as surprised as you are to see this book posted here. Growing up in a Bible Church, anything that sounded other-than-conservative-Protestant was strictly off limits! So it was with some hesitancy that I began to work my way through this small 81 page book.

I discovered both a daily prayer guide that followed the "Christian Year" calendar (the seasons of Advent, Lent, Pentecost, etc.) and a brief nine page introduction that demystified (or should I say de-Mary-ified) the use of beads in praying.

The authors trace their use throughout the epochs of Church history, demonstrating they are simply a practical means of remembering and rehearsing scriptural prayers - "aids to devotion ... like stained glass windows."

If praying the daily prayers, following the seasons of the Church Year or utilizing a practical tool to help you reflect and focus is not your normal discipline, this book will be a very helpful introduction to one method you may incorporate or customize for your personal life of praying.

Phil @ The Prayer Leader Blog

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