The messenger that goes before : reading Margaret Fell for spiritual nurture

by Michael Lawrence Birkel

Other authorsChel Avery (Editor), Margaret Fell (Author), Mary Helgesen Gabel (Designer)
Pamphlet, 2008

Status

Available

Call number

CP 398/3

Publication

Wallingford, Pa. : Pendle Hill Publications, 2008.

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Michael Birkel provides an introduction to passages from Margaret Fell, one of the earliest Friends. She offered spiritual nurture to her contemporary Friends, and to us, with spiritual advice that is still fresh and vital. She invites us into a deeper inward life, where clarity, love, and unity can be found in the presence of the light that guides us. Birkel's commentary is clarifying and helpful, and Fell's writings lay out the spiritual process that the early Friends discovered and how it can transform the seeker.
One particular contribution in this pamphlet is that Birkel explains and lets Fell explain how early friends read the Bible, and how the Bible offers us language to understand the dynamics of the inward life. We are to identify with the Biblical characters and events, recognizing, for example, that both Pharaoh and Moses are within us, either imprisoning or leading forth the spirit of God that also is within us. There are numerous examples among these quotes; this kind of reading could open up the Bible (and other scriptures) to modern seekers too used to literal readings. This topic is addressed further in PHP #411, Plow Up the Fallow Ground: A Meditation in the Company of Early friends, by Lu Harper.
In this wonderful pamphlet, Birkel succeeds in conveying to us the richness in Margaret Fell's writings.
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ISBN

9780875743981

Local notes

Pendle Hill Pamphlet 398

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CP 398/3

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