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I commend this book New Light warmly. Don Cupitt,, Emmanuel College, CambridgeAfter reading this book, I felt that I had ... acquired some sure-footed guides ready to walk the way of faith and discipleship with robust honesty, open-hearted charity and true generosity of spirit. John Saxbee, Bishop of LincolnThe new book "New Light: 12 Quaker voices" is a delight. John Gladwin, Bishop of ChelmsfordIn this book, we are given varied and thought-provoking Quaker views on a series of important topics related both to belief and to practice. George Ellis, FRS, Cosmologist, Emeritus Professor of Complex Systems, Mathematics Department, University of Cape Town. Winner of the Templeton Prize, and Star of South Africa.The tone is far from preachy, and I was helped greatly in my own understanding of the spiritual life. Harvey Gillman, author of A Light that is Shining

About the Author

The "voices" of this book belong to Quakers who for the past six years have been running a series of open meetings for spiritual seekers, and have spoken from their own experience on the topics covered by this book. All are well known in Quaker circles and beyond. Jennifer Kavanagh has published two previous books, most recently The World is our Cloister, and has spoken about her faith on radio and television.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Alternative (March 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846941431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846941436
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jennifer Kavanagh is a former literary agent, who spent nearly 30 years in publishing. She now sets up micro-credit programmes, mainly in Africa, and is a facilitator for the conflict resolution programme, Alternatives to Violence project. Jennifer lives in London, England. She is a Quaker, an associate tutor at the Quaker study centre, Woodbrooke, and she writes and speaks regularly on the Spirit-led life. Her first novel comes out in 2015.

www.jenniferkavanagh.co.uk

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This is an easy to read and interesting book, despite the rather weak praise on the back cover from Don Cupitt ("I commend this book warmly"). It consists of short pieces by twelve different Quaker writers on themes including pacifism, evil, simplicity, the nature of God, meeting for worship and more. Each theme is a new chapter with twelve numbered reflections; this arrangement worked in part but I found myself wanting to know who had written which piece, especially as I sometimes thought I was reading a piece by a man and was surprised to discover comments such as "when I was pregnant..." I wasn't sure if the pieces were always in the same order of author and so couldn't get a sense of continuity of one contributor's particular thought, although this was possibly the point.

The writings were generally of a high standard, not written in theological language but providing a flavour of the thoughts and beliefs of the different quakers contributing. The book could be used as a devotional and certainly gave me a new insight into the Religious Society of Friends. What I particularly liked was the contributors' willingness to say when they were unsure about something or when issues were hard, and particularly appreciated the quotation given from one of the Quaker texts: "respect that of God in everyone... avoid hurtful criticism and provocative language... think it possible that you may be mistaken."

This is a book that would provide helpful insight and food for thought for Christians of all denominations but it does focus on some particularly Quaker ideas (meeting for worship and pacifism, for example) which may mean it is more popular amongst Quakers. However it's a worthwhile read for anyone who wants to consider their spirituality further.
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