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Meeting for Reading is a column that offers reviews of new and forthcoming books intended to nurture spiritual deepening among Friends. The books selected are particularly useful to Meeting book discussion groups.


When the Spirit Calls: Engaging the Challenges of Ministry by Jay Marshall, QuakerPress, 2020

“When God lays a call on our hearts, it seldom disappears until we address it adequately,” Jay explains. “It burns like a blazing fire. Like smoldering embers, it refuses to die easily and sears a permanent mark on our hearts. The call weighs on the conscience, like a burden carried without the option of delegating it to anyone else. 

Read the review here.


On a wooden table background, the cover of the book "The Kendal Sparrow" appears next to the words "Meeting for Reading: The Kendal Sparrow - A Novel of Elizabeth Fletcher"

The Kendal Sparrow: A Novel of Elizabeth Fletcher by Barbara Schell Luetke, PhD. QuakerPress, 2020.

Richly imagined, grounded in truth, and inspired by its author’s deep awareness of being led, The Kendal Sparrow is a stunning first novel from Quaker educator and scholar Barbara Schell Luetke.

Beautifully reviewed by Ellen Michaud, here.

Read an excerpt from The Kendal Sparrow.

Buy The Kendal Sparrow.


Beauty, Truth, Life, and Love
As Quaker author and Indiana minister Brent Bill points out in his new book Beauty, Truth, Life and Love: Four Essentials for the Abundant Life, what we simple-living Friends may have failed to realize is that a truly abundant life is, in fact, a life packed with the kind of beauty, truth, life, and love that nurtures the soul and leads to both spiritual transformation and the continuous experience of God.

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A Guide to Faithfulness Groups
Marcelle Martin's A Guide to Faithfulness Groups is both a source of renewal and a way forward through the evil unleashed in our world over the past three years.  

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On Living with a Concern for Gospel Ministry, Second Edition
In this newly revised and expanded edition, the richness of a life touched by the Spirit and called to ministry ripples over every page of Brian Drayton’s classic On Living with a Concern for Gospel Ministry.

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Walk Humbly, Serve Boldly
"What we need—and what the world needs from us—are those moments of clarity in which we Friends reclaim the passion, the love, the commitment, the strength, the sense of community and the awareness of the Presence in which our Quaker ancestors lived.”

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The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom. By Helen Thorpe. Scribner, 2017.

The Newcomers
How do these newcomers survive? How do they acclimate? How do they preserve what was good and just and life-giving in their own cultures yet find their way through the confusing labyrinth of expediency and greed that defines our own in the era of Donald Trump?

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