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Quaker Reader Paperback – December 1, 1992


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  • Paperback: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Pendle Hill Publications; Reprint edition (December 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087574916X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875749167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Quaker Annie on September 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
It isn't easy to find information telling you what Friends believe. Our history is traced primarily through the words of George Fox and John Woolman. Later, here in the US, there were splits dividing believers into liberal and conservative groups.
This book does a very good job of giving the reader an understanding of the Quaker faith by offering the reader essays and journal bits from William Penn (a well-known Pennsylvania Friend!) and others, both inside the faith and out.
For those interested in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), those newly convinced, or for those who just like to read about the beginnings and progress of Quakers, The Quaker Reader is a basic for their library.
For other books about Quakers, be sure to read Robert L. Smith's A Quaker Book of Wisdom; and The Quakers by Jean Kinney Williams
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Richard D. Ackerman on May 25, 1999
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This books contains a variety of short essays on Quaker theology and conduct. It also contains important excerpts from the Journal of George Fox.
The book specifically and fairly acknowledges the scarcity of Friends' "theology" as an historical matter. However, this is amply supplanted by readings from the works of William Penn and others who were in a position to speak about the conduct of the Quakers and their effect on those around them. This 'third-person' perspective provides a unique insight into the lives of those known as the 'Quiet Rebels' in early American history and provides for a stimulating and educational reading experience. The editor should be credited with her fine selection of Quaker readings.
In short, the book is an excellent survey of Quaker thoughts and actions throughout history. By the time one reaches the end of this book, the reader should find themselves in the rather enjoyable position of feeling as though they know a 'Quaker'.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2000
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This book provides a fairly thorough history of the Quaker faith and its evolution over time. While some of the essays are by external observers, the book is mostly writings by Quakers, often in the form of journal excerpts. Pithy and insightful commentary by the editor introduces each writer, the time in which they lived and the issues facing the Religious Society of Friends during that era.
I loved this book. It led me to my first Quaker meeting and a faith that is right for me. However, even if you do not find stories or concepts in this book that resonate with your own experience of God, it is worth reading. William Penn (who was a Quaker) and many others less well-known played a far more significant role in the history of the United States than their numbers would suggest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Baxter on August 19, 2011
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This is a fine collection of writings from early Quakers to fairly recent times. The reader gets a sense of the times in which Quakerism was developed and also of what made its early practitioners special. This is, in my opinion, a very good source to those new to Quakerism or curious about what it's really about and whence it came. West includes background and analysis for each piece.

I would consider this a must-have book for any meeting house library or religious book collection.
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