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An Interpretation of Friends Worship   By: (1894-1967)

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An Interpretation of Friends Worship by Jean Toomer offers an insightful examination of the Quaker faith through the lens of the author's personal experiences and reflections. Toomer delves into the various aspects of Friends worship, providing a comprehensive understanding of this unique religious practice.

One of the strongest aspects of this book is Toomer's ability to present the Quaker faith in a manner that is accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Whether one is familiar with the Quaker faith or not, Toomer takes great care in explaining the significance of various elements of Friends worship. This approach helps readers gain a deeper appreciation for the faith and its principles.

Furthermore, Toomer's writing style is engaging and thought-provoking, making it easy for readers to become engrossed in his narrative. He seamlessly weaves together personal anecdotes, historical references, and theological insights, resulting in a cohesive and engaging exploration of Friends worship.

Throughout the book, Toomer highlights the Quaker commitment to simplicity, equality, and social justice, shedding light on the integral role of these principles in Friends worship. He explores how these values inform the Quaker approach to prayer, meditation, and communal gatherings. Through his vivid descriptions and nuanced observations, Toomer brings to life the essence of Quaker worship, immersing readers in its peaceful and contemplative atmosphere.

Another noteworthy aspect of this book is Toomer's reflection on the challenges of integrating his identity as an African American into the predominantly white Quaker community. By sharing his personal struggles and triumphs, he offers a unique perspective on the complex dynamics of race and religion within the Society of Friends. This theme adds depth and relevance to the book, widening its scope beyond a mere exploration of worship practices.

While An Interpretation of Friends Worship provides valuable insights into the Quaker faith, some readers may find the book's structure and organization to be somewhat disjointed. The narrative occasionally veers off tangents, which can make it challenging to follow the main thread of the author's argument. However, this does not diminish the book's overall impact or the valuable insights it offers.

In conclusion, An Interpretation of Friends Worship is a captivating and insightful exploration of the Quaker faith. Jean Toomer's personal experiences and reflections provide a rich and comprehensive understanding of Friends worship, making this book a valuable resource for readers interested in the Quaker tradition, spirituality, and social justice.

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An Interpretation of Friends Worship





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Introduction 3

Worship and Love 7

The Basis of Friends Worship and Other Inward Practices 11

What to Do in the Meeting for Worship 20

Questions and Answers 28

For Further Reading 35

Copyright 1947 Friends General Conference

Transcriber's Note:

Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed. Minor spelling and typographical errors have been corrected without note.


I was not more than ten years old when I first heard mention of the Quakers. The grown ups of my family were talking among themselves, speaking of an uncle of mine who lived in Philadelphia and operated a pharmacy near the university... Continue reading book >>

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