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Friends Journal is made for readers, and we look forward to introducing our readers to all manner of books relevant to the Quaker experience. Every issue is packed with insightful and honest reviews of books of interest to Friends. You can purchase them through our FJ Quaker Books Store or through fine retailers like Quakerbooks of FGC. We are a member of Quakers Uniting in Publications, an affiliation of authors, publishers, and distributors. We publish a limited number of book titles ourselves, including Quaker Process for Friends on the Benches and Quakers and the Search for Peace.

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Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist (Books)

By David Hartsough, with Joyce Hollyday. PM Press, 2014. 243 pages. $20/paperback; $9.99/eBook. When David Hartsough was seven years old and living in Gilman, Iowa, he was set upon by a band of older boys wielding ice balls fortified with stones. He had recently heard his father preach a sermon on Jesus’s command to “love […]

Robert Dockhorn is a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., and a former senior editor of Friends Journal.

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Philadelphia Quakers and the Antislavery Movement / Quakers and Abolition

Philadelphia Quakers and the Antislavery Movement: By Brian Temple. McFarland & Company Inc., 2014. 240 pages. $39.95/paperback; $24.99/eBook.   Quakers and Abolition: Edited by Brycchan Carey and Geoffrey Plank. University of Illinois Press, 2014. 280 pages. $45/hardcover; $40.50/eBook. Quakers are known as a humble people, but it’s a thin line between sincere humility and smugness. […]

Cameron McWhirter is a journalist and the author of Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America. He is a member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting and serves on the Friends Journal board of trustees.

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Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race (Books)

By Debby Irving. Elephant Room Press, 2014. 288 pages. $15/paperback. I can only begin this way: No matter how many books about racism you may have read—how to understand it, how to work against it—Debby Irving’s book is a must! Tim Wise, considered by many the foremost lecturer and writer on racism in our country […]

Donna McDaniel, a member of Framingham (Mass.) Meeting, is co-author of Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans, and the Myth of Racial Justice. She is a freelance writer and editor with a special concern to promote racial justice and community.

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Thee and Me: A Beginner’s Guide to Early Quaker Records (Books)

By Lisa Parry Arnold. Self-published, 2014. 196 pages. $19.99/paperback; $9.99/eBook. As presented in the preface, this guidebook for Quaker family history research was inspired by the author’s passion for her own Quaker ancestry and encouraged by her personal academic studies and career with Ancestry.com. Thee and Me’s structure is well conceived and the goals admirable. […]

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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The Twelve Degrees of Silence (Books)

By Sr. Marie-Aimée de Jésus, O.C.D. Edited and translated by Lucinda M. Vardey. Novalis, 2014. 79 pages. $12.95/paperback Silence is an elusive state of being for many Friends today. In honest, spare, and poetic language, Sister Marie-Aimée de Jésus invites readers to explore the 12 degrees of silence she identified through a lifetime of contemplative […]

Judith Favor finds that intentional times of silence make a great difference in the effort to balance work, worship, family, friends, community service, creative writing, and physical well-being. She is a member of Claremont (Calif.) Meeting.

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Ordinary Miracles: Awakening to the Holy Work of Parenting / Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World (Books)

Ordinary Miracles: By Rachel S. Gerber. Herald Press, 2014. 145 pages. $12.99/paperback; $8.99/eBook.   Their Name Is Today: By Johann Christoph Arnold. Plough Publishing House, 2014. 173 pages. $14/paperback; $9.99/eBook. Two titles reviewed by Tom and Sandy Farley The first parenting books were collections of good advice from experts. We have come to recognize that […]

Tom and Sandy Farley are members of Palo Alto (Calif.) Meeting. They are storytellers, booksellers, and co-authors of the Earthcare for Children curriculum.

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What Is Experiment with Light? (Books in Brief)

By Rex Ambler. The Experiment with Light Network, 2014. 28 pages. £3/pamphlet. Readers may note that the price of this pamphlet appears in British pounds; this edition might be hard to find in North America. But it is worth knowing about, since Ambler wrote it to clarify what Experiment with Light is, both for critics and […]

Karie Firoozmand is the Friends Journal books editor.

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Reflections of a Quaker: A Blank Slate Theology (Books in Brief)

By Warren L. Treuer. 338 pages. Self-published, 2014. $24.99/paperback. Sometimes those with long experience give the gift of sharing insights from their decades of worship in the manner of Friends. In this case, the “blank slate” is the teachable, open way that Warren Treuer enters worship. To be a blank slate implies the readiness to […]

Karie Firoozmand is the Friends Journal books editor.

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Paths of Faith in the Landscape of Science: Three Quakers Check Their Compass (Books in Brief)

By George M. Strunz, Michael R. Miller, and Keith Helmuth. Chapel Street Editions, 2014. 121 pages. $15/paperback. In this collection of essays by three Friends, we receive again the gift of story. In checking their compasses, or minding the interplay between head and heart, these Friends contribute to the dialectic on science and religion in […]

Karie Firoozmand is the Friends Journal books editor.

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Friendly Invasion (Books in Brief)

By Daniel Turner. Booklocker, 2014. 517 pages. $21.95/paperback; $3.99/eBook. The background of this novel comes from Daniel Turner’s earlier novel, Twillinger’s Voyage. Several hundred years in the future, different life forms come into contact and develop relationships in the business of mining for ice. Some of them have long ago infiltrated the civilization of the […]

Karie Firoozmand is the Friends Journal books editor.

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