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.

Past Issues

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.

2021-2022 Book List

Workers and Ministries

2021 Book List

Dragon Ride: True Stories of Adventure, Miracles, and Evangelism from China

by Grace Jacob, 2017, XP Publishing. ISBN: 9780692879177 (print), 9780692879214 (digital), 278 pages. $10.99 print; $3.99 digital.

A collection of 48 short stories from a missionary to Hong Kong and mainland China for 29 years. Follow Grace’s personal journey from atheism to Christianity to marriage and being a missionary in Asia. Follow her as she shares stories of her family in their everyday life, obstacles and adventures, miracles and the locals’ spiritual growth. These stories offer insight into the culture, customs, beliefs of the locals, and offer a glimpse into what missions looks like there. You won’t want to put this book down!

2021 Book List

Soaring Higher: One Man's True Story of the Faithfulness of God in a Life of Travel and Adventure Around the World

by Dr. Philip C. Eyster, 2018, Aneko Press. ISBN: 9781622455898 (print), 9781622455782 (digital), 192 pages. $14.24 print; $3.99 digital.

Down-to-earth and funny, Dr. Philip C. Eyster shares his ministry of field evangelism and partnering with local churches all over the world to do evangelistic events. He also shares the stories of many local leaders across the world and how they became believers and what God is doing in their lives and communities. Interspersed are funny language/cultural mistakes and the hardships of travel, food and health. Dr. Eyster’s travels have taken him to more than 40 countries, always sharing the message of Christ and building up the local church.

2022 Book List

More Screams, Different Deserts

by Sue Eenigenburg, 2013, William Carey Library. ISBN: 978-0878085378 (print & digital), 288 pages.

Join Sue on her adventures in cross-cultural living and the biblical studies that have helped her along the way. With 35 years of experience in cross-cultural ministry, Sue realizes that joy and perseverance are essential for thriving in life and ministry. God has been her refuge, and his Word held her steady when all she really wanted to do was run away and hide. Her stories and insights encourage women to look to Jesus, our only hope wherever we live.

2022 Book List

The Place Between Our Fears: Life in Congo and Beyond

by Dawn Hurley, Mapendo Ndongotsi and Argentine Imanirakunda, 2019, SHONA Congo. ISBN: 9780578576152 (print & digital)

Told from the perspective of an American who moves to Congo and meets Argentine and Mapendo as young women, this true story is both relatable and utterly astonishing. Congo has been labeled “the worst place in the world to be a woman,” but such labels do nothing to help us understand the dignity and humanity of Congolese women. This book offers fresh perspectives not only on what it means to be a woman in Congo, but also on what these inspiring women might teach the rest of us.

Christian Life/Biography

2021 Book List

All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way

by Patrice Gopo, 2018, W Publishing Group. ISBN: 9780785216483 (print & digital), 256 pages. $9.00 print; $9.99 digital.

Patrice Gopo is the daughter of two Jamaican immigrants to the U.S. and was born and raised in Alaska, attended college on the East Coast, got two masters degrees and traveled a lot. She met her husband abroad and they began life as a married couple in South Africa before moving to North Carolina. Patrice is an essay writer, and this book is a compilation of writings and thoughts on life, beauty, motherhood, memories, relationships, church, culture and history. It is like sitting down for coffee with a dear friend and ruminating about life, being a minority, varying perspectives, cultures, heritages and daily living.

2021 Book List

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You

by Jessica N. Turner, 2015, Revell. ISBN: 978-0800723484 (print & digital),

272 pages. $7.89 print; $9.99 digital.

This easy-to-read book empowers you to take back the minutes throughout your day that are free (your fringe hours) to do something for yourself, making time for your passions, and practicing self-care. As women, we tend to pour ourselves out for others, but what are we doing to fill ourselves up? Don’t lose yourself in serving everyone else but forget about you. Learn ways to maximize the time you already have to discover how this lifestyle will make you a better friend, wife and mother. This is a practical, inspiring, and an easy-to-read book with great ideas on how to be a better version of you.

2022 Book List

Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts

by Jennie Allen, 2020, WaterBrook. ISBN: 9781601429643 (print), 9781601429667 (digital)

Be inspired and equipped to transform your emotions, your outlook, and even your circumstances by taking control of your thoughts. Our enemy is determined to get in our heads to make us feel helpless, overwhelmed, and incapable of making a difference for the kingdom of God. But when we submit our minds to Christ, the promises and goodness of God flood our lives in remarkable ways. It starts in your head. And from there, the possibilities are endless.

2022 Book List

In Pursuit of Love: One Woman’s Journey from Trafficked to Triumphant

by Rebecca Bender, 2020, Zondervan. ISBN: 9780310356851 (print), 9780310356868 (digital)

Through her own gripping story of escape from human trafficking, Rebecca Bender reveals the inner workings of the underground world of modern-day slavery and helps us learn how we can be a catalyst for change where we live. Through Rebecca's incredible story of redemption, we remember that our past does not have to determine our destiny.

Friends (Quaker) & Classics

2021 Book List

Only by the Grace of God: Surviving WWII

by Walter V. “Bud” Lawrence, 2019, Independently Published. ISBN: 9781696710862 (print), 386 pages. $4.42 print.

Most of us knew and remember Bud Lawrence for his many years of service at Camp Quaker Haven, but there is more to his story. This tells his journey through WWII: becoming a waist gunner on a B24 bomber, surviving an in-air collision with another plane, and then surviving as a prisoner of war in Poland and Germany. The book also shares his fellow prisoners’ poems written in the POW camp about being a POW and the war, as well as honors his flight crewmates and those who were on the Forced March with him and how God worked in his situation. This book is a compilation of stories and diary entries and is full of photos and scanned documents. It is a memorial to the bomber crew, the POWs and all who survived WWII.

2021 Book List

The Practice of the Presence of God in Modern English

by Brother Lawrence, translated by Marshall Davis, 2013,

Independently Published. ISBN: 9781521299753 (print), 9780989835060 (digital), 77 pages. $5.95 print, $1.99 digital. *kindle prime

This classic book shares what Brother Lawrence learned and shared with others about practicing being in continual spiritual communion with God. The book is split into three sections. The first section is from notes taken of the conversations Brother Lawrence had with the Monsignor Joseph de Beaufort, vicar general to the archbishop of Paris. The next section is taken from letters Brother Lawrence wrote to Monsignor Joseph de Beaufort, and the last section is Brother Lawrence’s Spiritual Maxims, which were found in his room after his death. Spend time with God and bask in His love—it’s life-changing.

2022 Book List

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23

by Phillip Keller, 2007, Zondervan. ISBN: 9780310274414 (print), 9780310295945 (digital)

As a shepherd, W. Phillip Keller shares his insights into the life and character of sheep -- and of the Good Shepherd who loves and cares for them. A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 will give new meaning to the ageless Shepherd Psalm, enriching your trust in and love for the Lord who watches closely over you.

2022 Book List

Everyday Holds the Possibility of a Miracle: A Journey of Finding Hope and Renewed Strength After Tragedy

by Vendla Smith with Kerry Smith, 2020, Independently Published. ISBN: 9781660156191 (print & digital)

The man Vendla loved and was about to marry went missing one day on his way to work. Life as she knew it ended. But she was lucky. An entire community came together to take care of her kids and her, and help find him. And they were still there for them when he went missing again. When immense waves of change, uncertainty, and fear flood your life and threaten to drown you; if you need courage and strength and skill to overcome your own obstacles, Vendla’s hope is that God’s light shines into your darkness and brings an awareness that Everyday Holds the Possibility of a Miracle.

Christian Fiction

2021 Book List

A Rumored Fortune

by Joanna Davidson Politano, 2018, Revell. ISBN: 9780800728731 (print & digital), 416 pages. $7.98 print; $5.10 digital. *kindle prime

Tressa Harlowe and her ailing mother have inherited a vast fortune hidden somewhere on the estate her father left her after his sudden death. Her father never got the chance to tell Tessa where he hid it, and now opportunists are coming out of the woodwork under the guise of offering sympathy, while what they really want is to steal the treasure. Tressa must take care of both mansion and vineyard, yet with no money to run them. She must work with the vineyard manager to placate the day-laborers to keep working without pay until she finds the fortune... unless someone else finds it first. A delightful and romantic Victorian mystery set in the south of England.

2021 Book List

The Long Highway Home

by Elizabeth Musser, 2017, CreateSpace Independent Publishing. ISBN: 9781542362726 (print & digital), 408 pages. $15.99 print; $9.49 digital. *kindle unlimited

Bobbie Blake and her niece Tracie travel to The Oasis, a ministry center in Austria for refugees that Bobbie helped start 20 years earlier. They make this trip now because Bobbie has been given a terminal cancer diagnosis, and she decides it is time to revisit her former ministry and old friends. They are both impacted by the refugees’ stories and especially the plight of one refugee, Hamid, from Iran who fled after his young daughter was caught with a New Testament, putting the whole family in danger. Can a network of helpers bring his family to safety in time? What will the cost be?

2022 Book List

Sensible Shoes: A Story about the Spiritual Journey

by Sharon Garlough Brown, 2013, IVP Books. ISBN: 9780830843053 (print), 9780830864539 (digital)

Four strangers embark together on a journey of spiritual formation: Hannah, a pastor who doesn't realize how exhausted she is. Meg, a widow and recent empty-nester who is haunted by her past. Mara, a woman who has experienced a lifetime of rejection and is now trying to navigate a difficult marriage. Charissa, a hard-working graduate student who wants to get things right. Join these four women as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support and personal revelation.

2022 Book List

Until the Mountains Fall

by Connilyn Cossette, 2019, Bethany House. ISBN: 9780764219887 (print), 9781493418756 (digital)

Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband's brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. However, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom. Malakhi has secretly loved Rivkah for years, but he never imagined his older brother's death would mean wedding her himself. With impending war looming over Israel, Rivkah's father comes to Malakhi with an impossible request, but is it too late for the restoration their wounded souls seek?


General Reading Course Prize Drawing:

    • For every 2 books a person reads from the 2021 Friends Women Reading Course book list (which lists 16 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 8 new books on the 2021 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:

Each year if you read any two books and/or all eight new books on the Friends Women Reading Course you could win a gift card! Simply fill out a Friends Women Reading Course Prize Drawings Entry Form and mail it to the Reading Course Secretary, Candi Foster. Individuals may submit their own information or the local FWF president may print a Reading Report, fill it out for their entire fellowship, and send it in. All forms must be postmarked before February 15, 2022.

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: No Charge for Electronic

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: No Charge for Electronic/$5.00 for Print

The Evangelical Friends Church International and Women's Missionary Fellowship organizations provide a listing of all Friends missions organizations across the US. This book is a valuable tool for those who want to be praying in one accord with others around the world. It contains a roll call, devotion and verses for 10 months of the coming year. Program books are emailed in a PDF version. If you need printed copies mailed to you, they will be $5.00 a piece. Order yours today, making your check payable to EFC-MAYM Friends Women.

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