Knitting Into the Mystery by Susan S. Izard
A Guide to the Shawl-Knitting Ministry

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Knitters there are 38 million of them in the United States alone - are part of a long and quiet tradition that's both plainly practical and deeply spiritual. With needles clicking, they weave together not just garments to warm the body but also comfort and companionship to nurture the soul.

This tradition is flowering today through knitting
ministries, a worldwide ecumenical movement of small groups of women who gather to pray and knit for those in need. As they create shawls for people burdened with illness and sorrow, their handiwork becomes an expression, not only of their love and concern, but also of the loving care of the God who works through them.

In this beautifully illustrated book, the
authors - a United Church of Christ minister and a Roman Catholic laywoman - share stories of how the knitting ministry has touched lives and hearts around the world. They offer directions for knitting the shawls and for starting a parish or community knitting ministry. The book also provides a selection of prayers, written from many faith traditions, to offer along with each
completed shawl.

 

About Susan S. Izard

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Jorgensen has been a spiritual director in private practice since 1989 and leads workshops and retreats across the country. Izard is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, serving as pastor of spiritual life in a parish in Connecticut.
 
Published September 1, 2003 by MOREHOUSE PUBLISHING. 147 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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Fans of knitting will be, shall we say, hooked: the book offers practical steps on selecting yarn and knitting simple prayer shawls, but its most enduring feature is the heartwarming stories of shawls knitted and given as artifacts of prayer.

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Here is a "Prayer of Blessing" by Cathleen Murtha: "A blessing to my mind (pause for a moment) to be free to enter this time of contemplative activity .

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