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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 from a poet much loved in Syria, Nizar Qabbani, who lived from 1923 to 1998: Never can I write of Damascus without my fingers becoming a trellis for her jasmine. Nor can my mouth speak […]

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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News of Friends: What Canst Thou Say? Colloquium; Quaker leaders part of church delegation to the Middle East; appointment at Ramallah Friends School.

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Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights

By Steve Chase. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 445), 2017. 30 pages. $7/pamphlet. Which side are you on? In the Israel–Palestine struggle, this is often the first, main, and only question. A fierce battle for loyalties is being waged and emotions run high. For those who would stand with the oppressed, this choice of sides can […]

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


Posted in: Conscience, October 2017 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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The Storyteller

By Evan Turk. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016. 48 pages. $18.99/hardcover; $4.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8. Occasionally a book that is marketed to young children is a treasure trove for everyone. Evan Turk’s book is a wonderful example of the power of the story. In this original tale based in Morocco, Turk has created […]

Katie Green is a member of Worcester (Mass.) Meeting and a professional storyteller. She has told stories at the Friends General Conference Gathering and New England Yearly Meeting annual sessions.


Posted in: Quaker Book Reviews, Quaker Summers, Young Friends Bookshelf
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Cultivating Peace in Troubled Times

Shan Cretin looka back at 100 years of Quaker action and witness.

Shan Cretin will be retiring as general secretary of American Friends Service Committee at the end of August 2017, a post she has held since September 2010. She is currently a member of Santa Monica (Calif.) Meeting and a sojourning member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.


Posted in: AFSC Centennial, Features
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Popular Protest in Palestine: The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance

By Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby. Pluto Press, 2015. 211 pages. $28/paperback; $21.99/eBook. As a Quaker who believes in both the morality and the effectiveness of well-planned and committed nonviolent action for peace and justice, I found Popular Protest in Palestine very informative and very challenging, but also more than a little discouraging. Implicitly, the […]

Richard Taylor is a member of Germantown Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., and is active in the meeting’s task force on ending mass incarceration. Dick is also developing a website designed to encourage Christian preachers to avoid anti-Judaism in their sermons and in the church’s readings from the New Testament.


Posted in: November 2016 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Quakers and Social Media
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Watch Out for Flying Kids! How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community

By Cynthia Levinson. Peachtree Publishers, 2015. 216 pages. $22.95/hardcover. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Messages in Quaker meetings are often Earth-bound and forgettable. But I remember Jim’s challenge from years ago. He described how élite military personnel train to parachute onto tiny roof spaces. Why, he asked, don’t Quakers train for peace with equivalent […]

Margaret Crompton (Britain Yearly Meeting) is a writer and lecturer whose publications include Pendle Hill pamphlet #419 Nurturing Children’s Spiritual Well-being (2012).


Posted in: May 2016 Young Friends Bookshelf, May 2016: Gender and Sexuality, Quaker Book Reviews
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A Pacifist’s Defense of the Media

Journalistic integrity and speaking truth to media power. đź”’ Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s largest online library of Quaker information: every Friends Journal […]

Justin Leverett is a practicing Quaker with roots in Reform Judaism. He lives near Portland, Ore., working as a barista and blogging during free time. He is deeply informed by his time in Quaker Voluntary Service as a fellow in Atlanta, Ga., from 2012 to 2013. His passions include media, French language and culture, and music.


Posted in: Features, November 2015: Books and Pop Culture
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Peace, Climate, and Reproductive Health

Human population growth is at the heart of many of today’s conflicts. đź”’ Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s largest online library […]

Richard Grossman is a member of Durango (Colo.) Meeting. In addition to practicing obstetrics and gynecology for 38 years in Durango, he writes a monthly column for the Durango Herald. Past issues of “Population Matters!” are available at Population​-matters​.org.


Posted in: Features, September 2015: Reproduction and Family Planning
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Crossing Boundaries in the Americas, Vietnam, and the Middle East: A Memoir

By Ron Young. Resource Publications, 2014. 299 pages. $35/paperback; $9.99/eBook. I finished Ron Young’s Crossing Boundaries in the Americas, Vietnam, and the Middle East during the fiftieth anniversary of the march in Selma, Ala., the release of the Department of Justice’s critique of police work in Ferguson, Mo., and the Israeli elections that returned Benjamin Netanyahu […]

Max L. Carter is retiring this year as the William R. Rogers director of Friends Center and Quaker studies at Guilford College.


Posted in: August 2015 Books, August 2015: The Effects of War, Quaker Book Reviews
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