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Beads of faith
Henry, Gray.
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Publication Information:
London : Carroll & Brown, [2002]

Physical Description:
111 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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Includes index.
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BL619.B43 H46 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Beads of Faith takes an in-depth look at how the rosary (strings of beads employed for counting prayers) is used by devotees of the world's great religions to achieve inner tranquillity, increase spirituality and open direct channels of communication with God. Whether you are a devout believer, a culture enthusiast, or a "lost soul" seeking personal and spiritual development, this book will inspire and fascinate you in ways you did not think possible. Beautifully designed and illustrated throughout, this splendid compendium of sacred traditions, practices and prayers reveals the mystical secrets behind the enduring use of prayer beads within the world's rosary heritage. It will interest both the secular mystic, as well as the religious traditionalist, introducing readers to the spiritual teachings which have enriched humankind's perseverance in its quest for a higher wisdom. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Gray Henry was born in the US, where she studied History of Art before obtaining an MA in Education. Gray has taught Art History and World Religions around the world. Currently Director at both Fons Vitae and Quinta Essentia, Gray is co-founder and trustee of The Islamic Texts Society. Gray coordinated the 1991 Year of Tibet and organised the 1994 visit to Louisville, Kentucky, of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Susannah Marriott spent 12 years editing and managing a list of mind, body and spirit titles. Her passion for beads dates from the first book she worked on, The Complete Guide to Beads. Her interest and travels in India led her to specialise in yoga and Ayurveda

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
The Universal Rosary
Sacred Beadsp. 10
Entering Withinp. 14
Calling Out a Holy Namep. 16
Catholic Rosaries
The Roman Catholic Prayer Traditionp. 20
Different Types of Catholic Rosariesp. 22
Praying with the Rosary...
Starting to Prayp. 26
The Mysteriesp. 28
Key Prayersp. 30
Orthodox Rosaries
Prayer Rites in the Orthodox Churchp. 34
The Silent Orthodox Prayer Ropep. 38
Praying with the Prayer Rope...
The Jesus Prayerp. 40
The Anglican Prayer Bead Ropep. 42
Celtic Christian Prayerp. 44
The Jewish Tefillin
Understanding the Jewish Tefillinp. 48
Obeying God's Commandmentsp. 50
Inside the Tefillinp. 54
Praying with the Tefillin...
Binding the Words of Godp. 56
Hindu Malas
Liberating the Soulp. 60
The Sacred Associations of the Hindu Malap. 62
Mantra Yogap. 64
Japa Yoga...
Omp. 68
Reciting Holy Namesp. 70
Buddhist Malas
Living and Chanting with Prayer Beadsp. 74
Praying with the Buddhist Malap. 78
The Lotus Mantra...
Om Mani Padme Hump. 82
The Jain Malap. 84
The Muslim Tasbih
Glorifying Godp. 88
The Tasbihp. 90
Praying with the Tasbih...
Reciting God's 99 Namesp. 92
Sufi Mysticismp. 94
Praying with the Tasbih...
The Sufi Wayp. 96
Native American Beads
Dancing with the Spirit Worldp. 100
Sacred Beadingp. 102
Amulets and Meditation
Worry Beadsp. 106
Adapting Traditionsp. 108
Indexp. 110
Acknowledgementsp. 112