Category Archives: Studio News

Be Still, For Sabbath’s Sake: A Q&A with Author J. Dana Trent

Y’all. Have I got a treat for you! This week we’re delighted to welcome author J. Dana Trent, whose most recent book, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community, debuts this week. Dana is a long-time friend and fellow Upper Room author, so I was thrilled to get to sit down… Continue Reading

7-Day Deeply Loved Photo Challenge and Giveaway

It has been so fun to launch our new look and mission! Your response has been so positive and encouraging. I appreciate you SO much! You are absolutely one of the signs of God’s deep love in my life! In that vein I am starting a 7-day Photo Challenge tomorrow. The point of the challenge… Continue Reading

Learning to Be Deeply Loved

Today is October first, which just happens to be my favorite day of the year. October first marks the beginning of fall and great weather, earthy colors, boots and sweater season, fireplaces, and a lineup to all the fun holidays. I mark the day by buying candy corn and pumpkins. This year, I’m marking October… Continue Reading

Fifty and Full-Time: Let’s Celebrate and Have a Sale!

Ah, summer! And this one was a doozy with a 13-year-old full of free-time, four weeks of travel, plus several major events, milestones, and transitions in my family. Hence the radio silence. But school is back in session and I am back in the Studio. And I’m really excited to share two of those summer milestones… Continue Reading

Soldiers, Leaps of Faith, and the Hope/Fear Thing

Many of you know I’ve been wanting to go full-time with Prayerworks Studio for a long time. Years in fact. I’ve prayed about it. Talked about it. Worried about it. Gotten excited about it. I’ve watched the prayer bead orders, opportunities to lead retreats, and book responses increase. I’ve witnessed a change in my passion,… Continue Reading

Holy Listening with the Whole Self

Friends! We have a guest with us today! My friend and fellow Upper Room author, Whitney Simpson, recently released her new book, Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit. It is a gorgeous book with a 40-day plan for meditations that range from yoga to breath prayer to aromatherapy to prayer beads. Given my… Continue Reading

It’s Here! The Book I Was Born to Write.

Y’all. It’s here. Today is the official release of my newest book Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness. Oh my goodness. I just can’t stand it, I’m so excited. The cover is SO gorgeous. That’s one reason I love it. And it’s another book about prayer beads. That’s even more reason to love… Continue Reading

On Beads and Boats: Come Sail Away With Us!

Love prayer beads? Check. Love to travel? Check. Love to hang out in tropical settings with cool people? Check. Love the drinks with little umbrellas? Check. Then come away with us! That’s right folks, we’re going on a cruise! The Upper Room – you know, our favorite people – is hosting the Quiet Spaces Retreat… Continue Reading

Top 7 Prayer Bead Designs

When I received the call to make prayer beads seven years ago, I had no idea how to get started. I had never done beading and had certainly never made beads to pray with. But I had been collecting them for almost twenty years, so I took a set of Protestant (Anglican) prayer beads to… Continue Reading