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Holy Silence by J. Brent Bill
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Jan 12, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: cultural-studies-and-other

Despite common misconception, I am not Quaker. Or Amish. Or Shaker. Not even Mennonite. Believe me, these things come up. And it's funny, at least once you actually get to know me.

But I am down with silence; not for a particular religious reason, but because I am good friends with the idea of silence. There's not enough of it in the world, and people say a lot dumb things and there are a lot of worthless things that go on, and that's just life. I'm not going to wax all philosophical, religious or spiritual here. The book is interesting only in the sense that it explains just how important the concept of Silence is to Quakers. Throughout the book are points to pause, for the reader to be silent and reflect on God and how to communicate with God, and most of those were fairly common-sense and don't personally require much thought. It was often heavy-handed in parts, but I enjoy reading about other faiths and try to wrap my mind around how beliefs come into being and how they are maintained throughout history. I also have to say I'm not a fan of making faith hip to a younger generation, and I feel that the author did that here. Maybe it works, but it sure doesn't do a thing for me, which is probably why I never was very good at visiting youth group meetings with friends during my younger days.

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January 15, 2009 – Shelved as: cultural-studies-and-other
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message 2: by Rhonda (new)

Rhonda Wait, what, you're not Shaker?!? Since when?! ;)

message 1: by El (new) - rated it 2 stars

El Hah! Shocking, I know! But I would have thought my devil horns on Halloween would have told you something. :)

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