Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker: A Humble Stumble Toward Simplicity and Grace

Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker: A Humble Stumble Toward Simplicity and Grace

J. Brent Bill / Jun 17, 2019

Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker A Humble Stumble Toward Simplicity and Grace On quick observation the Quaker lifestyle boasts peace solitude and simplicity qualities that are attractive to any believer of any denomination or religion Yet living a life of faith is not as sim

  • Title: Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker: A Humble Stumble Toward Simplicity and Grace
  • Author: J. Brent Bill
  • ISBN: 9781630881313
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • On quick observation, the Quaker lifestyle boasts peace, solitude, and simplicity qualities that are attractive to any believer of any denomination or religion Yet living a life of faith is not as simple as it may look In fact, it s often characterized by the stumbles than the grace.

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    About "J. Brent Bill"

      • J. Brent Bill

        Brent Bill is a Quaker minister, photographer, and author He is the author of many books and magazine articles He lives in rural Indiana on Ploughshares Farm a wildlife retreat with woods and native prairie.


    537 Comments

    1. Notice of material connection in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR Part 255: I received a prepublication ARC of this book from author (in this case), publisher, distributor, publicist, etc. with no requirement to write a positive review. As always, my opinions are my own. Friend and friend Brent's brand-new book (released just yesterday!) brings us a panorama of a few more or less typical days in the several and varied lives of a Bad Quaker hoping to become better by followin [...]


    2. When I saw the title of this book, I immediately thought the author was probably one of those people who takes pride in being bad; a person who smirks when he says that because he thinks it is cool to be a renegade. After reading the synopsis, I wasn't sure what to think, so I decided to read it and find out. Mostly because I am curious about Quakers, and I hoped to learn about their faith.I am delighted to tell you that the author is someone who cares deeply about being the best Quaker he can b [...]


    3. I thoroughly enjoyed "Life Lessons From A Bad Quaker". J. Brent Bill is hilarious. He is witty. He is honest. He is raw. He is not afraid to tell it like it is. "Which is one reason I’m a Quaker today. I need to be. It challenges me. It rubs up against the parts of me that need smoothed out." Let me share a few lessons that J. Brent Bill learned that resonated with me. "I have learned that growing deep in the life of the Spirit doesn’t take me out of the life I’m living." Yes. This is so t [...]


    4. If Birthright Quakers were still acknowledged, I would be a fourth generation Quaker. In fact, I can trace my Father's Quaker roots back to the area in which Mr. Bill lives -- and I have often visited my resting fore-bearers on Memorial Day.With that being said, I am also a "Bad Quaker", while having it influence my life, didn't really "get it" until a couple of years ago -- but I jumped in, and went right to the deep end, devouring all sort of Quaker texts and histories.I can relate to, empathi [...]


    5. This is a very chatty, very informal introduction to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) for those not familiar with Quakers or those who feel that being a Quaker means that you have to be a Perfect Human Being.J Brent Bill uses his own ‘imperfection’ being a Quaker as a way into discussing why the Religious Society of Friends may be helpful to many who know little about this religious sect.Bill may be more conservative than the Quakers I hung around with first at a Quaker Boarding Sc [...]


    6. First thing you should know is that you don't have to be a Quaker/Friend to use this book. I'm not sure that you even need to be religious to find utility in it if you are in the mood.I write the above because the Mr. Bill's book is about inward reflecting. And what he offers is a book that falls into themes, along with questions that you can consider and contemplate. Some of the questions involve God, but if your a non-God person you can either ignore those, or re-write them to be more appropri [...]


    7. The basic value of simplicity in Quakerism belies its complexity. How can a denomination with no dogma or creed, sometimes without a minister, be understood and practiced? A Quaker minister, Brent Bill, examines the foundational values and practices of Quakerism and poses the important questions that people must ultimately find answers to from within. Brent supports the process of this discernment with examples of his successes and failures at living a Quaker life, sharing the perspective that t [...]


    8. Definitely a helpful book to read if you are trying to re-evaluate your life and live according to your faith. The corny dad humor underscores the notion that we shouldn't take ourselves seriously, even if we take our decisions and values seriously. Just do your best, and don't beat yourself up. Full disclosure: I graduated from a Quaker college (Earlham College), so I am a sucker for books rooted in Quakerism.


    9. The subtitle of this book captures its flavor. The author is a Quaker who has written a number of other books on various aspects of the spiritual life. He is also well known for co-hosting the Facebook page "Association of Bad Friends," where Quakers are invited to joke with each other about their religion and lifestyles. This title is an odd mixture of the two styles, written in an informal, chatty voice, in which he discusses his own efforts to follow the Quaker testimonies (think “virtues [...]


    10. The tone of the book is very folksy and I found it hard to take any clearly focused ideas from. The quotes and queries included were helpful, though.


    11. Yikes, I really wanted to like this one. The title was compelling and I am amazed by those that live in simplicity and grace. I would agree with the author that living in simplicity brings peace that our hearts grave. I am not sure since I received an ARC or if it was intentional but in referring to the God, it was always god. Now there were a few times it wasn't but I am under the impression that it was. If it was, it brings up a red flag to the reason why that was done. The book was written in [...]


    12. Brent Bill has a wonderful sense of humor and a pleasing Midwestern tone to his writing (pleasing because I live in the Midwest, too!). This is a spiritual guide that is for all faiths. He continues to help non-Quakers better understand Quaker values, and this is also a prod to readers to examine what we value and live accordingly.At times, he may be working a bit too hard to make Quakers seem like ordinary people as opposed to Amish-like (which they are not at all). Likes to talk about his love [...]


    13. This is a good, funny read. Bill's sense of humor oozes out of the pages, making the book bearable. It is, however, another spiritual memoir in what is becoming a crowded shelf of such books. While Bill describes himself as a "bad" Quaker, he provides insight into the Quaker faith. Along the way he offers lessons learned from his faith that are indeed helpful things to live a better life. For example, Bill highlights the virtues of being quiet, integrity, and caring for creation.


    14. I knew nothing a out Quakers when I started this book. I was interested that the Author, a Quaker Minister, shared the practices and beliefs of Quakers.





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