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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.

BeatingGuns

Beating Guns: Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence

By Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin. Brazos Press, 2019. 288 pages. $19.99/paperback or eBook. When two Christian gun owners decided […]

Tom and Sandy Farley are members of Palo Alto (Calif.) Meeting, storytellers, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitators, volunteer booksellers with EarthLight, and co-authors of Earthcare for Children.

Posted in: August 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, QuakerSpeak at Five
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Empire

Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution

By Priya Satia. Penguin Press, 2018. 544 pages. $35/hardcover; $22/paperback (available in October); $15.99/eBook. This big book (approximately 420 pages […]

Larry Ingle was recently awarded the Friends Historical Association’s Kenneth Carroll Award for his article “Lessons from Quaker History: What’s an Historian to Say about Whittaker Chambers and Clarence Pickett?” in Quaker History. A member of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Meeting, he is retired from the History Department of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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Reconstructing

Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion

By Jonathan Wilson‐Hartgrove. IVP Books, 2018. 192 pages. $20/hardcover; $19.99/eBook. Back in 1968, I was a 13‐year‐old seeker and new […]

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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Antisemitism

Antisemitism: Here and Now

By Deborah E. Lipstadt. Schocken Books, 2019. 304 pages. $25.95/hardcover; $12.99/eBook. In early March of 2019, news sources across the […]

David Austin is a member of Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting. He lives in Marlton, N.J., where he teaches middle school world and Holocaust history.

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RichardRohr

Richard Rohr: Essential Teachings on Love

By Richard Rohr, edited by Joelle Chase and Judy Traeger. Orbis Books, 2018. 288 pages. $22/paperback; $18.50/eBook. In the classic […]

Rob Pierson is a member of Albuquerque (N.M.) Meeting and a graduate of the Master of Ministry program at Earlham School of Religion. Like Richard Rohr, he is an Enneagram 1, so an engineer, Quaker, and recovering perfectionist who worries that his life and this review still aren’t quite right.

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Cadbury

A History of Cadbury

By Diane Wordsworth. Pen and Sword History, 2018. 176 pages. $39.95/hardcover; $24.95/paperback (available in September); $19.17/eBook. In 1824 John Cadbury […]

Beth Taylor is a member of Westerly (R.I.) Meeting and teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program of Brown University’s English Department.

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Doctor

The Doctor of Flowers

By Rachel Blum. 3: A Taos Press, 2018. 99 pages. $24/paperback. In her splendid poetry collection The Doctor of Flowers, […]

Bob Dixon-Kolar is an assistant professor of English at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. He and his family are members of Evanston (Ill.) Meeting.

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Remember-the-Ladies

Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box

By Angela P. Dodson. Center Street, 2017. 448 pages. $26/hardcover; $15.99/paperback; $9.99/eBook. The upcoming 2020 centennial of women’s suffrage in […]

Gwen Gosney Erickson is the Quaker librarian and college archivist for the Quaker Archives (formerly known as the Friends Historical Collection) at Guilford College and a member of Friendship Meeting in Greensboro, N.C.

Posted in: June/July 2019 Books, June/July 2019: Food Choices, Quaker Book Reviews
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Faith-and-Experience-in-Education

Faith and Experience in Education: Essays from Quaker Perspectives

Edited by Don Rowe and Anne Watson. Trentham Books, 2018. 256 pages. $41.95/paperback or eBook. As an early childhood teacher, […]

Sharlee DiMenichi is a member of Lehigh Valley Meeting in Bethlehem, Pa. She has taught preschool and elementary school and is currently an English as a second language instructor.

Posted in: June/July 2019 Books, June/July 2019: Food Choices, Quaker Book Reviews
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Becoming-a-Welcoming-Church

Becoming a Welcoming Church AND Scrappy Church

Becoming a Welcoming Church By Thom S. Rainer. B&H Publishing Group, 2018. 128 pages. $12.99/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Scrappy Church: God’s Not […]

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

Posted in: June/July 2019 Books, June/July 2019: Food Choices, Quaker Book Reviews
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