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Encounter with Silence: Reflections from the…

Encounter with Silence: Reflections from the Quaker Tradition

by John Punshon

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This was a slow book to digest, but worth the read. I now know the difference between silence and stillness and hopefully will practice the latter. ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Apr 6, 2015 |
Excellent exposition of one man's Quaker journey. ( )
  iceT | May 18, 2009 |
Punshon gives a moving picture of Quakerism from his personal perspective. Though silence is his main topic, he addresses, eloquently and clearly, all phases of Quaker practice, including the Quaker view of sacraments and vocal ministry. In the case of the latter, he convincingly champions prepared ministry as equal, if not superior, to spontaneous ministry. The following is from the Foreword by Matthew Fox: "... in 1967 with the Vietnam War raging and the civil rights movement inspiring so many, I went with really one question on my mind: What is the relation between prayer and politics? Between mysticism and prophecy? Between space and time? Between Christ and Jesus? Each of my writings since has been an attempt to formulate some kind of workable answer to these longings." John Punshon's book contributes significantly to the questions behind these questions and to the answers to them. . . . It is in silence that the Spirit of God, the source of all creation and revelation, is allowed to bubble up from its 'underground river' (another of Eckhart's images) into our psyches and from there, hopefully, into our culture and its institutions or into new expressions of faith and living. In the tradition of Eckhart, Teresa, Francis of Assisi and others whom he quotes, John Punshon lays out the many lessons to be learned from being with being, and therefore from being silent."
  WARM | Dec 16, 2006 |
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Silence is a key characteristic of Quaker worship. The author shares his experience of learning to wait in the silence and find God. Perfect for seekers, inquirers and seasoned Friends.

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