A Procession of Friends
This book covers the whole range of the subject, representing not only the events of Quaker history but the growth of Quaker principles, from George Fox's call in 1640 to the marriage of Margery Nelson and Robert Perisho in 1970 - but not precisely in that order. Friends of the past and present move across It's pages weaving back and forth in time, more like figures in a dance than in a procession, brought to life in this work of history by Newman's skill in structuring scenes and depicting character vividly in a few words. it is a gold mine of Quaker stories, the old and well-loved and some new ones, always told to connote a deeper meaning, giving form to George Fox's famous exhortation, "Let all nations hear the word by sound or writing...be valiant for the Truth upon earth.... Live in it...do not abuse it.... And this is ...a charge to you all in the presence of the living God: be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them. then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one."