Book review by Topsy Evans, South Australia Regional Meeting
The Spirit of the Quakers by Geoffrey Durham (Published in the Sacred Literature Series by Yale University, 2010. ISBN 978 0 300 16736 8 242pp)
The author, Geoffrey Durham, was a founding member of Britain Yearly Meeting’s Quaker Quest. His book is really an extensive anthology of Quaker writings, from George Fox to Pierre Ceresole, via our own Elizabeth Stevenson, Margaret Bearlin and William Oats. The passages quoted can be quite long from George Fox, Mary Pennington and John Woolman, or shorter from the more modern writers. It is well organised with the passages quoted illustrating various aspects of Quaker thought and in particular the modern day Testimonies.
I was given my copy by the Pauline Sisters who provided the wider range of books for our bookstall at Yearly Meeting in Wollongong. They were full of apologies because they had received their copies after packing up the stock to go to Yearly Meeting. There are Pauline Media bookshops in several of the capital cities and they were able to get several more copies for me very quickly.
This anthology is the best summary of Quaker thought that I have seen and is well worth adding to your Quaker library.