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A Treasure the World Knows Not Of

Author: William Penn
Summary: Excerpts from "Some Fruits of Solitude" and two other works by Penn, one being advice on spiritually centered family life.
Country: UK
WQF publication year: 1994
Publisher: WQF

Belief Into Action

Author: Margaret Hope Bacon
Summary: Historian from Philadelphia YM tells about Quakers witnessing for peace through the centuries, describing both spiritual and political aspects.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1985
Publisher: WQF

Christ and Jesus in Early Quakerism

Author: David K Leonard
Summary: Author writes about understanding the distinctly Quaker approach to Christianity.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: Friends Publishing Corporation

Conversations on the True Harmony of Mankind and How It May Be Promoted

Author: John Woolman, Sterling Olmsted (ed.)
Summary: One of Woolman's last writings; fantasy conversations between a "laborer" and other men who are rich, mostly demonstrating the testimonies of simplicity and living with integrity.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1987
Publisher: WQF

John Woolman, Quaker Saint

Author: Elizabeth Gray Vining
Summary: Talk given to a class on Quakerism in 1980; short biography of John Woolman with emphasis on his work for social justice and peaceful relations between white Americans, African Americans, and Native Americans/Indians.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1981
Publisher: WQF

Mysticism and Activism: Learning from John Woolman

Author: Michael Birkel
Summary: Michener Lecture to Southeastern YM.Earlham professor describes John Woolman's prophetic ministry in the 1700s.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: Southeastern Yearly Meeting Publications

Quaker Contributions for the New Millenium

Author: Jay Marshall
Summary: Quaker Lecture at Western YM, Aug. 1999. Dean of Earlham School of Religion gives thoughts on what Quakers have to offer the world as it enters the third millennium after Christ.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: WQF

Swallowing Fenceposts: Some Lessons from the Quaker Past

Author: Thomas Hamm
Summary: Talk given at FWCC Annual Mtg., St. Louis, 1994;Friend from Indiana YM gives observations on the different types (traditions) of Friends, and appreciation for our diversity.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1994
Publisher: WQF

The Quaker Discovery; Room for the Infinite

Author: Thomas R. Kelly
Summary: Chapter from Kelly's book "The Eternal Promise," about early Friends, particularly George Fox, and the vision they had about spiritual insights coming directly from God.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1977
Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc.

There is a Spirit: the Nayler Sonnets/Hay un Espiritu: los Sonetos de James Nayler

Author: Kenneth Boulding
Summary: Bilingual edition of the well-known Nayler Sonnets by Boulding, with short essays about who K. Boulding and J. Nayler were./Edición bilingüe de los Sonetos de James Nayler por Kenneth Boulding, con ensayos breves que dicen quienes fueron K. Boulding y J. Nayler.
Country: UK
WQF publication year: 2001
Publisher: Pendle Hill

This I Have Longed For & Of a Growth in Grace Amidst Distressing Exercises of Spirit

Author: Mary Penington, Penington, Isaac
Summary: Short writings by Mary and Isaac Penington describing their spiritual life in the 1600s. Pamphlet includes a 2-page biography of the Peningtons.
Country: UK
WQF publication year: 1994
Publisher: London YM of the Religious Society of Friends & Assn of Friends for the Diffusion of Religious and Useful Knowledge.

Today Was the Future Yesterday

Author: Gordon M. Browne, Jr.
Summary: Talk given to Ohio Valley YM, August, 1989. Historical context and reflections on the Quaker movement in both the 1600s and the 20th century.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1989
Publisher: WQF

Where We are Changed

Author: Noah Baker Merrill
Summary: Plenary worship address given at the Sixth World Conference of Friends held in Nakuru, Kenya, by a Friend seeking to be faithful in the living Quaker tradition of gospel ministry.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2012
Publisher: WQF

William Penn: A Twentieth-Century Perspective

Author: Richard R. Wood
Summary: Biography of William Penn, describing his upper-class environment and his efforts to live out Friends testimonies.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1994
Publisher: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

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