New in June
June is a month of abundance for new Quaker books. Authors and publishers know that the week-long FGC Gathering coming up in a few weeks will bring over 1100 Quakers into close proximity with each other and with our bookstore, and many of them will be stocking up on reading matter.
My hands are very full receiving these new titles, putting them into our catalog, and packing for the trip to the Gathering, so will offer just a quick peak at what’s in store.
A Principled Stand: The Story of Hirabayashi v. United States is the case of a Japanese American who defied the internment of this group of U.S. citizens during World War II, a cause of concern to many Friends. Gordon Hirabayashi was imprisoned but continued to challenge his conviction until 1987, when the Supreme Court vacated its own earlier decision to uphold that conviction. This is Gordon’s personal account of his perspectives on the experience, compiled by his family from the correspondence and other writings of this longtime staff of the AFSC.
New from respected Christian thinkers: Jim Wallis returns from his thoughtful election-year sabbatical from politics with On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good; Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo ask “what if Jesus really meant what he said?” in the provocative Red Letter Revolution; and newly in paperback is Marcus Borg’s Speaking Christian on the challenges of using religious language.
And just a name check for a few other new books:
The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus by John Dominic Crossan
Earth Works: Selected Essays by (Quaker) Scott Russell Sanders
Immortal Diamond: The Sense of True Self by reflective Catholic Richard Rohr
Joy of Zentangle: Drawing Your Way to Increased Creativity, Focus, and Well-Being by Gathering workshop leader Suzanne McNeill and Sandy Steen Bartholomew and Marie Browning
We have now have two books for abuse survivors by Friend Judy Brutz, Abuse Survivors: Self-Guided Retreat: A Memoir of Healing (2012) and the just-published Crying Out to God in the Manner of the Lord's Prayer