Plain Living: A Quaker Path to Simplicity

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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 ...
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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.

Author Biography: Whitmire served as the executive director of a health care agency in the late 1970's where she helped diverse groups work together to address issues of teenage pregnancy and motherhood. In 1987, she received a Master's of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. After graduation, Whitmire became a Protestant chaplain and a pastoral counselor on a psychiatric unit of an inner-city hospital in Boston. Whitmire attended the Shalem Institute's program in spiritual direction in 1997 and is currently writing and providing spiritual direction and workshops in Boston and Portland, Maine. The mother of a grown son, she lives with her husband, Tom Ewell, in an old farmhouse in Maine.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781893732285
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 1,340,422
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Gratitudes 9
Foreword 11
Introduction: Beginning a Path to Plain Living 13
1. Keeping to Plainness by Choosing 19
Inward Simplicity 21
Simple Living 23
2. Beginning With Ourselves and Our 29
Work 31
Time 34
Integrity 38
Plain Speech 42
Money and Resources 44
3. Plain Living Day by Day in 51
Committed Relationships 53
Parenting and Mentoring 59
Aging 63
Humor, Joy, and Gratitude 67
4. Unexpected Songs for Times of 71
Fear 73
Suffering 77
Despair 82
Death 86
Grief 91
Hope 95
5. Opening Our Hearts Through 99
Longing 101
Seeking 103
God 106
Faith 110
Prayer 114
Scripture 118
6. Discovering a Spiritual Path to Plain Living Through 121
Contemplative Listening 123
Everyday Mysticism 126
Leadings 129
Discernment 136
7. Growing Together in 141
Community 143
Decision-Making 148
Struggle and Conflict Resolution 152
Reconciliation and Forgiveness 156
8. Let Us See What Love Can Do in 161
Practicing Nonviolence 163
Seeking Equality for All 168
Listening to the Earth 171
Spirit-Led Service 175
Appendix 179
Glossary of Common Quaker Terms 180
Biographical Information 183
Notes 187
Acknowledgments 189
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