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Planting Trees To Feed Families
BY SUSAN L. ROTH AND CINDY RUMBORE
Alternating passages of verse and prose tell how planting mangrave trees helped the African village of Hargigo was transformed from poverty to self-sufficiency. Large, full color collage illustrations contain occasional photographs of the actual people who participated. Ages 6 and up.
Lee & Low Books 2011 32 PP. Cloth
BY WENDY ANDERSON HALPERIN
This lavish and lyrical picture book based on the Tao Te Ching ponders the eternal question: How can we bring peace to the world? Radiating tenderness and reflecting the influence of eastern philosophies, a compilation of exquisite illustrations and wisely chosen words reveals the heart of where peace truly must originate: within ourselves.
Atheneum 2013 32 PP. Cloth
A Guide For Children To Quaker Meeting For Worship
BY REBECCA PRICE WITH THE QUAKER LIFE STAFF TEAM
This small booklet from British Friends introduces children to the experience of worship. Full color ilustrations with simple words show children how to settle into worship and appreciate what they find there. Most pictures show children interacting with the beauties of nature, while the words talk about discovery, learning to listen, and appreciating. The back flap includes images of Friends testimonies that are details from the illustrations, inviting children to look back to find where the images are embedded. For children 3-7.
Quaker Life 2010 20 PP. Paper
Muslim Nonviolence And The Future Of Islam
BY JEFFREY HALVERSON
At a time when violent images of the Muslim world dominate our headlines, Western readers are growing increasingly interested in a different picture of Islam, the idea of Muslim nonviolence, and what it could mean for the world. But is nonviolence compatible with the teachings of Islam? Is it practical to suggest that Muslim societies must adopt nonviolence to thrive in todays world? Where is the Muslim equivalent of a Mohandas K. Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr.? Searching for a King offers a comprehensive look into Islamic conceptions of nonviolence, their modern champions, and their readings of Islam's sacred texts including the Qur'an and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad
Potomac 2012 172 PP. Cloth
BY ELIN KELSEY
From the water they drink to the trees they climb, kids are connected to the natural world in big and surprising ways. With simple, poetic text and exquisite artwork, this book explores our connections to nature with a sense of wonder and delight. Illustrations based on the colorful, imaginative dioramas of Soyeon Kim. Grades PreK-2.
Owl Kids 2012 32 PP. Cloth
BY SCHOOL OF THE SPIRIT MINISTRY
"The words in this pamphlet have come from years of listening to and observing the interactions of participants in the School of the Spirit Ministry's On Being a Spiritual Nurturer program and their Spiritual Care Committees. The Spiritual Care Committee consists of those Friends and others that walk with the participant and witness their journey toward transformation. We have learned valuable lessons and skills that we believe others might find useful and we offer them herein."
School of the Spirit Ministry 2013 32 PP. Paper
This 2012 Michener Lecture was presented by Patty Levering, who maintains that listening spirituality is at the heart of Quakerism. Using Bible stories, early Quaker wisdom, and personal experiences, she discusses how listening to oneself, to others, and to God are all interrelated and how hearing one another in love make our testimonies of simplicity, equality, integrity, community, and peace possible.
Southeastern Yearly Meeting 2012 28 PP. Paper
The 49th Walton Lecture 2012
BY TOM NELSON
Tom Nelson is a Quaker song writer and social activist. He believes everyone can write songs about what they believe, just as he does. Here he talks (and on accompanying CD) sings of his life and experiences from Nicaragua to Gainesville.
SEYM 2012 30PP +CD Paper
BY SARAH KATREEN HOGGATT ILLUSTRATED BY ERIN KAYS
"Sarah Katreen Hoggatt's poems articulate her relationship with God, others, and nature in authentic language and images readers will find engaging and easy to identify with. Her conversational style invites us to explore our own inner terrain imaginatively and honestly" Beck Thomas Ankenny superintendent Northwest Yearly Meeting
SpiritWater Publications 2013 128 PP. Paper
After the death of her mother, Molly is sent to live with her grandparents, where her grief is exacerbated by her loneliness, the unfamiliarity of the Northumberland countryside, and her difficult relationship with her sister. She meets a mysterious man in the woods with magical powers and hopes he can resurrect her mother. Based on the legend of the Green Man, the story weaves fantasy and reality in an exploration of grief, renewal, and the healing of a family. Grades 4-7.
Arthur A. Levine Books 2012 224 PP. Blank
As They May Be Deduced From Nature
BY JAMES LOGAN EDITED AND INTRO ESSAY BY PHILIP VALENTI
James Logan's philosophical treatise, Of the Duties of Man, as they may be deduced from Nature, was written in the years 1735-c.1737. The 400-page manuscript was considered lost for over 200 years, and only rediscovered in the early 1970s, it is archived at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. This book is its first publication. Logan's treatise is extremely significant from many standpoints, not the least of which is its likely influence on the intellectual development of Benjamin Franklin. Edwin Wolf 2nd characterized it as "the only surviving nontheological tractate on moral philosophy written in colonial America."
Philip Valenti 2013 383 PP. Paper
How Sisterhood, Prayer, And Sex Changed A Nation At War
BY LEYMAH GBOWEE
As a young woman, Leymah Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that tore apart her life and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends. Years of fighting destroyed her country-and shattered Gbowee's girlhood hopes and dreams. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action, propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts-and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force.
Beast books 2011 260 PP. Paper
New Thinking About Children
BY PO BRONSON, ASHLEY MERRYMAN
One of the most influential books about children ever published, Nurture Shock offers a revolutionary new perspective on children that upends a library's worth of conventional wisdom. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, the authors demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Nothing like a parenting manual, NurtureShock gets to the core of how we grow, learn and live.
Twelve 2009 336 PP. Paper
BY SALLY NICHOLLS
From award-winning English Quaker author Sally Nicholls, her debut novel about a boy's last months with leukemia. "My name is Sam, I am eleven years old, I collect stories and fantastic facts, I have leukemia, By the time you read this, I will probably be dead." Living through the final stages of leukemia, Sam collects stories, questions, lists, and pictures that create a profoundly moving portrait of how a boy lives when he knows his time is almost up.
ScholasticG 2008 212 PP. Paper
BY SARA MAITLAND
In her late forties, after a noisy upbringing as one of six children and adulthood as a vocal feminist and mother, Sara Maitland found herself living alone in the country and, to her surprise, falling in love with silence.
Continuum 2008 310 PP. Paper
BY DIARMAID MACCULLOCH
The National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of "The Reformation" returns with the definitive history of Christianity for our time
Viking 2009 1152 PP. Cloth
A Life Of Liberty And Love
BY SHELIA ROWBOTHAM
'Challenging many of the values and conceits of Western civilization, the gay socialist writer Edward Carpenter had an extraordinary impact on the cultural and political landscape of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Verso 2008 562 PP. Paper
BY REX AMBLER
Rex Ambler describes this short book as his attempt "to explain the Quaker way, as far as that is possible." Although it is fairly well known about, Quakerism is not well understood. This book, based on a series of lectures, describes Quaker practice and Quaker life through secitons on "Finding the Truth," "Making Decisions," "Living Faithfully," and more. British Friend Ambler originated the "Experiments with Light" exercises widely explored by modern Friends.
Christian Alternative 2012 159 PP. Paper
Letter To A New Minority
BY TIM WISE
White Americans have long been comfortable in the assumption that they are the cultural norm. Now that notion is being challenged, as they wrestle with what it means to be part of a fast-changing, truly multicultural nation. In response, Tim Wise has penned his most pointed and provocative work to date. Employing the form of direct personal address, he points a finger at whites' race-based self-delusion, explaining how such an agenda will only do harm to the nation's people, including most whites. In no uncertain terms, he argues that the hope for survival of American democracy lies in the embrace of our multicultural past, present and future.
City Lights 2012 189 PP. Paper
WORDS AND PAINTINGS BY KADIR NELSON
With colorful illustrations and simple blank verse, the life of Nelson Mandela, spanning the beginning and end of Apartheid in South Africa, is told for children 4-8.
Katherine Tegen Books 2013 32 PP. Cloth
BY JANET KASTNER OLSHEWSKY
The tale of a Quaker farm boy caught up in the adventures and politics of Coloni al Pennsylvania during the French and Indian Wars. Noble Butler struggles to find his own identity and establish his own principles amid the competing problems of natives, settlers, and the pacifist Quaker founders of Pennsylvania. Written for middle school readers, this story is based on careful historical research with sympathetic treatments of all sides in the unfolding struggles.
QuakerBridge Media 2013 235 PP. Paper
Visions, Prophecy, And Politics In The Book Of Revelation
BY ELAINE PAGELS
How on earth did the book of revelations got into the New Testament? A dreadful accretion of apocalyptic writing entirely at odds with Jesus' words in the gospel, and pounced on over the centuries by end of the world doomsters. In this startling and timely book, Pagels returns The Book of Revelation to its historical origin, written as its author John of Patmos took aim at the Roman Empire after what is now known as "the Jewish War," in 66 CE. In a time when global religious violence surges, Revelations explores how often those in power throughout history have sought to force "God's enemies" to submit or be killed. It is sure to appeal to Pagels's committed readers .
Penguin 2012 244 PP. Paper
A Campaigner's Tale Of Fighting Billionares, Corrupt Officials, And Philadlephia Casinos
BY DANIEL HUNTER
"Written by an experienced and unusually self-reflective direct action organizer, this book might be the most enjoyable way you've ever empowered yourself to change the world." This riveting David v. Goliath story is gives unparalleled access behind the scenes of campaigns, the late night meetings, yelling matches, and last-minute action planning outside judges' chambers. It's in the heat of these moments that the nuances of strategy come to life, showing what it takes to overpower billionaires for a cause you believe in. Small print.
Daniel Hunter 2013 338 PP. Paper
BY BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND WILLIAM PENN
Witty, wise, and elegant in their simplicity, the timeless adages in this volume originated with two influential figures of early American history. Based on the preface to "Poor Richard's Almanac" by Benjamin Franklin and on the observations of William Penn from his various writings, this short booklet offers enduring counsel on how to live-both materially and spiritually.
Dover 1837 94 PP. Blank
A Conceptual Framework For Liberation
BY GENE SHARP
This short, pithy, inspiring, and extraordinarily clear guide to overthrowing a dictatorship by nonviolent means lists 198 specific methods to consider, depending on the circumstances: sit-ins, popular nonobedience, selective strikes, withdrawal of bank deposits, revenue refusal, walkouts, silence, and hunger strikes. "From Dictatorship to Democracy" is the remarkable work that has made the little-known Sharp into the world's most effective and sought-after analyst of resistance to authoritarian regimes. Finaly easily available in print.
New Press 2012 138 PP. Paper
Happiness In Four Pebbles
BY THICH NHAT HANH
Developed by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, this introductory book offers an innovative method of introducing children to meditation. Pebble meditation is a hands-on way to experience our interconnectedness with nature and calm busy bodies and minds. Whether practiced alone or with others, it helps to relieve stress, increase concentration, nourish gratitude, and help children with difficult emotions.
Plum Blossom Books 2012 62 PP. Spiral Bound
A Heretic's Bible
BY PETER MANSEAU AND JEFF SHARLET
This widely acclaimed exploration of religion and faith is quirky, surprising, and insightful. What emerges is not an attack on religion, but a quizzical, fascinating look from the inside at the facets of true belief.
Free Press 2004 295 PP. Paper
Why We Can't Ignore The Bible's Violent Verses
BY PHILIP JENKINS
A fearless examination of the violent verses of the Bible-and a call for us to read them anew in pursuit of a richer, more honest faith. This daring exploration of the some of the most difficult passages from the Hebrew scriptures forces us to confront and accept the violence that was as integral to the formulation of the biblical message as it was for many other of the world's religions, and shows us how a full understanding of these texts will allow us finally to move towards a more peaceful, spiritual world.
HarperOne 2012 304 PP. Paper
BY HAGUIT RUBENSTIEN-TOWLER, AARON RUBENSTIEN AND MICHIGAN ARTIST HANNI
"Gems of Quaker Wisdom" is a line of Jewelry highlighting famous Quaker thoughts. Conceived by Eileen & Erin Bagus, The second, "Let your life speak", is a pendant necklace, sterling silver, a three quarter inch disc on an 18 inch chain. A collaborative effort by Haguit Rubenstien-Towler, Aaron Rubenstien and Michigan artist Hanni. Each piece is individually cast by the lost wax method and signed by the artist.
Gems of Quaker Wisdom 2012 BRACELET Boxed
What The Jewish Scriptures And Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us
BY DOUGLAS A. KNIGHT AND AMY-JILL LEVINE
What does the bible really say about politics, sex, creation, suffering, and more? Two preeminent biblical scholars deliver the fullest introduction to the Old Testament-also known as the Tanakh or Hebrew scriptures-ever, offering a wealth of highly readable historical background and social context, plus an examination of the meaning and aesthetic value of the sacred literature at the heart of Judaism and Christianity.
HarperOne 2011 472 PP. Paper
Letters To A Fellow Seeker
An Introduction To Quaker Testimonies
Faith And Practice Of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (paper)
Worship In Song - Clothbound
Friends General Conference
The Quaker Way