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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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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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