By Ta-Nehisi Coates. Spiegel & Grau, 2015. 152 pages. $24/hardcover; $11.99/eBook. I came to this slim but important book, this long letter from an African American father to his son, knowing that it was not written for me. I am a member of America’s most privileged class: I am a middle-aged, college-educated, white male of […]
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Dave Austin is a member of Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting. He lives in Marlton, N.J., where he teaches middle school world history and Holocaust studies.
By Keith Helmuth. Chapel Street Editions, 2015. 243 pages. $20/paperback. In the first chapter of Tracking Down Ecological Guidance, Keith Helmuth describes his experience of flying six miles above the Amazon on a moonlit night, and how what he saw—both the beauty and the destruction—has been forever imprinted in his mind and heart. This book […]
Pamela Haines is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.
By Fletcher Harper. Abingdon Press, 2015. 178 pages. $19.99/paperback or eBook. In the glut of supposedly “eco-friendly” products, it’s tempting to shrug off yet another book with “green” in its title. But like Pope Francis’s recent messages on climate change, Fletcher Harper’s GreenFaith offers timely encouragement at a spiritual turning point. This book equips us […]
Rob Pierson is a member of Albuquerque (N.M.) Meeting, a graduate of Earlham School of Religion, and a systems engineer with a particular interest in pilgrimage, nature, sacred space, and the intimate relation of science and faith.
Edited by Stephen W. Angell and Pink Dandelion. Cambridge University Press, 2015. 340 pages. $120/hardcover; $96/eBook. “An institution is the lengthened shadow of a man,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1841 essay “Self-Reliance,” and used Quakerism and George Fox as his example. Yet Fox’s Journal alone gives evidence of the diversity of other personalities […]
Brian Drayton attends Souhegan Meeting (Allowed) in Wilton, N.H.
By William Jolliff. Cascade Books, 2015. 81 pages. $13/paperback; $9.99/eBook. The poems in Twisted Shapes of Light by William Jolliff are sensitive, genuine, and true to the experiences of our lives. They convey a gentle empathy with the ordinary and often overlooked, and they do so with language that is uncomplicated by the gyrations of […]
Michael S. Glaser is a professor emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 to 2009. He and his wife, Kathleen, offer retreats that fuse Parker J. Palmer’s Courage and Renewal work with reading and writing poetry. Their next retreat will be at Kirkridge in October 2016 (see kirkridge.org).
By Daniel Hunter. The Veterans of Hope Project, 2015. 71 pages. $10/paperback; $4/eBook. A number of yearly meetings have been addressing the issue of mass incarceration, in some cases asking Friends to read Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness and encouraging monthly meetings to hold discussion groups […]
Patience A. Schenck is a member of Annapolis (Md.) Meeting and author of two Pendle Hill pamphlets, including Living Our Testimony on Equality: A White Friend’s Experience.
By Jim Auchmutey. PublicAffairs, 2015. 270 pages. $25.99/hardcover; $17.99/eBook. In the fall of 1960, the school board of Americus, Ga., refused to enroll three teenagers in the high school on the ground that their presence would be disruptive and create “an explosive situation.” That decision was overruled by a federal court. Such litigation was not […]
David Etheridge is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and clerk of Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Working Group on Racism.
By Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, edited by Charles E. Moore. Plough Publishing House, 2015. 138 pages. $12/paperback; $9.99/eBook. So what does a former German Lutheran pastor, theologian, and socialist from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have to say to twenty-first-century Quakers? That’s what you may wonder if you pick up this little book from Plough […]
Brent Bill is a writer, retreat leader, and member of West Newton (Ind.) Meeting. His newest book is Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker: A Humble Stumble toward Simplicity and Grace. He serves as Friends General Conference’s associate secretary of communications, publications, and outreach.
By John Philip Newell. SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2014. 135 pages. $19.99/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. In The Rebirthing of God, Celtic peacemaker John Philip Newell prompts readers to think in fresh new ways by inviting us on a long stroll across the island of Iona. Along the way, he views connection as the ground of true relationship, describing […]
Judith Favor, a lifelong contemplative, belongs to Claremont Meeting in Southern California. She savors memories of shared meals with John Philip Newell at a Spiritual Directors International conference, and worship in the courtyard of Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.
By Frances Crowe. Haley’s, 2015. 281 pages. $34.95/hardcover; $24.95/paperback; $11/eBook. Frances Crowe’s life is a shining light for all Friends. Her journey through her 90-some-odd years is not only inspiring but is also a personal history of the twentieth-century women’s movement. When reading this book, one feels like Frances is sitting in the room sharing […]
Ruah Swennerfelt lives in Charlotte, Vt., and is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She currently serves as clerk of New England Yearly Meeting’s Earthcare Ministry Committee. She is active with Transition Town Charlotte and Vermont Interfaith Power and Light.