Silence and Witness: The Quaker Tradition

Shares an introduction to Quaker spirituality covering its history, significant voices, and its characteristic themes, including silent worship, the way of simplicity, prayer, discernment, and an emphasis on inner growth.
Silence and Witness The Quaker Tradition Shares an introduction to Quaker spirituality covering its history significant voices and its characteristic themes including silent worship the way of simplicity prayer discernment and an emph

  • Title: Silence and Witness: The Quaker Tradition
  • Author: Michael L. Birkel Philip Sheldrake
  • ISBN: 9781570755187
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Silence and Witness: The Quaker Tradition”

    1. A brief introduction to Quaker spirituality - including both insight to spiritual practices and history of chief figures.

    2. I have been a practicing Quaker for my entire life, now 43 years, so when a friend of mine raved about it, I thought, "What the heck, let's give it a try." My friend says this is one of two books he revisits regularly and after having explored it myself, I can see I too will revisit it. What I like most is that Birkel does a wonderful job describing what my inner experience is. I spend so much time just lingering in my Quaker form of worship, that I realized I have not spent the time to describe [...]

    3. An inviting, accessible, and honest introduction to Quaker spirituality. The author brings out the value and diversity of the tradition without over-idealizing or over-simplifying. Generous quotations from a range of Friends appear throughout, a multi-voiced style that seems appropriate for a book on Quakerism. I think I especially appreciated the way he draws on a close reading of John Woolman to offer 8 observations about spiritual discernment. This is a book I suspect I'll return to often. Bu [...]

    4. "Silence and Witness" is one of the books in the primary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism. "The greatest achievement in life" at suprarational/gail2012.pdf has been reviewed on .Members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) should seek the Inner Light, follow divine leadings and regard all of life as sacramental. It is one of the most mystical branches of Christianity. Michael Birkel has seven books on .

    5. A clear, concise, well written introduction to Quakerism. The sometimes confusing theology and American schisms are presented in an forth-right non-judgmental way. Enough information and sense of the breadth of Friends that the interested reader can go on to more in-depth study. Really good stuff.

    6. I'm still wrestling with the Christian aspects of Quaker philosophy, but I appreciated the way in which this simple book laid out both the foundations and practical implications that philosophy.

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