Plain Living: A Quaker Path to Simplicity
Most of us living in this complex and time-pressured era have moments when we wish we were living simpler, more meaningful lives. Sometimes these wishes are fleeting desires, but for many today the search for a life of greater simplicity and meaning has developed into a deep longing.There are many routes to simplicity. This book focuses on and provides direction to the gimmick-free spiritual path followed by Quakers.
For over three centuries Quakers have been living out of a spiritual center in a way of life they call "plain living." Their accumulated experiences and distilled wisdom have much to offer anyone seeking greater simplicity today.Plain Living is not about sacrifice. It's about choosing the life you really want, a form of inward simplicity that leads us to listen for the "still, small voice" of God.
This book goes beyond the merely trendy to make the by now well-worn Quaker path to plain living accessible to everyone.
"When I discovered the Quaker tradition twenty-five years ago, 'plain living' was the quality I found most compelling. So it is a great gift to me, and will prove a great gift many others, that Cathy Whitmire has lifted up this central feature of Quakerism—and of human wholeness—in her lovely and lively book." -- Parker J. Palmer (from the foreword)
"This book is a collection of the sayings of Friends (ranging from Margaret Fell and Isaac Penington to Jan Hoffman and Patricia Loring) which speak to every aspect of living a spiritually centered and simple life. topics explored include work, plain speech, money and resources, committed relationships, grief, fear, leadings, community, practicing non-violence, spirit-led service and inward simplicity. Each section is followed by queries. An excellent resource for study groups. "Plain Living will be a well-loved, well-thumbed book, touching on every aspect of our personal choices, as ...We try to walk the challenging walk of holy simplicity." - Elise Boulding