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Book List:Basic QuakerismCorporate Discernment
BY AMY H. WEBER
A short Quaker mystery about Haddonfield Meeting in New Jersey. It includes the real story of Elizabeth Haddon, the Quaker who came from Britain in 1701, when her parents died, to continue their work in the town named after them. The mystery features stolen antique candlesticks, missing persons,Quakers with clay feet, as well as a ghost who haunts themeeting house. Much reduced.
Amy H. Weber 1999 78 PP. Paper
The Definitive Guide To Spiritual Places
BY ANTHONY J TAYLOR
Confusing title- this is not just sacred sites from the Bible - its amazing places from round the world, Chartres Cathedral, Patmos, The Magao Caves, Mount Olympus, the tomp of Rukn-E-Alam... Divided into sections. Landforms, Shrines, Places of Pilgramage, Sacred stones and mounds, Temples Mosques and cathedrals... all in a small beautifully illustrated square book. A two or three page description of each site is given.
Godsfield 2010 400 PP. Paper
BY MARK MATOUSEK
How do we make the judgment call between self-interest and caring for others? What does being good really mean? Which parts of morality are biological, which ethical? When should instinct be trusted and when does it lead us into trouble? How can we know ourselves to be good amidst the hypocrisy, fears, and sabotaging appetites that pervade our two-sided natures? Drawing on the latest scientific research and interviews with social scientists, spiritual leaders, ex-cons, altruists, and philosophers, Matousek examines morality from a scientific, sociological, and anthropological standpoint. Each chapter features a series of questions, readings, interviews, parables, anecdotes.
Doubleday 2011 249 PP. Cloth
The Feminization Of Nature
BY DEBORAH CADBURY
Interviewing over 40 scientists for the book, Chocolate wars author Deborah Cadbury looks at the evidence for and against the many chemicals now widely used that can cause breast or testicular cancer, sex changes in animals, reduce sperm counts. Her examination of the scientific communities, Government, pressure groups and Industries delaying tactics and obfuscation is applicable to many other "scientific" issues.
St Martins Press 1999 292 PP. Paper
The Body In Early America
EDITED BY JANET MOORE LINDMAN AND MICHELE LISE TARTER
A hard book to describe - from the cover - Images of bodies and bodily practices abound in early America: from spirit possession, Fasting Days, and infanticide to running the gauntlet, going "naked as a sign," flogging, bundling, and scalping.- The Quaker interest is around Going naked as a sign (which many Quakers did!) - and an article by Michelle Lise Tarter, but the other articles combine to give a unique look at early America from an unusual perspective.
Cornell University Press 2001 283 Paper
Harry Ward And The Struggle For Social Justice
BY DAVID NELSON DUKE
Coming to America to work in a Settlement House inspired by Hull House, Ward helped found the Methodist Federation for Social Service and led the ACLU for 20 years, resigning at its refusal to admit Communists. He was a tireless worker for the social Gospel, a fellow traveler who found Marx could name problems he saw all around him, but which he sort to solve with his Methodist Religion.
University of Alabama Press 2003 300 PP. Paper
Twelve Black Men Speak Out On Law, Justice, And Life
EDITED BY JABARI ASIM
Coming from a broad spectrum of economic and social backgrounds, the poets, journalists, lawyers, writers, and academics that make up this jury write forcefully and eloquently about growing up and raising sons, identifying with others and yearning to be set apart, attempting reasonable discourse, and succumbing to unspeakable anger. Together these essays deconstruct the myths that shroud our nation's black men and offer small rays of hope that on the streets, at school and work, and in the courtroom justice will be served.
Harper 2001 169 PP. Paper
BY STANLEY M. HAUERWAS
Stanley Hauerwas engages, often quite critically, with the thought of major theological and philosophical figures, such as Reinhold Niebuhr, Martha Nussbaum, Jeff Stout, Tristram Engelhardt, Iris Murdoch, John Milbank, and Martin Luther King. These interrogations shed light on why theology must reclaim its own politics and ethics. Intent on avoiding abstraction, Hauerwas intervenes with precision and panache in modern debates around medicine, the culture wars, and race.
SCM Press 2001 239 PP. Paper
EDITED BY ALBERT ROBERTS
Mega tome that was $99- a series of articles on progressive ideas on how the Justice system can respond to crime before and after the event. Has articles on restorative justice, police interactions, community work, Juvenile diversion practices etc. Hopefully useful to those working with any young people who interact with the justice system.
Oxford University Press 2004 628 PP. Cloth
A Memoir Of Going Home
WRITTEN AND READ BY RHODA JANZEN
The same week her husband of 15 years ditches her for a guy, she is injured in a car wreck. Marriage over, body bruised, life upside-down, Rhoda does what any sensible 43-year-old would do: She goes home. But hers is not just any home. It's a Mennonite home. Having long ago left the faith behind, Rhoda is surprised when the conservative community welcomes her back with open arms-and offbeat advice. She discovers that this safe, sheltered world is the perfect place to come to terms with her failed marriage and the choices that both freed and entrapped her.
High Bridge Audio 2009 7 CDS Disk
WRITTEN AND READ BY GARY WILLS
Now in his 70's Garry Wills studied for the priesthood, took his doctorate in the classics, and taught ancient and New Testament Greek. He is frequent guest on NPR addressing Christian topics. Here he reads himself the erudite book he wrote on the four gospels that tell of the life of Jesus, and uses modern scholarship to help the listener understand and relate to them.
Penguin Audio 2008 5 HOURS Disk
BY IDRIS TAWFIQ
In Understanding Islam, Idris Tawfiq explores the Islamic faith from a unique perspective: that of Roman Catholic priest turned Muslim scholar. In an engaging style, the core tenets are laid out. The author draws widely on recent cultural phenomena in the West to examine the wider role of religion in an increasingly secular region of the world and he illustrates the many and various and unexpected prisms through which Islam can be observed. He argues that Islam, far from contributing to any clash of civilizations, serves to embody spiritual enlightenment and tolerance, enabling Muslims and non-believers to live in a state of mutual understanding.
Olive Tree Press 2009 121 PP. Paper
Apostle Of Abolition (sale)
BY THOMAS SLAUGHTER
Slaughter's penetrating work shows how Woolman, the plainspoken Quaker mystic, transformed himself into a prophetic, unforgettable figure. Placing Woolman in the full context of his times, Slaughter paints the portrait of a hero - and not just for the Quakers, social reformers, labor organizers, socialists, and peace advocates who have long admired him. He was an extraordinary original, an American for the ages. "This discerning, poetic biography discloses a Woolman far more powerful, both personally and morally, than even his famous Journal reveals. Few histories are more quietly riveting, more piercingly compelling." - John Butler, Yale University. Was $22 now $10
Hill and Wang 2008 449 PP. Paper