God Among the Shakers: The Search for Stillness and Faith at Sabbathday Lake by Suzanne Skees
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've been reading a lot of darkish adult books for the Alex Awards, so finding a "palate cleanser" on my shelves was important; as we Quakers say, this spoke to my condition. Skees' stay at Sabbathday Lake and inquiry into the life of the few remaining Shakers was interesting from both a historical and a current world perspective: how did this sect manage to survive and continue to inspire? Some answers are given, along with Skees' theories on why Mother Ann may have insisted on things like celibacy.
The problem is when Skees inserts herself into the story, continually questioning how celibacy can be possible in this world. More about how she spent her time working with the Shakers or comparison between her modern life and this "throwback" would worked far better.
I did wonder how different the "Shaking Quakers" were from the original Quakers (so-called because they quaked with spirit)...