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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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Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times

Prophetic Lament CoverBy Soong-Chan Rah. InterVarsity Press, 2015. 224 pages. $17/paperback; $13.99/eBook.

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From the heartland of North American Evangelical Christianity, Soong-Chan Rah shapes exegesis of the Old Testament Book of Lamentations into a stunning and prophetic indictment of a

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Samuel Mahaffy and his family fellowship with Olympia (Wash.) Meeting. With his colleagues, Samuel facilitates a process for faith communities divided by conflict to find the Voice of Common Vision through sharing and integrating both voices of grief and celebration into a liturgy for restoration of broken relationships.


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The Public Universal Friend: Jemima Wilkinson and Religious Enthusiasm in Revolutionary America

The Public Universal Friend coverBy Paul B. Moyer. Cornell University Press, 2015. 272 pages. $27.95/hardcover; $24.95/eBook.

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On November 29, 1752, a daughter was born to Jeremiah and Amey Wilkinson, a Quaker couple living in Rhode Island. They named her Jemima. Almost Read the rest

Paul Buckley is a Quaker historian, theologian, and author of The Essential Elias Hicks.


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Quakers: That of God in Everyone

Quakers: That of God in Everyone CoverDirected by Isaac Stambaugh, written by Donne Hayden. Rebel Pilgrim Productions, 2015. 90 minutes. $19.99/DVD.

Having never reviewed a video documentary for print before, I am a bit unsure. A book usually states its purpose and why the author believes … Read the rest

Larry Ingle is an historian of Quakerism and a member of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Meeting. He is retired from the History Department of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. His book Nixon’s First Cover-up: The Religious Life of a Quaker President was published in 2015.


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Of Martyrs, Monks, and Mystics: A Yearly Meditational Reader of Ancient Spiritual Wisdom

Of Martyrs, Monks, and Mystics coverEdited by Charles Ringma and Irene Alexander. Cascade Books, 2015. 440 pages. $48/paperback or eBook.

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Since this book offers a one-page quote for each day of the year, the editors could have with equal justice called it Read the rest

William Shetter is a member of Bloomington (Ind.) Meeting.


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Taking the Adventure: Faith and Our Kinship with Animals

Taking the Adventure coverBy Gracia Fay Ellwood. Wipf and Stock, 2014. 217 pages. $27/paperback; $9.99/eBook.

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How do we reconcile our experience of divine love with the evil we see around us every day? Gracia Fay Ellwood calls upon the biblical

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Margaret Fisher is a member of Herndon (Va.) Meeting and of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Working Group on Right Relationship with Animals.


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Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000

Crashing the Party coverBy Kris Hermes. PM Press, 2015. 336 pages. $22.95/paperback.

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The author, a legal worker (non-lawyer) member of the National Lawyers Guild, stated early on that he proposed “to write about the legal and political events as both Read the rest

J. E. McNeil is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and an attorney member of the National Lawyers Guild, off and on depending on the pressure to support military or violent solutions within the local chapter.


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Hunting Pennies: Poems from an Appalachian Childhood

Hunting Pennies CoverBy Errol Hess. Wetknee Books, 2015. 69 pages. $5.99/paperback.

Hunting Pennies reminded me of going for a dip in a local swimming hole. You’re not expecting anything fancy or elaborate; you may encounter mud, muck, and silt along the bottom; Read the rest

Catherine Wald is a poet and author of Distant, Burned-out Stars. She is a member of Amawalk (N.Y.) Meeting.


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If You Plant a Seed

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 4.19.34 PMBy Kadir Nelson. Balzer & Bray, 2015. 32 pages. $18.99/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8.

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Kadir Nelson takes us into the vegetable garden for this enchanting, simple lesson in the benefits of generosity. Bunny and Mouse are Read the rest

Phila Hoopes is an eclectic Friend who attends Homewood and Patapsco Meetings in Maryland and pursues the experience of the Light in all faiths.


Posted in: Books, Gender and Sexuality, May 2016 Young Friends Bookshelf
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Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

61IU3DatLKL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_By Robbie Robertson, illustrated by David Shannon. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015. 48 pages. $19.95/hardcover; $15.54/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8.

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On the first page, an unnamed narrator introduces us to “the evil Chief Tadodaho.” In a Read the rest

Paul Buckley is a Quaker historian, theologian, and author of The Essential Elias Hicks.


Posted in: Books, Gender and Sexuality, May 2016 Young Friends Bookshelf
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