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  • Title: A Quaker Book of Wisdom: Life Lessons In Simplicity, Service, And Common Sense
  • Author: Robert Lawrence Smith
  • ISBN: 9780688172336
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • The most valuable aspect of religion, writes Robert Lawrence Smith, is that it provides us with a framework for living I have always felt that the beauty and power of Quakerism is that it exhorts us to live simply, truthfully, charitably Taking his inspiration from the teaching of the first Quaker, George Fox, and from his own nine generations of QuakerThe most valuable aspect of religion, writes Robert Lawrence Smith, is that it provides us with a framework for living I have always felt that the beauty and power of Quakerism is that it exhorts us to live simply, truthfully, charitably Taking his inspiration from the teaching of the first Quaker, George Fox, and from his own nine generations of Quaker forebears, Smith speaks to all of us who are seeking a way to make our lives simpler, meaningful, and useful Beginning with the Quaker belief that There is that of God in every person, Smith explores the ways in which we can harness the inner light of God that dwells in each of us to guide the personal choices and challenges we face every day How to live and speak truthfully How to listen for, trust, and act on our conscience How to make our work an expression of the best that is in us.Using vivid examples from his own life, Smith writes eloquently of Quaker Meeting, his decision to fight in World War II, and later to oppose the Vietnam War From his work as an educator and headmaster to his role as a husband and father, Smith quietly convinces that the lofty ideals of Quakerism offer all of us practical tools for leading a meaningful life His book culminates with a moving letter to his grandchildren which imparts ten lessons for letting your life speak.
    A Quaker Book of Wisdom Life Lessons In Simplicity Service And Common Sense The most valuable aspect of religion writes Robert Lawrence Smith is that it provides us with a framework for living I have always felt that the beauty and power of Quakerism is that it exhorts us t

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    1. I think I like the Quakers the best They have no church and no service, instead having Meeting at which someone may feel compelled to say a few words or it may be an approximate hour of complete silence Silence is revered as a time of reflection, introspection, whatever.Quakers refuse to take oaths, believing if you always are truthful an oath to be truthful is redundant You cannot distinguish one truth from another by oath.Simplicity is sought in all areas of life All people are equal regardles [...]

    2. Shortly after starting the chapter on pacifism I became annoyed Why is someone who gave up his principles and went to war writing in support of that subject As they say, being a pacifist between wars is like being a vegetarian between meals Then I realized that he wasn t actually writing about satyagraha or even peace He was writing a bunch of feel good mush, vague in the way horoscopes are, so they can apply to anybody no matter what s really going on Still, I hung in My dearest friend gave it [...]

    3. A quiet inspiring look at basic beliefs tenets of living a life of love service A very nice little book with valuable thoughtful ideas for today s world.

    4. Traditionally I am not a religious person, but there is something about the simple rationality and fairness of this book that speaks to me It s lessons on finding one s own truth amid a noisy, chaotic, and uncertain world provide valuable insight and unintentionally oblige us to reflect on our own lives.Favorite quotes How much of life can we learn from books Deuteronomy reminds us We all warm outserves by fires we did not build and drink from wells we did not dig Life is not a problem that can [...]

    5. I loved this book I am intrigued enough from this book that I think I m going to find a Friends meeting in my area and attend I m also going to look into the Quakers I m not very familiar with them and I d like to know .

    6. I m glad that I picked up this little gem of a book It s pages are filled with pearls of wisdom The book was written by the author as a living legacy for his family When I picked the book up there wasn t much that I knew about the Quakers, this book opened up my eyes to their faith, and put me in tune with the whys of their simplistic life style First and foremost I think it s very important to let my fellow readers know that Quaker wisdom begins in silence Their founder, George Fox, asks fellow [...]

    7. I originally picked up this book in hopes of finding a clue to my never ending search of how to simplify my life I found instead a guide book for a way to live my life Robert Smith talks about the ethics and simple guidelines that Quakers aspire to live by He explains why telling the truth is just simpler and that the difference between happiness and pleasure is that pleasure is something you pay for It is a fast read with chapters on service and family.I had been looking at the teaching of Budd [...]

    8. I found this book sitting in a box of discarded items outside my apartment building I am not at all a religious person, but I picked it up anyway I was able to take away some important points and themes and bypass the parts that did not really speak to me Historically speaking, they are an interesting group of people they were anti slavery and promoted peace, social justice, and sustainability I think the parts of the book that spoke to me personally were the sections on Silence, Truth, and Serv [...]

    9. Quick and interesting read about the fundamentals of the Quaker religion The Ten Life Lessons presented at the end of the book are helpful tools regardless of religious preference Now if only I could better execute the concept of silence

    10. required reading for my new jobI am thrilled to be working in in Friends school and love the ideals Quakerism strives to uphold a wonderful inside look.

    11. LOVED it I m so glad it was my first non fiction book of the year The first three chapers were full of jaw dropping wisdom I highlighted paragraph upon paragraph.

    12. More like the author s memoir than what I expected, but I learned some interesting bits of Quaker history Also, there were a handful of insightful gems that definitely make the book worthwhile.

    13. I ve read this book times than I can count I go back to the chapters on service and non violence regularly for guiding my own activism and relationship with civil disobedience It isn t philosophy so much as one man s musings on his faith and his people, but it is what it is called a book of wisdom.

    14. After reading Philip Gulley s Harmony series I was interested in knowing about the Quaker approach to life and God I found this entirely refreshing and enjoyable The subjects are interesting and offer insight into a people in world who are committed to peace and spreading the joy of being good neighbors to all If for nothing else, I think the simple philosophy of this book provides a good outline for Christian living, even if one doesn t agree with all of the particulars The writing style is wa [...]

    15. There s a right time for every book, and the time was right for this one A light, quick read, but refreshing and remarkably insightful Despite my professed atheism, I ve come to realize that I may actually be a Quaker at heart Gasp Even in the absence of belief in any kind of traditional god, though, Quakerism makes sense in the context of my own understanding of existence through the lens of karma, connectedness to others and to the world, and the fundamental importance of doing good.Quakerism [...]

    16. I ve been attending Quaker meetings for close to three years now I read this book toward the beginning of this phase of my spiritual trek Though occasionally the book contains a gem of insight I don t think it accurately depicts the state of unprogrammed friends or their values with much accuracy The author certainly doesn t speak for my experience in the society of friends his qualifications for presenting the views of this very diverse bunch seem to be mainly that he was birthright and that he [...]

    17. This really is a wonderful book FILLED with wisdom and lots of great advice What a tremendous gift this book is to the world, but especially to the author s descendants Writing this book and putting it out there is a wonderful example of service, giving back, sharing wisdom, and letting his life speak He doesn t just write about these things, he lives them If every family had someone to pass on wisdom and put their traditions in writing so they would live on for generations to come, it would be [...]

    18. This book was purchased for me by the school where I work, which is founded on Quaker principles If you ve ever wondered about the Friends, this is a nice entry level book into their beliefs and traditions and how they can shape lives and inform communities The author is the former Head of School at Sidwell Friends in DC where the Obama girls go to school , and he is also a lifelong Quaker It was an easy read, and there are many moments of wisdom that anyone can choose to apply to his or her own [...]

    19. I was hoping for a book based on the title and what I thought that would be the tenets of the Quaker faith and theology, exploring the way they approach the world in a big picture way The book could accurately be described as a memoir of the author s life and experience of being a Quaker, with stories from his life, descriptions of the Quaker community, and their involvement in politics Some might argue the two cannot be separated, but it simply was not the book I wanted to read.

    20. A mixture of personal memoir and teaching, Smith lays out the foundations of Quaker teaching While I think it is important to remember that this is Quakerism as presented through a specific lens, I do think the author does a good job at laying out the basics While to me it was bothersome a bit that a very specific perspective provided the background, I think the message of Quakerism is bigger and important than that, and I think it won out in this work.

    21. This read was short and sweet Emphasis on sweet The Religious Society of Friends Quakers have always interested me One of my goals for 2015 is to actually go to a Meeting, as I ve hemmed and hawed about going for over a year now I deeply relate to and am inspired by Quaker values, and loved this little book It was comforting and illuminating.

    22. Changed my perception of integrity I recommend it to all, specially those who are having an existential crisis, like I was.

    23. I really enjoyed this book The author s points are so simple, so easy to understand, so basic, and yet are ones people frequently overlook or merely do not think about In fact, I plan on getting a copy for to have tucked away in my home, to refer back to when things start getting too hectic.

    24. This is filling me in on what I missed as a child I ve been fascinated by the Quaker way of life for most of my life Thanks, Dan I m on page 32 but who can tell because NOW where do I find that field This website drives me bananas

    25. A useful introduction to Quaker thought and practice, I learnt several things I did not know previously Also a helpful guide to living a useful and happy life A wonderful bedside book.

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