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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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Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South

Edited by Juman Abujbara, Andrew Boyd, Dave Mitchell, and Marcel Taminato. OR Books, 2018. 272 pages. $22/paperback; $10/eBook. “Agitate, agitate.” […]

Jerry Mizell Williams worships at Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and book reviews on colonial Latin America.


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The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth

By James Bryan Smith. IVP Books, 2017. 190 pages. $22/hardcover; $21.99/eBook. James Bryan Smith is a “magnificent” writer; that is, […]

Michael Willett Newheart is a member of Adelphi (Md.) Meeting and professor emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature at Howard University School of Divinity.


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The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist’s Point of View

By Tim Crane. Harvard University Press, 2017. 224 pages. $24.95/hardcover or eBook. “I don’t believe you / You had the […]

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


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Because of This: Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching: How to Live, Love, and Lead

By Jim Teeters. Barclay Press, 2018. 104 pages. $14/paperback. Jim Teeters’s new book, Because of This: Lao Tzu’s Tao Te […]

Michael S. Glaser, Poet Laureate of Maryland, 2004–2009, is a professor emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Co-editor of The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965–2010, he and his wife, Kathleen (a Courage and Renewal facilitator), offer retreats that invite participants to engage with poetry as a means of helping to live an examined life.


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Draw Your Weapons

By Sarah Sentilles. Random House, 2017. 320 pages. $28/hardcover; $13.99/eBook. Assembled like a collage or impressionist painting, Draw Your Weapons […]

Lori Patterson lives in Portland, Ore., where she teaches women’s studies at her local college, attends Multnomah Meeting in Portland (serving on the Racial Justice Committee), and runs an independent yarn and fiber dyeing business out of her home.†


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Seeds That Change the World: Essays on Quakerism, Spirituality, Faith, and Culture

By Debbie L. Humphries. QuakerPress of FGC, 2017. 143 pages. $14.95/paperback; $9.95/eBook. Is it okay to shout out to Friends, […]

Brad Sheeks is a member of Newtown (Pa.) Meeting, and with his wife, Patricia McBee, has moved to Newtown to enjoy retirement and live closer to daughter, Jennie, and her family.


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Mary and William Dyer: Quaker Light and Puritan Ambition in Early New England

By Johan Winsser. Self‐published, 2017. 345 pages (includes appendix and extensive notes). $24.95/paperback; $9.99/eBook. Mary Dyer’s story as a Quaker […]

Gwen Gosney Erickson lives in Greensboro, N.C., where she is employed as the Quaker librarian and college archivist at Guilford College. She currently serves as clerk of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative). Her first encounters with Mary Dyer were as a six-year-old sitting on the statue at Earlham College.


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Sometimes Amazing Things Happen: Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward

By Elizabeth Ford. Regan Arts, 2017. 247 pages. $27.95/hardcover; $16.99/paperback; $14.99/eBook. How many of us could survive one day in […]

Carl Blumenthal is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting and a reporter on mental healthcare.


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Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice

By Rima Vesely‐Flad. Fortress Press, 2017. 226 pages. $34/paperback; $4.99/eBook. A couple of years ago, I visited a man I […]

Patience A. Schenck is a member of Annapolis (Md.) Meeting, now living happily at Friends House in Sandy Spring, Md. She volunteers with Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform.


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This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

By Morgan Jerkins. Harper Perennial, 2018. 272 pages. $15.99/paperback; $10.99/eBook. I was drawn to Morgan Jerkins’s writing because I feel […]

Anna McCormally is a member of Herndon (Va.) Meeting, and works as assistant to the executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Maryland, College Park.


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