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Featured Book: Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom for a Better Life Today


As you read Living the Quaker Way, it may dawn on you that you are…surprise!…a Friend, at heart.

As he explains on his website, Philip Gulley, a Quaker pastor in Indiana for 30 years, invites readers “to encounter the defining commitments of the Religious Society of Friends—simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality, and shows how these ideals can be incorporated in personal and public life”; he devotes a chapter to each. And who at SSUC would not embrace these values?

“It is your embodiment of these ideals that I encourage,” the author writes in his book’s concluding “altar call,” “for the good of your life, your soul, this world. With those high hopes in mind, I invite you to walk and to live this Quaker way.” As the book’s publisher explains, “…the rich truths of Quakerism…provide not only a foundation of faith, but also vision for making the world more just, loving, and peaceable….” The book includes 30 “Quaker queries,” self-directed questions intended to help readers discern habits, values, and priorities, by which to live rightly.

“This is,” one reviewer affirms, “the best book that I, a lifelong Friend, have read on Friends’ faith and practice.”

Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom for a Better Life Today
By Philip Gulley
Convergent Books, 2013

The previous Featured Book, Ronald Byars’ Believer on Sunday, Atheist by Thursday: Is Faith Still Possible?, is now available in the Library.