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FJ Poetry: “site on a wooden stool / naked as an orphan”

Amy Baskin lives in聽Portland, Ore.

Posted in: Poetry, Quakers and the Holy Land
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Tying Up the Cat

Have we forgotten the reasons for our practices?

Donne Hayden is a member of Cincinnati (Ohio) Meeting. In 2012, she attended the Friends World Committee for Consultation World Gathering of Friends in Kenya, where she saw the Spirit move in singing and dancing Friends.

Posted in: Conflict and Controversy, Features
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When We Were Alone

FJ Review: “As they spend time in the garden, the little girl asks her grandmother聽questions. All of the questions relate to the adult鈥檚 experiences at the Native American residential school she聽attended as a child. The information shared is age appropriate and would be an excellent way聽to introduce that topic to young children.”

Eileen Redden is the assistant book review editor for Friends Journal. She worships in Lewes, Del.

Posted in: Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews
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The Girl Who Saved Yesterday

FJ Review: “Elements of it will resonate with anyone who has felt loss, and perhaps the message will be clear to children that we must not bury our sorrows and losses, but must remember and cherish them.”

Anne Nydam is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting. A former middle school teacher, she now works from home as a writer and artist.

Posted in: Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews
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Ellanor Stengel Fink

Fink鈥擡llanor Stengel Fink, 71, on March 9, 2017, at home in Chevy Chase, Md. Ellie was born on June 22, 1945, in Bryn Mawr, Pa., to Louise and Geoffrey Stengel. She graduated from Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pa., in 1963 and from Wheaton College (Massachusetts) in 1967. After college and a summer living in […]

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Interview with Friends Journal’s Assistant Book Review Editor

We talk with the editor of our children’s book reviews.

Eileen Redden is a retired school counselor and teacher, and a member of Camden (Del.) Meeting. More recently she鈥檚 been attending a worship group at Cadbury Senior Living in Lewes, Del. She has served as the volunteer assistant book review editor of Friends Journal since 2008. To contact Eileen about becoming a reviewer, email [email protected].

This interview is an extended version of the one that appeared in the print magazine.

Posted in: Interviews, Quaker Libraries
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Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

By Krista Tippett. Penguin Press, 2016. 288 pages. $28/hardcover; $17/paperback; $12.99/eBook. 鈥淚鈥檓 a person who listens for a living. . . . This book chronicles some of what I鈥檝e learned.鈥 These are a few of the introductory words written by someone who to many Friends may not need introduction. The voices she listens to are […]

William Shetter is a member of Bloomington (Ind.) Meeting. He is still trying to become wiser, and now and then even succeeds.

Posted in: November 2017 Books, Quaker Libraries
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Meeting God in Scripture: A Hands-On Guide to Lectio Divina

By Jan Johnson. InterVarsity Press, 2016. 256 pages. $17/paperback; $16.99/eBook. We Quakers have a rather complicated relationship with the Bible. Some Friends want nothing to do with it, feeling it is a misogynistic, antique collection of man (primarily)-made writings. Others consider it the Word of God, infallible and inerrant and 鈥渋nspired by God and profitable […]

Brent Bill recently retired from his position as associate secretary for communications, publications, and outreach at Friends General Conference. He is a member of West Newton Meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., and his newest book is Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality (Second Edition).

Posted in: November 2017 Books, Quaker Libraries
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I Want You to Be: On the God of Love

By Tom谩拧 Hal铆k, translated by Gerald Turner. University of Notre Dame Press, 2016. 189 pages. $25/hardcover; $11.99/eBook. Tom谩拧 Hal铆k, a psychoanalyst and 鈥渁 hidden priest鈥 of the Roman Catholic Church during the Communist years in Czechoslovakia, is currently a professor of sociology at the Czech Republic鈥檚 premier Charles University. In reading this fine book, I […]

Tom Paxson is a member of Kendal Meeting in Kennett Square, Pa. Kendal Meeting is a member of Western Quarterly Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

Posted in: Conscience, October 2017 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power

By Jerry Knutson. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 443), 2017. 31 pages. $7/pamphlet. Pendle Hill pamphlets are by nature short, and this pamphlet neatly divides up an important topic into headings that touch on important questions that Quakers ask when we feel led. Is it from ourselves, or from God? Will it require us to do […]

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