An Outreach of Stillwater Monthly Meeting of Ohio Yearly Meeting of Friends
Quaker Publishers and Booksellers
The Religious Society of Friends has always been a society with a
concern for the written word, originally due in part to the tract and
broadside wars of the 17th century between Quakers and their
detractors, but also due to the continuing concern that Quakers have
always had for education. More recently, we have tended to be
fairly introspective in our publishing, concerned more about talking to
ourselves and each other than to the wider world.
The following publishers have provided material of interest both to
Friends and to seekers interested in the fundamental message of
Quakerism, that Christ has come to teach His people Himself.
- Inner Light Books. "In publishing books by and about Quakers and books that examine
Quaker values it is the hope of the publisher to expand the knowledge
of and appreciation for the faith and practice of the Religious Society
of Friends... It is the intention of the publisher to offer
selected texts on-line as well as in book form. The texts published
will be from original unpublished manuscripts as well as out-of-print
books. The publishing program will concentrate on 17th, 18th and 19th
century texts. In addition, 20th century and contemporary texts will be
published when the subject matter merits it."
Inner Light Books is a creation of a member of San Fancisco Monthly
Meeting, Pacific Yearly Meeting, USA. Some titles are available
now in downloadable PDF format.
- New Foundation Fellowship. "Through the study of the writings of George Fox in recent years there has
been a rediscovery of the universal message that he preached, and some have
been called to go forth and preach it. What is that message? The message
that was the starting point for the early Quaker movement was a gospel message.
It is from this same starting point that new life can be generated in the
Society of Friends today."
The New Foundation Fellowship was founded by Lewis Benson, an
individual of great prophetic voice in the reconnection of the Society
of Friends with its foundation in Jesus Christ. The Foundation
publishes tracts, booklets, and a newsletter.
- Quaker Heritage Press.
"Quaker Heritage Press is a
project of the members of Glenside Friends Meeting, a small
independent Quaker meeting located in Glenside, Pennsylvania. The task
of QHP is to make
available some of the many historic Quaker writings which have been
allowed to go out of
print." These titles include the only unabridged, non-condensed republishing
of Robert Barclay's Apology for the True Christian Divinity in 100 years, as well as the works of James Naylor and Isaac Penington.
- Friends Tract Association. "...A number of Friends— having convened in
Philadelphia on the 15th of the first month, 1816, to consider the
propriety of forming an Association, for the printing and distributing
of moral and religious books and pamphlets such as explain and enforce
the doctrines of the Christian religion; after deliberate
consideration, united in the belief, that such an association, might be
productive of much good."—The Constitution of the Tract Association of
Friends. For nearly two hundred years following that initial meeting we
have published pamphlets, essays and books on beliefs, concerns,
history and practice; and, when the times required, we printed
refutations of unsound doctrines."
The Tract Association supplies a variety of inexpensive short material
focused on helping new Quakers better understand the principles and
testimonies of the Society.
- Quaker Books of Friends General Conference. "The
core of QuakerBooks of FGC is to provide resources that help
Friends communicate where we’ve come from, who we are and the living
questions that exist among us." The Friends General Conference
provides an extensive list of titles available through the FGC
Bookstore as well as mail order, encompassing a very wide range of
belief, faith, and practice.
- Pendle Hill.
Pendle Hill is a combination school, retreat center, and source for
contemplative training in the Quaker way. A founding director of
the Center was once amusingly introduced to a Japanese audience as "the
abbot of a Quaker monastery," which is actually not a bad description.
The Pendle Hill Bookstore publishes a variety of materials on Quaker
thought, faith, and practice, as well as their well-known and
long-standing series of pamphlets, written by those associated with the
This link takes you to the Books, Videos, and Art Print page of the
much more extensive QuakerInfo.com website. Once there, there are
thumbnail links for various Quaker trade books and such available
through other booksellers. An eclectic list, and one that crosses
over the cultural divides that normally separate the various branches
of Friends from each other. Take a look.