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Book List:Basic QuakerismCorporate Discernment
BY JANE L. LEATHERMAN
An in-depth but broadly-focused book exploring the tightly intertwined atrocities of conflict and sexual violence.
Polity Press 2011 244 PP. Paper
A Part Of Wholeness
BY ELIZABETH WATSON
Questions and recommendations by a gifted Friend, for thoughtful consideration by inviduals and meetings. Searching proposals address our relationships with each other. Recommended to overseers.
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting 1983 25 PP. Paper
(out of stock but can be backordered)
BY ANN TURNER, ILLUSTRATED BY WENDELL MINOR
A children's book with the simplicity and spirituality of the words in verse and the accompanying pictures focused on the theme of the Shaker idea of "Hands to work, heart to God." This book would be an excellent gift for a Friend of any age.
Godine 2002 39 PP. Paper
BY KATHLEEN THORNE-THOMSEN
Everything the Shakers made was simple in design, pure in form, and perfect in construction, reflecting their beliefs about life. A Shaker's Dozen celebrates the functional beauty of Shaker crafts as it leads young readers on an engaging journey through the numbers one to twelve. From Shaker brooms to homemade fruit pies and sturdy wooden tools, A Shaker's Dozen combines color photographs and a simple text to illuminate Shaker life, while captions offer more detailed information on the various objects. Has an enlightening afterword on Shaker history. Ages 4-8.
Chronicle Books 1999 32 PP. Cloth
BY PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING
Three lessons highlight how Quakers make decisions.
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting 1998 14 PP. Paper
The Quaker Experience Of Worship, Community And Transformation
BY MICHAEL WAJDA AND ALISON LEVIE
The 2001 Walton Lecture. An exploration of being altered and grounded by worship and the Quaker faith community.
SEYM 2001 23 PP. Blank
How To Organize A Group To Care For Someone Who Is Seriously Ill
BY CAPPY CAPOSSELA AND SHEILA WARNOCK
A "how-to" caregiver groups, this handbook emerges from the experience of a group of twelve friends worked together to support a terminally ill friend for three and a half years. It includes both practical advice for meeting care needs as well as the needs of the group itself, including exercises for mutual trust and collaboration, and how to address common problems.
p, Simon & Schuster 2004 348 PP. Blank
Language Of Civil Resistance In Conflicts
BY GENE SHARP
In nearly 1,000 entries, the Dictionary defines those ideologies, political systems, strategies, methods, and concepts that form the core of nonviolent action as it has occurred throughout history and across the globe, providing much-needed clarification of language that is often mired in confusion. Entries discuss everything from militarization to censorship, guerrilla theater, pacifism, secret agents, and protest songs. In addition, the dictionary features a foreword by Sir Adam Roberts, President of the British Academy; an introduction by Gene Sharp; an essay on power and realism; case studies of conflicts in Serbia and Tunisia; and a guide for further reading.
Oxford University Press 2011 368 PP. Paper
Stories Of Children And War
A series of short fictional stories focusing on war and conflit and its effects on the most vulnerable civilians - children. Authors include M.E. Kerr, Suzanne Fisher Staples, and others.
Knopf 2002 166 PP. Cloth
(out of stock but can be backordered)
And Other Heroic Acts From Mooreland, Indiana
BY HAVEN KIMMEL
Sequel to the best-seller "A Girl Named Zippy". Zippy heads towards being 13, and many things happen, described in her usual accurate amusing yet penetrating style. Her mother goes to college, she becomes a devoted aunt twice. She survives (just) a fractured arm, a very cross cow, Quaker Haven Camp and the worst blizzard in living memory. Sustained by her friends and her lack of faith as her father moves towards a silent epiphany that has hung over her childhood and signals its end.
Free Press 2007 336 PP. Paper
(out of stock but can be backordered)
BY MONICA GUNNING, ELAINE PEDLAR
Zettie and her Mama left their warm and comfortable home in Jamaica for an uncertain life in the United Sates. With Papa gone, Mama can't find a steady job that will sustain them and so they are forced to live in their car. But Mama's unwavering love, support, and gutsy determination give Zettie the confidence that, together, she and her mother can meet all challenges. This moving and authentic story about homelessness in an American city was developed with the help of the Homeless Children's Network in San Francisco.
Childrens Book Press 2004 32 PP. Cloth
BY MARY SNYDER
Starting point for using play figures in a prepared environment type of class space. Set contents include one shepherd, one thief, who may double as a shepherd for the Christmas story, three sheep (one of which fits on the shoulders of the shepherd as the lost sheep), a simple cord sheepfold, blue felt "still waters," dark felt "deepest darkness," and green felt "pasture." These play figures have become classic for Jerome Berryman's 'Godly Play' approach to religious eduction. Finished with a canvas storage bag.
Quaker Cottage Industries 2001 IN CNVS BAG Boxed
Written By Himself
BY ROBERT MONTGOMERY BIRD, INTRODUCTION BY CHRISTOPHER LOOBY
A quite amazing novel of 1836 recently rediscovered. An idle man in Pennsylvania discovers how to take over the bodies of those just dead and live their lives. He moves around searching for happiness and wealth as brewer, slave, moneylender, madman, and many more, including pious Quaker philanthropist! The book gives a vivid portrait of early American life in Philadelphia and the social conditions and attitudes.
New York Review of Books 1842 425 PP. Paper
(out of stock but can be backordered)
BY STEPHEN CRISP
A 17th century Quaker tract. An allegory of Pilgrims Progress believed to be written by Stephen Crisp (1628-1692), who had been a traveling minister and responsible for the spread of the Society of Friends into the Netherlands. Written to point out the differences between Bunyan's outward faith of rituals compared to the inward, renewal-of-heart Quaker faith, using a similar fictional account of a journey. Fondly remembered as a small blue hardback, now a pamphlet.
Tract 2008 20 PP. Paper
BY GEORGE FOX, EDITED BY NORMAN PENNEY
Brings together 3 journals of George Fox, edited by Norman Penny to mark the tercentenary of Fox's birth. The Short Journal, dictated by Fox in Lancaster prison (1663-1664), records Fox's travels and the persecutions he faced between 1648 & 1663. The Itinerary Journal, compiled by John Field, contains an account of Fox's mission work, organizational activities and family life from 1681 to his death. The Haistwell Diary, written by Edward Haistwell, records Fox's activities between 1677 and 1679, including his journey across the length of England and his voyages to Holland and Germany. Photographic reprint of the 1925 text.
Cambridge University Press 1925 403 PP. Paper
Shout, Sister, Shout! is the first biography of this trailblazing performer who influenced scores of popular musicians, from Elvis Presley and Little Richard to Eric Clapton and Etta James. Rosetta Tharpe produced music that crossed boundaries, defied classification, and disregarded the social and cultural norms of the age, incorporating elements of gospel, blues, jazz, popular ballads, folk, country, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll. Tharpe went electric early on, captivating both white and black audiences in the North and South, in the U.S. and internationally, with her charisma and skill.
Beacon Press Books 2007 248 PP. Cloth
Twenty-one Writers Speak About Their Writing And Their Faith
EDITED BY JENNIFER HOLBERG
Shouts and Whispers contains a fascinating array of reflections on topics surrounding the often-perilous intersection of writing and faith. The authors all agree that literature can help us to be more faithful, yet they approach the subject in ways as diverse as their biographies. Contributors include Madeleine L'Engle, Katherine Patterson, Frederick Buechner, Annne Lamott, Jan Karon, and Kathleen Norris. "What does it mean to be a writer working in a context of faith? Answers to this question and others are the crux of this meaty, thoughtful volume of essays edited from speeches and interviews at the biennial Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing." - Publishers Weekly
Eerdmans 2006 257 PP. Paper
BY JACUELINE WOODSON, HUDSON TALBOT
Soonie's great-grandma was just 7 when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, and with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She pieced together bright patches with names like North Star and Crossroads, patches with secret meanings made into quilts called Show Ways-maps to follow to freedom. When she grew up, she passed on this knowledge and Show Way has been passed down by all the women in Jacqueline Woodson's family Beautifully rendered in Hudson Talbott's luminous art, this moving, lyrical account pays tribute to women whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters' lives. Ages 4-8 ish.
Putnam 2005 48 PP. Cloth
(out of stock but can be backordered)
More Stories From Another Place - Php 341
BY TOM GATES
This pamphlet contains the stories of an American Quaker doctor's compassionate encounter with Kenyans when he worked at the Friends Lungulu Hospital. The stories describe the challenge to alleviate suffering and the deep effect the community in which he worked had on the author.
Pendle Hill Pamphlet 1998 36 PP. Paper
BY PHIL VISCHER
Sidney & Norman uses the simple context of two pigs living next door to each other to communicate a profound truth about how we judge each other and often judge ourselves. On the surface, Sidney & Norman appears to be a picture book that will entertain children. But this story has deeply moved adult audiences in informal readings, leading to deep-thinking discussions. By the creator of the Christian TV cartoon Veggietales.
Thomas Nelson 2006 48 PP. Cloth
Creation Centered Spirituality And The Sea Of Faith
BY JOSEPHINE TEAGLE
Discusses two ideas current in modern Christianity, the "Sea of Faith Ideas" inspired by Don Cuppitt and "Creation Spirituality" developed by Matthew Fox. By trying to make sense of her own spiritual journey using these ideas she explores their implications for Quakerism and asks four questions of each; what is their worldview, the relationship of individual to community, ethics promoted, and the future they point to.
Quaker Universalist group (UK) 1997 26 PP. Paper
New Life Where Grace And Truth Meet - A Biblical Meditation
BY BEN RICHMOND
In the Bible, God acts to save people - in this world - from all sorts of dangers and evil. God saves us from enemies, so that we can live free from fear and at peace. God saves us from economic oppression, so that we can afford to be generous. God forgives our sins, heals our wounds, and speaks intimately in our hearts. There is no salvation, the author contends, without "signs of salvation" because salvation is for this world and the next. Richmond presents a joyful invitation to a new relationship with God, who has chosen to come in love.
Friends United Press 2005 253 PP. Paper
An African Version Of The Good Samaritan Story
BY KUNLE OGUNEYE
This is the first in a series of adventures that will follow Sikulu the spider and Harambe the Hippo as they travel to different countries in Africa. In this story, they are in the village of Sioma where they encounter an old woman in need of help. The other animals all have convenient excuses for not helping while Sikulu & Harambe are the only ones who do. Based on an actual folktale, it is a great story that reinforces the beauty of kindness to young children. The book also offers a glossary of terms and weaves information about Zambian culture into the story
Blue Brush Media 2008 32 PP. Cloth
The Mystery Of Wholeness
BY ROBERT SARDELLO
A useful and well written meditation on silence and the depths which you can reach by attending to the silence. The authors come at it from a rather "new age" direction and examples are mostly taken from anthroposophy, depth psychology, and phenomenology. An abridged more popular version of his earlier book "Silence".
North Atlantic Books 2008 123 PP. Paper
DESIGNED BY FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE
Text: "Silence / is a natural demand / born of a need for God, felt by young and old, / in all the world's religions. / In silence we may worship together, / sharing our search for life, / sharing our quest for peace, / sharing God's gift of love." Price includes postage in a substanial poster tube.
Quaker Press of FGC 23" BY 35" Blank
What can you hear when you are completely silent? Beautifully illustrated and gently written, Silence encourages children to stop, listen, and reflect on their experiences and the world around them. Using qualities of mindfulness, readers are asked to pay attention to what otherwise gets drowned-out in our noisy environment and use those sounds as a means to develop imagination and curiosity, and learn a little more about themselves.
Magination 2012 32 PP. Paper
For Anyone New To Quaker Worship
BY RICHARD ALLEN
New meeting resource for newcomers! Keep a stack of this inviting pamphlet near the meetinghouse door. Written as a letter, Silence and Speech is both practical and deep-from "hints" on the conventions related to unprogrammed worship to the gift of arriving at the "still center." It is as if Richard Allen accompanies readers into the meeting room and leads them toward "a quiet, unseen process, which is seldom exciting or dramatic, but can in the long run have deep and far-reaching effects."$.75 each (1-9), $.60 each (10-49), 40c each (for 50 or more).
Quaker Press of FGC 2009 15 PP. Tract
The Quaker Tradition
BY MICHAEL BIRKEL
This is a meaty and inviting introduction to Quaker thought and spiritual life. The detailed examination of discernment about when to speak in meeting and other leadings is worth the cover price. His chapter entitled 'The Facing Bench' lifts up well selected quotations of prominent Friends on topics such as 'The Immediate Presence of God,' 'The Universal Light of Christ,' and 'The Spiritual Basis of Peace.' His chapter on the inward experience of worship is both an excellent introduction and a seasoned examination of centering techniques. This is a book that belongs in every meeting house and in every new attenders' home.
Orbis 2004 144 PP. Paper
Mysticism And Resistance
BY DOROTHEE SOELLE, TRANSLATED BY BARBARA & MARTIN RUMSCHEIDT
This major work from one of the world's best known and most widely read theologians explores the religious impulse of mysticism, the "silent cry" at the heart of all the world's religions. Soelle believes that the longing for God has never been more important than in this age of materialism and fundamentalism. The book is written in three parts: "What is Mysticism?," "Places of Mystical Experience," and "Mysticism is Resistance." Soelle references Quakers, Woolman and Fell in her exploration of a mysticism accessible to all.
Fortress Press 2001 326 PP. Paper
Quaker Meeting Houses In The Delaware Valley, 1695 To The Present
BY HISTORIC AMERICAN BUILDINGS SURVEY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Silent Witness is a documentation of the evolution of meetinghouse design in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region from 1695 to the present. It shows the way changes in faith and practice have been reflected in meetinghouse form, as well as the influence of the Quaker testimony of simplicity. The meetinghouses included in the catalog are documented with photographs and drawings produced by the Historic American Buildings Survey of the National Park Service.
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting 2002 56 PP Paper