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Plain Living: A Quaker Path to Simplicity

by Catherine Whitmire

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Plain living is a new favorite book of mine. It is as the other reviews state a book of sayings by quaker authors in collections by subject. I put it on my bedside table and read a couple of pages at night and find it grounding and reflective of the way I would like to conduct my life and myself. The authors are a broad group of individuals with differing view points but yet they find commonality in the willingness to accept others where they are in their process and at the same time, broaden perceptions of the world around us and our part in it. I have already given this book to a friend looking to understand more of how quakers think and will keep it close to my bed for moments when I would like to settle down and in.
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  BirmFrdsMtg | May 9, 2019 |
This one is sort of a combination of self-help and spiritual advice. Mostly, a collection of wise quotations and aphorisms which are meant to give the reader something to think about. This type of book, generically, tends to give a worth piece of advice and then repeat it, expand on it, enlarge it, explain it to the point of tedium. As far as I have experienced, all self-help books do this, which is why I rarely read them. This book, beautifully printed, with great cover design, is still no exception. ( )
  turtlesleap | Jun 25, 2016 |
A writing built upon ongoing quotations from an extensive series of Quaker authors.
  strawberrycreekmtg | Nov 5, 2013 |
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Must reading for anyone feeling too busy or too stressed and seeking to simplify their life-to listen to the longings of their heart.Most of us living in this complex and time-pressured era have moments when we wish we were living simpler, more meaningful lives. Sometimes these wishes are fleeting desires, but for many today the search for a life of greater simplicity and meaning has developed into a deep longing. There are many routes to simplicity. This book focuses on and provides direction to the gimmick-free spiritual path followed by Quakers. For over three centuries Quakers have been living out of a spiritual center in a way of life they call "plain living." Their accumulated experiences and distilled wisdom have much to offer anyone seeking greater simplicity today. Plain Living is not about sacrifice. It's about choosing the life you really want, a form of inward simplicity that leads us to listen for the "still, small voice" of God. This book goes beyond the merely trendy to make the by now well-worn Quaker path to plain living accessible to everyone.… (more)

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