Some Fruits of Solitude: Wise Sayings on the Conduct of Human Life
Edited By: Eric K. Taylor
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When William Penn wrote these words in 1693, he had served as a Quaker preacher, minister, and missionary for over 20 years. He had been imprisoned for his faith half a dozen times. He had written dozens of books and pamphlets defending his faith and arguing for religious tolerance. He had founded Pennsylvania as a refuge for those persecuted for their faith, and he had been a friend and advisor to the King of England. But after being falsely accused of treason, he was forced into hiding for three years until he could clear his name. During those years of imposed solitude, he had time to think, to reflect, to reevaluate. This book is the product of that solitude. In it, Penn distills the essence of his spiritual idealism, combining it with practicality and common sense. His topics range from our choice of clothing to our choice of a spouse, from the benefits of a country life to the nature of virtue. He presents a practical morality, while also addressing the conditions of the heart that lie behind it.

For all of us who have at times gotten caught up in the values of the society we live in, for all of us who have gotten caught up in the maddening rush over things that really have no deep value, Penn's reflections offer us a needed point of reference and call us back to a place of sane spirituality.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 167
Vendor: Herald Press
ISBN: 0836192052
ISBN-13: 9780836192056

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In Some Fruits Of Solitude, William Penn distills the essence of his spiritual idealism, combining it with practicality and common sense. Translated into today's English by Eric K. Taylor. 168 pages.

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Author: Eric K. Taylor
Located in: Jericho, VT
Submitted: July 18, 2003

    What was your motivation behind this project?  When I first read Penn's Some Fruits of Solitude more than a dozen years ago, I was struck with the relevance of what Penn had to say. He addressed virtues, striking a good balance between extremes. And he wasn't content to let us claim virtue merely because we don't struggle where others do; "If you haven’t conquered yourself in your own particular weakness," writes Penn, "you have no claim to virtue, even if you are free of other’s weaknesses." Many of his meditions challenged me to reflect on both my attitudes and actions. I realized that Penn had something to say to us, yet I also realized that most readers don't enjoy wading through English from 300+ years ago, and while they would understand a lot, there's also a lot that they'd miss. So I decided to take on expressing Penn's thoughts in contemporary language--to eliminate the barrier that most readers would face with his writing. I'm listed as the editor, but translator is really more accurate; I didn't take anything out; I merely made the language accessible. I also added a fairly extensive historical introduction to set the book in context and acquaint people with this important man of integrity that people just don't know much about. Penn often alludes to Scripture, so I identified his biblical allusions for those who want to find the passages he had in mind.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I think people can find some very good devotional reading here. Penn's reflections are proverbial in nature and really good for reading and reflecting on in short daily chunks. I also hope that the historical introduction will inspire people to emulate the virtues that Penn modeled. I myself was challenged and encouraged by what Penn had to say and the life that he lived, so I'm happy that I can now share this work with others.

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