USFWI Reading Lists 2016-2017

2016-2017 USFWI 

Adult and Children's Reading Lists





Honor, Lyn Cote.  After her grandfather’s death Honor Penworthy is forced to leave her Maryland plantation and slaves she hoped to free.  She is forced to submit to an arranged marriage to Samuel Cathwell through a nearby Quaker community. They move west where Honor secretly becomes involved in the Underground Railroad.  Samuel suspects she is hiding something, but the truth brings their hearts together.                             $15.00



Simple Faith, Anna Schmidt  A sequel to All God’s Children, Quaker Anja Steinberg could not save her Jewish husband and young daughter from the Nazis, but she continues to follow her faith’s calling to help Allied airmen escape from behind enemy lines to freedom.  Anja falls in love with an Allied soldier and continues her life-threatening determination to help.                                                                                        $13.00


Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good,  Jan Karon   Life continues after five hectic years in retirement from Lord’s Chapel as Father Tim Kavanaugh and his wife, Cynthia, return to Mitford.  Enjoy catching up with their family and friends as you again spend time with these utterly human characters.               $16.00


Love Letters,  Beverly Lewis  For the Amish book fans.  Marlena’s life takes an unexpected turn on the day she learns she must care for her estranged sister’s baby.  Spending the summer away from her Old Order Amish beau, she feels out of her element.   She determines to do her best and stay focused on her future, but even those hopes become drastically altered.                                                                                               $16.00



Glimpses of Heaven: True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life’s Journey, Trudy Harris, RN  Through the eyes of a former Hospice nurse, this book gives you an intimate look at the final thoughts, words and visions of terminally ill and dying patients.  The author believes most dying people come to experience God’s unconditional love and his desire to welcome us home.                                                 $15.00


The Well Women:  Crossing the Boundaries, Ladine Householder  The Samaritan woman at the well has often gotten a bad rap, but when former members of an international Bible study group are reunited on a tour of the West Bank city of Nablus, the historical site of Jacob’s well, they see her in a different light.   Deeply broken by their lives each woman shares her journey and recovery through the healing power of “living water” from Jesus Christ.      $16.00                                                                                                                                                                                       

All the Places to Go:  How Will You Know, John Orterg  Very rarely in the Bible does God command someone to “Stay.”  He opens a door and then he invites us to walk through it.  How we choose to respond        will ultimately determine the life we lead and the person we will become.   A very inspiring book.  $11.00


One Perfect Word, Debbie MacComber  If you are a fan of Debbie’s you will enjoy this book.  When Debbie took the time to intentionally focus on a single word—such as prayer, trust or surrender—for the whole year, this changed not only herself, but those around her.                                                                 $16.00



AT Home With the Poor, Jean L. Thomas with Lon Fendall   An account of personal commitment that includes hardship and success and teaches practical Christian involvement, Jean shares the story of projects that minister to the spiritual, physical, educational, economic and medical needs of their community in Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti.                                                                                                                   $15.00


I Am Malala (Young Readers Edition), M. Yousafzia with Patricia McCormick  How one girl stood up for education and changes the world.  The Nobel Peach Prize winner retells her experiences at home and at school and discusses the impact of the Taliban presence in Pakistan.  She stresses that she doesn’t want to be known as the girl shot by the Taliban but rather as a young person who actively fought for education.

This book is suitable for teens.              $11.00                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Lucretia Mott, Dorothy Sterling  A great book taken from the diary and historical documents about the gentle Quaker lady, Lucretia Mott’s life.  The reader will experience her hardships and struggles to give women more rights.            $13.00



Finding God in the Verbs, Jennie Isbell and J. Brent Bill.  This book offers companionship and guidance as you begin to consider and deepen your prayer experiences.  Refreshing prayer exercises are sprinkled through every chapter to offer you a fresh language for prayer.  Find God in the nouns and verbs of your conversations.                 $16.00


Friends’ Peace Witness in a Time of Crisis, FWCC  In times of crisis we ask ourselves what God requires of us.  In this book, you will find examples of struggle for discernment of God’s will as we turn to studying the basis of our peace testimony and the wisdom of Friends who witnessed in the past wars.        $18.00


The Bonus Years, Arthur O. Roberts  This book contains poems and essays that instruct the mind, and his insights enlarge the soul, according to Richard J. Foster.  Readers will be informed and influenced by the activities and insights of the bonus years the author’s life.                                                                          $15.00


A Quaker Book of Wisdom, Life Lessons in Simplicity, Service and Common Sense,  Robert Lawrence Smith  The former headmaster of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. , the author gives inspiration from nine generations of Quaker forebears and speaks to all of us who are seeking a simpler, more meaningful life.  An easy to read with many Quaker wisdoms.                                                                   $13.00


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.