Plain Living

Plain Living

A Quaker Path to Simplicity 

Author: Catherine Whitmire

Foreword by: Parker J. Palmer

Price: $16.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 192

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-1-893732-28-5

Imprint: Sorin Books

On-sale date: July 1, 2001

More Personal Growth, Spirituality


Must reading for anyone feeling too busy or too stressed and seeking to simplify their life—to listen to the longings of their heart.

Most of us living in this complex and time-pressured era have moments when we wish we were living simpler, more meaningful lives. Sometimes these wishes are fleeting desires, but for many today the search for a life of greater simplicity and meaning has developed into a deep longing. There are many routes to simplicity. This book focuses on and provides direction to the gimmick-free spiritual path followed by Quakers. For over three centuries Quakers have been living out of a spiritual center in a way of life they call "plain living." Their accumulated experiences and distilled wisdom have much to offer anyone seeking greater simplicity today. Plain Living is not about sacrifice. It's about choosing the life you really want, a form of inward simplicity that leads us to listen for the "still, small voice" of God. This book goes beyond the merely trendy to make the by now well-worn Quaker path to plain living accessible to everyone.


"A great gift."

"When I discovered the Quaker tradition twenty-five years ago, 'plain living' was the quality I found most compelling. So it is a great gift to me, and will prove a great gift many others, that Cathy Whitmire has lifted up this central feature of Quakerism—and of human wholeness—in her lovely and lively book."

Parker J. Palmer (from the foreword)

"Eloquent and inviting."

"Cathy Whitmire has set forth in an eloquent and inviting voice an alternative response to the 'holy longing' so many of us feel. Her idea that the longing itself is a gift of grace touched me. I hope this book finds many readers."

Harvey Cox, Author of The Future of Faith

"A remarkable book."

"Eloquent and inspiring, Plain Living reminds us that simple living is rooted in the rich soil of the spirit. With penetrating queries, potent stories and quotations, and incisive commentary, this is a remarkable book."

Frank Levering and Wanda Urbanska,
Authors of Simple Living: One Couple's Search for a Better Life

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