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A Colonial Quaker Girl
BY SALLY WISTER
Sally Wister was the teenage daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia Quaker family during the Revolutionary War. This colorful book records, in Sally's own words, her encounters with militia and her family's experiences. Filled with illustrations of mixed styles, sidebars, and vocabulary words, it is an instructive book for ages 8-11 about the parties and some of the events in Revolutionary Philadelphia. Except for some editorial description of Quakers, it includes nothing about Sally's perspective or experience as a Friend.
Capstone Press 2013 32 PP. Paper
Fifty well-crafted and occasionally humorous poems by Quaker educator Paul Lacy touch on topics of aging, weather, literature, travel, witness, and more.
Xlibris 2013 97 PP. Paper
Making Peace Cultures Happen
BY ELISE BOULDING AND DAISAKU IKEDA
Elise Boulding, an American Quaker, and Daisaku Ikeda, a Japanese Buddhist, began their journeys in peace building from vastly different locales and traditions. However, as these fifteen intimate conversations reveal, shared wisdom grows from an unwavering commitment to a better world. Throughout these dialogues, the authors explore the dynamic qualities of peace cultures. Translated from a 2006 Japanese version, this book gives no information about the circumstances under which these dialogues occurred or how they were recorded.
Dialogue Path Press 2010 168 PP. Paper
Listening Hearts Discernment For Clergy
BY SUZANNE G. FARNHAM AND TIMOTHY H. GRAYSON
This short book directly addresses clergy and their hunger to stay connected to vocation, to God, and to community. Based on the tested wisdom of Listening Hearts discernment, it proves clergy with encouragement and practices to develop relationships, to carry the practice of spiritual discernment into the life of their congregations, and to work more effectively with other leaders to nurture the life of Christ in the world around them.
Morehouse Publishing 2011 101 PP. Paper
BY AMY LUDWIG VANDERWATER
The graceful, appealing watercolor illustrations perfectly suit these charming poems that invite young readers into the woodland world at every season. A spider is a "never-tangling dangling spinner / knitting angles, trapping dinner." A tree frog proposes, "Marry me. Please marry me... / Pick me now. / Make me your choice. / I'm one great frog / with one strong voice." VanDerwater lets the denizens of the forest speak for themselves in twenty-six lighthearted, easy-to-read poems. As she observes, "Silence in Forest / never lasts long. / Melody / is everywhere / mixing in / with piney air. / Forest has a song."
Clarion 2013 32PP. Cloth
A Tale From Tehran
BY RITA JAHANFORUZ
After showing kindness to a strange old woman, Shiraz receives the gift of beauty but her lazy and unkind stepsister, Nargues, suffers a less pleasant fate in this adaptation of the Grimm's fairy tale, Mother Hulda, reset in Tehran, Iran.
Barefoot Books 2010 32 PP. Paper
Understanding The Beliefs And Practices Of Islam
BY SUMBUL ALI-KARAMALI
Sumbul Ali-Karamali offers her personal account of being Muslim, discussing the many and varied questions she fielded from curious friends and schoolmates while growing up in Southern California--from diet, to dress, to prayer and holidays and everything in between. She also provides an academically reliable introduction to Islam, addressing its inception, development and current demographics.Through this engaging work, readers will gain a better understanding of the everyday aspects of Muslim American life, to dispel many of the misconceptions that still remain and open a dialogue for tolerance and acceptance.
Delacorte 2012 213 PP. Cloth
BY GLORIA WHELAN
It is India, 1918, six months after the end of World War I, and Rosalind awaits the return of her father. While her father has been at war, Rosalind saw India slowly change. A man named Ghandi is coming to power, talking about nonviolence and independence from Britain. Rosalind longs to live the life that her heart tells her, not what her parents prescribe for her, but no one seems to listen. This penetrating story, told with lush and vivid detail, contrasts Rosalind's privilege and daily experiences in India with the hardship of the people around her. As she comes of age during this volatile period of history, will she find the courage to claim her own identity and become her own person?
S&S 2011 217 PP. Paper
BY MIKE GOLDBLATT
It's not like I meant for him to get hurt. Julian Twerski isn't a bully. He's just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance. And so begins his account of life in sixth grade--blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results), and worrying whether he's still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can't bring himself to tell.
Random House 2013 274 PP. Cloth
CONSTRUCTION AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN MCCANN. EDITED AND NARRATED BY MONICA SWEENEY AND BECKY THOMAS
Four of Shakespeare's most popular tragedies -- Hamlet, MacBeth, Romea and Juliet, and Julius Caesar -- are portrayed in photographs of scenes created with Legos bricks, captioned by lines from the plays. Full color, large format.
Skyhorse Publishing 2013 344 PP. Blank
SOUTHEASTERN YEARLY MEETING OF THE RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS
This fourth edition appeared in 2013. Southeastern Yearly Meeting (SEYM) includes monthly meetings and worship groups in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
SEYM 2013 342 PP. Paper
BY REX AMBLER
When contemporary Friends speak to each other of the Light Within, do we have a shared understanding of what we mean? Is it the same Light that George Fox spoke of? Rex Ambler explores how early Friends thought about and engaged with the Light in ways that have mostly been lost to Friends today. How could we be enriched - as individuals and as a community - by recovering some of the early Quaker experiences of Light? Discussion questions included.
Pendle Hill Pamphlet 2013 34 PP. Paper
Quakers And Christ Today
BY DOUG GWYN
An overview of Quaker perspectives on Christ, Foundationist, Conservative, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Universalist, and non-theist. This booklet touches much that is currently unspoken, at least in Britain, and it hopes to challenge a response from everyone- they hope to maybe stimulate study groups with it's reading.
Kindlers 2013 56 PP. Paper
Witness Of Some Early Quaker Women
BY CATIE GILL, ELAINE HOBBY
The result of a conference organized by the Kindlers in Britain. The participants set the scene of England after the civil war and explain how courageous the early Quaker women really were, travelling widely and speaking out so forcibly. It looks at some of their writings - most little known at the moment. Includes a CD with moving readings of these works.
The Kindlers 2013 43 PP.+CD Paper
BY JULIETTE GARESCHE, R W ALLEY
With 38 thoughts on Conflict resolution, each illustrated by an "Elf" picture this is a cute but useful tome. When conflict does arise, it can be a struggle to find common ground. Conflict Resolution Therapy defines some basic skills to respectfully listen to one another's perspectives and work toward mutually beneficial solutions to our problems. If we know how to deal with conflict constructively, we can come out of these discussions stronger, and with a deepened sense of trust.
One Caring Place 2010 42 PP. Paper
BY CYNTHIA RYLANT, MARLA FRAZEE
Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and two-time Caldecott Honoree Marla Frazee imagine a God living among us in this spirited and moving collection of illustrated poems.
2013 32 PP. Cloth
BY AYAAN HIRSI ALI
One of today's most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo van Gogh by an Islamist who threatened that she would be next.
Free Press 2007 361 PP. Paper
NEW TRANSLATION BY M A S ABDEL HALEEM
One of the most influential books in the history of literature, recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, the Qur'an is the supreme authority and living source of all Islamic teaching, the sacred text that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of Islam. Yet despite the growing interest in Islamic teachings and culture, there has never been a truly satisfactory English translation of the Qur'an, until now.
Oxford World Classic 2010 464 PP. Paper
EDITED BY BEN PINK DANDELION, STEPHEN ANGELL
This volume provides an indispensable reference work for the study of Quakerism. It is global in its perspectives and interdisciplinary in its approach whilst offering the reader a clear narrative through the academic debates. In addition to an in-depth survey of historical readings of Quakerism, the handbook provides a treatment of the group's key theological premises and its links with wider Christian thinking. Quakerism's distinctive ecclesiastical forms and practices are analyzed, and its social, economic, political, and ethical outcomes examined. Each of the 37 chapters considers broader religious, social, and cultural contexts and provides suggestions for further reading.P,Oxford Univ Press
2013 672 PP. Cloth
BY JACQUES ELLUL
This new edition of Ellul's seminal work, first published in 1948, brings back into print the volume considered "the necessary primer for all Ellul study." In "The Presence of the Kingdom," Ellul calls upon Christians to be a radical presence in the world, opposing its will to death with a revolutionary way of life that brings the transforming power of the gospel to bear upon all dimensions of individual as well as collective human existence.
H & H 1967 144 PP. Paper
BY DAVID JOHNSON
The first generation of Quakers followed a covenant with God, based on assidious obedience to the promptings of the Inward Light. This process did not require the established churches, priests or liturgies. Quaker prayer then became a practice of patient waiting in silence. Prayer is a conscious choice to seek God, in whatever form that Divine Presence speaks to each of us, moment to moment. The difficulties we experience in inward prayer are preparation for our outward lives. Each time we return to the centre in prayer we are modelling how to live our lives; each time we dismiss the internal intrusions we are strengthening that of God within us and denying the role of the Self.
Inner Light Books 2013 79 PP. Paper
BY ROGER LIPSEY
This compelling, well-illustrated (in black and white) history of the spiritual content of 20th century art focuses on the works of such renowned painters as Kandinsky, Mondrian, Klee, Picasso, Braque, Duchamp, Matisse, and Brancusi. The author interprets each creation within the context of its conception, citing letters, diaries, and interviews that provide insights into the artists' views of spirituality. 121 black-and-white illustrations.
Dover 2004 518 PP. Paper
BY MARK VAN STEENWYK
In "That Holy Anarchist," Mark Van Steenwyk explores the relationship between Christianity and anarchism. The name of Jesus is invoked by those in power as well as those resisting that power. What were the politics of Jesus and how can they continue to inform us as we struggle for justice. Mark is cofounder of the Mennonite Worker, a Christian intentional community in Minneapolis.
Missio Dei 2012 70 PP. Paper
BY HARVEY GILLMAN, DESIGN BY SSALLY RICKERMAN
11" x 17" white mini poster on thick card, with quotation from British Friend Harvey Gillman, that starts: To a Quaker a testimony is a witness to the living truth within the human heart as it is acted out in everyday life. It is not a form of words, but a mode of life based on the realisation that there is that of God in everybody, that all human beings are equal, that all life is interconnected. ...
Troll Press 2013 Tract
The High Price Of Freedom
A BIOGRAPHIC NOVEL BY ANN BELL
From the author of Rebekahs journey, Convicted by the Puritans in 1660 for being a Quaker, Mary Dyer courageously faced the gallows on the Boston Commons. Often misunderstood by her husband and six children, she turned her back on those who loved her for the higher principle of protesting the anti-Quaker Laws. What must it have been like to stand beneath the gallows and watch a loved one make the ultimate sacrifice for something you do not fully understand? Mary Dyer's sacrifice helped pave the way for our first amendment rights of the freedom of religion and speech and pointed out the need for the separation of church and state.
CreateSpace 2013 372 PP. Paper
Pathways And Patterns
BY DAVID W. AUGSBURGER
Conflict is hard enough without mixing cultural differences into it. Add culture as a component, and you have different interpretations of values, different expectations of behavior, different metaphors for conflict - Is it a contest or a dance? Is it creative or destructive? Augsburger's little book, which interweaves folktales, stories, and proverbs from around the world with practical discussion about managing cultural issues in conflict, is considered by many to be the classic work on this topic.
Souvenir Press 1992 310 PP. Paper
Climate Change : A Crisis Of Spirit
BY RON TAYLOR 111
The 2013 Walton lecture.
SEYM 2013 35 PP. Paper
Homosexuality And The Bible
BY K. RENATO LINGS
Danish Quaker Renato Lings examines the biblical stories and passages that are generally assumed to comment on homoerotic relationships, including Noah and Ham, Sodom and Gomorrah, Leviticus 18:22, and others. The author demonstrates how mistranslations of these texts into Greek, Latin, and other languages occurred early, and that serious errors continue to be committed by translators today, explaining the painful controversy about same-sex relationships within the Christian church. I guess they give books odd prices in Denmark.
Trafford 2013 738 PP. Paper
Reclaiming The Ministry Of The Whole
BY NOAH BAKER MERRILL
What insights do Friends' traditional practices for encouraging faithfulness offer us in our time? How might we rediscover this shared spiritual work in ways that help us live faithfully today? How can these reclaimed understandings be practically applied, in our lives, our meetings and the wider world? Through living these practices together, how might we be changed - even transformed - to become ever more available as instruments of Love?
Pendle Hill Pamphlet 424
BY RICHARD K. TAYLOR
Many of the world's best known activists for peace and social justice have also been deeply religious people. Nonetheless, it is easy to think of social action as an afterthought to our spiritual lives, something we do to express our values, rather than as part of our spiritual practice. Lifelong nonviolent activist Dick Taylor has observed that spiritual openings and deep faith experiences in his life have often occurred in the midst of an action. Similarly, he has found in his religious journey as a Quaker the strength, the courage, and the wisdom for discernment that have helped him in occasions of difficult and scary witness.
Pendle Hill 2013 36 PP. Paper
Letters To A Fellow Seeker
Faith And Practice Of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (paper)
An Introduction To Quaker Testimonies
Sparkling Still, Printed Version
Four Doors To Meeting For Worship