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Coming to Light: Cultivating Spiritual Discernment through the Quaker Clearness Committee

By Valerie Brown. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 446), 2017. 27 pages. $7/pamphlet. In this short pamphlet, Valerie Brown introduces readers […]

Karie Firoozmand is a member of Stony Run Meeting in Baltimore, Md., and the editor of the Friends Journal book review column.


Posted in: November 2017 Books, Quaker Libraries
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Discernment: Living Under Divine Guidance North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative), Journal (number 6), 2012. 62 pages. Free download at www​.ncymc​.org/​j​o​u​r​nal. Reviewed […]

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A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles By Thich Nhat Hanh, illustrated by Wietske Vriezen. Plum Blossom Books, 2012. […]

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The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School

By Valerie Brown and Kristen Olson. Corwin, 2015. 208 pages. $24.95/paperback or eBook. If education is the key to […]

Claire Salkowski is a member of Little Falls Meeting in Fallston, Md., and a Montessori educator.


Posted in: November 2015 Books, November 2015: Books and Pop Culture, Quaker Book Reviews, Uncategorized
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The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path

By Ethan Nichtern. North Point Press, 2015. 288 pages. $25/hardcover; $16/paperback; $11.99/eBook. Ethan Nichtern comes from deeply planted Buddhist roots. […]

Valerie Brown has practiced Buddhism in the Plum Village tradition since 1995. She was ordained as a member of Tiep Hien (Order of Interbeing) in 2003 by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Her latest book is The Mindful School Leader. She is a member of Solebury Meeting in New Hope, Pa., and principal of Lead Smart Coaching.


Posted in: Disability and Inclusion, March 2016 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Personality and Place: The Life and Times of Pendle Hill

By Douglas Gwyn. Plain Press, 2014. 512 pages. $20/paperback; $15/eBook. Querencia (from the Spanish verb “querer”) is a metaphysical […]

Valerie Brown is a member of Solebury Meeting in New Hope, Pa., and a long-time Pendle Hill teacher and retreat leader. She is principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC (leadsmartcoaching.com), specializing in leadership and mindfulness training.


Posted in: November 2015 Books, November 2015: Books and Pop Culture, Quaker Book Reviews, Uncategorized
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Books January 2013

Ending Cycles of Violence: Kenyan Quaker Peacemaking Response after the 2007 Election By Judy Lumb. Producciones de la Hamaca (Belize) […]

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

By Caryl Ann Casbon. Wyatt‐MacKenzie, 2015. 112 pages. $17.99/paperback; $7.99/eBook. There is a deep part of every human being that […]

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.


Posted in: Quaker Book Reviews, September 2016, September 2016 Books
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