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William Penn: A Life

By Andrew R. Murphy. Oxford University Press, 2018. 488 pages. $34.95/hardcover; $23.99/eBook. The name William Penn evokes an image of [鈥

Cameron McWhirter is a journalist and the author of聽Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America.聽He is a member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting and has served on the board of trustees of Friends Publishing Corporation, publisher of Friends Journal.


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Quakers in Bolivia: The Early History of Bolivian Friends

By Emma Condori Mamani. Publicaciones CALA, 2017. 117 pages. $20/paperback. When in 1919 Friends undertook missionary work in Bolivia, it [鈥

Jerry Mizell Williams worships at Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and book reviews on colonial Latin America.


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A Practical Mysticism: How Quaker Process Opens Us to the Promptings of the Divine

By Elizabeth Meyer. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 453), 2018. 36 pages. $7/pamphlet. This Pendle Hill pamphlet is an excellent explanation [鈥

Marty Grundy has been clerk and recording clerk of monthly, quarterly, and yearly meetings; as well as recording clerk of Friends General Conference's Central Committee and Religious Education Committee; and the first clerk of FGC's Traveling Ministries Program.


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The Healing Power of Stories

By Michael Bischoff. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 454), 2018. 27 pages. $7/pamphlet. Why do we get cancer? While there are [鈥

Brad Sheeks, a member of Newtown (Pa.) Meeting, is a retired hospice nurse, and with his wife, Patricia McBee, is a retired co-leader in the Couple Enrichment Program of Friends General Conference.


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Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel

By Gary Dorrien. Yale University Press, 2018. 632 pages. $45/hardcover or eBook; $30/paperback. In Breaking White Supremacy, Gary Dorrien, professor [鈥

Isaac Barnes May is a member of Charlottesville (Va.) Meeting. He is a doctoral candidate in religious studies at the University of Virginia.


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The Joy of Job: An Investigator鈥檚 Perspective on the Most Righteous Man on Earth

By Maribeth Vander Weele. Sagerity Press, 2018. 138 pages. $24.99/paperback; $9.99/eBook. The Epistle of James speaks about the 鈥減atience of [鈥

Michael Willett Newheart is professor emeritus of New Testament at Howard University School of Divinity, member of Adelphi (Md.) Meeting, and interim pastor at First Baptist Church in Madison, Wis.


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鈥 And Forgive Them Their Debts: Lending, Foreclosure, and Redemption from Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year

By Michael Hudson. ISLET鈥怴erlag Dresden, 2018. 340 pages. $29.95/hardcover; $26.95/paperback. The authors of the Bible never guessed how puzzled we [鈥

Forrest聽Curo is a member of San Diego (Calif.) Meeting (but currently attending La Jolla [Calif.] Meeting) and founder/editor of _Street Light _(1997鈥2001), a monthly tabloid on poverty issues modelled on American Friends Service Committee's Street Spirit.


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Walk Humbly, Serve Boldly: Modern Quakers as Everyday Prophets

By Margery Post Abbott. Inner Light Books, 2018. 478 pages. $45/hardcover; $30/paperback; $12.50/eBook. Margery Post Abbott鈥檚 latest book presents Friends [鈥

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


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Modern Psalms in Search of Peace and Justice

By Dwight L. Wilson, illustrated by Nancy Marstaller. Friends United Press, 2017. 226 pages. $16/paperback. The psalms of the Bible [鈥

William Shetter is a member of Bloomington (Ind.) Meeting. His thoughts on "The Psalms as Spiritual Directors" are scheduled to appear in the March 2019 issue of Presence.


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An Encounter between Quaker Mysticism and Taoism in Everyday Life

By Cho鈥怤yon Kim. James Backhouse Lectures, 2018. 38 pages. $14/pamphlet; $8/eBook. The slender, intriguing pamphlet An Encounter between Quaker Mysticism [鈥

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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