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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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Wishtree

By Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Charles Santoso. Feiwel and Friends, 2017. 224 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 8–12. How […]

Judith Favor belongs to Claremont (Calif.) Meeting. Author of the 2017 novel The Beacons of Larkin Street, she appreciates interconnectedness with nature expressed in poetic writing.


Posted in: May 2018 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews, What Are Quaker Values Anyway?
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Flowers for Sarajevo

By John McCutcheon, illustrated by Kristy Caldwell. Peachtree Publishers, 2017. 32 pages (plus audio CD). $19.95/hardcover and CD; $6.95/CD only. […]

Dave Austin is a member of Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting. He is currently at work on a young adult novel about the holocaust in France.


Posted in: May 2018 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews, What Are Quaker Values Anyway?
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The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball

By Dori Jones Yang. SparkPress, 2017. 256 pages. $12.95/paperback; $9.95/eBook. Recommended for ages 10–14. It seems almost anticlimactic when the […]

James Foritano attends Cambridge (Mass.) Meeting.


Posted in: May 2018 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews, What Are Quaker Values Anyway?
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Heart of Oneness: A Little Book of Connection

By Jennifer Kavanagh. Christian Alternative Books, 2017. 88 pages. $10.95/paperback; $5.99/eBook. This meditation by a British Quaker may be modest […]

William Shetter is a member of Bloomington (Ind.) Meeting.


Posted in: April 2018 Books, Healing, Quaker Book Reviews
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Warner Mifflin: Unflinching Quaker Abolitionist

By Gary B. Nash. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017. 352 pages. $34.95/hardcover or eBook. Thorough books have been produced in […]

Cameron McWhirter is a journalist and the author of Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America. He is a member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting and has served on the board of trustees for Friends Publishing Corporation, publisher of Friends Journal.


Posted in: April 2018 Books, Healing, Quaker Book Reviews
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Evicted AND Dream Hoarders

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. By Matthew Desmond. Crown Publishing Group, 2016. 422 pages. $28/hardcover; $17/paperback; $12.99/eBook. […]

J. E. McNeil, an attorney in Washington, D.C., and a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (FMW), grew up in a working class neighborhood in the Jim Crow South. She worked her way through college and later law school when that was still a possibility. Now culturally if not financially part of the upper middle class with three degrees, she supports the Mary Jane Simpson Scholarship Fund at FMW and the Bell Multicultural High School in Columbia Heights, D.C.


Posted in: April 2018 Books, Healing, Quaker Book Reviews
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Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John

By David Johnson. Inner Light Books, 2017. 278 pages. $35/hardcover; $25/paperback; $12.50/eBook. It is certainly not surprising that Quaker publisher […]

Michael Willett Newheart, a semi-retired university professor, is a member of Adelphi (Md.) Meeting.


Posted in: April 2018 Books, Healing, Quaker Book Reviews
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A Seeker’s Theology: Christianity Reinterpreted as Mysticism

By John G. Macort. Self-published, 2016. 231 pages. $9.50/paperback. John Macort, formerly an Episcopalian priest but long acquainted with Friends […]

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


Posted in: April 2018 Books, Healing, Quaker Book Reviews
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Renegade: Martin Luther, the Graphic Biography

By Dacia Palmerino, illustrated by Andrea Grosso Ciponte, translated by Michael G. Parker. Plough Publishing House, 2017. 160 pages. $19.95/paperback; […]

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: April 2018 Books, Healing, Quaker Book Reviews
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Never Can I Write of Damascus: When Syria Became Our Home

By Theresa Kubasak and Gabe Huck. Just World Books, 2016. 272 pages. $24.99/paperback. The title of this excellent memoir comes […]

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


Posted in: March 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Quakers and the Holy Land
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