USFWI Reading Lists 2017-2018

2017-2018 USFWI 

Adult and Children's Reading Lists






“WORSHIP THE LORD WITH GLADNESS”  PSALMS 100:2                                                                                          


Land of Silence, Tessa Afshar.  A novel based on the story in the Bible of the young woman who was healed when she touched the garment of Jesus. Elianna tries to earn forgiveness believing she is responsible for the death of her little brother by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family.  When she becomes ill and no physician can cure her, there is no end in sight for Elianna until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. A riveting story that one cannot put down until this book is finished.            $16.00               

Anna’s Crossing, Suzanne Woods Fisher.  A young Amish woman fends off the matchmaking efforts of her fellow passengers on the Charming Nancy, the ship that brought the first wave of Amish to America in 1737.  Delays, storms, illness and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board.  When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation she finds that new endings make way for new beginnings.  $16.00

A Haven on Orchard Lane , Lawana Blackwell.  In difficult circumstances, Charlotte Ward, once a famed stage actress, tries to restart her career, only to experience disaster.  Against her better judgment, her estranged daughter, Rosalind, comes to her mother’s rescue and moves her to a quiet English coastal village.  Together, mother and daughter discover that healing is best accomplished when they focus less on themselves and more on the needs of others.                                                                                                                                  $15.00

Blessing, Lyn Cote.  Another selection from the Quaker Brides series.  After a tumultuous love affair and marriage Blessing Brightman, a young Quaker, was swept away from her Quaker community and into Cincinnati society.  Widowed young, she reclaimed her faith and vowed to use her influence to fight for women’s rights and abolition never to lose her independence again.                                                          $15.00



What’s So Amazing About Grace, Phillip Yancy.  This book explores grace at street level.  If grace is God’s love the underserving, then what does it look like in action?  And if Christians are its sole dispensers, then how are we doing at lavishing grace on a world that knows far more of cruelty and unforgiveness than it does of mercy?                                                                                                                                                          $17.00

A Treasury of Miracles for Friendss, Karen Kingsbury.  This book is a New York Times Best Seller and you will treat yourself to stories that will encourage you and increase your faith in our loving, caring God.   $15.00

 A Bittersweet Season, Jane Gross.  Nothing can fully prepare us for the overwhelming experience of caring for your elderly parents, but the author has given valuable information in sharing her experiences as she and her brother were suddenly forced to move her mother to an assisted living facility.  This book is excellent and informative with good advice about caring for aged loved ones and ourselves.                                         $16.00

Close to the Ground, A Collection Poems, Nancy Thomas.  A Quaker author, Nancy writes poetry describing how grace is ever present.  And all things, those in the heavens and those closer to the ground, are from through and to God. A wonderful, soothing collection of poems to be used for meditation.                                  $12.00                                                        



Called for Life, Kent and Amber Brantly.  We remember the gripping news stories about the young Dr. Kent Brantly who contracted Ebola while he and his wife were serving on the mission field in Liberia in 2014.  This book tells the story of their dedication to serve God and gives the details of his near death experiences and recovery while serving God without reservation.                                                                                      $16.00

To Heaven and Back, Mary C. Neal, MD.  A kayak accident during a South American adventure takes the author to heaven – where she experienced God’s peace, joy and angels – and back again.  She describes how this changed her life and spiritual journey forever.                                                                                   $15.00

The Irony of Grace, by Chandler GerberA timely and powerful book about a Christian young man who was driving while texting on his cell phone, hit an Amish buggy and killed three people.  He describes his shame and guilt and how the forgiveness he experienced by the Amish family changed life.                             $13.00



Life Lessons From A Bad Quaker, A Humble Stumble Toward Simplicity and Grace by J. Brent Bill.  An enlightening book that describes how we are sometimes “bad at being good”.  Brent states in his book, “The essence of being friends with God is that we are on a continual journey to goodness and fulfillment and not about achieving sainthood.”                                                                                                                       $17.00

The Rich Heritage of Quakerism, Walter Williams.  This book is full of Quaker history and biographical sketches of Quaker leaders that challenge the reader to Christian integrity and selfless service.             $17.00

The Peace Class, Diana Hadley and David Weatherspoon.  This book was recommended by Marilynn Bell, former USFWI Historian.  A study of effective cheek-turning, neighbor-loving and sword-to-plowshare conversion comes from the authors’ experience in teaching a college class on the subject of peace with the study of nonviolence that provides other tools that might resolve conflict.                                              $13.00                                                   

A Quaker Prayer Life, David Johnson.  A member of a Queensland Regional Meeting of the Australia Yearly Meeting, the author discusses how early Quakers prayed.  He states, “A Quaker prayer life arises from a life of continuing daily attentiveness.”  A very inspirational book to use during your devotional time when seeking an increase in the measure of Light in our lives.                                                                                            $20.00








Advocate 2017

New Year! New Goals! New Joys!

by Sarabeth Marcinko

Editor, The Advocate

    Although the USFW program year began in September, January is the beginning of our new fiscal year.  This issue of The Advocate lists and gives details about the new project goals for 2017.  These projects were thoughtfully selected by the Executive Board at their fall meeting. In this article, I want to note some of the similarities to and differences from previous projects budgets.

    The 2017 budget has 22 projects, which is one more than in 2016. But the total goal is $12,500 less.  We have not reached our annual goal for a few years, and the board felt that declining membership and contributions meant that the goal amount should be reduced to reflect the reality.  Hopefully, we can meet or exceed the new goal for 2017.

    To reduce the overall goal, the goals for several of the specific projects have been reduced as well.  For example, three of the Four Funds now have goals of $4,000 instead of $5,000.  The Joy Fund goal remains at $6,000 because it is divided among the workers at three Native American Centers. The same rationale applied to the four Children & Youth projects: the goals were reduced except the one for the children & youth programs at the three Native American Centers.

    Three projects were dropped: the Jamaica and East Africa Leadership Training Programs and the FTC Library and Technology project. For various reasons, these projects are not really active at this time.  Additionally, the Turkana/Samburu Mission Support project was moved from Keys to the Kingdom to the United Thank Offering.

    Because Joyce Ajlouny is moving into a different role of “Advancement and Alumni Relations” for Ramallah Friends Schools and will no longer be Field Staff, the Love Fund is being designated for the support of the new position of pastoral minister in Belize. This is an exciting new project, as Oscar Siema Mmbali is the first FUM field staff appointee from Kenya.  Much of his support is to be raised by the Friends Church in Kenya; however, support from the USA and USFWI will still be needed. You can read about Oscar and his calling to this work in an article from FUM in this issue.

    Four new projects have been added:  Jamaica—Pastoral Care; Kenya—FTC Extension Program; Belize—Adult Education; and Ramallah—RFS Quaker Life Coordinator.  You can read about these new initiatives elsewhere in this publication as well as in future issues of The Advocate.  

The majority of the 2017 goals are for FUM projects, as usual. But we also support the USA Native American Centers (formerly ACFIA) and the Right Sharing of World Resources worker in Kenya in addition to our own projects for The Advocate support and Triennial Overseas Travel Assistance for USFW YM Clerks.  The projects chosen also represent geographic areas across the globe: Belize, Cuba and Jamaica in the Caribbean; Ramallah in the Mideast; Kenya and East Africa, including Turkana and Samburu; and the USA.

Remember to subscribe or renew your subscription to The Advocate so you will receive information on our efforts to help with these projects. The new rates as of January 1, 2017 are listed on page 30.  Together we can experience the “Joy of Giving,” not just at Christmas, but all year through.