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Lifestyles and religious

This has writings on: relevant lifestyle issues; pacifist communities; and religious and "spiritual" (and other whimsical) attitudes to war and peace.

Please remember that many of the older titles included in this list are likely to be second-hand.

[Note: Our colleagues at the Christian pacifist organisation Fellowship of Reconciliation - England (FoRE) have compiled a selection, from material stocked in Housmans, of titles they particularly recommend. The selection - taken mainly, but not exclusively, from items on the list below - is collected together here for reference.]


The Growth of the Peace Testimony of the Society of Friends

Horace G Alexander

(Friends Peace Committee, London, 1956)

pmphlt £4.00


The End of Words - Issues in Contemprary Quaker Theology

Rex Ambler

(Quaker Books, London, 2004)

Are Quakers really Christians? Is the peace testimony still tenable? Probably useful for (other) Christians who are puzzled by Quakers.

pbk £3.75


War and the Lambeth Conference - Some Unresolved Issues

(Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, London, 1968)

One of the APF's attempts to confront the rest of the Anglican Communion with the pacifist implications (as the APF would see it) of Christianity.

pmphlt £3.00


Peace Together: A Vision of Christian Pacifism

(Ed) Clive Barrett

(James Clarke & Co, 1987)

pbk £6.99


Suspended Sentence

Arthur Blaxall

(Hodder and Stoughton, 1963)

A Christian pacifist in South Africa tells of his struggle against apartheid.

hbk £8.50


Letters and Papers from Prison

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

(Fontana Books, London, 1960)

The writings of the nonviolent opponent of Hitler, in the two years prior to his execution.

pbk £2.50


From Violence to Wholeness - A Ten-Part Process in the Spirituality and Practice of Active Nonviolence

Ken Butigan

(Pace e Bene Press, USA, 2002)

Although much of the material is religiously based, this includes readings and exercises of general use in nonviolence training.

pbk £14.00


The Collective Experience - articles and poems about communal living

(The Communes Network, 1986)

Tells it like it was.

pbk £2.00


Oppose and Propose! - Lessons from Movement for a New Society

Andrew Cornell

(AK Press, Edinburgh, 2011)

MNS was a radical pacifist network active in the USA in the 1970s and 1980s, and a pioneer of methods of consensus decion-making, communal living, and nonviolent direct action. This book - full of documents, interviews and analysis - recovers a missing link in anti-authoritarian radical history.

pbk £9.00


St Paul from the Trenches - A rendering of the Epistles to the Corinthians and Ephesians done in France during the Great War

Gerald Warre Cornish

(The Tantivy Press, Malvern, 1948)

A noteworthy re-translation (from the Greek) of two sections of the bible, undertaken by the author before he was killed in action in 1916.

hbk £10.00


Essays Towards Peace

George ML Davies

(Sheppard Press, London, 1944)

This collection of essays, some dating back to the time of the First World War, is frequently insightful - though almost all are expressed from a specifically Christian perspective.

pbk £5.00


The Non-Violent Cross - a Theology of Revolution and Peace

James W Douglass

(The Macmillian Company, New York, USA, 1970)

A powerful espousal of Christian pacifism from a major writer in the field.

pbk £10.00


The Spirit of the Quakers

(Ed) Geoffrey Durham

(Yale University Press, USA, 2010)

An anthology sharing many facets of Quaker beliefs, by means of both historical and recent writings.

pbk £9.99


Community for Life

Ulrich Eggers

(Herald Press, Scotdale, Pennsylvania, USA, 1988)

A visitor tells of life inside a colony of the Hutterian Brethren.

pbk £5.50


Peace, War and the Christian Conscience

Joseph J Fahey

(Pax Christi, London, 2003)

An outline history of Christian attitudes to war.

pmphlt £2.50


A Call to Nonviolence

John Ferguson

(Fellowship of Reconciliation, New Malden, Surrey, 1970)

A brief summary of explanations of and arguments for Christian nonviolence.

pmphlt £2.00


The Biblical Basis of Pacifism

John Ferguson

(Fellowship of Reconciliation, London, 1993)

pmphlt £1.00


The Enthronement of Love

John Ferguson

(Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1950)

A classic espousal of Christian pacifism.

hbk £6.50


The Enthronement of Love

John Ferguson

(Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1951)

A reprint of the classic espousal of Christian pacifism.

hbk £6.50


Lessons from Kosovo/a: Alternatives to War - The Peace Testimony in the Twenty-First Century

Diana Francis

(Quaker Peace & Social Witness, London, 2001)

pmphlt £2.00


Holding Faith - Creating Peace in a Violent World

David Gee

(Quaker Books, London, 2011)

The writer looks at what a commitment to peace might mean in a violent world; he argues for a "practical faith" that empowers our humanity.

pbk £8.00


A Light that is Shining: an introduction to the Quakers

Harvey Gillman

(Quaker Home Service, London, 1997)

pbk £5.00


Iraq - A journey of hope and peace

Peggy Faw Gish

(Herald Press, Ontario, Canada, 2004)

The experiences of a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams who went to Iraq before, during and after the invasion.

pbk £6.00


On Earth Peace - A Symposium by Communicants of the Church of England

(Ed) Percy Hartill

(James Clarke & Co, London, 1944)

Christian sympathetic to pacifism address a varied selection of essays to their fellow Christians.



Demanding Peace: Christian Responses to War and Violence

AE Harvey

(SCM Press, 1999)

pbk £8.95


Reconciliation but not Resignation - and other biographical essays

Arthur William Hopkins

(Harpenden Congregational and Presbyterian Church, 1968)

Essays reprinted from this church's monthly magazine; most of the items concern the writers of hymns.

pbk £2.50


There's a Tree in the Meadow - a book of destiny

Tina Hyder

(Advocate House, Sarasota, florida, USA, 2006)

pbk £5.00


Spirituality & Nonviolence

(International Journal of Nonviolence, Washington DC, USA, 1996)

A varied selection of contributions - mostly from committed nonviolentists.

pbk £4.50


Recovering Memory: Guatemalan Churches and the Challenge of Peacemaking

Paul Jeffrey

(Life & Peace Institute, Uppsala, Sweden, 1998)

pbk £8.00


Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social thought

(Eds) Willis Jenkins and Jennifer M McBride

(Fortress Press, Minneapolis, USA, 2010)

A re-assessment of the activism and theology of two of the 20th century's best-known Christian martyrs - Dietrich Bonheoffer and Martin Luther King.

pbk £16.99


Hostage in Iraq

Norman Kember

(Darton, Longman and Todd, London, 2007)

The story of this Christian pacifist's months as a hostage. We have copies signed by the author.

hbk £14.95


In Harm's Way - A History of Christian Peacemaker Teams

Kathleen Kern

(The Lutterworth Press, Cambridge, 2009)

Christian Peacemaker Teams came to prominence in Britain in 2005, following the kidnap of four people in Iraq including the British CPT supporter Norman Kember. But the CPT network had been active for 10 years prior to then, and this detailed history deals with its origins, its actions, and its ideology.

pbk £12.99 (published at £25.00)


Strength to Love

Martin Luther King Jr

(Fontana Books, 1974)

A collection of MLK's sermons.

pbk £2.50


The Unequal World We Inhabit - Quaker responses to terrorism and fundamentalism

Paul Lacey

(Quaker Books, London, 2010)

Based on the author's 2010 Swarthmore Lecture, this book looks at ways in which pacifists can respond to devastating violence.

pbk £8.00


The Gospel of Peace -The Biblical Basis of Pacifism

John Lampen

(Fellowship of Reconciliation, London, 1995)

pmphlt £1.75


Does the New Testament Sanction War?

George HC MacGregor

(The Church of Scotland Peace Society, Lockerbie, c1930s)

pmphlt £2.50


The New Testament Basis of Pacifism

George HC MacGregor

(Fellowship of Reconciliation, London, 1953)

hbk £5.00


Defeat Triumphant

Lewis MacLachlan

(Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1947)

hbk £5.00


Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age

Joanna Rogers Macy

(New Society Publishers, Philadelphia, USA, 1983)

One of the most famous books of its era for people wanting to take part in despair and empowerment workshops.



Unholy Warfare - The Church and the Bomb

(Eds) David Martin & Peter Mullen

(Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1983)

An anthology, from many perspectives.



The Ministry of Reconciliation - Christian Pacifism: Its Grounds and Implications

(Ed) Hugh Martin

(Headley Brothers, London, 1916)

A very rare copy of the original edition of what was a highly topical classic of its era.



Kill for Peace?

Richard McSorley

(Corpus Books, New York, USA, 1970)

A Christian pacifist argues that "just war" theory had become unrealistic.

pbk £3.75



Thomas Merton (Edited with an introduction by Robert Inchausti)

(Shambhala, Boston, USA, 2002)

The writings of this Catholic contemplative "combine the candour of Thoreau with the moral vision of Gandhi". Apparently.

pbk £11.99


Raids on the Unspeakable

Thomas Merton

(New Directions, New York, USA, 1964)

A collection of writings showing Merton's move towards more direct engagement with the real world - brief but challenging writings.

pbk £4.50


The Living Bread

Thomas Merton

(Burns & Oates, London, 1956)

Primarily religious writings.

hbk £2.50


Called for Peace: South Asia Youth Conference May 2002

(Eds) Leslie Nathaniel and Adrian Watkins

(Indian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Delhi, India, 2003)

A collection of articles and documents from the conference - a resource for people interested in peace and reconciliation.

pbk £2.90


International Thoughts: The Reflections of a Catholic Pacifist

John Nibb

(Elliot Stock, London, 1937)

Writings on pacifism, militarism and nationalism.

pbk £2.50


Funerals and Memorial Meetings

(Quaker Books, 2003)

pbk £4.00


War and the Christian

C E Raven

(Student Christian Movement Press, London, 1938)

A book which insists that the churches face up to the problem of war as the dominant moral and social issue of the day.



The Christian's Alternative to War: An Examination of Christian Pacifism

Leyton Richards

(Student Christian Movement, London, 1929)

A leading pacifist writer approaches the issue from a Christian perspective.



Christianity is Pacifism

William Robinson

(George Allen & Unwin, 1933)

"Persuasive" according to a major contemporary theological journal.



Evolving the Spirit: From Democracy to Peace - Ten Steps to Change the World

Anthony Russell

(DreamStar Books, 2012)

The book attempts to confront that notion that we are helpless in the face of problems around us. Despite some interesting ideas, its prescriptions and its insights are really only intelligble to those of a religious bent.

pbk £12.95


The Church and the Bomb

Bishop of Salisbury

(Hodder & Stoughton, 1982)

pbk £2.50


The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict

Ken Sande

(Baker Book House, 1991)

pbk £9.00


Breaking Throug - Theory and Practice of Wholiistic Living

Walter and Dorothy Schwarz

(Green Books, Hartland, Devon, 1987)

The authors look at how we might move away from aggression and selfishness towards simpler and richer lives.

pbk £12.95


Answer Time on Tower Hill

Donald Soper

(Hodder and Stoughton, 1937)

pbk £13.00


Popular Fallacies about the Christian Faith

Donald Soper

(Hodder and Stoughton, 1938)

pbk £5.00


Nuclear Weapons - A Catholic Response

(Ed) Walter Stein

(Cardinal Books, London, 1963)

A symposium on the morality of nuclear warfare - all contributors concluding that, even from a non-pacifist perspective, the weapons are impermissible.

pbk £2.50


Christian Nuclear Perspective

John J Vincent

(Epworth Press, London, 1964)

A (very) Christian look at nuclear weapons issues.

pbk £3.75


Community in Paraguay - A Visit to the Bruderhof

Bob and Shirley Wagoner

(Plough Publishing House, Farmington, Pennsylvania, USA, 1991)

The community described was a pacifist community set up in Paraguay in 1941 by people seeking refuge from involvement in the Second World War.

pbk £5.00


Christian Pacifism and Rearmament

Alex Wood

(Peace Pledge Union, London, 1937)

A fine, succinct explanation of a Christian take on the necessity to be neither an appeaser of dictators nor a supporter of war preparations, from the early days of the PPU.

pmphlt £5.00

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ORGANISATIONS you can contact which are concerned with some of the issues here include:

Fellowship of Reconciliation - England (FoRE), Peace House, 19 Paradise St, Oxford OX1, Britain (tel +44-1865-250781; e-mail; web
[Note: FoRE have made a selection, from material stocked in Housmans, of titles they particularly recommend. This selection - taken mainly, but not exclusively, from items on the list above - is shown here for reference.]

Pax Christi, Christian Peace Education Centre, St Joseph's, Watford Way, Hendon, London NW4 4TY, Britain (tel +44-20-8203 4884; fax 8203 5234; e-mail; web

For further useful contacts see the Directory published in the latest Housmans Peace Diary, or online at