In To Be Broken and Tender, Margery Abbott weaves together a brave and beautiful personal narrative with Quaker history and theological reflection in response to questions and struggles about belief, language, social issues and other deeply-felt concerns that unsettle and divide our meetings and the wider Religious Society of Friends. Research underpins each chapter with a rich and wide range of classic and contemporary Quaker writers; her analysis is both original and evocative. She asks how, for example, do Friends answer that of God in light of the heinous acts that daily erupt in our world? What strength might a liberal Friend draw from the experience and meaning of the cross to make sense of our lives? Abbott shows us what is possible when we are willing to enter conversation without expectations about where our conversations might lead. Our willingness to listen, to risk being tender and broken, allows the Light within to move us to places we could not have imagined. This is a book Friends of all persuasions have been waiting for.
– Barbarajene Williams, elder for the Way of Ministry program