Quaker Quicks - The Guided Life
Quaker wisdom for finding an inward source of purpose in daily life.
Quakers have made the cultivation of the guided life the focus of their spirituality for over three centuries. Generations of Quakers have developed practices for nurturing their connection to an inward source of guidance, meaning and purpose. This Inward Guide is present in all people, cultures and traditions. It goes by many names and is understood in many ways, but it is equally available to everyone who is willing to listen and respond.
The Guided Life shares some of the spiritual practices that the Quaker tradition has developed to discover purpose and direction in daily life. These practices may be of use to anyone who is wrestling with the complex challenges and dilemmas of the modern world.
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Quakers are one religious community I've always had tremendous respect for. So it was incredibly interesting to be given an opportunity to get to know their philosophy better. This book is a short description of the values, virtues and methods contemporary Quakers use in their spiritual practices, and they are approachable regardless of religion. In fact, a lot of the philosophies and methods reminded me of Buddhism, of meditation and everyday mindfulness. A lot of values matched up as well. It's always interesting to see how similar kinds of spiritual traditions and virtues spring up on the opposite sides of the globe. I am also very glad to know that there IS a Western meditative tradition, because I've always felt that it was lacking on this side of the world, and we've always had to "borrow" Eastern traditions to be able to harness a clarity of mind that should be accessible to all human beings. The book describes some interesting practices used by the Quakers, such as their conflict resolution strategies. You would think that peaceful philosophies like that would tend to avoid conflict in general, but it's not like that - it's just a different way to approach it and solve it. I found it very interesting. It also gives some info on how Quaker communities function, how they meet and worship, how they solve personal and community problems, and in general it's about their philosophy and way of life (contemporary life - it's not meant to give any history background.) There is also a guide on a Quaker meditation at the end, which was cool as well. It was a quick read, and I enjoyed it. ~ Evelina AvalinahsBooks (Reviewer)
This is surely one of the best descriptions of the Quaker way of life we have. It explains so clearly the human experience on which it is based, the practical exercises we can undertake to follow it, and the outcome of following it in a wholesome, joyful life that is shared with other people. ~ Rex Ambler, author of The Quaker Way: A Rediscovery
This is a gem of a book. The guided life is central to the Quakers and to all of us who feel God gathering us in community. Mixing personal insights and examples from the Quaker tradition, this book offers a rich feast of spiritual insight. ~ Ben Pink Dandelion, Honorary Professor of Quaker Studies, University of Birmingham
At a time when religion is often the source of considerable division, Craig Barnett has written a beautiful book which describes with undogmatic assurance the gentle power of the Quaker Way and the strength of the Inward Guide. Those familiar with Quakerism, and those desiring to know more, will learn how this way of worship can strengthen, heal and nurture both the individual and community. ~ Gerald Hewitson, author of Journey into Life: Inheriting the story of early Friends