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Quaker Perspectives in Higher Education

Edited by Donn Weinholtz, Jeffrey Dudiak, and Donald A. Smith. Friends Association for Higher Education, 2014. 293 pages. $19.95/paperback; $9.95/eBook. Quaker Perspectives in Higher Education offers a diverse and often disparate collection of essays that left me reinvigorated, thinking about what has gone missing from higher education: a sense of genuine purpose, values, and commitment […]

Michael S. Glaser is a professor emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a recipient of the college’s Homer L. Dodge Award for excellence in teaching. He is most closely associated with Patuxent Meeting in Calvert County, Md.

Posted in: Books, June/July 2014, June/July 2015 Books

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Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

By Karen Armstrong. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. 512 pages. $30/hardcover; $16.95/paperback; $14.99/eBook. The world is still recoiling from the Charlie Hebdo massacre and ensuing anti-Semitic violence in Paris as I write this review. President Obama has recently reminded us of the various slaughters occasioned by the Crusades. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is about to go on trial […]

Douglas Bennett is president emeritus of Earlham College. He is a member of First Friends Richmond in the New Association of Friends, the group recently set off from Indiana Yearly Meeting. He lives in Maine and worships at Durham (Maine) Meeting.

Posted in: Books, June/July 2015, June/July 2015 Books

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Antiwar Dissent and Peace Activism in World War I America: A Documentary Reader

Edited by Scott H. Bennett and Charles F. Howlett. University of Nebraska Press, 2014. 400 pages. $30/paperback. I have of told many Friends the story of reading, during the war in Kosovo, a coming-of-age book set in Europe on the eve of World War I. Many people wanted me to refer them to that book, […]

J. E. McNeil is executive director of On the Level, a nonpartisan advocacy organization, and a member of Friends Meeting of Washington, D.C. She has spent most of her adult life working for peace as an attorney, a lobbyist, and the executive director of the Center on Conscience & War from 1999 to 2010.

Posted in: Books, June/July 2015, June/July 2015 Books

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Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age

By James Carroll. Viking, 2014. 352 pages. $30/hardcover; $14.99/eBook. In every age, Christ has presented a challenge: to interpret, to relate to, to cope with. The Christ of Peter was not Paul’s, was not Julian of Norwich’s, was not Fox’s, was not Hicks’s. Friends continue to wrestle with the multiplex meanings of this person—in fact, […]

Brian Drayton is a member of Weare (N.H.) meeting.

Posted in: Books, June/July 2015, June/July 2015 Books

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A People’s Curriculum for the Earth

Edited by Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart. Rethinking Schools, 2014. 397 pages. $24.95/paperback. As I dipped into A People’s Curriculum for the Earth, I wondered what I would find: would I read about high school lesson plans, familiar climate change rhetoric, or environmentalism for prep school students? Would it be of interest to Friends? I […]

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

Posted in: Books, June/July 2015, June/July 2015 Books

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By Faith and By Love: Martin and Mabel’s Journey

By Beverly England Williams. Resource Publications, 2014. 177 pages. $23/paperback; $9.99/eBook. The story of Martin and Mabel England is a riveting contribution to biographies of “the greatest generation.” Born poor in the South in the first decade of the twentieth century, they met at a YMCA conference and became a missionary couple, serving in Burma […]

Beth Taylor is a member of Westerly (R.I.) Meeting, a co-director of Brown University’s Nonfiction Writing Program, and the author of The Plain Language of Love and Loss: A Quaker Memoir.

Posted in: Books, June/July 2015, June/July 2015 Books

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Last Stop on Market Street

By Matt De La Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015. 32 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $10.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 3–5. This book describes the Sunday routine of a young boy and his grandmother. The routine consists of church followed by a bus ride through the city to a soup kitchen where […]

Eileen Redden is the assistant book review editor of Friends Journal.

Posted in: Books, May 2015, May 2015 Books

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The Geese March in Step

By Jean-François Dumont. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2014. 32 pages. $16/hardcover. Recommended for ages 4–8. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The full double-page gorgeously colored pictures are brimming with life, and the text is clear in a neat font. Zita is a gosling who can’t keep in one-two, one-two step with the disapproving goose leader, Igor. […]

Margaret Crompton is a British Quaker and author of the Pendle Hill pamphlet Nurturing Children’s Well-Being.

Posted in: Books, May 2015, May 2015 Books

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Never Say a Mean Word Again: A Tale from Medieval Spain

By Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard. Wisdom Tales, 2014. 32 pages. $16.95/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8. A couple of fairly innocent accidents land young Samuel in trouble with Hamza, the tax collector’s son. Because Samuel’s father is the grand vizier in Granada, a job that puts him much higher on the social ladder, Hamza […]

Dee Cameron is a member of El Paso (Tex.) Meeting.

Posted in: Books, May 2015, May 2015 Books

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Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art

By J.H. Shapiro, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Charlesbridge, 2015. 32 pages. $15.95/hardcover; $7.95/paperback; $6.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 5–8. Magic Trash, an exuberant picture book that brings the biography of artist Tyree Guyton to young readers and listeners, has recently become available in the formats of paperback and eBook. When Tyree was a small boy, he collected discarded […]

A retired Friends school librarian, Margaret Walden, having recently moved from Detroit, Mich., to Lakewood, Ohio, now attends Cleveland (Ohio) Meeting.

Posted in: Books, May 2015, May 2015 Books

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