Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom For a Better Life Today

Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom For a Better Life Today

by Philip Gulley
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Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom For a Better Life Today 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor and writer and speaker from Danville, Indiana so he is the perfect person to author Living the Quaker Way. I think for the most part, the most anyone knows about the Quakers is they churn their own butter, build their own homes and they love oatmeal. First off, Quakers mostly refer to themselves as "Friends" and consider themselves a Christian denomination. Quakers for the most part are passive conservatives, but there are also liberal Quakers (I was surprised to learn that to!) The book is useful in two ways, one it is a nice simple primer that introduces the reader to the Quaker lifestyle and faith and dispels perhaps any stereotypes that might be there. Second the book highlights five areas of the Quaker faith and offers them as good lessons to live by. The five lessons are: simplify, peace, integrity, community and equality. I think in this faster paced "gotta have it" world that we live in - the chapter on simplifying is probably my favorite and the most useful. Mr. Gulley writes well and has a nice reading voice. The book was informative and does a good job explaining itself - I don't know that it's a "page turner" or that it says anything new, but it is certainly well thought through. Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah for the review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Philip Gulley always makes me think, often makes me laugh, and usually helps me clear some of the spiritual muddle in my brain. I'll go back to Living the Quaker Way, and other Philip Gulley works, many times as I continue to grow to what I need to be.
itvln02 More than 1 year ago
I was very intrigued to read this book as I had encounter a Quaker gathering place near one of my very first clinical locations in nursing school in 2004. I had wondered what they believed and had heard that Quakers gather to sit in silence during meetings. The book answered many questions for me about the Quaker's but also caused many more questions than it answered. I found the insights into living life with simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality as very good qualities. I was very confused, however, on the marketing being aimed at Protestants and bringing "God's Kingdom to Earth". I agree that this should be the goal of Christians, to live like Jesus now, not waiting to get to Heaven. However, early on in the book, Gulley described that Quaker's come from all walks of life, including athiest. I have not been able to reconcile this detail in my mind. To me "living the Quaker way" does not equate to following Jesus and bringing His kingdom to Earth, despite the similarities. Overall an interesting read and definitely good qualities to live life in, but I would not classify this as a Christian book. Author Website More Info Author Bio Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.