by Brent Bill – Eerdmans

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An invitation to experience more fully the life-changing power of sacred silence

For over a decade, J. Brent Bill’s Holy Silence has been regarded as a contemporary classic on sacred silence. With warmth, wisdom, and gentle humor, Bill presents the Quaker practice of silence and expectant listening to a wider Christian audience.


  • Revised and expanded edition
  • Includes new spiritual silence practices
  • New section on incorporating holy silence into worship
  • Written by one of the most respected interpreters of the Quaker tradition
  • Introduces a fresh way of connecting with God

Parker J. Palmer
—author of Let Your Life Speak and The Courage to Teach
“I love this book. It’s a beautiful introduction to the depths and riches of silence and of the Quaker tradition. I commend it to non-Quakers who want to learn more about the Quaker way, and to Quakers who want to deepen their faith and practice.”

Richard J. Foster
—author of Celebration of Discipline and Sanctuary of the Soul
“The practice of silence, in both its personal and its corporate expressions, is one of the special gifts Quakers have given to the larger Christian community. In Holy Silence J. Brent Bill unpacks this gift for us in vibrant colors and vivid detail. Holy Silence will deepen you, thicken you, and energize you. Get this book!”

Diana Butler Bass
—author of Grounded: Finding God in the World
“Brent Bill reminds us that silence is a dwindling resource that needs to be preserved for the sake of our souls. If you are seeking to hear God’s Spirit beyond the din, follow Bill’s instructions. Relax your body and mind. Breathe deeply. Pick up this book. And read. Can you imagine how silence might change your life?”

Publishers Weekly
“In this brief primer on Quakerism in general and silence in particular, the author uses a practical tone to anchor reflections on what is essentially a matter of mystery: how God speaks in and through individual and communal silence. . . . A useful tool for readers seeking a guide to devotional practice.”