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Guide to Quaker Practice
Guide to Quaker Practice
by Howard H. Brinton
Edition: Paperback
13 used & new from $25.66

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than your four dollars worth, May 30, 2005
If you are interested in Friends (Quakers), this is one of the basic information books you would find helpful and full of information - $4.00 brings a lot of wisdom in some 90 plus pages.

This 'pamphlet' is a thick book, a classic work for Friends -- our meeting hands this book over to new members as part of their welcome package and the current clerk carries this with her to every Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.

First published in 1955, Guide to Quaker Practice answers questions about Practice and Belief, Meeting for worship (including spoken word, vocal prayer, timing and more); Structure (from individual membership to Yearly Meeting connections), history, business meeting structure and comes complete with queries on topics still of importance to Friends.


Beyond Majority Rule: Voteless Decisions in the Religious Society of Friends
Beyond Majority Rule: Voteless Decisions in the Religious Society of Friends
by Michael J. Sheeran
Edition: Paperback
27 used & new from $0.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite consensus..., May 30, 2005
This book is about Quaker decision-making, but the use of the secularly familiar word "consensus" in the previous review may be misleading. Sheeran examines and explores in great depth how Friends come to make decisions.

Both simple and complicated, the process comes out of a history and practice based on spirit-led decision making.

The book can explain far better than I what the process is, how it can work amazingly well, how it may sometimes fail. The decision-making process among Friends is what 'hooked' me to keep coming to meetings, especially decision-making meetings (Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business). When it works it is an awe-filled experience. When it doesn't, the results of the decision often crumble.

An excellent book for new clerks and newcomers, as well as a reminder to Friends who may be tempted to fall back on the corporate or secular world's way of finding consensus.


Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality
Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality
by J. Brent Bill
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new addition..., May 30, 2005
Here's a book for Friends and their friends, about Quaker spirituality and practices. A well written, enjoyable read, Bill's book should go on every meeting's recommendations for newcomers or other seekers. A lovely and thoughtful gift item for those looking for fresh insights on Quaker spirituality.


The Storyteller's Companion to the Bible Volume 12 Acts of the Apostles
The Storyteller's Companion to the Bible Volume 12 Acts of the Apostles
by Michael E. Williams
Edition: Hardcover
35 used & new from $1.87

2.0 out of 5 stars Storytellers, not really, May 30, 2005
This book is OK, but not a good source of ideas for storytellers. This has a formulated style to it -- little room for creative expression.

Probably good for those who aren't truly looking for storytelling that involves one's own interpretations of things.


Clean, Naturally
Clean, Naturally
by Sandy Maine
Edition: Paperback
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To each their own..., May 30, 2005
This review is from: Clean, Naturally (Paperback)
Ah, I see much criticism of this lovely book -- folks want something new and exciting. This book clearly isn't an information about soapmaking book -- it is actually a bit more and a bit less than that.

This book presents itself like a gift book -- remiscent of a table top gift book. Tucked into the pages are Maine's basic beliefs on the goodness of home recipes for soaps, shampoos. There are little bits on skin care and hair care. She provides her favorite recipes, using many of the same ingredients.

Although she refers to the training received in the first chapters, it is less training than a lovely presentation -- for a how to of soap making, I'd use a more informational book or information from a class (for soaps made with lye, thank you very much, pretty pictures are not enough!)

In addition to the interesting recipes (for Russian Dishwashing Disk, for example) there is a chapter on Toilet Bowl Cleaners, a Leather Care recipe, a chapter on Making Your own laundry supplies, another on Natural Pet Care and a section on her invention of the "soap tassels" line -- with a couple of recipes.

The idea, I think, is to take her basic vegetable based recipes (CRISCO OIL!!!) and be motivated to make up some of your own, using the logic behind the percentages she uses and the combination of fragrances, seeds, herbs and such.

An addition to the library -- still haven't found my basic must have can't do without soapmaking book!


Soapmaking
Soapmaking
by Alicia Grosso
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.92
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something a little different.., May 30, 2005
This review is from: Soapmaking (Paperback)
Another book to add to my soapmaking library, Grosso's book is a little different from the rest.

Her recipes are for cold process soaps in small (one bar) recipes, a good starting place for a beginner. Working with lye can be a dangerous process, so having very small batches is a wise beginning.

She writes a lot about the magikal (which I like to translate to spiritual) aspect of soapmaking - different herbs have different magical properties according to Grosso, so soap can be a healing gift for a friend.

She has a lists for essential oils, flowers, herbs, seeds listing some special properties. (the herb Dandelion reduces fear, useful in manifesting intention...and you thought they were weeds)...Vetivert essential oil is deeply calming. Lavendar flowers are sleep-inducing, soothing, etc.) No use of animal fats, a plus for some of us.

Good black and white pictures of the actual soapmaking process and explanations of different procedures (saponification, etc.) Basic recipe is used with additions of other things. Yes, she is a bit heavy on the coconut oil.

For those who are interested, she has soap making rituals, Moon phases, soapmaking for women, soapmaking for men, for every day occasions, for holidays. There's a little chapter on "presentation" (gift wrapping or packaging).

This isn't a book for everyone, and even if it is for you, it shouldn't be the only book -- just something a little different.
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Soapmaking for Fun & Profit: Make Money Doing What You Love!
Soapmaking for Fun & Profit: Make Money Doing What You Love!
by Maria Nerius
Edition: Paperback
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource, May 30, 2005
I kept looking through this book, undecided - but eventually had to get it since it is (so far) the only book on soapmaking I've found that has a bunch of advice (Chapters 7 - 10) on pricing, marketing and selling soap.

The first part has some practical advise on soap making from setting up a work station to using essence oils. Basic information for Melt and Pour, hand-milled and Cold Process soapmaking, with a saponification chart, which is useful.

Nerius offers guidelines, advise, basic info which is also findable in various places (on the internet primarily) but it is helpful to have it in book form, and all in one book.

The recipes are secondary to the rest of the book -- there is advise on making your own recipes, which is a good thing to know. A little more information about vegetable oils as a choice for one's basic recipe (rather than one "Vegetarian Delight" recipe) would be good.

Her cold process basic soap recipe includes rendered beef fat/tallow -- it almost sounds as if that's the only kind of CP soap to make - a negative for some of us. (My rating should be a 3.5 stars instead of 4, for this reason). However, in the old days, soap was made with animal fats so this is my own personal criticism.

About 1/3 of the book is a mini-course in crafts business basics, written by Barbara Brabec - a book within a book. This, to me, was too much info in a book on soap making (a lot of the advise does not relate to the specifics of soap making). I would have preferred to do without it, but now I have it handy in case I need it.

Not the ONLY book to have on soapmaking, but a plus to a soapmaker's library.


300 Handcrafted Soaps: Great Melt & Pour Projects
300 Handcrafted Soaps: Great Melt & Pour Projects
by Marie Browning
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty book, May 30, 2005
I'm newly to soap making, trying to work up nerve to actually make some cold process soap. I've done several batches of melt and pour soaps -- adding color and scents -- and have been reading up on soap making. .

This book has some stunning pictures, some really interesting ideas for soaps that are attractive, trendy, pretty, fun, different, all in a 'project' format.

It has information in the front on the basics of 'making' melt and pour soaps, packaging them, etc. A good 'idea' book,it may not be practical for someone who wants to make batches of soap -- each recipe is for a bar or two.

On the other hand, for someone who is looking for ideas and small projects, this has a lot of ideas.

If you are seriously interested in learning about soapmaking - even melt and pour soapmaking -- this almost has too much glitter and glam.

A great gift book.


A Testament of Devotion
A Testament of Devotion
by Thomas R. Kelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.14
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quaker Spirituality, May 30, 2005
If you are interested in Quaker mysticism, please read this book, the thoughts of a 20th century Quaker mystic and teacher.

Thomas Kelly lived briefly - reading this work brings the reader close to Kelly's experiential relationships with the Divine.

There was not enough writing left behind - this is a treasure. A book for meditation and reading, Kelly's words have a way of bringing the Light to the dedicated reader.

I really love this book and don't know how to express that without sounding trivial. It can take your breath away, bring you to joyful tears and encourage your seeking.

Blessings.


Quaker Spirituality: Selected Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Quaker Spirituality: Selected Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality)
by Elizabeth Vining
Edition: Paperback
Price: $24.17
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quaker Library addition, May 30, 2005
This collection of writings is a great addition for your library or reading list -- whether or not you are a Friend, you'll find a collection of thought provoking writings with an interesting view.

This book has both historical and philosophical views. Though much has changed in the world, and in the opinions of 'modern' Quakers, the core beliefs remain the same -- those who are new to Quakerism, those considering it or those just interested in another view will find this book of help.


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