Holy Silence

The Gift of Quaker Spirituality
Paraclete Press


"People of all faiths and backgrounds are drawn to silence. We yearn for it in these busy and difficult times, but often, when silence becomes available, we don't know what to do with it. For centuries, Quakers have taught that when we are silent, God grants us insights, guidance, and spiritual understanding that is different from what we might realize in our noisy, everyday lives. This wise book invites us to discover this and other unique gifts of the Quaker way. It is a satisfying experience and taste of a spiritual tradition unflinching in its dedication to listening for the sounds and voice of God.

Table of Contents

Author's Note

Chapter 1        Silence: The Quaker Sacrament

Chapter 2        Turned Outside In: Spiritual Silence for Saints and the Rest of Us

Chapter 3        A Thousand Clamoring Voices: Finding Silence in the Noise of Living

Chapter 4        SoulCare: Practical Steps Toward Silence

Chapter 5        Gathering: Practicing Communal Silence

Chapter 6        A Holy Hush

Acknowledgments, Queries: Further Exercises in Quietude, Annotated Notes

Friends Talk: A Glossary of Quaker Words and Phrases, Words of Silence: Suggestions for Reading


Our Reviews

Stephanie Ford for Friends Journal

"There is the silence of monastic discipline, of contemplative prayer, of Zen meditation - but the particular ways of Quaker silence are distinctive. and that distinctiveness has contributions to offer across spiritual traditions. J. Brent Bill, in this beautiful reflection on the Quaker practice of silence, makes these gifts available to a wide range of contemporary readers. . . Mycounsel to you regarding the book is this: find a quiet place, settle down with the book, and listen for holy silence." - Stephanie Ford for Friends Journal