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Eileen Flanagan is a Quaker writer, speaker and activist. Her most recent book is about how to apply the Serenity Prayer in daily life—to accept the things we cannot change and change the things we should change. The Wisdom to Know the Difference was endorsed by the Dalai Lama and won a Silver Nautilus Book Award.

Eileen writes regularly for Huffington Post and Waging Nonviolence, as well as for magazines as diverse as Christian Century, Tikkun, and Science of Mind. She is a teacher in the Pendle Hill resident program and appears on television, radio, at national conferences, and on college campuses. A graduate of both Duke and Yale, she lives with her husband and two children in Philadelphia.


“Eileen Flanagan is a Quaker writer who you're going to hear a whole lot more about in coming years. She's just finding her voice nationally–and what a voice it is!” 

~ David Crumm, editor of Read the Spirit

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The Wisdom to Know the Difference was recently mentioned in USA Today in a piece by Rev Henry Brinton on the pupose of prayer.

Eileen is currently finishing a new book about the midlife spiritual crisis that lead her back to environmental activism. Her hope is being kindled by her work with Earth Quaker Action Team and the broader climate justice movement. Check out her interview with Waging Nonviolence Radio about how EQAT organized 16 bank actions in one day at PowerShift, which is also described on Huffington Post. Her article "Temperature Rising" was the cover story of the August 21 edition of Christian Century magazine on climate change in Africa.


Book Expo


Video: Eileen Flanagan is interviewed about her most recent book, The Wisdom to Know the Difference at the leading North American publishing event, Book Expo.

Thanks to Smartbook Reviews for this video.