Plain Living: A Quaker Path to Simplicity

Plain Living: A Quaker Path to Simplicity

by Catherine Whitmire
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933495415
Publisher:
Ave Maria Press
Publication date:
07/01/2001
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
307,445
File size:
638 KB

Meet the Author

Quaker author Cathy Whitmire has served for decades in many leadership roles in the Quaker community, including supervising community empowerment projects in New England for the American Friends Service Committee. She is an Alternatives to Violence trainer, and has nonviolent communication and mediation training.

Whitmire received a master of divinity degree in 1987 from Harvard Divinity School. She has served as a Protestant chaplain and pastoral counselor on a psychiatric unit of an inner-city hospital in Boston. She attended the Shalem Institute’s program in spiritual direction in 1997 and also writes, provides spiritual direction, and leads peace and nonviolence workshops and retreats.

The mother of a grown son and two stepsons, Whitmire lives with her husband, Tom Ewell, in a home overlooking Puget Sound in Washington.

PARKER J. PALMER is a writer, teacher and activist whose work speaks deeply to people in many walks of life. He is founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal. His books include "A Hidden Wholeness," "Let Your Life Speak," "The Courage to Teach," "The Active Life," "To Know as We Are Known," "The Company of Strangers," "The Promise of Paradox," "The Heart of Higher Education," and "Healing the Heart of Democracy." He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as ten honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, and an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press. In 1998, the Leadership Project, a national survey of 10,000 educators, named him one of the thirty most influential senior leaders in higher education and one of the ten key agenda-setters of the past decade. In 2010, he was given the William Rainey Harper Award (previously won by Margaret Mead, Marshall McLuhan, Paulo Freire, and Elie Wiesel). "Living the Questions: Essays Inspired by the Work and Life of Parker J. Palmer," was published in 2005. In 2011, the Utne Reader named him as one of "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World"--people who "don't just think out loud but who walk their talk on a daily basis." (See the Oct-Nov 2011 print or online edition.) He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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