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Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker: A Humble Stumble Toward Simplicity and Grace

brent-bill-bookBy J. Brent Bill. Abingdon Press, 2015. 208 pages. $16.99/paperback; $9.99/eBook.

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In Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker, Brent Bill takes the reader through the basics of Quaker living, including stillness, peacemaking, simplicity, community, and integrity. Read the rest

Diane Reynolds is a member of Stillwater Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio, and a former member of Patapsco Meeting in Ellicott City, Md.


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Our Life Is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey

our-life-is-loveBy Marcelle Martin. Inner Light Books, 2016. 230 pages. $30/hardcover; $17.50/paperback; $10/eBook.

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Marcelle Martin, known to many for her work at Pendle Hill study center in Wallingford, Pa., and as a retreat leader, author, and blogger, identifies Read the rest

Marty Grundy is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting of New England Yearly Meeting.


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A Language for the Inward Landscape: Spiritual Wisdom from the Quaker Movement

language-draytonBy Brian Drayton and William P. Taber Jr. Tract Association of Friends, 2016. 180 pages. $20/hardcover.

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Late in the fourth century, Saint Jerome set out to make the Bible accessible to Christians in the Western Roman Empire. Read the rest

Paul Buckley is a member of Community Friends Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of numerous articles and books on Quaker history, faith, and practice. His most recent book is The Essential Elias Hicks.


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Eastern Light: Awakening to Presence in Zen, Quakerism, and Christianity

Eastern Light Steve SmithBy Steve Smith. QUPublishing, subsidiary of Quaker Universalist Fellowship, 2015. 232 pages. $22/paperback; $8.99/eBook.

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“Who, other than Friends, are genuinely interested in helping people to fall in love with the Inward Guide?” For all the fascinating personal Read the rest

Judith Favor appreciates the gladdening light of Steve Smith’s presence as f/Friend, teacher, guide, and neighbor at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, Calif.


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How to Read Job

9780830840892By John H. Walton and Tremper Longman III. InterVarsity Press, 2015. 208 pages. $20/paperback; $16.99/eBook.

Stop me if you have heard this one. God and Satan are kicking back with some other heavenly big shots when Satan says, “People only Read the rest

Douglas Bennett is president emeritus of Earlham College. He is a member of Durham (Maine) Meeting (New England Yearly Meeting).


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Spreading the Fire: Challenging and Encouraging Friends through Travel in the Ministry

spreading-the-fireBy Debbie Humphries. Pendle Hill Pamphlets #436, 2015. 32 pages. $7/pamphlet.

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I travel in ministry quite a bit. And, for the past six weeks Debbie Humphries’s Spreading the Fire has traveled with me. Sadly, though, it mostly Read the rest

Brent Bill is Friends General Conference’s associate secretary for communications, publications, and outreach. A member of West Newton (Ind.) Meeting, his newest book is Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker.


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Metaphors of Meaning

metaphors-of-meaningBy Linda Wilson. Pendle Hill Pamphlets #437, 2016. 32 pages. $7/pamphlet.

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The spiritual life is a journey. That metaphorical statement speaks of the adventures and challenges one faces on the long road toward divine realization. Linda Wilson, Read the rest

Bob Dixon-Kolar, a community college English instructor, lives in northern Illinois and is a member of Evanston (Ill.) Meeting.


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A Lesson in Hope

lesson-in-hopeBy Philip Gulley. Center Street, 2015. 260 pages. $24/hardcover; $14.99/paperback; $9.99/eBook.

Phil Gulley’s latest novel, A Lesson in Hope, lives up to its title, providing both its main character—Sam Gardner, the conflict-avoidant, generally well-meaning, sometimes exaggerating but always rising-to-the-occasion Read the rest

Jim Hood teaches English and environmental studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. He is a member of Friendship Meeting, North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative).


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Delivering the Truth (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)

delivering-the-truthBy Edith Maxwell. Midnight Ink, 2016. 312 pages. $14.99/paperback; $9.99/eBook.

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There is a new Quaker mystery series out, and it is a treat for fans of the traditional small town murder mystery genre with a twist. Quaker Read the rest

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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Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work that Reconnects

Coming Back to Life coverBy Joanna Macy and Molly Brown. New Society Publishers, 2014. 285 pages. $21.95/paperback; $14.25/eBook.

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String together the first three chapter titles, and the rich flavor of Coming Back to Life emerges. “We Can Still Opt for a Read the rest

Pamela Haines is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.


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