This is a collection of Quaker writing that I’ve aimed at newcomers. It’s arranged carefully in an order that helps readers understand the common sense of the way Quakers think and behave. There is some beautiful, inspiring stuff here, none of it by me, ranging from the early days of Quakerism to the present.
This aims to be a plain and simple introduction to the ways of Quakers. I keep having to update it, because things change quickly in the Quaker world and there’s a lot of detail here – websites you might find useful, blogs that go in and out of fashion – that I need to keep fresh. I’ve tried to make it the fullest book of its kind ever written, while at the same time keeping it helpful and short.
This book looks at Quakerism from a different angle. It’s simpler than my two other Quaker books, but it also digs a little deeper, because it explores the core beliefs of this uniquely liberal religious group. I’ve tried to make it an easy read, taking my cue from what newcomers want to know, rather than what Quakers want to tell them.
This book is now out of print. It’s becoming hard to find and as a consequence it’s often more expensive than it should be. But there are 2,000 copies out there somewhere, so look on eBay, MagicWeek, and the usual auction sites. They do come up at reasonable prices from time to time.