To be broken and tender : a Quaker theology for today

by Margery Post Abbott

Paperback, 2010



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[Portland, Or.] : Friends Bulletin Corp., c2010.


0970041047  / 9780970041043

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signed by the author: Marge Abbott June 29, 2016


In "To Be Tender and Broken," Margery Abbott weaves together a brave and beautiful personal narrative with Quaker history and theological reflection in response to questions and struggles about belief, language, social issues and other deeply felt concerns that unsettle and divide the wider Religious Society of Friends.

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The first time I read this book through with some impatience, thinking, 'this isn't theology, this is an account of one person's spiritual struggle.' On second reading I changed my mind. Quakers ask that faith be drawn from experience more than external authority. Margery Abbott therefore addresses
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theological questions in the most Quakerly of ways, not only by reference to authority but by witnessing to what she has found. This is not a scholarly work, although a good amount of history and theology is cited. It is a work, as the title suggests, that invites a practice of humility and listening. Although there is a glossary, this book will be of help to Quakers and Quaker-friendly seekers ready to broaden their understanding of the range of Quaker experiences and traditions.
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