Tag Archives: Upper Room Books

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

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

Top 5 Prayer Bead Moments in 2015

A new year is upon us, so you know what that means: reflections on 2015 and hopes for 2016. Here’s what that looks like in terms of prayer beads and our Studio: Top 5 Moments in 2015 for Prayerworks Studio, me, and those of us who love prayer beads: 5. Youth2015: thousands of United Methodist youth gathering… Continue Reading

How You Can Help with Book #4: Stories and Field-Testing

Book #4 is off to a great start. So far I have an outline, writing schedule (Thursdays are writing days!), the introduction, pieces of two chapters . . . and a very, very organized house. (By the time the actual deadline gets here, I imagine I will have completely redecorated my house.) Everything seems to… Continue Reading

Book #4: The Beginning

Today I am heading to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA for a 48-hour retreat. This retreat has been on the calendar since May and I have been looking forward to ever since. It follows one of the most crazy-busy summers on record. Two weeks ago Matthew went back to school, and… Continue Reading

Are You a Trauma Survivor? Help Me Write My Next Book!

As I’ve shared in the past, I am a trauma survivor. Although I spent years in therapy trying to deal with the emotional scars, I kept hitting a wall – a point where I just couldn’t go any further in my healing. For many years this was a source of great frustration for me. But… Continue Reading

Making Prayer Beads for Lent

My workshop calendar is full and prayer bead orders are coming in at a rapid rate, which means that Lent is just around the corner. People love prayer beads for this season of preparation. The beads really help to foster a sense of stillness, introspection, and prayer as we journey with Jesus towards Jerusalem and… Continue Reading

The Year of Simplicity

As I wrote earlier this month, I wanted to try choosing a word to focus on and guide me through the year. I loved the idea of having a word that would serve as my intention through 2015. It provided a nice alternative to setting resolutions that I might otherwise ignore, and a practice that… Continue Reading

Using Prayer Beads with The Upper Room Advent Litany: Week Four

I intended to post this yesterday, but the day turned out to have a mind of its own. A metal cabinet with a saw – that’s right, a SAW – attached to it fell on top of my son, Matthew, yesterday, leading us to spend the afternoon at an urgent care clinic. Thankfully, he is… Continue Reading