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Friends Journal Books, February 2018

This month’s reviews include Living in Dark Times by Rex Ambler; The Call to Radical Faithfulness by Douglas Gwyn; and U.S. Quakerism in the 20th Century edited by Chuck Fager; and An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman by Susan M. Oullette.

 

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Living in Dark Times

By Rex Ambler. Pendle Hill, 2017. 27 pages. $7/Pamphlet. Reading the title of this pamphlet calls up images of the challenges Rex Ambler intends to address. If we are paying attention to what is going on in the world these days, we are likely to feel overwhelmed, battered, knocked off center, and awash in disbelief […]

Pamela Haines is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.


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The Call to Radical Faithfulness: Covenant in Quaker Experience

By Douglas Gwyn. Plain Press, 2017, 104 pages. $10/Paperback; $5/eBook. In this inspired collection of short essays, sermons, and half-hour talks on the Bible, Quaker pastor and historian Doug Gwyn highlights an important truth about Liberal Quakerism today. According to Gwyn, our current status as a tiny, theologically jumbled, post-Christian, religious sect that hopes against […]

Steve Chase is a member of Putney Friends Meeting in Vermont and currently serves as the Manager of Academic Initiatives at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the Pendle Hill pamphlets Revelation and Revolution: Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness and Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights. He is also a regular contributor to Minds of the Movement, www​.nonviolent​-conflict​.org/​b​l​og/, an ICNC blog on the people and power of nonviolent civil resistance.


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An Early Assessment: U.S. Quakerism in the 20th Century: Papers from the Quaker History Roundtable, June 8–11, 2017

Edited by Chuck Fager. Kimo Press, 2017. 235 pages. $11.95/Paperback. In the interest of full disclosure, this reviewer spent several hours negotiating with editor Chuck Fager over a submission to this volume—one covering the intersection between Gay and Quaker history during the twentieth century. Negotiations broke down, however, when I could not convince Chuck that […]

Mitchell Santine Gould is a leading authority on Walt Whitman’s Quakerism, and runs the website LeavesOfGrass​.Org. His analysis of Transcendentalism as the secularization of Quakerism has appeared in Quaker History and in Quaker Theology. He is an attender at Multnomah Friends Meeting in Portland, Ore.


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An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman: The Journal of Phebe Orvis, 1820–1830

By Susan M. Ouellette. State University of New York Press, 2017. 380 pages. $29.95/paperback; $29.95/eBook. For ten years, 1820 through 1830, and again briefly in the 1850s, Phebe Orvis maintained an almost daily journal. The 1820 through 1830 segment covers the years when Orvis, a young Quaker woman, entered adulthood, left the family and the […]

Neal Burdick is retired as senior writer/editor at St. Lawrence University, where he continues to teach Advanced Writing. Also a freelance writer and editor, he lives in Canton, New York, where he is a member of St. Lawrence Valley Friends Meeting, an allowed meeting under the care of Ottawa (Canada) Meeting.


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Being Quaker…Where you are: A Journey Among Isolated Friends in the Northwest

By Sakre Kennington Edson. Western Friend, 2017. 244 pages. $20/paperback; $9/eBook. In the middle of an overly full week, I promised to read this book for Friends Journal. The rash promise turned out to yield an unexpected gift, and I encourage you to open this book for yourself and pass it around your meeting. Sakre […]

Brian Drayton worships with the new Souhegan Friends Meeting in Wilton, N.H., allowed by Weare Meeting in Henniker, N.H.


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Becoming Curious: A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions

By Casey Tygrett. IVP Books, 2017. 192 pages. $16/paperback; $15.99/eBook. Got faith? Then why question? Now there’s a question, and one that Quakers may be more at home responding to than would some others. We Friends riddle our Faith and Practice with questions, elevating them to a religious art form: the query. How does Truth […]

Rob Pierson is a member of Albuquerque (N.M.) Meeting and a graduate of the Master of Ministry program at the Earlham School of Religion. He enjoys parallel lives in Quakerism and engineering, two fields where questions are at the core of the discipline.


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