“On the cover, it is subtitled ‘a resource book for eldership and oversight.’ In her epilogue, the author calls it ‘a toolkit for discernment.’ I would go further than both. I have read Zélie Gross’s With a Tender Hand three times now, twice from cover to cover, once dipping in at random over a period of weeks, and I want to say clearly that in my view she has written an essential maintenance manual … a fine companion to Quaker Faith & Practice.
I expect With a Tender Hand to become a regular source of inspiration for each of us: elders and overseers, yes, but also clerks and committee members and trustees and wardens and chaplains and the ones who hope one day to have time for a Quaker job and the ones who fear they never will. It covers the ground. I have found it endlessly absorbing.” —Geoffrey Durham, The Friend