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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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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

By Richard Rothstein. Liveright, 2017. 368 pages. $27.95/hardcover; $17.95/paperback (May 2018); $26.23/eBook. The title of this fascinating analysis of racialized public policy is a double entendre that refers to 聽the appearance of legality for a policy or legislative act (the very implementation of which undermines human dignity and value) and which points out that U.S. […]

David Breitzmann currently serves on Ministry and Oversight Committee at San Francisco (Calif.) Meeting, where he cofounded #FridayFoodSharing and foodrev.org (a nonprofit food delivery service for the poor). He is in discernment for application to seminary for pastoral care and public policy in 2018. He is on Twitter as @BlackQuaker.


Posted in: Books, January 2018 Books, Quaker Lifestyles
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Lucretia Mott Speaks: The Essential Speeches and Sermons

Edited by Christopher Densmore, Carol Faulkner, Nancy Hewitt, and Beverly Wilson Palmer. University of Illinois Press, 2017. 304 pages. $75/hardcover; $30/eBook. For those who want to delve deeply into the thinking of Lucretia Mott, this book offers an excellent look into her interrelated causes. Since she did not prepare written speeches but depended on the […]

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


Posted in: Books, January 2018 Books, Quaker Lifestyles
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Race & Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation

By David P. Leong, IVP Books, 2017. 208 pages. $16/paperback; $15.99/eBook. I couldn鈥檛 put down David Leong鈥檚 guide because it is so full of hope that Jesus Christ鈥檚 sacrifice can redeem the most oppressed people in the most neglected places. He channels the Martin Luther King Jr. of Where Do we Go From Here: Chaos […]

Carl Blumenthal is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting.


Posted in: Books, January 2018 Books, Quaker Lifestyles
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Rhythms of Grace / An Unhurried Leader

Rhythms of Grace: Life-Saving Disciplines for Spiritual Leaders. By David O. Williams. Barclay Press, 2017. 138 pages. $14/paperback. An Unhurried Leader: The Lasting Fruit of Daily Influence.聽By Alan Fadling. IVP Books, 2017. 174 pages. $20/hardcover; $15.99/eBook. Many clergy and spiritual leaders in the United States suffer from burnout. Friends serving in leadership and ministry roles, […]

Chris Mohr is a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., a trustee of Friends Publishing Corp. (publisher of Friends Journal), and the executive director of Friends Center in Philadelphia.


Posted in: Books, January 2018 Books, Quaker Lifestyles
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Solutionary Rail: A people-powered campaign to electrify America鈥檚 railroads and open corridors to a clean energy future

By Bill Moyer, Patrick Mazza and the Solutionary Rail Team. Backbone Campaign, 2016. 107 pages. $19.95/paperback. Many years ago, as my husband, Louis Cox, and I were attempting to lower our carbon footprint, we committed to avoiding domestic air travel, except in an emergency. Out of that decision, we have come to love rail travel. […]

Ruah Swennerfelt is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting and active in New England Yearly Meeting鈥檚 Earthcare Ministry Committee. She is the author of Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith.


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The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict

By Aaron T. Wolf. Island Press, 2017. 205 pages. $30/paperback; $29.99/eBook. Island Press publishes books on environmental issues, often involving water. Aaron Wolf directs the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation at Oregon State University. He came to the field of conflict resolution from mediating disputes about water in many regions, often across national […]

Sandy and Tom Farley are members of Palo Alto (Calif.) Meeting and co-authors of Earthcare for Children. Both trained as AVP facilitators.


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Trouble I鈥檝e Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism

By Drew G. I. Hart. Herald Press, 2016. 157 pages. $29.99/hardcover; $16.99/paperback; $12.99/eBook. A few months ago, I walked to the Festival Center in Washington, D.C., to hear a talk by a young Anabaptist theologian and blogger named Drew Hart. His topic was resisting racism, and his message was delivered with deep wisdom, passion, anger, […]

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First Day Stories

FJ Review: “First聽Day Stories is a perfect lesson starter for First-day schools and an important book to have in聽every Quaker home with young children.”

Emilie Gay is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting.


Posted in: Books, Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf
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Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers鈥 Market

FJ Review: “Although the rhymes are easy, the poet Michelle Schaub has聽tossed in long and unusual words which will pique the interest of ages three to eight.”

Retired school librarian Margaret Walden, a member of Cleveland (Ohio) Meeting, visits a farmers鈥 market that sets up weekly on the front porch of her hometown public library in Lakewood, Ohio.


Posted in: Books, Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf
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Maybe God Is Like That Too

FJ Review: “Benjamin Schipper鈥檚 colorful, cartoon-like illustrations of big city life came as a聽welcome surprise, in contrast to the bucolic scenes I expected in a book about seeing God聽in the world.”

Dee Cameron is a member of El Paso (Tex.) Meeting. She is a grandmother and a retired school librarian.


Posted in: Books, Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf
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