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Being a Quaker

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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
Published 2011
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Finn Longman
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
Martin Hoogeboom
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good introduction to Quaker practice. Well written, mainly focused on the British Society of Friends. Also a great start to read more about the subject. If you're curious like me this is a great read.
Oct 17, 2015 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
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Rhiannon Grant
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.
Sylvia Clare
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
very straightforward introduction to quaker practice - illuminating on a very politically active form of spirituality - enlightening indeed
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Joe Young
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very easy read providing an easy introduction to Quakerism. For those interested, I would wholeheartedly recommend it.
Anne Blunsden
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The best introductory book on being a Quaker that I have read so far.
Andrew Black
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Life changing stuff
Dean Haywood
Jan 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Bit boring really.
Rhysa M. Davis
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is for anyone seeking how to live a rewarding life, a life of service to all mankind. And for the seeker, learning baby steps in spiritual growth.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A colourful introduction to Quakerism, with sections about Quaker traditions, history, and Quakerism today. If you're curious, a great read.
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