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A Letter from James: Essays in Quaker History

By John Lampen. The Hope Project, 2016. 107 pages. Free digital download available at hopeproject.co.uk. Many Friends will be familiar with Friend John Lampen as one of the most thoughtful, and readable, Quakers writing today. This collection of essays ranges broadly over Quaker history. But the history has applications that Lampen wants contemporary Friends to […]

Thomas Hamm is professor of history and director of special collections at Earlham College and a member of West Richmond (Ind.) Meeting. He is putting final touches on a book on Hicksite Friends from 1827 to 1900.


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A Lenape among the Quakers: The Life of Hannah Freeman

By Dawn G. Marsh. University of Nebraska Press, 2014. 240 pages. $27.95/hardcover; $17.95/paperback or eBook. William Penn’s Peaceable Kingdom is a keystone of the Quaker myth. Made most memorable in Benjamin West’s famous painting Penn’s Treaty with the Indians, it projects the comfortable notion that colonial Quakers had a benign, harmonious, and mutually respectful relationship with […]

Neal Burdick is retired as senior writer/editor at St. Lawrence University, where he continues to teach advanced writing. Also a freelance writer and editor, he lives in Canton, N.Y., where he is a member of St. Lawrence Valley Meeting in Potsdam, N.Y., an allowed meeting under the care of Ottawa Meeting in Ontario, Canada.


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By Law of Grace: A Journey with the People of the Streets, a Personal Experience

By Heidi Blocher. Apprenticeship to Jesus, 2016. 120 pages. $7 suggested donation/paperback. Heidi Blocher, a New England Friend who has traveled widely in America and Europe (and the 2010 Richard Cary lecturer at German Yearly Meeting), takes us on a journey few of us would undertake on our own. As I read this book, I […]

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


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Gospel—The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary—Jesus Spirituality for Everyone

Translated by Thomas Moore. Skylight Paths Publishing, 2016. 224 pages. $29.99/hardcover; $19.99/paperback; $19.95/eBook. The other day over lunch, I told a friend that I had been asked to review the Gospel of Matthew. He promptly snorted his soup and started laughing. “What? Are you going to say ‘It’ll never sell’?” He has a point. Even […]

Rob Pierson is a member of Albuquerque (N.M.) Meeting, where he currently clerks Adult Education and leads occasional Bible studies. He is a graduate of the Master of Ministry program at Earlham School of Religion and secretly enjoyed his required advanced exegesis work on the Gospel According to Matthew.


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The Peace Class: A Study of Effective Cheek-turning, Neighbor-loving and Sword-to-plowshare Conversion

By Diana Hadley and David Weatherspoon. Self-published, 2015. 220 pages. $12.99/paperback; $5.99/eBook. Both Diana Hadley and David Weatherspoon write well, and each brings a different background and experience to teaching a semester course in peace studies. The book is not a course outline or curriculum for would-be emulators of their project. What it does offer […]

Sandy and Tom Farley are members of Palo Alto (Calif.) Meeting and coauthors of Earthcare for Children. Both participated in a peace studies seminar taught by Philip Wogaman in 1965 (Sandy) and 1966 (Tom) at the University of the Pacific. Both Sandy and Tom have trained as Alternatives to Violence Project facilitators.


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War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing

Edited by Lawrence Rosenwald. The Library of America, 2016. 850 pages. $40/hardcover; $17.99/eBook. This is an ambitious book, and it looks it. Elegantly bound, complete with a satin ribbon bookmark attached, War No More intends to be a reference as well as a guide through the more than three centuries of Europeans in America—and before—starting […]

J.E. McNeil is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and as an attorney a longtime supporter of those who say no to war. She spent 11 years as the executive director of the Center on Conscience & War and continues to work with members in the military who seek CO discharge.


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The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy

By Michael McCarthy. New York Review Books, 2016. 273 pages. $24.95/hardcover; $14.99/eBook. “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” —Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat The Moth Snowstorm is not about moths, but instead is part autobiography, part nature […]

Ruah Swennerfelt is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She currently serves as clerk of New England Yearly Meeting’s Earthcare Ministry Committee and is author of Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith.


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Just Living

By Meredith Egan. Amity Publishers, 2016. 446 pages. $17.99/paperback; $5.99/eBook. Meredith Egan’s debut novel, Just Living, explores the ideas embedded within its rich title in various ways. Beth Hill, the young narrator and protagonist studying to become an Anglican priest, is searching in her own life both for her vocation and a simple life of […]

Jim Hood teaches English and environmental studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. He is a member of Friendship Meeting, North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative).


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Pond

By Jim LaMarche. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2016. 40 pages. $17.99/hardcover; $10.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8. Pond is a picture-story book for school-age children about habitat restoration set in the upper Midwest or Northeast. Matt discovers a spring in an area known as “the pit.” His sister, Katie, and their friend Pablo join him […]

Sandy and Tom Farley are members of Palo Alto (Calif.) Meeting and coauthors of Earthcare for Children, a curriculum they are currently revising.


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Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

By Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016. 48 pages. $18.99/hardcover; $5.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8. As a teacher of nonviolence, Mohandas Gandhi can take on superhero proportions in the imagination. It could be easy to revere his example while finding it impossible to follow. We have […]

Lisa Rand lives on a small farm in Berks County, Pa. She writes a blog at Lighttoreadby.wordpress.com.


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