Encounter with silence : reflections from the Quaker tradition

by John Punshon

Paperback, 1987



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Richmond, Ind.:Friends United Press,1987.

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LibraryThing member tess_schoolmarm
This was a slow book to digest, but worth the read. I now know the difference between silence and stillness and hopefully will practice the latter.
LibraryThing member kaulsu
A classic book every Quaker needs to read! Even for those who may not readily identify as "Christian," Punshon helps readers to understand our heritage. This is HIS spiritual journey, after all.

He writes with such grace. I only wish I had as strong a faith, but Punshon gives me the courage to continue to aspire to that type of communion with God.

In conclusion, he wrote: "Finally, my death is certain, but I do not regard that with fear. I am not moved to seek my own pleasure or advantage, but rather I have a sense of missed opportunity, false starts, visions of what might have been. At one and the same time, I know the possibility of perfection and that I am a sinner. Peter said, 'Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.' But the Lord did not. At a camp meeting they ask for forgiveness. In a monastery they ask for mercy. I ask to be healed" (p131).
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