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Breathing Light: Accompanying Loss and Grief with Love and Gratitude

By Julie Hliboki, photography by David Foster. Transilient Publishing, 2014. 86 pages. $24/paperback. As a certified hospice chaplain in Atlanta, Ga., Julie Hliboki offers her ideas about compassionate care for the distressed and the dying. Rooted in faith in that of God within herself and her clients, she brings healing and freedom from fear and […]

Elizabeth Boardman is a member of Davis (Calif.) Meeting, a resident at Friends House in Santa Rosa, Calif., and the author of several books including Where Should I Stand? A Field Guide for Monthly Meeting Clerks and Letters from Lillian: Faith and Practice Among Modern Liberal Quakers.

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Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment

By Robert K. Musil. Rutgers University Press, 2014. 328 pages. $26.95/hardcover; $23.95/paperback; $15.98/eBook. Silent Spring author Rachel Carson is credited with spearheading the environmental movement in the second half of the twentieth century. Robert K. Musil sets Carson’s life and contributions within the context of accomplished women who share Carson’s dual strengths as scientists and […]

Gwen Gosney Erickson is the Friends Historical Collection librarian and archivist at Guilford College and a member of Friendship Meeting in Greensboro, N.C.

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Educating for Insurgency: The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty

By Jay Gillen. AK Press, 2014. 178 pages. $15.95/paperback; $10.99/eBook. A forward by civil rights leader Bob Moses gives Educating for Insurgency a powerful start. Moses worked on voter registration and started Freedom Schools in Mississippi in the 1960s as a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Recognizing that knowledge of mathematics and […]

Rosalie Dance is a member of Adelphi (Md.) Meeting, sojourner at Stony Run Meeting in Baltimore, Md. Rosalie has taught mathematics in secondary schools and universities for many years.

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Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference

Edited by Sarah van Gelder. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2014. 168 pages. $16.95/paperback; $9.99/eBook. It’s not often that I read a book about environmental issues that is positive, uplifting, and inspiring. Sustainable Happiness is just such a book. It is a collection of short essays, many of which were previously published in YES! Magazine, one of my […]

Ruah Swennerfelt lives in Charlotte, Vt., and is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She’s serving as clerk of the New England Yearly Meeting Earthcare Ministry Committee, and serves on the boards of Transition Town Charlotte and Vermont Interfaith Power and Light.

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Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

By Anne Lamott. Riverhead Books, 2014. 287 pages. $22.95/hardcover; $11.99/eBook. Sitting down to read one of Anne Lamott’s books is like taking a seat in the bleachers at your local county racetrack. As a battered ’54 Chevy careens down the track at what seems like 110 mph, your senses spike to full alert. Will a […]

Ellen Michaud is a former book review editor of Friends Journal, an editor-at-large for Live Happy magazine, and author of the award-winning Blessed: Living a Grateful Life. She is a member of South Starksboro (Vt.) Meeting and an alumna of the School of the Spirit’s program on Contemplative Living and Prayer.

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Tiger Heron

By Robin Becker. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014. 65 pages. $15.95/paperback; $10.99/eBook. Like the elegant Costa Rican wading bird of the title, Robin Becker’s poetry has a distinct profile that leads the reader to believe this is something worthy of attention. Like the heron, which stands motionless for long periods on a riverbank before pouncing […]

Catherine Wald attends Friends meetings in Westchester County, N.Y. A chapbook of her poetry, Distant, Burned-out Stars, was published in 2011 by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have also been published in numerous journals.

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There Is a Light

By Tribe 1. Self-released, 2014. 11 tracks. $15/CD; $9.99/digital. CD and download available at cdbaby.com. Philadelphia-based Tribe 1 has been around for a couple of decades, and this album was actually released around the 20-year mark. It is powerful ministry and also clearly a labor of love. It gives listeners a chance to join in […]

Karie Firoozmand is the books editor of Friends Journal.

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Sapling Grove Secrets

By Errol Hess. Wetknee Books, 2014. 46 pages. $5.99/paperback; $0.99/eBook. On the About the Author page at the back, Hess looks like he is having a roaring good time: mouth open in laughter, as someone’s hand lies lazily across his shoulder in the photo. And you can join right in by opening this little book […]

Karie Firoozmand is the books editor of Friends Journal.

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My Conversation with Sophia: Reflections on Wisdom’s Contemplative Path

By William Z. Shetter. iUniverse, 2014. 152 pages. $14.95/paperback; $3.99/eBook. One of the most comforting things in life would be to talk with Wisdom personified. In a dream or vision state, such a conversation occurs in this book, where the parts of ourselves become, in Sophia’s imagery, like the facets of a cut diamond. In […]

Karie Firoozmand is the books editor of Friends Journal.

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In Parallel Light: A Prose Collection

By Jeanne Lohmann. Fithian Press, 2015. 91 pages. $14/paperback. Jeanne Lohmann is a well-loved Quaker poet. This collection of prose, not poems, landed on me like a rich collection of the stuff that poetry comes from. How often does one get the chance to walk around with a poet and hear a narrative of what […]

Karie Firoozmand is the books editor of Friends Journal.

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