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Centennial

A Centennial History of the American Friends Service Committee

By Gregory A. Barnes. Friends Press, 2016. 498 pages. $24.95/paperback. At the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists in 1994, Quaker historian J. William Frost argued that the historical significance of Friends in the twentieth century lay primarily in social, political, and humanitarian activism. Of that activism, the best-known manifestation is unquestionably the American Friends […]

Thomas D. Hamm is professor of history and director of special collections at Earlham College and a member of West Richmond (Ind.) Meeting. He has written extensively on Quaker history since 1800.


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WeAnswer

We Answered with Love: Pacifist Service in World War I

Edited by Nancy Learned Haines. Pleasant Green Books, 2016. 412 pages. $19.95/paperback. In 1917 Mary Peabody and Leslie Hotson were students at Radcliffe and Harvard. They met through their shared interests in music and drama, poetry and philosophy, and quickly became soul mates as they discussed the war that had turned the campus into a […]

Beth Taylor is a member of Westerly (R.I.) Meeting and is the co-director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University and the author of The Plain Language of Love and Loss: A Quaker Memoir.


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TheAnti_War

The Anti-War: Peace Finds the Purpose of a Peculiar People

By Douglas Gwyn. Inner Light Books, 2016. 208 pages. $30/hardcover; $17.50/paperback. Doug Gwyn may have given more thought to the environment that incubated the earliest Friends than any other Quaker. In The Anti-War鈥檚 two interrelated essays, he digs down to the roots of our peace testimony and lays bare the ways in which it has […]

Paul Buckley is a Quaker historian and theologian. He is a member of Community Friends Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio.聽The Essential Elias Hicks聽is his most recent book for Friends.


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TheBeautifulNotYet

The Beautiful Not Yet

By Carrie Newcomer. Available Light, 2016. 108 pages. $11.99/paperback. 12 tracks. $11.99/CD; $9.49/MP3 album. I once heard Carrie Newcomer recalling a conversation between herself and a friend about whether or not she should go back to grad school to get more credentials. This wise friend said that every album she had recorded and released was […]

Patricia Morrison is the clerk of South Mountain Meeting (North Pacific Yearly Meeting) in Ashland, Ore. A folk singer/songwriter helping to create a farm sanctuary, she also works with artists, writers, musicians, and creative professionals to help them make a living, make a life, and make a difference (innerfireouterlight.com).


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EverydayProphets

Everyday Prophets

By Margery Post Abbott. James Backhouse Lecture, 2016. 52 pages. $14/pamphlet; $8/eBook. The two words in this title seem so antithetical鈥攐ne so ordinary, one so formidable. Yet it is just this perceived incompatibility that provides both the space and the energy for Abbott to explore what prophetic ministry has meant and might continue to mean […]

Laura Jackson is a member of Merion (Pa.) Meeting and serves as clerk of its Beliefs into Action Committee. She is also a member of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT).


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leder

The Distressed Body: Rethinking Illness, Imprisonment, and Healing

By Drew Leder. University of Chicago Press, 2016. 304 pages. $30/paperback or eBook. To be human means to lead both a cerebral and a corporeal existence. The latter is easily forgotten by those of us whose pursuits are primarily intellectual and whose pastimes are electronic. Adults in particular may feel like walking, talking heads most […]

A physician practicing in Virginia, Margaret Fisher is a member of Herndon (Va.) Meeting and Baltimore Yearly Meeting鈥檚 Working Group on Right Relationship with Animals.


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HolySilence

Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality (Second Edition)

By J. Brent Bill. Eerdmans, 2016. 159 pages. $15.99/paperback or eBook. Brent Bill鈥檚 writing style gets right to the point in Holy Silence, using language that Quaker meeting members and attenders will recognize. But Bill makes a point of addressing this book to all, as in anyone and everyone. As in our shared belief in […]

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Hero's

Hero鈥檚 Journey: John Ritter, the Chip Hilton of Goshen, Indiana

By Jeff Rasley. Midsummer Books, 2016. 216 pages. $12.95/paperback; $4.95/eBook. What happens when heroes make mistakes or don鈥檛 live up to their outsized image? What makes a person a hero? Like many other terms that confer ultimate achievement, 鈥渉ero鈥 deserves a compassionate examination. Friend Jeff Rasley tells the story of a hero of his own […]

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TheVoiceOfSilence

The Voice of Silence

Friend Joyce Povolny wishes to make this volume of votive poems free to those who would like to have it. This is her third book of poems that 鈥減raise the beauty and goodness of God.鈥 Contact her at 131 E. North Water Street, Neenah, WI 54956.

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