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Being a Quaker
British friend Geoffrey Durham looks at modern Quakerism and explains what can be said (for instance how a Quaker meeting for Business operates), and looks at what cannot be said (what Quakers think happens after death) and why. He talks of the testimonies, being led by the spirit, the gathered meeting, and what being an experiential religion means. A full and inspiring, b ...more
Paperback, First, 134 pages
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May 08, 2019 Finn Longman added it · review of another edition
Super interesting, didn't tell me a lot I hadn't learned through my own experiences over the past six months but gave me some of the words to express it (and filled a few gaps). Have passed on to my mum in case she wants to know what it is I'm actually getting myself into as I increasingly disappear off into Quaker meetings and come back spouting words like "discernment" and "the Light" and whatnot, haha. Though aimed at people looking at Quakerism for themselves, might well be of interest to th ...more
Oct 17, 2015 Leilani rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I thought this was a really fantastic introduction to Quaker practice, being the first book I've ever read on it. It took both a historical look at Quakers and where they came from, it also looked at many other things including the structure of meetings, how meetings for worship work, how Yearly meetings work. It created a link between a historical narrative about Quarkers and where they came from to current Quaker practice today. The writer has certainly created a book that is easy to read, acc ...more
This is an excellent, current introduction to Quakerism as practiced in Britain and Australia today. He covers the history and practices of Quakers and the reason and place of the testimonies. Helpfully he talks about his own experience in coming to a Quaker meting for the first time, growing as a Quaker and trying to explain his faith to others. The book finishes with a very useful list of resources that are updated on the web. Reference is made throughout to British faith and practice and the ...more
Pretty much the perfect introduction to every Quakerism 101 question a person might have, from "Where do they come from?" to "Why do people choose it?" to "How the hell do they get anything done?" Told with lively good humor in a voice I couldn't put down. Highly recommended to anyone who's curious like I was.
May 14, 2019 Rhiannon Grant rated it really liked it · review of another edition
An introduction, now a few years old, but still interesting both as an overview of what is significant to British Quakers and because of the way that writing introductions encourages clear explanations of issues, such as theological questions, which might be implied or elided in more 'advanced' material.
A very well written and interesting read about the modern day Religious Society of Friends. This book is accessible and easy to grasp. I recommend this for anyone considering going to a Quaker Meeting; it will certainly help and put your mind at ease with what is 'required' also if you contact the British Quakers they will send you a free copy in the post