We will be posting here a number of writings that are helpful for deepening one’s own personal spiritual formation or for use in spiritual formation and adult religious education classes and workshops. Some of these may already be posted in other sections of this site but will also be linked to from here. We welcome recommendations, particularly if you have these in .pdf or word document format and are reasonably certain the material is either out of copyright or is all right to post on an educational website like this one. Email Peter Blood for suggestions or feedback.

First Friends

Margaret Fell

George Fox

James Naylor

Isaac Pennington

Modern Friends

Thomas Kelly is a major figure in 20th century Christian devotional literature. His most well-known work is Testament of Devotion. The final chapter of that book on The Simplification of Life was originally given as a William Penn Lecture to Philadelphia YM (Orthodox) in 1938. It was later released as a pamphlet by the Wider Quaker Fellowship.

Doug Gwyn is a Quaker historian, theologian, and retired pastor. Here is a list of many of his books and pamphlets.

Revolutionary Witness: Learning from the Lamb’s War of the 1650’s is a talk given in 2007 to the Spiritual Formation Program of Quaker Peacebuilder Camp.

Brian Drayton is a member of Souhegan Meeting in New England YM. He blogs at Amor Vincat (“May Love Have the Victory”).

Leonard S. Kenworthy has written many books on Quaker history and practice. Here are first 4 chapters from his book Quakerism: A Study Guide on the Religious Society of Friends (1st published 1981, now out of print). As of 1982 he was a member of Brooklyn Monthly Meeting in New York.

Quaker Bookstores

  • QuakerBooks is the book service of Friends General Conference in Philadelphia.
  • Pendle Hill Publications publishes many books and pamphlets in addition to their quarterly Pendle Hill Pamphlets series. They have both an online and in person bookstore.
  • Friends United Press is the publication arm of Friends United Meeting.
  • Barclay Press comes out of Newberg, Oregon. Publishing since 1959.
  • Quaker Book Shop of Britain Yearly Meeting has both a physical bookshop and online store based in London.
  • Inner Light Books has a growing important collection of publications by leading Quaker authors of today including Marcelle Martin, Elaine Emily, Brian Drayton, Paul Buckley, and Lloyd Lee Lewis among many others – as well as new editions of some early Quaker works.
  • Quaker Heritage Press has extensive publications of early Quaker writings including the original Barclay Apology and the collected works of James Nayler, Isaac Penington, and Job Scott among others. Most of these works are available to read online.

Libraries