Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark : turned in the hand of God

by Lyndon S. Back

Other authorsChel Avery (Editor), Mary Helgesen Gabel (Designer)
Pamphlet, 2007



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CP 393/1


Wallingford, Pa. : Pendle Hill Publications, 2007.



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Pendle Hill Pamphlet 393


Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark led a remarkable life that spanned all of the twentieth century. This pamphlet explores one year in that life, the year when a young, sheltered Quaker from Baltimore took the first steps toward a career of service that would take her around the world. "The forging of a person's character takes a lifetime," writes Lyndon Back. "Yet there are periods along the way when outer circumstance and inner forces combine to form a crucible, a time of transformation. Rebecca's year as a volunteer for the American Friends Service Committee in Poland at the end of the First World War was one of those times. She was twenty-four years old, unmarried, and just out of nurses' training..." Based on diaries, letters, and other archival resources, a young woman's quest for faithfulness and meaning comes to life.--Publisher's description.… (more)

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LibraryThing member QuakerReviews
This is the story of a Baltimore Quaker, who experienced strong guidance to serve as a nurse with AFSC, in Europe after WW I. She had always disliked the idea of nursing, until in 1918, at age 21, she heard a lecture by a woman just returned from France about the great need for nurses. She suddenly
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felt lifted outside of herself and held in the hand of God, which turned her spirit slowly to the opposite direction. She returned to her body, full of joy, knowing that God wanted her to be a nurse. She trained for two years and then went to Poland with a joint British and American Friends mission.
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LibraryThing member kaulsu
I found the skeleton of Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark's life to be very interesting, but a skeleton does not make for a compelling biography. Back needs to move out of the library at Pendle Hill and interview real people to bring this woman alive.

An early member of Bethesda Friends Meeting (Md) was
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Werner Janney from Lincoln, Va. Obviously that branch of the Janneys were American Quakers from the 19th century (at least). It was nice to meet Rebecca, and to some extent, her mother.
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