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Holy Nation: The Transatlantic Quaker Ministry in an Age of Revolution

holy-nationBy Sarah Crabtree. University of Chicago Press, 2015. 270 pages. $45/hardcover; $10/eBook loan.

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In the heady early days of Quakerism, its zealous missionaries spread across the oceans with the growing British Empire, sailing on merchant ships to Read the rest

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 recently served on the board of trustees for Friends Publishing Corporation, publisher of Friends Journal.


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WhatWeAreFightingFor

What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice

WhatWeAreFightingForBy Wen Stephenson. Beacon Press, 2015. 239 pages. $24.95/hardcover; $18/paperback; $23.99/eBook.

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When I was young, our family would make an annual summer trip to Willow Grove Amusement Park. At the entrance stood a giant clown beating a Read the rest

Laura Jackson is a member of Merion (Pa.) Meeting and of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT).


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DisarmingConflict

Disarming Conflict

DisarmingConflictBy Ernie Regehr. Zed Books, 2015. 228 pages. $19.95/paperback.

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One of the great mysteries of this world is why we humans waste incredible amounts of resources on the tools of war. What adds to the mystery, as Read the rest

Robert Dockhorn is a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.


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TheGoodWar

The Good War That Wasn’t—and Why It Matters: World War II’s Moral Legacy

TheGoodWarBy Ted Grimsrud. Cascade Books, 2014. 286 pages. $35/paperback; $9.99/eBook.

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“All war is immoral.” —Curtis LeMay, commander of American Air Forces, Asiatic-Pacific Theater of WWII

Deeply entrenched in American thought is the idea that World War II Read the rest

William H. Mueller and his wife, Pat, are members of St. Lawrence Valley Meeting in Potsdam, N.Y. (under the care of Ottawa Meeting, Canadian Yearly Meeting). He taught biological and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas School of Public Health in 1975–2004, including courses in violence prevention and spiritual aspects of health.


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TheLimits

The Limits of Forgiveness: Case Studies in the Distortion of a Biblical Ideal

TheLimitsBy Maria Mayo. Fortress Press, 2015. 253 pages. $39/paperback; $22.99/eBook.

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Here we have a book that draws us into a lively exploration of forgiveness. More pointedly, what is the role of unconditional forgiveness in our lives? Many Read the rest

Brad Sheeks is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting and enjoying retirement with his wife, Patricia McBee.


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TheEverywhere

The Everywhere Oracle: A Guided Journey Through Poetry for an Ensouled World

TheEverywhereBy Caryl Ann Casbon. Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2015. 112 pages. $17.99/paperback; $7.99/eBook.

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There is a deep part of every human being that seeks meaning and purpose. We search for meaning along many paths: walking a rough terrain, negotiating boulders Read the rest

Valerie Brown is a member of Solebury Meeting in New Hope, Pa., and a lay member of the Order of Interbeing ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh. She is a consultant, leadership coach with Lead Smart Coaching (leadsmartcoaching.com), and a retreat leader prepared by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal.


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TheSecretChord

The Secret Chord

TheSecretChordBy Geraldine Brooks. Viking, 2015. 302 pages. $27.95/hardcover; $16/paperback; $13.99/eBook.

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In Geraldine Brooks’s midrash of the story of King David, she dares to “confront the King” through her narrator Natan (Nathan), his trusted advisor, friend, and prophet. Read the rest

Joan Dyer Liversidge, a member of Sandy Spring (Md.) Meeting, has traveled among Friends and other people of faith to learn and grow in her own relationship with God. She finds stories of women, both biographical and fictional, a source of great inspiration.


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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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