Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Skinner House Books (February 1, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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I was out here grabbing the link for this book (yet again), and I was aghast to see that there were only THREE comments about it - and only two of them were positive. Really!? Seriously!? So I felt compelled to add my voice to the mix. After discovering this book on a spiritual quest in the midst of a personal crisis, I literally felt like I had found something of SUBSTANCE to grab onto. What I love about this book is that invites the reader - no matter WHAT your denomination - to connect with something that universal...the need to belong, the need to believe in something greater than ourselves, and the need to know we are not alone (which allows us to ask for help/guidance). And the author does all that by connecting us with this ancient practice of using prayer beads as a form of meditation - a practice that has stood the test of time (and been translated/adapted to many religions).And bonus! It also got me FINALLY to integrate meditation into my life, so I felt like it was a twofer on my to-do list: prayer + meditation. Check!The reason I was aghast at the lack of reviews for this book was because I feel like it saved me spiritually. When I was in crisis and went to pray, I felt like I couldn't until I was clear on the power/name/entity I was praying to...and at the time, they were all jumbled up in my mind (God, the divine, my spirit guides, Gaia, the Goddess...) The author gave me permission to step over that, inviting me to "simply pray" as a means to discover the power/entity I was praying to...just as you would begin ANY relationship with someone new to you. Simple, indeed.The artist in me loved the fact that I got to string my own beads, once I got over the fact that there was not a "one-click" prayer bead making kit option...
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