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Face to Face: Early Quaker Encounters with the Bible

By T. Vail Palmer Jr. Barclay Press, 2016. 288 pages. $20/paperback. In Face to Face, T. Vail Palmer Jr. creates a rich tapestry woven with many threads and leading to a compelling depiction of important aspects of Quaker history well worth pondering. One way to identify those threads is by the questions which prompt them. […]

Tom Paxson is a member of Kendal Meeting in Kennett Square, Pa. Kendal Meeting is a member of Western Quarterly Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.


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Moral Commerce: Quakers and the Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy

By Julie L. Holcomb. Cornell University Press, 2016. 252 pages. $39.95/hardcover or eBook. Those who know much about Quaker history are aware of sharp differences among Friends, especially since the late eighteenth century, over theology, discipline, and centralization versus local autonomy. But Friends found unity against slavery fairly early, scattered in the 1680s, increasing in […]

Larry Ingle is an historian of Quakerism whose most recent publication is Nixon’s First Cover-up: The Religious Life of a Quaker President. A member of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Meeting, he is retired from the history department of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


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Written by Ava DuVernay and Spencer Averick, directed by Ava DuVernay. Netflix Documentary, 2016. 100 minutes. Public screenings are free without a Netflix subscription. Private screenings are free with subscription. Visit the official site on Netflix Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary 13th is quite simply a tour de force. Central to this account of how the […]

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


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Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine

By Alice Rothchild. Just World Books, 2017. 283 pages. $19.99/paperback; $9.99/eBook. In Steve Feldman’s book Compartments, the well-known dermatologist chronicles how well-trained medical doctors in his profession can’t “think outside the box” they were trained in, often maintaining incorrect ideas and practices even when presented with clear evidence to the contrary. He then uses that […]

Max Carter is the recently retired William R. Rogers director of Friends Center and Quaker studies at Guilford College. In retirement, he and his wife, Jane, continue to lead annual service-learning trips to Palestine and Israel under the sponsorship of Friends United Meeting.


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Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good

By Chuck Collins. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016. 267 pages. $17.95/paperback or eBook. Once, when two Friends from Kenya were visiting, I had a phone call on which for some reason I said “I’m not rich.” I immediately wondered what my guests thought, and asked them “Am I rich?” It was very clear that I didn’t […]

Mary Gilbert is a member of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.), and has been active on monthly and yearly meeting committees, and on the steering committee of Quaker Earthcare Witness. Mary is married to David White, has a son, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson. Mary will sing at the drop of a hat.


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How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain: The New Science of Transformation

By Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman. Avery, 2016. 288 pages. $26/hardcover; $17.99/paperback; $12.99/eBook. “Based on our scientific evidence, I now believe that the stories found in sacred texts describing Enlightenment are real in that they are related to specific neurological events that can permanently change the structure and functioning of the brain.” How many […]

Phila Hoopes is a freelance copywriter, Reiki practitioner, and gardener with a passion for deep ecumenism and deep ecology. She is a member of Homewood Meeting in Baltimore, Md.


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Meeting at the Center: Living Love and Reconciling One with Another

By Bruce Birchard. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 442), 2016. 32 pages. $7/pamphlet. In this pamphlet, based on a 2011 plenary address to the Friends General Conference Gathering, Bruce Birchard writes of love and reconciliation through stories on three levels: personal/family, Religious Society of Friends, and in a nation that experienced genocide. Each level required a […]

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


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You Will Not Have My Hate

By Antoine Leiris, translated by Sam Taylor. Penguin Press, 2016. 144 pages. $23/hardcover; $15/paperback; $11.99/eBook. Antoine Leiris began writing You Will Not Have My Hate (originally published in French as Vous N’Aurez Pas Ma Haine by Librairie Arthème Fayard, Paris) in the days after his wife, Hélène, was killed in the November 2015 Paris terror […]

Lauren Brownlee is a member of Bethesda (Md.) Meeting and the DC Peace Team. She also serves on Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Peace and Social Concerns Committee.


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