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I Take Thee,serenity Mass Market Paperback – November 12, 1976

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (November 12, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345252225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345252227
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,709,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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He moved back a step so he could take rennie's face between his palm and look into her eyes. "I wish we could be married some morning at dawn in blue jeans on a hilltop, just you and me, no minister."

Joy is very present in this attractive novel; joy that is deep, contagious, and impressive."-Quaker Life

"At a time when values are threatened and moral standards questioned, it is good to sense once more the inward peace of this oasis-a peace which is in no sense escapist or illusory, but a growing point for action."-Elfrida Vipont Foulds, Author of The Story of Quakerism --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "celtinore" on December 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I first read this book almost 20 years ago, when I was a young person trying to figure out who the real "me" was and how she fit into the world. Even now, with children of my own, I find this book very readable. Serenity Ross is nineteen years old, a college student majoring in elementary ed (but longing to major in art history) who is engaged to be married to Peter Holland, a fellow student who is seeking to better understand the world into which he will become a man. Serenity's parents, middle-aged middle-class suburbanites, hide their true feelings about their daughter's marriage by planning a real dog-and-pony show; but the bride herself feels a yearning for something more meaningful than a big church wedding and country-club reception. This yearning leads her on a weekend visit to Oliver Otis, her father's cousin, and his wife, Daphne, in rural Rhode Island. The visit is only the first step for Serenity on a journey -- of self-discovery, and an exploration of her family's spiritual roots --on which she is joined by Peter and, eventually, her parents as well. The Otises are members of the Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers, and it is their ability to look honestly at life and see the good in it that guides Serenity and Peter on their way. But don't think that these are two-dimensional characters, oozing with saccharine sweetness and dispensing glib advice; Daisy Newman, the author and herself a member of the Society of Friends, draws them with loving but unflinching honesty. Oliver is a bit of a neat freak who likes things to be just so, and Daphne -- left unable to speak by a stroke -- struggles with anger when her eyes and her expressions are not enough to convey her thoughts to those around her.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Quite a few years ago, I discovered the Daisy Newman when I picked up a copy of "Diligence in Love" at a flea market or library book sale. This story of a driven businesswoman who encounters Quakers while researching an advertising campaign impressed me. I had heard of Quakers but never really knew anything about them or their religion. This gentle way of life appealed to me and I made it a point to search out other titles by this author. I just recently happened across "I Take Thee, Serenity" in my bookcase and re-read it, to be touched anew.

Written in 1975, the premise of this book would now be considered old-fashioned. Serenity Ross is an independent 19-year-old in love with Peter Holland and quite content to have a sexual relationship with him while away at college. Suspecting this, her parents decide that it is best to have the two young people get married. Feeling pushed into a wedding that is taking on circus-like proportions and inspired by the picture of a Quaker wedding hanging in her parents' home, Serenity flees to her father's old family home near Kendal, Rhode Island to step back and take stock. There, she meets her elderly Quaker cousin, Oliver Otis, and his wife, Daphne, who help her to look into herself and her relationship with Peter and realize that their marriage will effect not only them but all of the people who love them.

This journey of self-discovery can't help but touch the reader. The Quaker way, as presented here, is one of tolerance and understanding and reading this book gave me a sense of joy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fruit Loop VINE VOICE on January 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Rennie's simple quest for a church to marry her fiance becomes a wonderful discovery of her family roots, her spirituality, family values, and a deeper love that can't help but warm the reader's heart. Highly recommend!
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