Quaker Bonnet

The Quaker Bonnet is the official publication of the Evangelical Friends Church Mid-America Friends Women Fellowship. It is edited by Laura Davenport.

You can read the most recent issue of the Quaker Bonnet by clicking on the image to the left. Previous issues are available by clicking on the links below.

If you would like the Quaker Bonnet emailed to you when it is published, please send an email to Laura Davenport. If you'd like to have it sent through regular mail, fill out the subscription form and send it to her at 1238 Coolidge, Wichita, KS 67203. If you have questions, you may also contact her by phone at 316-265-8099.

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Reading Course

To complete the Friends Women Fellowship Reading Course please read each issue of the Quaker Bonnet and a minimum of one title (listed below) from each of the following four categories:

  • Friends (Quakers) & Classics
  • Fiction
  • Missions
  • Biography & Christian Life.

It is also recommended that all ladies read current Quaker periodicals as available. The four books are to be read completely and individually within the year. A book may be read for credit only once.

Recognition will be given in the Quaker Bonnet for those completing all requirements for the Reading Course. Books added to the Reading Course will be used for two years. The newest titles are listed first.

2018-2019 Book List


2019 Book List

The Fig Tree Revolution: Unleashing Local Churches into the Mission of Social Justice

by Bill Mefford, 2017, Cascade Books. ISBN: 9781532616709 (print), 9781498240635 (digital), 150 pages. $17.99 print; $9.99 digital.

Ever see an injustice and want to do something? Do you see something that needs changed, but don’t know what to do? You can do something about it! Read this book and follow God’s leading to be part of the solution to make this world a better place. We can follow the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves by confronting injustice; we can love on people impacted by the injustice while we walk alongside them to seek a solution together.

2019 Book List

We Died Before We Came Here: A True Story of Sacrifice and Hope

by Emily Foreman, 2016, NavPress. ISBN: 9781631464515 (print), 9781631464522 (digital), 208 pages. $10.95 print; $10.99 digital.

Emily and Stephen Foreman were called to a life of sacrifice and “We died before we came here” was a common refrain for this bi-vocational missionary couple. Then Stephen was murdered down the street from the local mosque by al-Qaeda extremists. In this memoir Emily recounts her story and tells how she, her husband and their four kids answered God’s call to reach the North African Muslim world with the gospel, lived in a country where Christianity was illegal and Stephen worked for a Non-govermental Organization (NGO) making a positive difference in the community. Read about missionary life, how the family spread the light of Christ to others around them and how Stephen’s life and his death impacted the community and the people who knew him best.

2018 Book List

Missions Unmasked: What I Never Knew About Missionary Life

by Adam Mosley (What I Never Knew Publishing, 2015) ISBN: 9780692453056 (print and kindle ebook)

Understand your missionary better and learn how to better pray and support them. It is an affirming read for the things we do well as EFC-MAYM Friends Women and also an idea box for the things we can improve upon. It's always good to reevaluate and discuss what we know, what we think we know, and then learn what we didn't know that we didn't know about any topic including missions. This will be a good conversation starter among your Friends Women groups, missions committees, and will inspire all-around better support for our missionaries. Thought-provoking, reaffirming, empowering!

2018 Book List

Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God Is At the Center

by Noel Castellanos (IVP Books, 2015) ISBN: 9780830836918 (print), 9780830897568 (ebook)

Noel Castellaso, the son of immigrant migrant farm workers, grows up to become a minister in community ministry, development and restoration, and a leading voice in Latino leadership. His book is part memoir and part training guide. It will change your perspective on how to minister to marginalized people and the languishing poor in your community through incarnation principles of: 1) proclamation and formation, 2) demonstration and compassion, 3) restoration and development, and 4) confrontation of injustice. Paradigm-shifting, inspiring, educational!

Christian Life/Biography

2019 Book List

Seven Money Types: Discover How God Wired You to Handle Money

by Tommy Brown, 2017, Zondervan. ISBN: 9780310335443 (print), 9780310335450 (digital), 240 pages. $11.42 print; $6.99 digital.

Did you know that the way you handle money demonstrates an aspect of God’s image? It does! This book expands and explains the basic beliefs and key characteristics of each money type so you can understand better how you and those around you handle money and showcase aspects of God’s character. It also expands on areas of growth for each money type and spotlights some shadow sides of each type to watch out for (too much of any good thing can become detrimental). Read to understand yourself and those around you better!

2019 Book List

Whatever the Cost: Facing Your Fears, Dying to Your Dreams, and Living Powerfully

by David and Jason Benham, 2015, W Publishing Group. ISBN: 9780718083175 (print), 9780718033002 (digital), 226 pages. $11.20 print; $9.99 digital.

This memoir from the Benham brother’s is down to earth telling of their life story interwoven with Biblical truths and full of friendly and humorous twin brother banter. This book covers their growing up years with dreams of being big league baseball players, their days of playing in the pros, life after their baseball careers, becoming entrepreneurs and foreclosure specialists, being faith leaders in their community and almost being reality show stars before the network dropped them for their Christian beliefs. This book will make you examine your heart and challenge you to live true to your Christian faith in a secular world.

2018 Book List

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

by Nabeel Qureshi (Zondervan, 2016) ISBN: 9780310527237 (print), 9780310515036 (ebook)

Get an intimate look in Nabeel Qureshi's growing up and faith as a devout American-born Muslim of Pakistani immigrants. Nabeel's life is an open book and you will learn about the loving family life, Muslim culture, beliefs, and Nabeel's search for answers as he devoutly defends his Muslim faith, learns more about Christianity from his best friend, and encounters Jesus. (Complete with expert contributions to help give the reader insight into Muslim and Christian culture, history, theology, and beliefs.) Intellectual, insightful, exciting!

2018 Book List

When God Doesn't Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can't Live Without

by Laura Story (Thomas Nelson, 2015) ISBN: 9780718036973 (print), 9780718037185 (ebook)

Worship leader and recording artist, Laura Story, opens up about her husband Martin's brain tumor diagnosis and how, through treatment complications, their life's path has irrevocably been changed. She is open and honest about her struggles with faith, God, and broken dreams. She shares how God meets us in our brokenness and uses it for His glory just like he did for the heroes of our faith in times past. God may not fix the situation, but with Jesus, we can be changed. Hope-filled, honest, encourage!

Friends (Quaker) & Classics

2019 Book List

Hinds' Feet on High Places

by Hannah Hurnard, 2018, Christian Classics. ISBN: 9781948648097 (print), 9781948648103 (digital), 134 pages. $4.83 print; $0.99 digital.

A true classic, we can all learn a lot of lessons from this allegory of the Christian life. This timeless book is completely relevant today as we all are on the same journey as Much Afraid following the Shepherd on the path he has set before us. In this journey of life we all continually grow stronger in Christ, we fight against evil, experience, pain, suffering and choose to continue to surrender to God’s will and accept His love fully.

2019 Book List

It's About Restoration: Stories of Heartbreak and Tragedy Restored by Acts of Love

by Dean Johnson, 2016, CreateSpace Independent. ISBN: 9781532819995 (print), 326 pages. $20.96 print.

Read the fascinating history and many missions of the Friends Disaster Service from when Dean & Freeda Johnson headed up the efforts in Eastern Region of Friends Churches. This book is full of photos and stories of people helped by Friends who felt a burden for those dealing with natural disasters and wanting to lend a hand to help people get back on their feet and back to living life.

2018 Book List

Running Through Raindrops: Finding Joy in the Chaos of Raising Kids

by Lori Elliot, (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013) ISBN: 9781523255726 (print and ebook)

Lori's motherhood blog has been published and offers lots of laughs, fun stories, and honest struggles with parenting four kids, including a special needs child, and how, when we trust God's plan, wonderful things can happen. Light, humorous, encouraging!

2018 Book List

The Hiding Place

by Corrie Ten Boom, (Chosen Books, 2006) ISBN: 9780800794057 (print), 9781441232885 (ebook)

Corrie Ten Boom's story of life as a Dutch watchmaker, an important underground resistance worker, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, founder of Christian rehabilitation centers for war victims and for refugees, and international author, speaker, and evangelist. Full of stories and lessons in doing the next right thing, God's providence and care, the importance of the Word in the darkness, and forgiveness. Timeless, moving, inspiring!

Christian Fiction

2019 Book List

The Mark of the King

by Jocelyn Green, 2017, Bethany House. ISBN: 9780764219061 (print), 9781441231079 (digital), 418 pages. $5.83 print; $1.59 digital.

Julianne Chevalier, a midwife in early 16th century France gets blamed for murder when her client dies in childbirth. Imprisoned and branded as a criminal beyond hope of rehabilitation, she agrees to trade her life sentence in prison for a forced marriage to a fellow convict and exile to the Louisiana colony where she hopes to find her long lost brother. Trying to make a fresh start in the new settlement of New Orleans is difficult and she faces injustices, trouble and loss. Danger lurks nearby and tragedy strikes often in the wilderness. Soldiers are the only source of law and order, but not all can be trusted. She asks Captain Girard to help her, but he might know more about her brother than he is letting on. Caught in the conflict & espionage between the English and the French, she must choose her future path.

2019 Book List

Though I Stumble

by Kim Cash Tate, 2016, FaithLove Press. ISBN: 9781946336002 (print & digital), 430 pages. $15.04 print; $0.99 digital.

Four Women, each in a different season (be it healing from tragedy, coping with widowhood, falling away from God or experiencing marital troubles), attend a weekend women’s conference together. There they meet each other, learn about each other’s troubles and form a support system for each other as they pursue Christ through life’s hard situations.

2018 Book List

Land of Silence

by Tessa Afshar (Tyndale House, 2016) ISBN: 9781496406460 (print), 9781496414366 (ebook)

A young girl, crushed by guilt, grows up trying to earn her father's forgiveness by working in his textile trade. A tragedy places Elianna in charge of the business and her designs bring success, but never absolution. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal. Then illness strikes and lingers, stripping her of all she has left until she hears that the mere touch from a man of God can heal her. Will Elianna find healing for the wounds of her body, heart, and soul? Captivating, touching, redemptive!

2018 Book List

Love Arrives in Pieces

by Betsy St. Amant (Zondervan, 2015) ISBN: 9780310338475 (print), 9780310338567 (ebook)

Stella, a interior designer and former pageant queen, doesn't trust beauty or love anymore after her husband cheats on and divorces her. Having recently returned to town, contractor Chase still grieves his fiancee and wants to live life to the fullest and accomplish big things. These two hurting and broken people are put in charge of renovating Bayou Bend's old theater ad unfortunately they have a past history together which could complicate the progress of the project. Can they be honest with each other and with God? Will they surrender the broken pieces of their lives to the One who makes beautiful things out of brokenness? Healing, lovely, restorative!


General Reading Course Prize Drawing:

    • For every 2 books a person reads from the 2019 Friends Women Reading Course book list (which lists 14 books) she will earn one entry into the General Reading Course Prize Drawing. (Maximum seven entries per person.)
    • There will be three winners drawn from the General Reading Course Prize Drawing and each of the three winners will receive a $10 Visa gift card.

Top Readers Prize Drawing:

    • If a person reads all 7 new books on the 2019 Friends Women Reading Course book list, she will also earn one entry into the Top Readers Prize Drawing.
    • There will be one winner drawn from the Top Readers Prize Drawing and the winner will receive a $25 Visa gift card.

How to enter:

The Prize Drawings were held February 28, 2019. Prize winners were notified and will be listed in the Spring 2019 edition of the Quaker Bonnet. Each year individuals can submit their information via this site or the local FWF president can print a Reading Report and send it in by snail mail. Printed forms sent to Candi Foster must be postmarked ahead of the due date.

Questions? Contact our Reading Course Secretary, Candi Foster, at 316-765-4610 (cell) or e-mail her at Start reading today!

Other Resources

Constitution and Bylaws

To view the current version of the Evangelical Friends Church Mid-America Friends Women Fellowship Constitution and Bylaws, click on the image of the book.

Yearbook: $2.00

The Yearbook includes all of the information for your Friends Women Fellowship group for the upcoming year, including monthly meeting devotionals, book list for the Reading Course, info on our missionaries and details for on our projects for the year. Each member of the group should have their own copy.

EFI-WMF Program Book: $9.00

The Evangelical Friends Church International and Women's Missionary Fellowship organizations provide a listing of all Friends missions organizations across the US, including devotionals and the prayer themes for the coming year. This book is a valuable tool for those who want to be praying in one accord with others around the world. Order yours today, making your check payable to EFC-MAYM Friends Women.

To order yearbooks or program books, contact Sue Randall (Email)