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Making Crosses


paisleyCross(Paraclete Press, 2009)

I have no artistic training.

I have no religious training.

I have spent huge chunks of my life not listening to God.

Yet, I wrote a book on a new physical type of prayer that asks God to come near while you make a cross from broken and found objects.


You know what they say about God’s mysterious ways.

After the tragedy of 9/11, I began making tentative crosses from stuff I found lying around the house. The crosses were encouraged by a few kind souls, and gradually I became intentional about the practice. The idea for a book emerged and the book Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God came into being, published by Paraclete Press in 2009.

Following the book’s release, I spent two years leading workshops on making crosses. I still welcome the opportunity to do so; I don’t charge a fee; I appreciate an honorarium.

Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God (Paraclete Press, 2009). By Ellen Morris Prewitt. Available on andbarnesandnoble.comNow, on Wednesday mornings, I make crosses at a church service for those living on the streets—we make lots of chip bag crosses using potato chip bags picked up in the neighborhood.

If you’re searching for a different way to connect with God, give the book a look-see—I hope you won’t be disappointed.

© 2017 - Ellen Morris Prewitt |