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Friends Journal is made for readers, and we look forward to introducing our readers to all manner of books relevant to the Quaker experience. Every issue is packed with insightful and honest reviews of books of interest to Friends.

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A Gathering of Spirits: The Friends General Conferences 1896–1950

By Douglas Gwyn. QuakerPress of FGC, 2018. 316 pages. $20/paperback. Doug Gwyn is the ideal writer to tackle this project. […]

Gwen Gosney Erickson is the Friends Historical Collection librarian and archivist at Guilford College and a member of Friendship Meeting in Greensboro, N.C.


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Primitive Christianity Revived and Primitive Quakerism Revived

Primitive Christianity Revived. By William Penn, translated into modern English by Paul Buckley. Inner Light Books, 2018. 115 pages. $25/hardcover; […]

Max L. Carter is a retired educator, having served five different Quaker secondary schools and colleges in a 45-year career.


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The Cambridge Companion to Quakerism

Edited by Stephen W. Angell and Pink Dandelion. Cambridge University Press, 2018. 410 pages. $105/hardcover; $34.99/paperback; $28/eBook. This edited volume, […]

Brian Drayton worships with the new Souhegan Meeting in Wilton, N.H., allowed by Weare (N.H.) Meeting.


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Quaker Roots and Branches AND The One Thing Needful

Quaker Roots and Branches By John Lampen. Christian Alternative, 2018. 64 pages. $10.95/paperback; $5.99/eBook. The One Thing Needful: William Shakespeare, […]

Mitchell Santine Gould lives on the Oregon coast with his camerado, Rusty. He is the leading authority on Walt Whitman's Quakerism.


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Unlearning God: How Unbelieving Helped Me Believe

By Philip Gulley. Convergent Books, 2018. 224 pages. $22.99/hardcover; $11.99/eBook. The words “unlearning” and “unbelieving” make it plain that this […]

William Shetter is a member of Bloomington (Ind.) Meeting. Much of the conservative Baptist Church of his childhood years now seems a remote though still treasured world.


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On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old

By Parker J. Palmer. Berrett‐Koehler Publishers, 2018. 192 pages. $19.95/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. I rarely read a book with a highlighter in […]

Brent Bill is a photographer, writer, and retreat leader who lives in Indiana. A member of West Newton (Ind.) Meeting, his newest book _Beauty, Truth, Life, and Love_ is slated for release in September 2019.


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How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning

By George Lakey. Melville House, 2018. 224 pages. $16.99/paperback; $13.99/eBook (title available December 2018). In June 1934 Quaker biblical scholar […]

Steve Chase is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.), the manager of Academic Initiatives at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), and an organizer with the Occupation Free DC anti-police brutality campaign. He is a published author and a regular contributor to ICNC's Minds of the Movement blog.


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Faith and Play: Quaker Stories for Friends Trained in the Godly Play Method (Second Edition)

By the Faith and Play Group, edited by Melinda Wenner Bradley. QuakerPress of FGC, 2017. 140 pages. $20/paperback. How do […]

Claire J. Salkowski is a member of Stony Run Meeting in Baltimore, Md., and a frequent and active attender at the Quaker meeting in the Northern Neck of Virginia. She worked in both public and private schools before she became founder, teacher, and head of school at Free State Montessori School for 35 years.


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The Inner Guide versus the Inner Critic: The Journey from Judgment to Love

By Christine Wolff. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 448), 2017. 34 pages. $7/pamphlet. Christine Wolff, a psychologist using the Diamond Approach, […]

Marty Grundy is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting.


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Humanity in the Face of Inhumanity

By Sue Williams. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 451), 2018. 34 pages. $7/pamphlet. This refreshing little work introduces us to goodness, […]

Rosalie Dance is a member of Stony Run Meeting in Baltimore, Md., and a sojourner at Belize City Meeting in Belize.


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