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Crossing Boundaries in the Americas, Vietnam, and the Middle East: A Memoir

By Ron Young. Resource Publications, 2014. 299 pages. $35/paperback; $9.99/eBook. I finished Ron Young’s Crossing Boundaries in the Americas, Vietnam, and the Middle East during the fiftieth anniversary of the march in Selma, Ala., the release of the Department of Justice’s critique of police work in Ferguson, Mo., and the Israeli elections that returned Benjamin Netanyahu […]

Max L. Carter is retiring this year as the William R. Rogers director of Friends Center and Quaker studies at Guilford College.

Posted in: August 2015, August 2015 Books, Books

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Loving Our Enemies: Reflections on the Hardest Commandment

By Jim Forest. Orbis Books, 2014. 182 pages. $20/paperback; $16.50/eBook. Jim Forest is the religious child of American Communists who discovered he was a conscientious objector while serving in the U.S. Navy. He joined the Catholic Church and, after being discharged from the service as a CO, moved to New York to work with Dorothy […]

Paul Buckley attends Community Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. Paul is a Quaker historian, theologian, and author whose most recent book is </i></b><b>The Essential Elias Hicks</b><b><i>.

Posted in: August 2015, August 2015 Books, Books

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Beyond the Burning Bus: The Civil Rights Revolution in a Southern Town

By Phil Noble. NewSouth Books, 2013. 169 pages. $19.95/paperback; $9.99/eBook. In the April 16, 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “I came to Birmingham with the hope that the white religious leadership of this community would see the justice of our cause and, with deep moral concern, would serve as the […]

David Etheridge is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and clerk of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Working Group on Racism.

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Revelation and Revolution: Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness

By Steve Chase. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (Number 431), 2015. 36 pages. $7/pamphlet. This Pendle Hill pamphlet was based on a talk and speaks clearly with a prophetic voice. The title says it all. The Quaker movement began as a response to a call, a call from that of God within, articulated also in the very […]

Born into a Jewish family, Harvey Gillman has been a seeker for most of his life. As outreach secretary for British Quakers, he wrote A Light That Is Shining. Other works include, A Minority of One and Consider the Blackbird. He has led workshops and lectured in many places in the Quaker world. He is a member of Brighton Meeting in England.

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What We Stand On and The Door In

What We Stand On By Paul Christiansen. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (Number 429), 2014. 29 pages. $7/pamphlet. The Door In By Renee Crauder. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (Number 430), 2014. 36 pages. $7/pamphlet. When each of two Pendle Hill pamphlets in immediate succession explores a Friend’s personal witness, together they offer us a welcome opportunity to compare […]

William Shetter is a member of Bloomington (Ind,) Meeting. He is an avid follower of others’ personal journeys, and in a recent Pendle Hill pamphlet reflected on his own.

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Sumoud: Voices and Images of the Ramallah Friends School

By Betsy Brinson and Gordon Davies. Friends United Press, 2014. 142 pages. $35/hardcover. Sumoud, artfully prepared by historian Betsy Brinson and her spouse, Gordon Davies, draws upon archival photographs, oral histories, and secondary accounts to tell the history of the Ramallah Friends Schools in Palestine’s West Bank through the eyes of its community of students […]

Maia Carter Hallward is a member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting and an associate professor of Middle East politics and international conflict management at Kennesaw State University. She taught at the Ramallah Friends Schools from 1998 to 2000, and has led several delegations to the region to meet with Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers. Maia’s books include Struggling for a Just Peace: Israeli and Palestinian Activism in the Second Intifada and Transnational Activism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

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Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison

By Joshua Dubler. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013. 375 pages. $30/hardcover; $20/paperback; $9.99/eBook. Joshua Dubler spent one year in Pennsylvania’s aging Graterford Prison as a religious scholar in preparation for his dissertation. What is so remarkable about his resulting book is that one often feels swept into the prison with him, where we suddenly find […]

William Mueller and wife Pat are members of St. Lawrence Valley Meeting in Potsdam, N.Y. They are active in the meeting’s prison ministry in the region.

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A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience

By Emerson W. Baker. Oxford University Press, 2014. 398 pages. $29.95/hardcover; $21.99/eBook. Emerson W. Baker’s book begins on a surprising note, with a discussion of an artifact in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. It is a small wooden chest, probably made in the 1670s for two Salem Quakers, Joseph and Bathsheba Pope. The […]

Thomas D. Hamm is professor of history and director of special collections at Earlham College and a member of First Friends Meeting in New Castle, Ind. His great-aunt nine times removed, Mary Parker, was one of the women hanged in 1692.

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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.

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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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