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Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

By Bill McKibben. Henry Holt and Company, 2019. 304 pages. $28/hardcover; $17/paperback (available January 2020); $2.99/eBook.

Ruah Swennerfelt is a member of Middlebury (Vt.) Meeting. She and Louis Cox live in an all-solar, all-electric home in rural Vermont where they grow most of the vegetables and fruits that they consume year-round. She is the author of Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith.

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Losing Earth: A Recent History

By Nathaniel Rich. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019. 224 pages. $25/hardcover; $11.99/eBook.

Phil Favero is a member of Agate Passage Meeting in Washington State. He is a Montana native, a former member of Annapolis (Md.) Meeting, a retired economist, and a longtime supporter of Friends’ work to right our relationship with the natural world.

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Forgotten Occupation: Life in the Syrian Golan after 50 Years of Israeli Occupation

Edited and published by Al‚ÄźMarsad Arab Human Rights Centre in Golan Heights, 2018. 144 pages. Free PDF download at golan‚Äč-marsad‚Äč.org/‚Äčp‚Äču‚Äčb‚Äčl‚Äči‚Äčc‚Äča‚Äčt‚Äči‚Äčons.

Lauren Brownlee is a member of Bethesda (Md.) Meeting and is a member of the Quaker Palestine Israel Network.

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The Tiny Journalist

By Naomi Shihab Nye. BOA Editions, Ltd., 2019. 128 pages. $24/hardcover; $17/paperback; $9.99/eBook.

Michael S. Glaser is a professor emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 to 2009.

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What Is Justice?: A Personal Exploration

By Bill Denham. Fernwood Press, 2019. 70 pages. $14/paperback.

Tom Paxson, a retired philosophy professor, is a member of Kendal Meeting in Kennett Square, Pa.

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Becoming Fully Human: Writings on Quakers and Christian Thought

By Michael Langford. Friends of the Light, 2019. 456 pages. $19.14/paperback; $4.99/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.

Posted in: Friends in Africa, October 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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The Forgotten Gospel of Jesus

By Charles W. Heavilin. Christian Faith Publishing, 2018. 118 pages. $13.95/paperback; $9.99/eBook.

Max L. Carter is a member of New Garden Meeting in Greensboro, N.C., and the retired William R. Rogers director of Friends Center and Quaker studies at Guilford College.

Posted in: Friends in Africa, October 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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ChoosingPeace

Choosing Peace: The Catholic Church Returns to Gospel Nonviolence

Edited by Marie Dennis. Orbis Books, 2018. 272 pages. $25/paperback; $20.50/eBook.

Steve Chase is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and the manager of Academic Initiatives at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC).
An earlier version of this review was published in the September 2019 issue of International Journal on World Peace.

Posted in: Friends in Africa, October 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change

By Jim Antal. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. 242 pages. $56/hardcover; $25/paperback; $23.50/eBook.

Ruah Swennerfelt is a member of Middlebury (Vt.) Meeting. She and her husband live in a solar-powered house where they grow most of the vegetables and fruits they consume. They are active with the Transition Town Movement in their town and nationally.

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Healing Earth: An Ecologist’s Journey of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship

By John Todd. North Atlantic Books, 2019. 200 pages. $24.95/paperback; $17.99/eBook.

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

Posted in: Friends in Africa, October 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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