The Goodreads publication info on this book is incorrect. PYM Library: 289.69 Bri Neither Luzerne nor Lackawanna has this. Author: Howard Brinton PublisThe Goodreads publication info on this book is incorrect. PYM Library: 289.69 Bri Neither Luzerne nor Lackawanna has this. Author: Howard Brinton Publisher: Pendle Hill Publications (2000) ASIN: B000L3Y09I ...more
Wonderful! ... Even just a few pages in, I was already finding quotes I wanted to keep!
This little book is a quick read but a very good exploration oWonderful! ... Even just a few pages in, I was already finding quotes I wanted to keep!
This little book is a quick read but a very good exploration of "The Story of the Quakers in America." Material is included describing Friends General Conference (liberal, silent meetings, mostly in the East), Friends United Meeting (more conservative--in a Quaker context, both programmed and unprogrammed meetings, mostly in the Midwest), and the Evangelical Friends Alliance (evangelical, Christocentric, generally Bible-based programmed meetings primarily in the Midwest and upper West coast). It also describes historic Friends of note, the struggles and character of the Society of Friends as it evolved through time, and the many programs and committees Friends have created to bring about social reform and care for those in need. This isn't an academic text, though; the names and dates are all there, but in the context of many exciting stories of quiet rebellion against disparity and oppression, tales of individuals' stubborn persistence in seeking to right the world's wrongs.
The only imaginable drawback is that Margaret Hope Bacon lacked the means to write about things that hadn't happened yet. Her book was originally written in 1967-68, and while this version was updated in 1985, it covers very little of the last forty years of Quaker history....more
There were basically two kinds of entry in this anthology: sermonettes I wasn't in the mood to read, and short selections from longer works I'd probabThere were basically two kinds of entry in this anthology: sermonettes I wasn't in the mood to read, and short selections from longer works I'd probably like if I could read the whole book.
As it is, though, I find I don't really care for reading "Chapter 4" of this story by such-and-such, followed by a completely different chapter of something else by someone else. The sermonettes probably would have been better as longer explorations, too, backed up with a bit more narrative ... or maybe I'm just grumpy!...more
I decided to finish this after all, since my brain was spinning after finishing The Black Hole Wars. This is a treacly-easy read that hasn't gotten anI decided to finish this after all, since my brain was spinning after finishing The Black Hole Wars. This is a treacly-easy read that hasn't gotten any better, but for whatever reason I decided I might as well just see it through. The characters have all the depth of the manufactured stock people from the management books, only the insights shared through them aren't anything remotely novel. The incredibly wealthy bored suburbanite housewife and her even wealthier friends aren't satisfied with all their material things, and the central character (Heather) needs something spiritual to fill the gap. Yeah, got it. Without the book's drivel of a non-plot.
What's really irritating is the portrayal of Quakers when they finally appear halfway into the novel. The two Quaker sisters have a dog named Oatmeal, in homage to Quaker Oatmeal, with no hint that the author's remotely aware that Quaker Oatmeal wasn't founded or owned by Friends, and has in fact irritated a great many Quakers by its insistence on using us as a mascot. When Heather finally visits a meeting, she attends Sunday School--NOT First Day School, incidentally--and the topic under discussion is ... get ready ...
"Campaign finance reform, clean and verifiable voting procedures, global warming and fossil fuel dependence, opposition of the doctrine of preventative war, immigration, living wages, and poor working conditions. Defense of the rule of law by limits on executive power ... Health care ... AIDS here and abroad ... National security: diplomatic versus military solutions ..."
I kid you not. How long is this meeting's adult discussion time, anyway???
For that matter, these Friends (who don't call one another Friends) attend an unprogrammed meeting probably in BYM, from the description, but their perspective sounds like it would be more at home in a conservative programmed meeting in Iowa.
Never mind the rest for now. I could fill a few screens with the rest of the "just don't fit" characterizations of Quakers, but I won't bother right now. Basically, the author appears to have only a passing acquaintance with Friends--perhaps no personal acquaintance at all--and I'd be surprised to hear she'd visited a single meeting, stunned to hear she'd attended more than one worship group or even visited the same one more than once.
AWESOME. I carried this one around and read it through several times before taking it back to our meeting's library. A well-written, engaging introducAWESOME. I carried this one around and read it through several times before taking it back to our meeting's library. A well-written, engaging introduction to the sometimes surprising Quaker women who have shaped American history....more