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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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Art as Soul鈥檚 Sanctuary: Meditations On Arts and Spirituality among Quakers and Beyond

By Jennifer Elam. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 452), 2018. 34 pages. $7/pamphlet. Jennifer Elam is a psychologist, Quaker, and artist/writer/dancer [鈥

Patricia Morrison attends South Mountain Meeting (NPYM) in Ashland, Ore. She works with artists, writers, musicians, and creative professionals to help them make a living, make a life, and make a difference (innerfireouterlight.com). She is working on a book about how to make work that is at the intersection of creativity and social good financially and otherwise sustainable.


Posted in: February 2019, February 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril

By Elizabeth A. Johnson. Orbis Books, 2018. 256 pages. $28/hardcover; $26/paperback; $22.50/eBook. 鈥淭he creation waits eagerly for the children of [鈥

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


Posted in: February 2019, February 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial

By Elizabeth Fournier. New World Library, 2018. 208 pages. $15.95/paperback; $12.76/eBook. I鈥檝e been interested in the idea of a green [鈥

Ruah Swennerfelt is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She has worked for Earth for many decades and currently is involved in the international Transition Town Movement.


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Poems from the Myst

By Michael Resman. Zumbro River Press, 2018. 176 pages. $7.40/paperback; $0.99/eBook. Deep sharing is a gift, and Michael Resman is [鈥

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The Beauty Queen of Bonthe and Other Stories of West Africa

By Gregory A. Barnes. FriendsPress, 2018. 194 pages. $12/paperback. It was a pleasure to read some of this collection and [鈥

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Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries

Directed by Janet P. Gardner. Gardner Documentary Group, 2018. 108 minutes. See Quakersthefilm鈥.com for more information. Friend Janet Gardner and [鈥

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We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow

By Margaret Edds. University of Virginia Press, 2018. 424 pages. $29.95/hardcover or eBook; $24.95/paperback. Friend Margaret Edds, a journalist by [鈥

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Living on Automatic: How Emotional Conditioning Shapes Our Lives and Relationships

By Homer B. Martin and Christine B.L. Adams. Praeger, 2018. 187 pages. $37/hardcover or eBook. Quaker doctor Christine B.L. Adams [鈥

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This Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement

By Sarah Azaransky. Oxford University Press, 2017. 296 pages. $34.95/hardcover; $23.99/eBook. The story of the Civil Rights Movement is almost [鈥

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


Posted in: January 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

By Frances FitzGerald. Simon & Schuster, 2017. 752 pages. $35/hardcover; $20/paperback; $14.99/eBook. Frances FitzGerald offers a spectacular sweep of the [鈥

Zae Asa Illo (formerly David Breitzmann) is a member of San Francisco (Calif.) Meeting. He has a nearly two-year standing anchor committee and has been engaged in street preaching for several months. He is also working on releasing a collection of poetry, launching a new social enterprise, and applying to seminary in 2020.


Posted in: January 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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