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The Quaker Reader Paperback – October 1, 1992
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This book contains over 60 extracts from the writings of members of the Religious Society of Friends from 1650 to 1962. It includes passages from the works of such well-known authors as George Fox, William Penn, Walt Whitman and John Greenleaf Whittier. The passages illuminate both the faith and practice of the Quaker faith throughout the ages.
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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'.
I would consider this a must-have book for any meeting house library or religious book collection.