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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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Ellen's Review Corner: Discovering Humor in the Bible

Ellen's Review Corner: Discovering Humor in the Bible

This month Ellen’s friend Max Carter, who was director of Friends Center at Guilford College for more than 20 years until his retirement, is sitting in as guest reviewer. Friends who have little acquaintance with the Bible will find this book funny, Max writes. Those who have a deeper acquaintance will find the humor to be profound. “The former may find that reading the book encourages a deeper acquaintance,” he adds. “The latter may find it leads to a more liberal understanding of the literal text.”    Image credit: Pexels.com/congerdesign Reviewed by Max Carter When I taught a course at...

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Ellen's Review Corner: A Gathering in Hope

Ellen's Review Corner: A Gathering in Hope

Fairfield Friend Meetings, Camby, Indiana Bestselling author Philip Gulley has been wandering around our meetinghouses again. And with gentle humor, he shows us who we are. By Ellen Michaud Friends who long to heal the schisms that separate us one from the other might want to consider Quaker author Philip Gulley’s new novel, A Gathering in Hope, as a candidate for their Meeting’s next book discussion group. Gathering is the latest offering from Gulley, an Indiana pastor (at Fairfield Friends Meeting) whose previous novels have won raves from both Publishers’ Weekly and The Wall Street Journal. The book picks up...

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Ellen's Review Corner: The Anti-War

Ellen's Review Corner: The Anti-War

This month, Ellen's friend, Brian Drayton, is sitting in as guest reviewer.  Brian is an ecologist, recorded Quaker minister, and author of On Living with a Concern for Gospel Ministry and co-author of A Language for the Inward Landscape. “It is clear that in various ways Friends are deeply secularized (as the broader society has become), and that this makes it difficult for us to make any testimony rooted in our experience as Friends that can reach the human heart and speak to the human condition,” writes Brian Drayton, as he sits in Ellen’s Review Corner this month with a...

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Become a QuakerBooks "Bookista"!

Love books? Love bookstores? Love Quakers? Love to volunteer? QuakerBooks of FGC, a walk-in and on-line bookstore at Pendle Hill, the Quaker retreat center in Wallingford, PA, is looking for volunteers. The store at Pendle Hill is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:00 to 4:00 and Saturdays from 10:00 to 4:00. During a three hour-per-week shift a volunteer may do a variety of things, such as: unpacking and pricing books/other merchandize organizing orders working with our online and in-store book stock shelving new books helping at evening and weekend book talks and signings social media write book descriptions (summary,...

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