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Dowlais Educational Settlement and the Quaker John Dennithorne, by Christine Trevett

28 April 2022 | by David Harries | 1 comment

'It appeals to locals because of its wealth of history; it appeals to Friends as it shows what can be done to relieve distress.' | Book cover (and detail) of Dowlais Educational Settlement and the Quaker John Dennithorne, by Christine Trevett

Merthyr Tydfil has a long, colourful history. The valley is made up of many distinctive communities, including Treharris (with its Fox, Fell and Penn Streets), through Quakers Yard (with Friends’ burial ground), and on to Aberfan and Dowlais. The area was once famous for iron works and coal mines, but...

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Paul Among the People: The apostle reinterpreted and reimagined in his own time, by Sarah Ruden

21 April 2022 | by Simon Webb

'Sarah Ruden is a Quaker scholar, and her approach is to set Paul in the context of his time.' | Book cover of Paul Among the People: The apostle reinterpreted and reimagined in his own time, by Sarah Ruden

This book is an attempt to look again at the accusations of homophobia, excessive puritanism and general grumpiness that are routinely levelled against the apostle Paul. Sarah Ruden is a Quaker scholar, and her approach is to set Paul in the context of his time. This is not an attempt...

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Beyond Belief: How Pentecostal Christianity is taking over the world, by Elle Hardy

14 April 2022 | by Reg Naulty

‘The difference between Pentecostalism and Catholicism is that Pentecostalism says you can be happy in this life.' | Book cover from Beyond Belief: How Pentecostal Christianity is taking over the world, by Elle Hardy

Pentecostals now comprise one quarter of the world’s Christians, up from just six per cent in 1980. By 2050, one billion people will be part of the movement. The cliché about Pentecostalism is that it is about health, wealth, and the second coming of Christ. It holds that after forgiveness we...

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The Jesus Myth: A psychologist’s viewpoint, by Chris Scott

14 April 2022 | by Andy Stoller

'The thought that Gospel stories are not historical biographies but statements of belief will be new for some.' | Book cover from The Jesus Myth: A psychologist’s viewpoint, by Chris Scott

This short book is an accessible, non-scholarly exploration of who Jesus was, and what his life and death can mean for us. It challenges what it regards as the Anglican Church’s interpretations or misinterpretations, offering a fresh look at Jesus and the myths that surround him. It looks at ...

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All is One Love by Stephen Sayers

07 April 2022 | by Daniel Clarke Flynn

'The title All is One Love certainly attracted me, but what in heaven’s name is ‘transpersonal psychology’?' | Book cover of All is One Love: Reflections upon the transpersonal psychology of time and eternity

All is One Love: Reflections upon the transpersonal psychology of time and eternity The title All is One Love certainly attracted me, but what in heaven’s name is ‘transpersonal psychology’? Stephen Sayers, with his decades of experience, defines it as ‘setting out to develop the rich synergistic opportunities promised...

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Prisons of the World, by Andrew Coyle

07 April 2022 | by Tim Newell

‘This book will inform and support Friends concerned about criminal justice.’ | Book cover of Prisons of the World, by Andrew Coyle

This is a remarkable tour de force by Andrew Coyle, an enlightened, experienced governor of prisons, and professor of prison studies.

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An Enchanted Place, by Jonathan Stedall

31 March 2022 | by Andy Vivian

'Stedall dedicates his book to AA Milne and with good reason: all his characters are based on Milne’s immortal creations.' | Detail of cover of An Enchanted Place, by Jonathan Stedall

Our Friend Jonathan Stedall is best known as a documentary maker. But after retiring he began writing. His first book was a spiritual autobiography, Where on Earth is Heaven?, followed by No Shore Too Far, poems after the death of his wife. This is his first fiction.

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Sowing Seeds for the Future: Exploring the power of constructive nonviolent action, by Andrew Rigby

31 March 2022 | by Dave Morris

'What weakened the Mafia’s grip was not so much the loss of income but the loss of face. As a result, its power began to wane.' | Detail from cover of Sowing Seeds for the Future: Exploring the power of constructive nonviolent action, by Andrew Rigby

This is an important book and merits a place in every Meeting house. It is an exploration and evaluation of techniques and concepts by which nonviolent protest can become most productive – or, as Andrew puts it, ‘the intention to bridge the gap between what is and what ought to be’.

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A Sudden Mirror: Collected poems, by Roger Iredale

24 March 2022 | by Peter Jarman

‘They quicken in my mind with a special quality of rhythm and movement.’ | Book cover of A Sudden Mirror: Collected poems, by Roger Iredale

This well-crafted collection of poems is a distillation of its author’s experience and reflection acquired through travels all over the world. The poems conjure up images of people and their plights that are especially relevant for Friends concerned with truth, peaceful relationships, and the alleviation of poverty.

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The Gospels: A new translation, by Sarah Ruden

24 March 2022 | by Simon Webb

'Ruden, whose Gospels are dedicated ‘To the Quakers’, insists that her approach is influenced by her Quakerism.' | Book cover of The Gospels: A new translation, by Sarah Ruden

Online searches for ‘Quaker Bible’ tend to find Anthony Purver, who spent thirty years translating both Testaments. He struggled to find a publisher until the Quaker physician John Fothergill bought the copyright and published it in 1764. It was not a success.

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