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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.

Posted in: Friends in Africa, October 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Times

By Kate Davies. New Society Publishers, 2018. 208 pages. $18.99/paperback or eBook. After many years working for Earth on the […]

Ruah Swennerfelt is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting and is sojourning with Middlebury (Vt.) Meeting. She and her husband live in an all-solar home where they grow vegetables and fruits and try to live gently on the land. She's active in the national and local Transition Movement and is the author of Rising to the Challenge.

Posted in: April 2019 Books, Humor in Religion, Quaker Book Reviews
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The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil‐Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep

By Mary DeMocker. New World Library, 2018. 360 pages. $16.95/paperback or eBook. Oh my gosh, what an incredible read this […]

Ruah Swennerfelt is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She and her husband live in a solar-powered, net zero energy home in the woods. They are active in the Transition Town Movement in their community and with Friends in New England. She is author of Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith.

Posted in: January 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World

By Peter Wohlleben. Greystone Books, 2016. 251 pages. $24.95/hardcover; $24.99/eBook. “After you’ve read Wohlleben’s book, a walk in the woods […]

Ruah Swennerfelt, a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting, is a homesteader and activist. She is the author of Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith and numerous articles on living simply.

Posted in: Quaker Book Reviews, September 2017, September 2017 Books
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The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities

By Didi Pershouse. Mycelium Books, 2016. 301 pages. $19.95/paperback. “When we stand in the center and look at the whole, […]

Ruah Swennerfelt lives in rural Vermont and is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She serves as clerk of the Earthcare Ministry Committee of New England Yearly Meeting.

Posted in: November 2016 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Quakers and Social Media
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Finding My Radical Soul: A Memoir

By Frances Crowe. Haley’s, 2015. 281 pages. $34.95/hardcover; $24.95/paperback; $11/eBook. Frances Crowe’s life is a shining light for all Friends. […]

Ruah Swennerfelt lives in Charlotte, Vt., and is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She currently serves as clerk of New England Yearly Meeting’s Earthcare Ministry Committee. She is active with Transition Town Charlotte and Vermont Interfaith Power and Light.

Posted in: January 2016 Books, January 2016: Quakers and the Political Process, Quaker Book Reviews
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Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth

By David C. Korten. Berrett‐Koehler Publishers, 2015. 169 pages. $19.95/paperback; $9.99/eBook. Finally we have a book that brings together the […]

Ruah Swennerfelt is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting and is active in New England Yearly Meeting’s Earthcare Ministry Committee, Vermont Interfaith Power and Light, and Transition Town Charlotte, Vt.

Posted in: October 2015 Books, October 2015: Faithful Living, Quaker Book Reviews
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Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference

Edited by Sarah van Gelder. Berrett‐Koehler Publishers, 2014. 168 pages. $16.95/paperback; $9.99/eBook. It’s not often that I read a book […]

Ruah Swennerfelt lives in Charlotte, Vt., and is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She’s serving as clerk of the New England Yearly Meeting Earthcare Ministry Committee, and serves on the boards of Transition Town Charlotte and Vermont Interfaith Power and Light.

Posted in: Quaker Book Reviews, September 2015 Books, September 2015: Reproduction and Family Planning, Uncategorized
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A Sustainable Life: Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation

By Douglas Gwyn. QuakerPress of FGC, 2014. 166 pages. $14.95/paperback; $6.50/eBook. If you’re expecting that A Sustainable Life is just another […]

Ruah Swennerfelt is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She served as general secretary for Quaker Earthcare Witness for 17 years and is now retired. She is active in her town’s Transition Initiative and, with her husband, attempts to live a sustainable life.

Posted in: Quaker Book Reviews
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The Ecology of Quaker Meeting

By James W. Hood. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 449), 2018. 32 pages. $7/pamphlet. James Hood, a member of Friendship Meeting […]

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