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Friends Journal is made for readers, learners, and seekers. The Books column aims to introduce our readers to all manner of media relevant to the Quaker experience. Every issue is packed with insightful and honest reviews of books of interest to Friends, including the occasional music album, film, or game.

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A Natural Unfolding

By Donna Eder. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 457), 2019. 30 pages. $7/pamphlet or eBook.

Philip Favero resides on Bainbridge Island, Wash., and is a member of Agate Passage (Wash.) Meeting.

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Building Bridges: Four Stories from the Bible

By Elizabeth O’Sullivan. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 458), 2019. 30 pages. $7/pamphlet or eBook.

Lauren Brownlee is a member of Bethesda (Md.) Meeting, and, having recently moved to Durham, N.C., an attender at Durham Meeting.

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What Do Quakers Believe? AND Telling the Truth about God

By Geoffrey Durham. Christian Alternative Books (Quaker Quicks), 2019. 88 pages. $10.95/paperback; $5.99/eBook.

Marty Grundy, a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting, has struggled to help Friends enlarge their vocabulary and remember that when each speaks the language of the heart, the burden of translation is on the hearer.

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Nonviolence in America: A Documentary History (Third Edition)

Edited by Staughton Lynd and Alice Lynd. Orbis Books, 2018. 456 pages. $50/paperback.

David Austin is a member of Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting. He lives in Marlton, N.J., where he teaches middle school world and Holocaust history. His first book, Small Miracle: A Holocaust Story from France, will be published this year.

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Unteachable Lessons: Why Wisdom Can’t Be Taught (and Why That’s Okay)

By Carl McColman. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2019. 160 pages. $16.99/paperback or eBook.

Paul Buckley is a member of Community Friends Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of numerous articles and books on Quakerism and travels in the ministry urging revival among Friends. His most recent book is Primitive Quakerism Revived: Living as Friends in the Twenty-First Century.

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Energy Choices AND Toward a Life‐Centered Economy

By Robert Bruninga, with Judy Lumb, Frank Granshaw, and Charles Blanchard. Quaker Institute for the Future (Focus Book 11), 2018. […]

Pamela Haines is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. Her most recent book is Money and Soul, an expansion of a Pendle Hill pamphlet by the same name.

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Jeremiah Hacker: Journalist, Anarchist, Abolitionist

By Rebecca M. Pritchard. Frayed Edge Press, 2019. 126 pages. $13.95/paperback; $5.99/eBook.

Beth Taylor is a member of Westerly (R.I.) Meeting, the author of The Plain Language of Love and Loss: A Quaker Memoir, and she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program of Brown University’s English Department.

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Separate

Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation

By Steve Luxenberg. W.W. Norton & Company, 2019. 624 pages. $35/hardcover; $19.95/paperback; $29.73/eBook.

J. E. McNeil is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and an attorney for more than 40 years. She is a sixth-generation Southerner who grew up in the 1950s in segregated Houston, Tex., and studied Southern history at Rice University. She now lives in the colony of the District of Columbia where the history of Plessy still marks the landscape.

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Reclaiming Judaism From Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation

Edited by Carolyn L. Karcher. Olive Branch Press, 2019. 400 pages. $20/paperback.

Steve Chase is the Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.)’s Peace and Social Concerns Committee liaison to the local chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and its Occupation Free DC campaign to stop DC police from training with military occupation forces in Israel.

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Teilhard’s Struggle: Embracing the Work of Evolution

By Kathleen Duffy. Orbis Books, 2019. 176 pages. $20/paperback; $16.50/eBook.

Carl Blumenthal is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting.

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