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ISBN-13: 978-0944350447 ISBN-10: 0944350445 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Friends United Pr; 1st edition (July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944350445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944350447
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,167,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wilmer (Wil) Cooper, a lifelong member of the Religious Society of Friends, grew up among Conservative Wilburite Friends in eastern Ohio. A graduate of Wilmington College, with graduate degrees from Haverford College, Yale Divinity School, and Vanderbilt University, Wil Cooper began his public career with the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, D.C. He joined the Earlham College faculty in 1959 and was the founding dean of Earlham School of Religion from 1960-78, from which he retired in 1985. He is the author of The ESR Story: A Quaker Dream come True, A Living Faith: An Historical Study of Quaker Beliefs, and The Quaker Testimony of Integrity in the Religion Society of Friends. Wil and Emily Cooper are members of West Richmond (Indiana) Friends Meeting. They live at Friends Fellowship Community in Richmond and retreat to Palm Harbor, Florida for the winters.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Scott Perry (scottperry@usermail.com) on November 20, 1999
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In a rare display of the ability to bridge two worlds that are so strikingly different, Mr. Cooper has the gift of being able to invite the reader into the world of Conservative Quakerism, without making him feel as if he has just been preached to. Mr. Cooper is quite unusual in that he seems to be able to appreciate (and therefore communicate with) both worlds, both the modern secular world we find ourselves in today, and also the rarified (but perhaps just as valid) world of Conservative Quakerism which is apparently structured around a belief that the ideals of "simplicity" and the "peace of the indwelling spirit" are still two very real and attainable virtues and are not merely two more sad casualties along the side of our modern information superhighway.
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By JazzMan on July 15, 2013
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I was so looking forward to learning more about the Conservative branch of Friends through the lens of Dr. Cooper's "journey". Chapter one does a nice job of explaining how Conservative Quakers "mix" (balance) with liberal, orthodox, and evangelical Friends and he continues this theme throughout the writing. Equally well written is the chapter dealing with Conservative faith & practice. However, the remainder of the book, beginning with chapter three (Growing Up Plain), seemed to be more of an outline of Dr. Cooper's life rather than true insight into his experiences. I was hoping for a more in-depth and "folksy" account of his day to day life and in this regard was rather disappointed. The author continually promoted the fact that he was the founding Dean of the Earlham School of Religion. His work in this regard was, and continues to be, very important, however; I wanted to better understand the totality of experiences in his childhood that led to this achievement. I don't want to suggest that Dr. Cooper did not present some relevant insight into his conservative childhood, but perhaps a more "story-telling" approach would have advanced the readers "journey" to more fully understand Dr. Cooper's true life path.
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