Quakers have often been described as ‘western Buddhists’, a breakaway religion from the Church of England who became disillusioned of the hypocrisy of the main church (not much as changed). Whether you are religious or not, no-one can fail to be impressed by their legacy helping the planet, animals, prisoners and world peace. Here are a few books you may like to read, to know more about them.
A Simple Faith in a Complicated World is by a woman who grew up in the mainstream faith, but could not find the connection to the Divine that we all seek. After failing to find answers in science and psychology (which she found fed the ego but not spirit), she began a spiritual journey that brought her to the Quakers, where she found a spiritual community that stripped down the basic commandment: love one another. In this book, Kate explores the faith of Jesus (rather than the faith about Jesus).
Quakers in Politics establishes the theological roots of political activism, which starts amid members of the Society of Friends. The book profiles individuals that influenced public policy, and traces the 360 years of political peaceful activism from Quakers.
What Do Quakers Believe? answers the questions many want. Quakers are a religion of doing (not thinking) and base their lives on simple living, fairness, peace, justice and truth. But underpinning their unique way of life is a spiritual practice that few rarely talk about in today’s consumerist work. So in this book, the author answers the crucial questions without jargon. And introduces a unique religious group whose impact and influence in the world is far greater than their numbers suggest.