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Beads of Healing

Beads of Healing

Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness  

por Kristen E. Vincent
Libro de bolsillo
Sanidad y plenitud Oración Práctica Espiritual

Healing from trauma begins with the courageous act of telling your story.

Yet many survivors of trauma are afraid to tell anyone about their deeply painful and personal experience(s). Trauma survivors often feel shame, guilt, fear, and anger. They may also carry deep spiritual wounds, such as feeling abandoned or punished by God. They may wonder how they can ever trust God.

In Beads of Healing, Kristen Vincent shares her story of childhood trauma and how she eventually found God's peace, healing, and wholeness. She tells how, over 35 years after the trauma, she encountered God as never before in the presence of a Christian community. In this setting where she felt safe and loved, and through the help of spiritual practices like scripture reading, prayer, group sharing, and reflection, she finally found the peace she had been seeking since age 7.

Vincent models how to name feelings of grief, anger, abandonment, shame, and fear. She gives readers ideas for ways to use prayer beads as a safe way to enter conversations with God, to talk honestly with their Creator, and open themselves to God's love.

This powerful story of one woman's journey to spiritual healing offers hope for all trauma survivors, as well as those who have experienced loss, hurt, or other spiritual wounds. Each chapter includes

  • a scripture passage that supports the chapter theme
  • truth-telling (the author talks about the chapter theme from her perspective)
  • reflection questions
  • a prayer bead experience
  • a listening focus (a line to repeat with your prayer beads)
  • an opportunity to check in with yourself before moving forward

NOTE: The author recommends that readers study this book with someone: a therapist, pastor, spiritual director, or support group. Beads of Healing features a Leader's Guide with an outline for 16 sessions, links to instructions for making prayer beads, and a guide to using prayer beads.

This book will be a valuable resource for pastors, counselors, and others who provide support for trauma survivors.

Formato: Libro de bolsillo
ISBN: 978-0-8358-1635-9
Editor: The Upper Room
Imprimir: Upper Room Books
Fecha de publicación: 03/01/2017
Paginas: 144
Dimensiones: 9.0000 x 6.0000 x 0.3090

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 prayerworksstudio.com.


Praise for Beads of Healing

Beads of Healing is a wonderful resource for survivors of trauma. Kristen Vincent skillfully weaves personal narrative, scripture, and guided prayer experiences with beads into a beautiful invitation to healing. A survivor herself, the author gently draws readers toward the healing practices of silence, solitude, and other classical spiritual disciplines. I highly recommend this book for anyone who companions survivors of trauma through ministries of spiritual formation.
—Elaine A. Heath
Dean, Duke Divinity School
Author of We Were the Least of These:
Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Beads of Healing is an honest, heartfelt telling of God’s divine healing and abundant love that are available all of us. Vincent’s voice is stronger than ever as she shares her truth and offers practical guidance for using prayer beads in the path to wholeness, gratitude, and peace. This book is for trauma survivors, prayer warriors, and anyone interested in speaking truth, healing wounds, and experiencing God’s love.
—Reba Riley
Author of Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: One Woman's Desperate, Funny, and Healing Journey through 30 Religions Before Her 30th Birthday

This is a lovely book about the use of prayer beads. Often, when we find ourselves truly hurting, we are almost in too much pain to know how to pray for ourselves, especially for long-term injuries. Kristen Vincent, from her own experience of prayer and healing, offers a truly useful guide to the reader, useful in the same way as talking with a wise and nonjudgmental friend. I recommend this book to anyone in need of such help.
—Roberta Bondi
Professor Emerita, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Author of Wild Things: Poems of Grief and Love, Loss and Gratitude

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