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Ellen's Review Corner: Face to Face: Early Quaker Encounters with the Bible

Ellen's Review Corner: Face to Face: Early Quaker Encounters with the Bible

In Face to Face, T. Vail Palmer, Jr., unpacks how George Fox and other early Friends used the Bible—and what modern Quakers can do to recapture the transforming power of that 17th century experience.   By Tom Gates The last thirty years have seen a number of Quaker scholars offer new perspectives on Quaker history, and specifically the unique contribution of the first generation of Friends: John Punshon (1984), Douglas Gwyn (1986, 1995, 2000), Rosemary Moore (2000), Carole Spencer (2007), Gerard Guiton (2012), and others. With Face to Face: Early Quaker Encounters with the Bible (Barclay Press, 2016), author T....

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BookMusings Featured Author: Nancy Learned Haines

BookMusings Featured Author: Nancy Learned Haines

For the April 2017 issue of BookMusings, Marta Rusek interviews Nancy Learned Haines, author of QuakerBooks & More bestseller Approved! and We Answered With Love. What inspired you to write We Answered With Love?We Answered With Love has been an ongoing project for more than fifteen years. In 2001, my husband, David, and I acquired a large collection of letters from an antiquarian bookseller who offered us the the letters because they had “Quaker content.” David carefully sorted the letters and put them in chronological order, and I transcribed them. As we worked, we constantly interrupted each other with, “Listen to...

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Ellen's Review Corner: First Day Stories

Ellen's Book Corner First Day

Ellen's Review Corner: First Day Stories

In First Day Stories, both First Day School teachers and parents have been given a tool with which to encourage the wondering that propels children into the very heart of God. Image credit: Katherine K. Newman By Ellen Michaud The light voices of seven small, happy children drifted among the early spring flowers and through the windows of Redwood Forest Friends Meeting in Santa Rosa. Waving the paper projects they’d made this morning in First Day School, the children were walking along the graveled path from their schoolroom to join adult Friends in the final minutes of unprogrammed worship. A...

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Ellen's Review Corner: Praying for Justice

Ellen's Review Corner: Praying for Justice

More than a few of us went to sleep in a bed of complacency during the Obama years. Now it’s time to wake up. And Praying for Justice is just the book to help us survive that rude awakening, pull on our big-kid pants, and get moving. By Ellen Michaud Written by George Fox University faculty members Anderson Campbell and Steve Sherwood, Praying for Justice came to life three days after the 2016 Presidential election when Steve Sherwood was “glumly” riding an exercise bike as he contemplated the future for those who are poor and those who would be marginalized...

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Ellen's Review Corner: The Third Reconstruction

Ellen's Review Corner: The Third Reconstruction

This month Ellen’s friend LVM Shelton—a former member of Madison Meeting in Wisconsin, former sojourner at Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, and now a member of Plainfield Meeting in Vermont—is sitting in as guest reviewer. “Can we end partisanship, work together, and transform the conflicts within which we are entrenched?” she asks. “Can we learn to engage in constructive conflict to find right action in the moment?”   Plainfield Meeting in Vermont Reviewed by LVM Shelton The Third Reconstruction by The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II is partly historical, largely memoir, and partly manual for effective transformation. As memoir, it...

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